Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

personal & professional: introducing lister horsfall jewellers

March 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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This morning we’re delighted to be introducing a brand new Brides Up North Sponsor to the blog, the wonderful Lister Horsfall jewellers.

Established more than 100 years ago in the Yorkshire town of Halifax, the firm has expanded over the years, opening a second store in Ilkley, though its ethos of providing a personal and professional service remains at the very heart of all it does.

Looking after the most significant reminders of a wedding day, the Lister Horsfall team are experts in engagement and wedding rings and have recently opened a special suite at their Halifax store which dedicated to helping couples select those all-important bands.

We’ll now hand over the blog to the team so they can tell us more about their impressive jewellery range and second-to-none customer service.

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Can you give us a little background on Lister Horsfall?

lister horsfall say: The jewellers originated in the small market town Halifax in 1902, and was set up by Lister Horsfall. Nick Horsfall, the current Managing Director, is fourth generation of the family, and great grandson of Lister Horsfall himself. The company grew in the 1970s when we opened a second store in Ilkley, which has taken pride of place at 1 Brook Street ever since.

Can you give us an overview of the jewellery stocked at the Lister Horsfall showrooms?

We have some of the best quality diamonds and precious stones in the North of England and a fine collection of quality Swiss watches. Jewellery brands include Brown & Newirth, FOPE, Messika, CARAT, Furrer Jacot, Ponte Vecchio, Verifine and Astley Clarke. We also have watches by Rolex, Omega, Tudor, Breitling, Tag Heuer, Longines, Tissot, Anonimo, Certina.

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You’ve just opened a new engagement and bridal suite at your Halifax showroom. Tell us a little bit about it…

We opened the new engagement and wedding ring suite at the end of 2016 as we want to give our customers a high-end experience in luxury surroundings. The suite even includes a bar with complimentary drinks and refreshments. A personal and professional service is at the very ethos of our brand.

Can you tell us more about the styles and brands of wedding and engagement rings that Lister Horsfall stocks?

We have many styles of ring from different quality brands and suppliers. All diamonds are certificated and we offer a range of D-G diamond (colour) and IF – SI2 (clarity).

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Everything But The Dress… Supplier Showcase: Liberty In Love PLUS 15% Off For Wedding Blog Readers Until 14th July!

July 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Victoria I Headband by Sash & Co at Liberty In Love

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I’m so excited to introduce you to a Brides Up North Featured Supplier that I used personally in the run up to my own wedding in 2010, and whose absolutely stunning online shop has gone from very beautiful to oh-my-god gorgeous in the past three years.  Any bridal accessories designer worth their salt can be found on their pretty pages. 

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So ladies, I’d love you to meet Siu of bridal accessories treasure trove Liberty In Love, show you just some of sparkle available via their site and let you know about a very special little promotion especially for wedding blog readers!

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To enjoy 15% off all orders over £100 at Liberty In Love, please use the shopping code SUMMER15 at checkout.  This promotion is valid for 2 weeks only. (see terms and conditions below).

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Elizabeth Sparkle Belt by Sash & Co

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Why and when did you decide to launch Liberty In Love and what is your background?

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For most brides, their wedding day is a pivotal moment in their lives. My own big day (which took place in a spectacular caldera view cliff-top in Santorini in 2007) was just that – and much more besides. It was the inspiration behind my dream business, a stylish online bridal accessories boutique. 

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I have always loved accessories.  When I was a little girl, I carried my treasured red vanity case around with me everywhere until it quite literally fell apart. I even had a habit of wearing new shoes to bed, such was my reluctance to be parted from them.  So, when it came to my wedding many years on, I happily developed a magpie-like obsession with accessories and all-things stylish and sparkly.

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It was from my wedding that the seed was planted.  After our big amazing day, I quickly settled into married life and continued working as a Business Development Manager at a design agency in Cheshire.  But, even a couple of years on, my idea for a stylish online boutique that offered ‘everything but the dress’ just would not fade.  Then, suddenly somehow, the planets seem to align and it suddenly felt like a case of ‘now or never’.  I quit my job and launched my business.  The website went live in April 2010 and I’m thrilled to say that Liberty in Love has truly gone from strength to strength.  And three years on, dealing with brides and working with some of the industry’s most incredible talent, it’s still as exciting as those early days. 

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How do you select the products that are featured in your online shop?  Tell us about the process?

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These days, we are fortunate to be approached by many amazing designers and I always like to meet with the designers and view samples.  Having dealt with thousands of brides, we have a good feel of what will work.  Needless to say, we are very particular about quality – only the best quality and most stylish will do and there’s plenty that don’t make the grade. We attend all the key trade shows to hunt for new designers.  I also spend far too much time reading wedding blogs and magazines in the name of research…

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What bridal accessories are available to buy at Liberty In Love? 

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At Liberty in Love, we sell ‘everything but the dress’.  Our website is brimming with bridal must-haves that make stylish finishing details.  Our collections include wedding hair accessories, jewellery, veils, cover-ups and bridal sashes, bridal lingerie, shoes and bags.  Also, our gorgeous gift ideas are really popular, and are ideal with brides, bridesmaids and mums.

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Each of our 700-piece collection has been chosen for its beautiful style and exceptional quality, and is made using the finest materials, such as freshwater pearl, Swarovski crystal, silks and laces and vintage trims.  As most of the pieces are handmade, many designs can be customised to suit individual requirements.  For example, with sizing, crystal/pearl colour, etc.  We always encourage customers to get in touch if they love something but it isn’t quite right somehow, as there’s a good chance that we can help.

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Tell us about some of the designers that you stock?

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We work with some of the most talented independent designers in the industry. Our designers include Stephanie Browne, Peter Lang, Victoria Fergusson, Harriet Wilde, Florrie Mitton, Emmy, Halo & Co, Freya Rose and Ivory & Co

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In my opinion, these names lead the way when it comes to design and craftsmanship. Some of these designers produce the most beautiful classic pieces that are exquisite heirloom pieces in the making, whilst other designers make incredible statement creations that simply take your breath away.  Whichever designer at Liberty in Love you choose, you can be assured of beautiful quality and style.

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What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2012 and what trends do you see emerging in 2013 and beyond?

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Vintage as a broad style was an enduring theme in 2012 and this shows no sign of slowing.  But, Art Deco style is definitely a key trend for 2013.  As well as the Art Deco aesthetic that brides find so appealing, Art Deco accessories are very versatile.  Depending on how you style the accessories, you can be as classic or as fashion-forward as you like. 

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To work the look, I would choose a designer like Emmy, whose style heritage is embedded in that era. Or, look to a designer such as Stephanie Browne, who has been creating amazing Art Deco led bridal accessories for many years, and whose couture pieces have an enduring quality.  This year, Stephanie Browne has just introduced the Art Deco Alice band and Art Deco cufflinks which match the popular Art Deco earrings in her existing collection.  These pieces are just gorgeous – I’ve already ordered of the Art Deco cufflinks for my husband!

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Art Deco Alice Band by Stephanie Browne

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Art Deco Cufflinks by Stephanie Browne

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For more, see our vintage-inspired accessories collection or our Art Deco-inspired accessories collection.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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As well as high end pricier pieces, we also stock lower price point items, which means there’s something to suit most pockets.  For example, bridal hair combs range from £30 to £345.  If you are working to a particular budget, then you can very easily refine your search on our website by price.

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To enjoy 15% off all orders over £100, please use the shopping code SUMMER15 at checkout.  This promotion is valid for 2 weeks only (terms and conditions apply).  Click here to visit the Liberty In Love website. 

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Terms and conditions:  Only valid on new orders – Does not include shoes by LoveArtWearArt, veils by Faulkner & Carter or gift certificates.  May not be used in conjunction with any other promotion.  Valid from 1.7.13 and expires 14.7.13.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

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Our aim is to get it totally perfect for our customers and minimise any accessories-related stress.  Having been there myself, I totally understand the importance of providing a first rate customer service.  After all, it’s such an important occasion and brides put themselves under immense pressure to get things right.  We are absolutely committed to delivering a fantastic service to our customers. Where required, we provide styling advice to customers, to help whittle down those choices.  I do know that some brides find this aspect of our service extremely helpful.  We also offer a 14 day No-Quibble returns policy, which means if you don’t absolutely love your chosen pieces, we are happy to exchange or refund.  This includes made-to-order items (but excludes bespoke pieces).  Finally, it’s also worth mentioning that we offer a next day delivery for many pieces – perfect for brides in a hurry!  

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What is your current favourite piece and why?

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I have so many favourites, it’s so hard to choose.  But if I were getting married again tomorrow, I think I would find the Martha t-bar shoes by Harriet Wilde, the Elizabeth bridal sash by Sash & Co, the Windsor bandeau and Paris pearl bracelet by Stephanie Browne hard to resist.  And, I would definitely treat myself to our Dahlia bride ruffle knickers with bow detail and personalised crystal letters by Gilda and Pearl!

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Martha by Harriet Wilde

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Windsor Bandeau by Stephanie Browne

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Paris Bracelet by Stephanie Browne

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Dahlia by Gilda & Pearl

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Is there a particular style that has been immediately popular with your customers?  What is your best-selling piece?

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Our customers love anything classic and pretty with a vintage twist.  Also, our personalised bridal lingerie has also been popular.  In terms of best sellers, it’s been the Kelly pearl earrings and Kelly pearl bracelet by Stephanie Browne, part of the Kelly collection inspired by Grace Kelly.  Also, the Autumn side tiara headband by Halo & Co and Aphrodite garter by Florrie Mitton.

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Kelly Pearl Earrings by Stephanie Browne

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Autumn by Halo & Co

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Aphrodite by Florrie Mitton

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How does Liberty In Love provide a superior experience to other online accessory retailers? What is your philosophy?

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My guiding philosophy has always been to put the customer at the heart of what we do, which means that our service is very much designed around the needs of our brides. This means having:

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A wide selection of gorgeous accessories that she can pick from (and fall in love with!) 

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An enjoyable website browsing experience, with superior photography that showcases our collections beautifully

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Prompt delivery and professional yet friendly communications with us

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And although we are online, we do also offer a tailored, personal service of boutique-style shopping, where this is required.

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Do you stock pieces that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids?  What would you recommend?

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Yes, we do, our ranges cater really well for bridesmaids!  When it comes to choosing bridesmaids accessories and jewellery, there’s no rules as such.  It’s not necessarily about being overly ‘matchy-matchy’ as I think a mix-and-match approach allows you to bring in the individual style and personality of each bridesmaid.  That said, it’s good idea to complement the bridal look/overall theme and perhaps select slightly more understated versions of what the bride’s wearing. 

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Liberty In Love Bridal Accessories

London Pendant Necklace by Victoria Fergusson

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Acorn Earrings by Victoria Fergusson

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In terms of what’s been popular, we’ve sold the London pendant necklace, Bellini bracelet and Acorn earrings for many bridesmaids (all by Victoria Fergusson).  These are very simple and classic and a great choice if the bride is wearing pearls too.  Also, the Victoria I headpiece by Sash & Co, which can be worn as a classic headband or in a more bohemian style, has sold really well for brides and bridesmaids alike. 

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For bridesmaids gifts, our bridesmaid tote bags and pouches are great gift ideas for your best girls.

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What about Mother of The Bride?  What would you recommend?

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For mums, I would pick out elegant and sophisticated pieces in a style that she would love. I love the Triple ivory pearl strand choker necklace with fan bow motif (NE9589) by Peter Lang and Short ivory pearl drop with cabochon wing earrings by (EA5269) Peter Lang. 

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Liberty In Love Bridal Accessories

Triple ivory pearl strand choker necklace with fan bow motif by Peter Lang

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Short ivory pearl drop with cabochon wing earrings by Peter Lang

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How are your products packaged? 

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Most accessories are presented in the designer’s branded packaging and make gorgeous gifts. 

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

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Email:                     hello@libertyinlove.co.uk

Phone:                   01925 357488

Website:                www.libertyinlove.co.uk

Facebook:             Facebook page

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know? 

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I’m really proud that Liberty in Love was the North West winner in The 2013 Wedding Industry Awards for the category of ‘Best Bridal Accessories’. I’m particularly thrilled as The Wedding Industry Awards is the only client-voted national awards in the industry.  We had so much support from our brides and that was utterly brilliant in itself.  Oh, and not to mention the great party that we enjoyed earlier this year in London with some of the industry’s very finest! 

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Friday Fabulous!

December 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Friday Fabulous Azuni

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After all, it’s all you need!

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Azuni Silver Twisted Love Necklace via Red Direct £49

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  – Image © 2011 Red Direct

This is not a sponsored post

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Winner! Amanda Wakeley For Ernest Jones

May 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Have you seen Amanda Wakeley’s gorgeous new contemporary collection for Ernest Jones?  If you are an unconventional bride you will love her collection of chunky rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets with white, black and brown diamonds.  Brides Up North thinks that they are stunning (and is forwarding this link to her hubby!). 

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To celebrate, Amanda Wakeley and Ernest Jones were giving away an exclusive Amanda Wakeley goody bag with hard copy look book, DVD and leather jewellery box.  The lucky Brides Up North wedding blog reader who takes home the trophy is…

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Tifty

May 7, 2011 | Beautiful! Want want want.

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Big congratulations Tifty – you get, get get!  Please contact Brides Up North to claim your prize.

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You better be quick, but some of the fabulous competitions in the Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza are still open.  Visit this wedding blog daily at noon to see if you are a winner with Brides Up North.

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Right Royal Giveaway – Amanda Wakeley & Ernest Jones (CLOSED)

April 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I hope you are having a lovely Easter day.

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Now, down to blog business…

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Inspired by the understated allure of her fashion collections, Amanda Wakeley has created a jewellery collection exclusively for Ernest Jones. Each luxurious piece is crafted from chic sterling silver and hand-set with dazzling white, black or brown diamonds.  Perfect for the modern bride (and what are we Brides Up North if not fashion forward!)  on her wedding day. 

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Click here to find out more about the collection.

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To celebrate, Ernest Jones and Amanda Wakeley are offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win an exclusive Amanda Wakeley goodie bag with hard copy look book, DVD and leather jewellery box.

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Just comment on this post to enter!*

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Competition closes on 24 May 2011.

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New to Brides Up North?  Hello!  Congrats on joining our Northern revolution!  Check out some of the other goodies on offer in my Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza this month…

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right royal giveaway bonanza

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Click here for the chance to win your WEDDING DRESS (worth up to £1,200!) with Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear.

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Click here for the chance to win gorgeous Royal Wedding inspired stationery by Cards By Sophie.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win an  free engagement shoot, a free 14 x11 mounted image for signing and a free storybook album worth £350 with Lee Brown Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win one of 10 personalised magazine covers from Blue Friesian.

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Click here for the chance to win a portrait session and free 10×8 print from Karen McGowran Photography worth up to £150.

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Click here for the chance to win a bespoke hair accessory from Tiararama worth up to £250.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win a vintage style couples shoot plus a 24 x 32 canvas of your favourite shot, worth £470, with Mandy Charlton Photography!

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Click here for the chance to win a “Finesse” Pearl and Crystal Bracelet from Purple Princess Designs.

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Click here for the chance to win 50% off your wedding cake (or cupcake tower) with Cakes By Beth.

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Click here for the chance to win a mini boudoir shoot worth £99 with FYEO Portraits.

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Click here for the chance to win 50 French macaroon wedding favours with The English Rose Bakery

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Click here for the chance to win a 20% discount voucher on any order with The Cupcake Studio

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Click here for the chance to win your wedding photography worth £750 with Matt Ethan Photography!The prize includes a full day of wedding coverage with a digital DVD album.

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Click here for the chance to win a personalised wedding paper lantern from Papaver Designs plus 25% off their whole product line.

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Click here for the chance to win an engagement shoot and supply of images in an online slideshow set to music worth £295 with Sean Elliott Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win a bespoke table plan and 25% off on the day stationery from their gorgeous Save The Pennies range with XOXO Stationery.

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Click here for the chance to win a gift voucher for 50% off a gorgeous cake from Heaven Sent Cupcakes.

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Click here for the chance to win 50 popcake wedding favours covered in sparkly sugar to match the colour theme of the winner and the ‘Mr & Mrs’ popcakes for the special couple with Popcake Kitchen.

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Click here for the chance to win a couple’s shoot with Hannah Dornford May Photography

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  Entrants will be automatically be subscribed to the Brides Up North monthly newsletter. No cash alternative. .

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Shooting Star! A Katie Byram Photography Competition

February 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Katie Byram Photography got in touch to tell Brides Up North about a competition that she is running over on her blog.

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Anyone who books their wedding photography with Katie Byram Photography between February 14th and July 14th 2011, for a wedding date anytime after July 14th 2011, can be entered into a draw to win their wedding jewellery up to the value of £100, courtesy of Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery

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Bridal Designs

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Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery is hand crafted using only the finest materials: beautiful Swarovski crystals, lustrous pearls and stunning sterling silver which when combined give the pieces a contemporary yet sophisticated look. All pieces can be custom made to your own specifications, ensuring each piece is unique to you.

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Visit Katie’s blog for more details…

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Or visit her website for more details of her wedding photography packages.

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Church image by Katie Byram Photography

Jewellery image from Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery

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Katie Byram Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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