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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition At Hardwick Hall Hotel

September 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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You’d think that halfway through our Autumn season of events (with twelve amazing days already under our belt this year and five to go) I’d be feeling a little jaded, but I just LOVE meeting my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends, catching up with my supplier friends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday.  Who wouldn’t love this job?

So far this season in the North East alone we’ve been at the extraordinary Alnwick Garden for our luxury and vintage event and Ramside Hall Hotel for our massive Brides Up North Super Showcase and now it’s time to creep just that little bit further South to Sedgefield.

Every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait to welcome you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel THIS SUNDAY 29th September 2013, from 12pm till 4pm, FREE entry.  It’s going to be packed to the rafters (and it’s crystal chandeliers) with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.  Ladies, if there’s one show to be at this weekend, this one would be it. 

We’ve access to all the details you need to plan your big day, live music, exclusive on the day treats, two professional bridal catwalks and the Hardwick Hall wedding planners will be on hand to help you to realise the day of your dreams. 

Come along and meet Beauties UK, Gray Events, Greenwoods Menswear, Ideal Photos, Isabelles Bridal, Joanne Kay Bridal Boutique, Just Perfect, Ken Hills Photography, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Little B Stationery, LMS Events, Lovedub Cars, Martin Ker Photography, Merlin Wedding Cars, Nigel Playle Photography, One Digital Image, Party Pics Photo Booth, Paul Lytton North East Magician, Photo Occasions, Pretty Little Vintage Things, Megan Green Hair & Make Up, Roger Burlison Photograhy, Sadie May Cakes, Sareli Jewellery, Belle Bridal Magazine, Celebration Cakes Peterlee, Chiyo McMillan Photography, Debenhams Metro Centre, Exclusive Wedding Cars, Exclusively Yours, Fyzal Photography, Glen Roughead Swing Singer, Glitz & Glamorous, Grange Photography, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Smooch, Snaparrazzi Photobooths, The Florist Shop, The Wedding Guide, Troughear Suit Hire, Wildchilds Ltd, Zodiac Disco, Cordelia & Co, Molton Brown, Origins, Classically Covered, MacVean Videography, Your Coverage, Low Moon Over High Town, Millennium Limos, GW Holmes & Sons, Dandy Events, Opal Bridal Boutique, Dusk Till Dawn Entertainments, Kelly’s Event Boutique, Aryana, Make Up By Jo, My Wedding Belle, Rings By Design and more…!

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 300 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors House Of Fraser & Molton Brown.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “HARDWICK HALL in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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It’s All About You, Baby. A Real Engagement In The Lake District – Linzi & MIke

July 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Often, after the question’s been popped and you set about the whirlwind task that is planning a wedding, you often forget to stop, look around, and take in the here and now.  Friend of the wedding blog Richard Leng wants to change all that, with his fresh take on an engagement shoot. 

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Richard says:  My YOU sessions are all about capturing a slice of my couples’ lives. Its about them being themselves whether that’s having your regular movie day on a Sunday, hanging out in your favourite coffee spot or taking trips out to places like the Lake District on a weekend like Linzi and Mike. Its about being able to look back in years to come at a part of your life that was important, its a story of YOU, less about the posing and more about your story.

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Linzi says: We got engaged at Lodore Falls in Keswick, just by the Derwentwater Lake. We were staying at Lodore Falls Hotel to celebrate Mike’s birthday and he took me onto a bridge that overlooked the stunning waterfall behind the hotel and proposed on the evening of his birthday. It was a huge surprise to me! In hindsight we’d been wandering in Yarm the weekend before and Mike, possibly the least interested man in jewellery in the entire world, had been quizzing me about which rings I liked in the window of a jewellers shop in a way he’s since told me he thought had been subtle. I told my mum when I got home and she had been expecting him to propose ever since. Some of Mike’s neighbours and close friends had put two and two together and were trying to get information out of Mike’s parents and their friends as well, so it seems everyone else had figured it out before we had!! It was lovely though, very romantic!

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We’re getting married in May 2014 at Redworth Hall Hotel in County Durham. It being Star Wars day is a pure coincidence!

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We first met in Newcastle on the 10th December 2011, although we’d been in touch for about a month previous via dating website eHarmony.  We met on Grey Street in Newcastle and had a lovely Indian meal and went for some drinks afterwards. We definitely hit it off straight away, we actually stayed out chatting for so long that we got kicked out of the bar we were sitting in as it was closing!

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I knew that Mike was the one when we had a lovely stay at Hardwick Hall Hotel a month or so after we’d started dating. He surprised me with a lovely room with wine, chocolates and flowers.

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When considering what we love most about each other it’s easy to go for the obvious things, but in doing so that also makes you start to pick out flaws by contrast, somehow "grade" how you feel, and that’s not really how our relationship works. The best way to put it is we’re just really comfortable in each others company. We make each other laugh every day and are easy going and love that about each other.

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We just want to be happy and create a strong, loving family.

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We volunteered to try out Richard’s YOU Session concept as we really wanted to document our relationship as it is now to look back upon in the future, and we really felt that the story of how we got engaged was worth documenting in that way. We’re very pleased that we did!

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We very much enjoyed the shoot though it was a new experience for both of us. Neither of us are particularly fond of having our picture taken but Richard did an excellent job and is a total professional, we’d recommend him to anyone. It’s definitely made us more relaxed and given us complete confidence that the wedding photography is in good hands. We’re definitely looking at having some prints done of the photos – it seems a shame not to with such stunning results!

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I like Brides Up North because I’ve been to a lot of local wedding fairs in the last year and it’s nice to see pictures of other peoples special days especially as a source of inspiration for our own day.  We’ll be back next year to share our own Real Wedding photographs! 

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Congratulations Linzi & Mike!

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

July 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations Zoe & Ian!

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Layers Of Lovely! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kerry & Lee

March 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we join Kerry and Lee in the North East for their glamorous big day with personalised fun touches.  With images by Grange Photography and a venue to die for (my own choice for my own wedding day in actual fact, so I may be a little biased) this wedding was always going to be a favourite.  And then I clocked Kerry’s amazing dress…

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Kerry says:  We got engaged at Seaham Hall Spa on 19th August 2010, and were married on 30th June 2012 at St Cuthberts Church, Shadforth, County Durham then Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield for our reception. 

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We chose the venue because of it’s amazing grounds for photo opportunities and because it’s a beautiful hotel that has a good reputation.  We opted for a marquee wedding with a colour scheme of sage green and white to bring the outside in.  

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I chose a Maggie Sottero white dress from Poppy Bridal at Darlington. This was every girl’s dream princess dress with layers of tulle and real Swarovski crystal.  I added a sparkly headpiece by Jenny Packham.  I wore my Nana’s necklace that my sister also wore for her wedding day and placed a photo of her by the wedding cake so she could be thought of on our special day.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses by The Flowershop at Spennymoor. 

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My bridesmaids wore sage green full length dresses from Susan’s Bridal at Sunderland and the groomsmen the same as the groom. Lee wore a grey suit with matching waistcoat.  The suits were from Troughear Suit Hire in Durham. Everyone looked amazing!

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My husband surprised me with a retro VW camper van form Go Retro Vehicle Hire to take us to the wedding and venue. They give you a pretend number plate with your new married name on it.

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The whole day was amazing and just watching our family and friends enjoy our special day made our day fantastic and gave us memories we will never forget!

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In the afternoon, Lickety Split ice cream parlour from Seaham came with their vintage ice cream trike to give all the guests ice creams of their choice.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Jamaica. 

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We had a two year engagement as this allowed us to save enough money and plan things that we wanted. My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take time on your day to stand back and watch everyone for a few minutes. Enjoy every minute as it goes so quick!

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Congratulations Kerry & Lee!

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Advance Warning: Some Special Dates For Your Diaries North East!

November 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Is anybody else already dating cheques and forms for 2013?  No?  Maybe just me then!  Christmas isn’t even properly upon us and I’m already going mad looking ahead to the New Year, and a very exciting season of Brides Up North events especially for you brides to be coming right up!

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After a total sell out and record attendances (hurrah!) for all our ten shows in 2012, my little team here at Brides Up North HQ and I are expanding to bring the bridal lovely to as many of you as we possibly can in 2013.  Isn’t that nice?!

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We’ve added an extra two dates to our North East schedule, a couple more across our already amazing Yorkshire line-up and we are set to visit the North West and bonny Scotland in 2013 too.  It’s going to be an epic road trip, packed to the max with wedding inspiration from the regions’ very finest bridal suppliers at some seriously swish wedding venues.  Just the way we like it. 

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More on the full schedule later, but for now, I wanted to let you know about our first two huge wedding exhibitions in the North East this Spring. These are set to be the biggest FREE ENTRY (yes, that’s right, we’re not whacking on a price tag for our readers!) bridal events in the North East with the cream of the region’s wedding vendors – over 80 per show (closer to 100…).  Each show will have two professional fashion catwalks and will be buzzing with exhibits for you to browse and book.  The atmosphere at these events is always fantastic, so be sure to note down the following dates in your diaries NOW:

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Sunday 24th February 2013

The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition

Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 2EH

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Sunday 17th March 2013

The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD

12pm – 4pm – Free Entry

 

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If you’d really like to get organised, you can pre-register NOW for a FREE VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag packed full of exclusive treats and hundreds of pounds worth of on-the-day-only discounts (whilst stocks last only) and speedy entry (to avoid the queues) by filling in your details below.  We will be in touch nearer the time!

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To register for a free VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Ramside Hall” or “Hardwick Hall” (or both!) in the subject line and quoting “VIP” in the body of the form. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the event.  VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. ..

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Exhibitors: If you are a wedding industry reader (hello there!) who would like to be involved in the most exciting North East wedding events for 2013, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for further details, pricing and availability.  Discounts are available for block bookings and exhibitors are strictly limited by category – SOME CATEGORIES ALREADY SOLD OUT! Be quick!

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It’s looking like 2013 is shaping up to be a bonza year already…

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Make Me A Mix Tape? A Real Wedding In The North East: Sam & Grant

November 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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We are in the North East today with Brides Up North readers Sam and Grant who we first met when I featured their engagement story a few months back.  With images by the lovely Helen Russell Photography, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, these two big kids kept the quirk factor high and styled their wedding just the way they wanted it.  Watch out for some retro gliders, a fabulous Lego wedding cake and lots of beautiful buttons.

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Sam says: Grant proposed in October 2008 on a surprise romantic weekend trip to Paris. (Please see the full story at our real engagement shoot) and we married on Saturday 25th August 2012 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield.

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We wanted to host both the ceremony & reception at the same venue to reduce travelling for our guests.

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We are both big kids at heart and wanted our special day to be fun, unique and a wedding to remember.

We didn’t start with a theme in mind – it naturally evolved into a retro theme after finding Lego Cake Toppers on eBay.

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Selecting a colour scheme was an easy choice, as we both share the same favourite colour, Teal.

However, we soon realised after selecting the colour, how many different shades of Green/Blue there are and coordinating a consistent colour scheme became more of a challenge than we first thought.

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I wore an ivory “Donatella” Ronald Joyce dress from Butterflies Bridal in Thornaby. It was a stunning dress with a sweetheart neckline and amazing beading detail. I knew straight away it was the one.

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After much researching, I eventually found a really nice polka dot bridesmaid dress in John Lewis that was very different and fitted in with our retro theme.  The bridesmaids also wore coral peep-toe shoes, which matched the colour of the dress zip.  Before the wedding, my maid of honour found out she was pregnant, so we bought her a replacement coral maxi dress because her bump was growing so much.

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The flower girl wore a simple ivory dress from Primark at a bargain £8 with matching coral shoes.

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Grant opted for a grey coat tail suit as he wanted something different. He wore an ivory waistcoat, whilst the rest of the groomsmen wore grey. All the gents wore teal cravats, which matched with the colour of the bridesmaid dresses.

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As part of our thank you gifts, we gave each bridesmaid a pair of coral plimsolls to help dance the night away and the best man & usher got colourful retro Casio watches.

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As an alternative to the traditional floral bouquet, I wanted something unique, that could be kept and treasured forever. We found a company online called Beau Buttons, who offered the perfect solution – the Button Bouquet.They incorporated all of our ideas and retro details to create a truly personal and bespoke bouquet set.

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· A range of teal & blue vintage buttons;

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· The letters “S & G” on individual diamante buttons;

· The handle was wrapped in material from the spare Bridesmaid dress;

· Leaf-shaped felt collar.

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The large order also included 6 x smaller Bridesmaid bouquets, 10 x Buttonholes, 3 x Corsages and a button clip for the Flower Girl.

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Beau Buttons really went the extra mile for us and even produced bunting from the Bridesmaid dress fabric as an extra product which they don’t usually offer.  We had several Skype video calls to chat through feedback and were kept continuously up-to-date with progress. It was exactly what I wanted and could not have been happier with the final product.

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It was the ultimate top secret creative mission – none of the guests or wedding party knew about it until the morning of the wedding. Helen caught the moment on camera when I surprised the Bridesmaids with their own individual bouquets. It was amazing and highly recommended to any bride.

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To complement the button bouquets, we also had a selection of real Peach Gerberas from Butterflies Florist in Middlesbrough, who made the top table arrangement, throwing and thank you bouquets.

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself. I was so excited on the morning, getting ready with my Bridesmaids. I couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle and as soon as the music started, it was so emotional. I loved every minute of it.

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For our photography, Helen Russell was brilliant and made us feel so relaxed and comfortable. She captured so many amazing moments that we will treasure forever.

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Lauren Close covered the evening reception photography and got some great party & dressing up booth shots.

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We created our very own sweetie buffet, complete with retro sweets, a range of glass jars, pic’n’mix scoops & bags.  To make it more personal, we designed our own “how sweet it is to be loved by you” sign and also found a table cloth that matched with the Bridesmaid dresses.  We topped it all off with a fun Wedding Mr & Mrs Potato Head set.

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We also created a dressing up booth next to the dance floor, which included a range of fancy dress items, props, chalkboards and a large silver frame.  Both the sweetie buffet & dressing up area were very popular with our guests and helped make the day extra special.

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The invitations were also retro and included an RSVP postcard in the shape of a mixtape cassette. We asked our guests to request 3 songs to get them up on the dance floor, which the DJ compiled into a playlist at the reception.

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We found our biggest bargain at a local car boot sale, 100 old cassette tapes for £5. We used the original covers and relabelled the tapes with wedding stationary to create table place names. The hardest part was matching the original cassette tape music with individual guests.

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For our retro transport, we hired a VW Beetle ‘74 Convertible & ‘65 VW Camper Van & from Love Dub Cars in Darlington.

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I travelled with my Dad in the Beetle, after the rest of the wedding party arrived in the Camper Van.  We loved the retro cars and got some great photos after the ceremony.

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We chose a Lego & Love Hearts themed cake made up of individual fun cupcakes for each of our guests.

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We had a Giant Jenga and a disposable camera photo challenge to keep the kids entertained and a framed pinboard with prints from our pre-wedding photoshoot. 

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After the wedding, we had the most amazing honeymoon in Cuba – initially soaking up the culture in Havana, before heading to the beach resort of Varadero for total relaxation.

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My tip for other Brides Up North would be to try to do as many of the items yourself, not only will it keep you in budget, but will be very rewarding and make your day extra special and personal.

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A Winter Walk – A Real Engagement, Joanna & Andrew

December 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This morning’s photographs were shot by Sally Thurrell Photography at a place that is very special to my hubby and me – Hardwick Hall Hotel – the venue for my own Real Wedding in October 2010.  You can check out our professional wedding photographs by clicking here.  It even turns out that there is another connection to my wedding… read on to find out!  Spooky. 

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Sally has given a place that I will always hold dear as the perfect Autumnal setting an atmospheric wintery spin, with woolies, a pale palette and lots of cosy snuggles to record Joanna and Andrew’s engagement.  I love. 

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Let’s hear from Bride to Be and regular wedding blog reader Joanna:  We got engaged at home on Christmas day 2009. It was a surprise – even though I had been emailing Andy pictures of engagement rings I liked for a while!  To be honest, I had thought we would get engaged on a summer holiday to Rome earlier in the year but when it didn’t happen then I put it to the back of my mind. Anyway, on Christmas Day I was really ill and spent the day in bed, while Andy went to his parents’ house. When he came home, he was trying to get me to go for a late night walk in the snow but I kept refusing because I felt so ill. I had hair like a birds nest, no make-up on and was in my dressing gown and slippers! He made me go to the window and opened it wide, then came in to the room with two glasses of champagne. In a perfect moment, the Christmas tree lights were twinkling and it started to snow for the first time that day. Andy got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I promptly burst into tears and said yes! Not bad for a man who says he is not romantic! We are getting married in August 2012 at St Mary Magdalene Church in Yarm and the on to Judges Country House Hotel for the reception.

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We met in The Cross Keys pub in Yarm when I was on a colleague’s hen night. Andy approached a friend of mine to ask if I was single. Luckily I was!  Andy rang me the very next day and we met up to go to the cinema. We definitely had a connection right from the start but unfortunately, Andy was struck down with a mystery illness and we didn’t see each other for a number of weeks after that. I thought he wasn’t interested but he kept assuring me he was just really poorly!

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I don’t think there was any one specific moment that made me realise he was the one, it just felt like we were a perfect fit and had always been together. We have a very similar (weird!) sense of humour and I just felt that he ‘got’ me. He is also the only man I’ve ever met who can eat more chocolate than me!

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I love Andy’s sense of humour and strength of character. He is also the voice of reason to my impulsive nature (although I have been heard, on occasion, to call him a ‘wet blanket’!).  He says: “Jo is really funny and makes me laugh. She’s really creative and always impresses me with the things she makes. I love her kindness to animals – no other woman would make me risk my life on a busy road at night to stop traffic whilst she rescued a wandering dog or write my car off to avoid running over a small mouse! And finally I love the sweet nicknames she gives me. Little things that make me love her…”

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I don’t think much will change once we are married, I just think it will solidify what we have now. I hope we have a life filled with love and happiness, that we never lose the way we ‘get’ each other and that it will be what carries us through whatever life throws at us!

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We chose to have an engagement shoot as neither of us are very confident in front of a camera and we felt it would help us feel more relaxed before the big day!

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I cannot put into words how beyond happy we are with the engagement shoot. Sally put us both at ease and the photos she has taken are amazing! It was gale force winds and freezing cold on the day and you can’t even tell. I am going to put together an album of the photos and love them so much, I have shown them to pretty much everyone I know (and some I don’t!)! It has made us super excited for our wedding photographs!

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I love Brides Up North and read it every day for inspiration! The real weddings and detailed posts make it a wedding planning necessity for me! Also, Andy’s dad is part of Hartlepool Male Voice choir and they are singing at our church ceremony – it was lovely to see them at your wedding, Julia. There is even a pic with Andy’s dad in it on the blog!

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We would be so excited and privileged to have our wedding photos on Brides Up North!

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Super Sunday!

September 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  Good Luck to everyone taking part in the Great North run today.  Hats off to you and well done!  I’ve completed the race twice and it’s tough going.  Think of the Sunday roast waiting for you at the end!

 

No 13.2 milers for me today though, as I’ll be at Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham for their Grand Wedding Fair.  Do stop by and say hello.  I’ll be the one rocking the pink dress and quizzing all the brides to be about their plans for their big day.  The doors open at 10am today, so I’ll see all you early bird brides soon!

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In the meantime, I thought it was time to let a little bit more gorgeousness in.  The loveliness doesn’t have to stop when you say I do!  With that in mind, I have rounded up my pick of the interweb’s pretties – perfect to accessorise your big day, to add to the wedding list or just to feather your newly wed nest.  Enjoy.

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Yesssss, I do realise that I am full on shopping facilitating.  I’m not even going to apologise.  In my defence, it’d be selfish not to share.  And to make you feel better (unless you are my husband of course):  just imagine the state of my finances!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Mary Fellows Sunshine Print

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Let the sunshine in!

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Mary Fellows Sunshine Print £69 via Red Direct

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Brighten up the bills.

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Love Letters Door Mat £22.50 via Bombay Duck

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Very very very very very fun favours (some with very very very very very debatable shaped noses…)

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Chocolate Do It Yourself Funny Faces £15 by Cocoa Pod

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Sweetie Candy Hearts Bracelet

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Sweetie Candy Hearts Bracelet £175 via Links of London

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Mr & Mrs Vintage Framed Playing Cards

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A full house of cool.

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Mr & Mrs Vintage Framed Playing Cards £59 via Cox & Cox

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Cosy up with a cocoa.

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Sampler Cocoa Mug £21.95 via Emma Bridgewater

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Fabric Fortune Cookie Favours £7.50 via 2 Green Monkeys at Not On The High Street

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Hubble bubble toil and trouble.

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Love Potion No.9 £80 via Penhaligons

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Rose Flower Garland £17 via Anusha at Not On The High Street

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Love Vintage Cushion £89.50 via Graham & Green

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Super Sunday!

June 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning All!  It’s been a very very busy week on the wedding blog this week with lots of exciting projects afoot, so I thought that it might be time to turn my attention inwards rather than outwards this week, with a little roundup of all the happenings at Brides Up North HQ.

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I have a few more fantastic surprises coming soon which I will keep up my sleeve, but for now, get a load of this lot…

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Brides Up North Wedding Belles!

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Well, well, well I am one very excited little wedding blogger this Sunday morning.  Today I am getting together with a group of fabulous North East wedding industry lasses, to take part in the Brides Up North Wedding Belles photo shoot with Mandy Charlton and Emerson Photography at Hardwick Hall Hotel.  We have been keeping the shoot a secret for weeks months, but have allowed ourselves the odd sneaky tweet about it this week.  We can’t wait to share the results with you… watch out for some fabulous images coming the way of the wedding blog very very soon!

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We are going to be movie stars too – Forever Film will be making a special behind the scenes video so you can see exactly what goes on at a Brides Up North styled shoot.  Clue: lots of backcombing, lots of laughs. 

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Big love to all those involved – Kerry from Daisychain Events, Gina from By Gina Jewellery, Kristy from Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Joy and Mark from Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, Steven from Forever Film, Lisa Cameron Wedding Hair Specialist, Leeanne Bennett Makeup Artist and of course the hugely talented super snappers Mandy Charlton and Jamie Emerson.

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See what happened last time I posed for Mandy Charlton by clicking here.

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Time For A Tweet Up or Three!

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Brides Up North Tweet Ups with Wedding Ideas Magazine

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I have had an absolutely phenomenal response to the Brides Up North Tweet Ups networking events supported by Wedding Ideas Magazine.

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Have YOU registered your interest yet?  Click here to sign up.  Please specify if you are interested in the North East, North West or Yorkshire event.  More details and dates coming very shortly.  The cocktails are on ice…

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Not sure what a Tweet Up is?  Click here and all will be explained

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North of the border and feeling left out?  I’ll be heading your way in the autumn, do not despair!

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Motion Pictures

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First, did you see this wonderful Pagan double wedding at Stonehenge recently on Brides Up North with images by Peacock Pix?

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Well, there was so much interest (it was even mentioned on Radio 2!!) that Andy from Peacock Pix sent Brides Up North the video of all the images… Amazing!

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Step Aside Bridezilla, there’s a much scarier monster in town…

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Charlotte Ward, freelance journalist and wedding blog BBF is on the lookout for a groomzilla to interview for a women’s magazine feature.  Know anyone who might fit the bill?  If so, contact Charlotte at

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The Best of The Rest

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Also on the wedding blog this week, this fabulous lot.  Catch up time…

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Spin spin sugar!  A supplier showcase with Little Town Bakery

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Fabulous Photographer: Alison Groves Photography

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Green Gables – A Real Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Let Them Eat Cake:  A Bride & Groom Direct competition

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So Lovely In Lace – A Real Wedding by Tierney Photography

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The Wheels on the Bus – A Real Wedding by Ali Lovegrove

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Over and out!

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