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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Molto Bella. Maggie Sottero For A Real Destination Wedding In Sorrento, Italy – Laura & Stuart

December 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

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So here’s a thing!  Today’s real bride Laura has my job.  No, not my job as editor of Brides Up North, but my old job, the one I packed in to do a crazy little thing like follow my dreams and become a full time writer, events planner and professional wedding blogger.

I love my old work team (hello guys, I hope you are reading!) and Laura seems to fit right in, so I know that she’s a lovely lady.  I’ve never met Laura in person, but call it serendipity that when she announced that she was getting married, my boss Andrew told her about this here wedding blog and she was hooked!  She even sourced her suppliers via our Directory pages, and she’s here to share the results with us today.

Now that’s what I call a happy ending.

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Laura says: We got engaged under a tree in the Borghese Gardens in Rome in September 2011. We’d gone to Rome for Stu’s 30th Birthday and it was very romantic.

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We tied the knot on 3rd April 2013 at Cloisters of San Francesco in Sorrento, Italy. Our reception was held at Castore, which is a restaurant in the hills run by Don Pedro and his family.

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When we’d spoken about getting married, we’d both agreed that we wanted to do it abroad. We chose Italy because we got engaged there and Sorrento seemed like the idyllic setting. We saw a picture of the Cloisters and fell in love with it. We hadn’t been before so it was a bit of a risk! We chose Don Pedro’s for our reception after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. We weren’t disappointed. Don Pedro and his family were amazing and couldn’t do enough for us. We drank local prosecco and ate an Italian feast!

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We wanted the day to be fun and elegant and chose a teal colour base. I had a particular colour in my mind and I just couldn’t find a perfect match. In the end, we had various shades of teal for different things. My Mum reminded me that it didn’t really matter if the bridesmaids knickers didn’t match the wedding invitations and she was right!

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My dress was a Maggie Sottero gown called Bernadette from Angel Brides in Horsforth. I’d seen it online and fell in love with it. Even from the pictures, I knew it was the one I wanted. It was simply a matter of trying it on to make sure. I absolutely loved my dress. It was completely different to what I thought I wanted. Heidi and the Angel Brides team were fantastic. They went above and beyond.

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My bridesmaid wore dresses by True Bride, which we also got from Angel Brides. Stuart, his best man, my Dad and my brother all wore suits from TM Lewin in Leeds.

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As we were married abroad, the majority of our suppliers were based in Sorrento. Don Pedro arranged the food, wine, flowers, car and a harpist for the ceremony. However, we decided to take our photographer with us. We met India after seeing one of her weddings on Brides up North. We knew after our first meeting that India would be fantastic and she was. She’s a wonderful person who is more than a wedding photographer. The images she captures are truly beautiful.

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I carried a bouquet of white roses, rosemary and olive leaves. My bridesmaids carried white roses and olive leaves.

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My favourite moment  of the day was when I walked into the Cloisters to Clair de Lune playing on the harp and saw Stu. All my nerves just disappeared.

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We decided to write our own vows. It was such a special part of the day as it was really personal. It was quite funny because, even though we’d written our vows separately, the sentiments were very similar. It was really special.

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We had compiled a few playlists on our iPad before we went to Italy. The evening reception was really good fun as our friends took it in turns to DJ. It caused a bit of a competition to see who could get the most people up dancing!

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Honeymoon-wise, we had a few days before and after the wedding in Italy. We spent a week in Rhodes at the end of June and have a trip to New York planned for November.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is a cliché, but do what you want to do and don’t worry about keeping other people happy. It’s your wedding. It’s the one day where it is acceptable for you and your future husband to be selfish!

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Congratulations Laura & Stuart!

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Classic Sparkle: Sottero & Midgley For A Real Wedding In The North West – Janine & Andrew

July 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we are in Chorley to celebrate the wedding of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Janine and Andrew of Itsy Mini Glass Bottles.  Their big day, shot by wedding blog favourite India Hobson Weddings, was a creative and classy affair, with just a touch of twinkle!

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Janine says:  Our wedding, on the 30th March 2013, was held at Shaw Hill Golf Club in Chorley; a location that was only 30 minutes from our home town. As soon as we visited the venue, we fell in love with the building, it’s surroundings, the staff and more importantly – the food.

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As soon as we got engaged, we couldn’t wait to get the planning underway and were eager to set a date. Once we decided on the venue and date, Andy created us a little website to inform guests of the main details, just for a bit of fun and to get everyone excited. The site is still live.

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We decided to go with Easter bank holiday weekend because it’s generally pleasant weather around the end of March / start of April…or so we thought. Two days before our wedding the snow was still falling! Despite panicking slightly, I knew the day would be amazing whatever the weather decided to do on the day.

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Luckily for us, the sun was on our side from first thing in the morning of the wedding and it decided to stay that way. Needless to say, everyone was smiling as a result! I could not have wished for better weather; it was absolutely glorious.

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Picking my wedding dress was amazing, it was probably one of my most favourite parts of the preparations. I decided to go with a Sottero and Midgley dress from The Confetti Box in Eccles, Manchester. The colour scheme of our wedding was Midnight Blue, so our bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses from Alison Burgess Couture in Stockport. 

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Andy and I pretty much knew exactly what we wanted in terms of flowers, and once we met Kate from Kate’s Fabulous Flowers in Blackpool, we hired her straight away. Hiring people to work with on the day is very important, it’s not only about their talent, but you need to feel comfortable with them. That said, our hair and makeup artist was Sarah Meredith who was amazing on the day; she even gave us a full day of hair and makeup trials so the girls were all happy with what she did. It was also another excuse to have a girlie get together!

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Andy is Co-Founder of Shape Design Studio, so he is very creative and wanted to deal with that side of things. India Hobson was an obvious choice for us and these are the pictures you are seeing today. She is an amazing talent and good friend, her images capture so much emotion and atmosphere it’s hard to describe. We just think her images capture our day perfectly.

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For the wedding video, we chose www.myweddingdayvideo.co.uk. Our main aim was to produce a ‘story’ rather than just a typical wedding video. We wanted to capture the personality and atmosphere of the day. We now have something to show everyone that makes them laugh (as well as shedding a tear or two), and to bring back all them raw memories from the day. You can watch the wedding video here. 

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I am delighted with the video and can’t recommend this company enough. The boys even created a special video as some of our guests wanted to produce a ‘Wedding Harlem Shake’ for us as a surprise, which can be viewed here. 

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In terms of the ceremony room we decided to have an arch at the end of the aisle decorated with roses; an ivory carpet running down the aisle sprinkled with midnight blue petals; an extra rose in each end aisle chair; tall martini glasses full of ivory roses and lilies and also smaller martini glasses filled with my favourite chocolates Ferrero Rochers in the conservatory area. 

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Into the dinner, we wanted to give something personalised to our wedding guests as a favour, this was difficult because we wanted to keep costs down but also make it look special. Andy came up with the idea of giving guests a mini glass bottle filled with alcoholic spirits. To keep our theme of the invitations consistent, we included our wedding logo on a sticker on the reverse side. Everyone commented how much they loved the favours and I am so glad we went with that option. We now run our own online favour company called Itsy. 

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During the dinner, we also wanted to engage and interact our guests as there was a handful of couples who didn’t know many people. We decided to do a little quiz about ‘the bride and groom’. The winner of the quiz won a bottle of Champagne.

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Andy’s favourite part of the day was the speeches; he was looking forward to hearing what my dad and his best man had to say about him. For me, it was one of the highlights of the day: capturing the speeches on the wedding video brought back just how emotional and entertained we all were!

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From the first whistle, the dance floor was filled at the reception. I danced that hard, I even forgot to eat the evening food!  I couldn’t have wished for anything better. Everyone decides to choose different themes and ideas on their wedding day, but I honestly wouldn’t have changed anything.

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Congratulations Janine & Andrew!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oooh! Its The Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire #TheMovie

August 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My friend and super talented Featured Supplier Steven of Forever Film was on hand to capture the action as it unfolded one fabulous night in Yorkshire.  ***Do you recognise any of these superstars?***

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Click here to read my full round up of the evening.

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Special thanks once again to Dine, Leafy Couture, India Hobson Weddings, Forever Film, The Whimsical Cake Company, Buttercream Cupcakes, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Glen Roughead and Icing & Lace.

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To find out all about the Brides Up North Tweet Ups and the ethos behind these wedding industry networking gatherings, plus catch up on all the photos from the events, click here.

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This amazing venue, The Mansion, is host to one of our Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives on Sunday 7th October this Autumn!  Click here to register for your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag.  

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Botanic Beauty! A Real Relaxed Wedding In Sheffield – Anna & Matt

July 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning Brides Up North!  How was your weekend? 

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I spent the weekend working on some special behind the scenes wedding blog projects and some new material for blog posts that will be appearing on your screen shortly.  Before running the Brides Up North blog, events and brand I couldn’t have imagined enjoying a fully working weekend, but they are now becoming the norm – and I wouldn’t change things for the world.  The need to put in even more extra hours stems from all the bridal freelance work that I have been taking on recently alongside developing the business on home turf.  Working hard to spread the Northern Revolution’s message beyond the pages of this site is definitely worth it. 

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This post was one of my very favourite to work on (somewhere between the early hours and brunch on Saturday morning), and certainly got my weekend off to a great start.  Sent to me by real Bride Anna and the fabulous Sheffield wedding photographer India Hobson Weddings – who also shot the official photographs for the Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire this year – this pretty and personal Sheffield wedding at the Botanic Gardens is bloomin’ beautiful.  Happy Monday!

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India says:  I loved shooting Anna & Matt’s wedding.  The weather held out for us, and the glasshouses gave such stunning light that it was actually a pleasure when it did start to drizzle a little! I love how relaxed Anna & Matt were, not only at the wedding but when I met with them before – they trusted me completely and I knew that Anna (a graphic designer) would love for me to be creative with the images.

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I had endless conversations with their guests and every single one started with them saying "It’s such a perfect day isn’t it?" there was so much love for these two and it made me all warm and fuzzy inside!
I loved the cake, and I wanted to eat the flowers because they looked so good.

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Our bride Anna says: We got engaged on 2nd March 2012. It was a really short engagement for us – which is what we wanted. We got engaged whilst sitting at home on the sofa. Matt had the ring tucked into his cardigan pocket.

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We got married on 14th July 2012 at The Botanical Gardens in Sheffield with our reception at The Chimney House, Kelham Island.

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We chose the Botanical Gardens because we had spent some time there before and thought it was really pretty. When we went to look around it was a beautiful sunny day, and it just seemed perfect. We had been looking for somewhere that we had both enjoyed visiting previously; that was quite informal but was still very special.  We fell in love with Chimney House before we even looked around. We knew that was where we wanted to have our reception instantly as Matt used to live near there and we love the area so such. Inside was even better than we could have hoped and everything just fit in perfectly with our idea of how we wanted the day to be.

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We didn’t really have a theme, we just wanted it to be fun and relaxed. Our colours started as mustard and grey but ended up having some pale blue and pale pink thrown in for good measure! I found it hard to stick to a particular scheme because I kept changing my mind!

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I definitely knew that I wanted a short dress. This proved quite hard to come by and many shops didn’t have many in stock. As we planned a short engagement, this also limited the kind of dress I could get in time.

I ended up going to The Bridal Rooms in Chesterfield and they had ‘the dress’- which was actually a bridesmaids dress made in ivory! It was perfect- very swirly and 50’s in its style.

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We never planned to have the bridesmaids in the same dress, we thought we would just stick to a certain colour scheme. However when we went shopping, we saw a beautiful grey dress in Noa Noa and both of my bridesmaids loved it! It suited the colour scheme, it was so pretty and not too ‘bridesmaidy’ which none of us

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Matt bought his suit from Jigsaw and had shoes by Clarks Originals.

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Where possible we wanted to choose very local suppliers. Our rings – and my engagement ring- were by Jennie Gill a jeweller working in Sheffield at Persistence Works. Her work is amazing and I knew I wanted a Jennie Gill ring way before we got engaged! Luckily Matt knew this and asked Jennie to design a ring especially for our engagement.

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We got all of the wedding flowers from Fresh Ideas in Chesterfield. My mum had used this florist for years and they always did really beautiful flowers.  I really wanted quite a wild looking freshly picked bouquet. I wanted to bring in the yellows of my colour scheme. The result was such a delicate pretty bouquet with craspedia, spray roses and other little flowers.

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We decided to have a wedding bus to take all of our guests to the botanical gardens and back to the Chimney House. We hired a London Routemaster from Vintage Vehicle Hire in Doncaster. This was such a success and the guests loved it!

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It took the guests to the botanical gardens, then returning to the Leopold Hotel to collect myself and the bridesmaids.  After the ceremony it took us on a scenic tour of the Rivelin Valley around Sheffield. It was an excellent way to keep all of the guests together and keep in the party spirit!

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There are too many favourite parts of the day – and some that I didn’t even remember until I saw the photos! Just having the opportunity to spend time with all of our friends and family in such a beautiful venue.

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We didn’t want to splash out on a huge cake as it wasn’t something that we felt was very important to us. We ordered a two tier cake from M&S that I decorated myself with pom pom trimmings and little ceramic birds.  Matt’s mum also kindly made us a yummy chocolate cake and buns that went down a storm.

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My bridesmaid Helen and I hand embroidered pin badges for all of the guests with tiny hearts and moustaches on!

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We love soul music so we hired a local soul DJ – Debbie Soul – to play some tunes later in the evening to get people dancing.  We were also so lucky to have my bridesmaid’s brother Colin Taylor to play guitar throughout the meal. He sounded amazing! Such lovely background music that really made the evening.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you can totally arrange a wedding in less than 6 months!

Make sure that you think about what is important to you and what kind of wedding you want. Our wedding was exactly how we wanted it and everyone said the whole day was unique to us. This made it even more special.

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Congratulations Anna & Matt!

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Nice To Tweet You! The Official Photographs From The Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire!

June 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, this time last week I was busy lugging boxes of props and goodies, cupcake towers, bay trees, hydrangeas, giant silver urns and wicker hearts up the rather magnificent staircase (below) in readiness for the descent of well over 100 of the Yorkshire wedding industry’s finest upon the Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire 2012 at Dine Services’ The Mansion, Leeds!

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I was also feeling just a little bit nervous (thank you to my friends Sarah and Shona from Leafy Couture and the wonderful India Hobson – who took all the beautiful photographs that you see before you – for talking me down!) It’s always super scary planning and hosting a party for your peers and although I had a completely sold out guest list in one hand, the twelve year old inside me was still whispering “What if nobody comes..?”

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But it turns out that you like me, you really like me (or you like buttercream frosting, one of the two) since    all the planning, plotting and heavy lifting was well worth it and my industry friends and colleagues showed up in scores to raise a glass, feast on canapés, cake pops and cupcakes, pull some poses and generally get their chat on. 

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If you are new to the wedding blog, and are wondering what the beejezus a Tweet Up is, then let me explain.  Once a year or so I like to say a big thank you to all my sponsors and colleagues who have supported Brides Up North and it’s message so wholeheartedly since it’s inception (Join the Northern Revolution!) and these events – supported by my friends at Wedding Ideas Magazine – are my way of doing just that. 

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They are not for profit events solely for everyone to get together in beautiful and inspiring surroundings, knock back a few drinks, enjoy themselves and hopefully forge some long lasting business connections (although no one’s forcing anything – this isn’t speed dating) in a relaxed environment that will last for seasons to come.

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The whole reason that Brides Up North works for my sponsors and is enjoyed by my readers (hello, you!) is that it’s almost like chatting with a friend – just one who never gets sick of talking about weddings!  I’m here to refer, suggest, enlighten and basically show you just how fabulous the Northern wedding industry is.  Everything I post is at my own discretion and although I promote my sponsors on these pages I won’t take on a sponsor or feature anything that I don’t personally like or believe in.  It’s like one big conversation. 

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I do think it’s important though to carry on the online conversation in real life – and that’s why I think events like these – to let me and other members of the industry connect together and share ideas and recommendations – are so vital to the success of Brides Up North and to the industry as a whole.

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After some lovely bubbly fuelled chats last week I have so many new ideas and avenues to explore and hopefully as a result lots of fabulous new content and very talented supplier suggestions to share with my bride to be readers – watch this space people!

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Speaking of conversations, there is a constant one going over on the Brides Up North Facebook page, where we are building a real community of brides and suppliers and a great forum to interchange ideas.  Come over and join us today!  In addition, don’t be shy!  I would also love to see more debate and discussion on the actual blog too – don’t be afraid to leave your comments on blog posts – this blog is written for you:  I love to hear from you!

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Whilst I have got the mic, so to speak, I think a few “thank you very much”s are in order:

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To the wonderful, efficient and ever perfect Dine Services  team – thank you as always for looking after us so well.  The team are the best in the business and I believe that their venues are among the best in Yorkshire.  For a gorgeous, perfectly catered, classy and stress free wedding day look no further than this super squad and their beautiful collection of stately homes, castles and houses. 

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I count myself seriously lucky to work with Dine hosting the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives (the Autumn dates for which have just been released – click the banner at the top of the wedding blog to reserve your VIP bride to be goody bag) and can’t wait for the next season. 

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Next up, huge snaps for the super talented India of India Hobson Weddings who created such a beautiful photographic record of the event.  This lady has massive talents and anyone looking for the prettiest wedding pictures should give her a call.  You will not be disappointed.

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The ever lovely Steven of Forever Film was also there to capture all the action on film… big love to him and more from him later…

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Massive effort on the part of Sarah and her team at Leafy Couture meant that the Mansion room and staircase were transformed into an indoor garden, bursting with colour and scent.  The Leafy Couture girls are exceptionally creative florists and super friendly to boot – working from a very slim brief from a busy wedding blogger they created floral displays to die for.  I’d recommend them wholeheartedly for your big day – whether it’s a huge affair or small soiree!

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Helping the Leafy team to dress the venue was Alex from Simply Bows & Chair Covers, a company that works right across the Country to beautify your wedding day furniture.  Alex used dreamy shades of turquoise, pale pink and purple to create a soft and float Midsummer’s look. 

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Limelight Photobooth Hire were the absolute hit of the evening with their amazing (and brand new!) flocked vintage style booth.  With dozens of props and endless patience, the ladies looked on as we all – getting more and more merry – struck our crazy poses.  For a fun way to tackle your guestbook and break the ice, give these girls a shout. 

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Another man that everyone was talking about was the super slick Glen Roughead (the new King of Swing) – find him on Twitter here – who kept us entertained with his rat pack perfect set.  Seriously, someone give this man a recording contract!  I’ll be screaming in the front row!

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Last but not least (as they brought the sugary stuff!), a huge thank you to Skye of The Whimsical Cake Company, Natasha of Buttercream Cupcakes and Karen from Icing & Lace who outdid themselves with delectable displays of delicious cupcakes and cake pops.  I’m still on a sugar high now!

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I so enjoyed the night.  I hope that you enjoy these images too.  Can you spot yourself? 

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Until next time!

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If you are a wedding industry supplier who would like to be added to my guest list for the next Brides Up North Tweet Up in Yorkshire, just drop me a line – julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – first come, first served, numbers are limited. 

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*Waves* From The Sofa: In Recovery Following The Brides Up North Tweet Ups!

June 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve been in recovery this morning after two days ON TOUR (I like that, it makes me feel a little bit Stacee Jaxx) for the Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking events. 

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I say “networking events”, when what I really mean is huge, beautiful parties with all my industry friends.  I have had the very, very best time over the last two days, seeing all my hard work organising something bigger and better than last time – like you do! – come to fruition. 

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A massive thank you to all who gave up their own time to help to create something really special, including:  Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Laurel Weddings, All Wrapped Up Events, The Cheshire Cat Cake Company, Lilybud Cupcakes, Fonix Music, Martin Hambleton Photography, The Belle Epoque, Dine, Leafy Couture, India Hobson Weddings, Forever Film, The Whimsical Cake Company, Buttercream Cupcakes, Glen Roughead, Icing & Lace and Wedding Ideas Magazine

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But with a manic schedule, lots of chatting to lots of people, lots of time up ladders, lots of time lugging enormous boxes, props and flowers, lots of miles clocked up and lots and lots of standing up in ridiculously high heels, comes an absolute energy fail.  Arriving home after last night’s event – and a drive back across the Pennines at 3am – stone cold sober and (despite all the beautiful canapés that I inhaled) completely starving, I felt totally wiped out.  But it was totally worth it.

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Flash forward and after an unheard of before morning off – whoop whoop! – with a huge lie in, a mountain of hot buttered toast, a bubble bath and a blow dry I feel restored and ready to go.  So I’ll be back bright and early tomorrow to round of a week of gorgeous here on the wedding blog (I haven’t left you hanging have I?!) with a gorgeous Real Wedding from Georgina Harrison Photography – watch out for it. 

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All the Tweet Up photographs, a little film and a full round up coming soon.  And boy, do I have some pretty lined up for you next week.  Watch this space. 

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She Is Golden: A Bronzed & Beautiful Bridal Beauty Study

June 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Its another beautiful day here on the wedding blog as we enjoy the second part (if you missed the first instalment, you can click here) of Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist’s utterly understated but thoroughly gorgeous bridal beauty study, with images by India Hobson Weddings.  Today, we are warming things up a shade or two. 

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Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist says:  For the second look, I built on the base with a touch of colour applied to the apples of the cheek. More liner was applied around the eye, top and bottom and was blended out slightly. To complete this look I used my favourite MAC lipstick in a vibrant red, which was applied on top of a red liner. The stronger make up complemented the more fashion led hair-styling.

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Ashley says: For the bridesmaid’s second look, I placed some gold pigment on the eye lids and toned the lips down to a nude and used a peachy brown tone on her amazing cheek bones.

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Photography: India Hobson Weddings

Make Up: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

Hair: Conrad Bladford

Flowers: Swallows & Damsons

Wedding Dress: Luna by Claire Pettibone at The White Room Sheffield

Bridesmaid Dress: H&M

Bridesmaid Wrap: Spring Green by Pashmina Rainbow

Bridesmaid Hairpiece: Rosie Willett Designs

Birdcage Veil: House of Istria

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She Is Light: A Soft & Pretty Bridal Beauty Study

June 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the wedding blog we are getting gorgeous, with a seriously soft and floaty bridal beauty study from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist and images by India Hobson Weddings.

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Some of my very favourite Northern wedding industry suppliers have contributed to this piece including: The White Room Sheffield, Pashmina Rainbow (which I am proud to assist my best friend Jane with – take a peep at the gorgeous new website), Swallows & Damsons, House of Istria (not technically Northern but we will adopt them as our own – and they are stocked by The White Room Sheffield), Rosie Willett Designs and Conrad Bladford.  Be sure to check them all out.

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Before we get on to the pretty – now that I have your attention – a little technical message if I may.  Huge thanks to all of you who are swelling the ranks of the Brides Up North community over on Facebook.  The Brides Up North Facebook page is a great place to keep up to date with happenings both on the blog and behind the scenes, get in touch with me, my Featured Suppliers and the Northern wedding industry at large.  There is always a lot going on there, so be sure to pop over and LIKE the page.

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For those of you that already have, it has come to my attention (thanks for letting me know!) that the Brides Up North updates might not be showing up in your Facebook feeds.  Apparently Facebook has made a few changes.  Lucky for us, one of my very favourite non wedding blogs (go visit them here if you like feathering your nest as much as I do), dealt with this this very morning, and I have borrowed their step by step guide to help us out.  Thank you!

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Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist says: This Bridal make up is soft, pretty and feminine.

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Peachy hues were used on the eyes along with golds and natural browns. A darker brown was applied to the upper lash line with an angled brush, with a touch of colour through the brows helping to frame the eyes with lashings of mascara top and bottom.

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Ashley says: Similarly to the bride; I used soft tones in gold, bronze and brown on her eyes and blended the brown out to keep a soft romantic look without harsh lines. Lots of mascara was applied to the lashes to ‘open up’ the eyes. Brows are so important to me; they frame the eyes, so I filled in between the natural hairs when a deep brown/almost black powder with an angled brush.

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Photography: India Hobson Weddings

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Flowers: Swallows & Damsons

Wedding Dress:  Luna by Claire Pettibone at The White Room Sheffield

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Bridesmaid Wrap: Spring Green by Pashmina Rainbow

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Fabulous Photographer: India Hobson Weddings PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

April 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Is it Wednesday already?  I don’t know whether I’m coming or going this week with brilliant sunshine one day, blizzards the next! I wish the World and the weather would sort itself out. 

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Bridal preparations are usually the start of my day – and so as well as photography I help to calm nerves & answer any questions I can help with, whether that’s about me or if your hair looks right.

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I like to keep close with the bride & groom – couples often look to me for reassurance as I tend to know what’s coming next (don’t forget I’ve done this before & usually it’s your first time!) and when it feels like the right time I like to guide you away from your guests for a short photo session that also lets you spend a little time with each other to let the day sink in.

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Expect my full attention for the rest of the day, whether it’s orchestrating group/family shots, or getting those natural images of your guests enjoying themselves. The details don’t go unnoticed either and I’m with you until it feels right to you – obviously I can’t promise to capture everything, but I can do my very best!

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What is included in your “package”?

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Weddings are difficult to put together, and to make it as simple as possible I offer 2 packages; the first in which I provide all of your images on disc/s with a license to reproduce and the second includes a leather album of your favourite images put together by hand, as well as all the images. I never hold back images – you get every single one. I offer engagement/pre-wedding shoots as extras and can also help if you want to create a unique piece of wall art. Just get in touch if there’s something special you have in mind.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Packages are £1250 & £1650. I give a bespoke price for destination weddings so please ask if a wedding abroad is in your plans. Couples can also shoot with me just because they want to!

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Absolutely! If you wish to book me you can choose between a 10% discount on either package or include a pre-wedding/engagement shoot for free – just mention either BUNDISCOUNT or BUNSHOOT in your message to me. Weddings can be expensive, so every little helps along the way.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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My (shiny new) website: www.indiahobsonweddings.co.uk
I have a blog too: www.indiahobsonweddings.blogspot.co.uk
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All contact details are on both of those pages.

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