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The Editorials: Something Blue

June 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It was lovely to wake up this morning to kind emails from suppliers and brides to be congratulating us on another successful Brides Up North event at Rise Hall yesterday and the conclusion of a fabulous Spring season.  I could go on, and on (and on) about how much fun hosting these wedding exhibitions has been and how much I love each and every one of my readers and exhibitors, but all I’ll say is a massive thank you from me and my team for all of your amazing support – you rock! The Northern Revolution really is in full swing.

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When I started the blog back in the dark ages of 2010 my aim was to show other soon-to-be-weds that you  don’t need to head to the smoke to source suppliers for your big day, and to demonstrate the levels of quality available from the wedding industry right on your door step.  These events are doing just that – stepping out from behind the computer screen and showing you exactly what these talented people can do for you.  If you missed our events this Spring, be sure to pop along to an event near you from September 1st.  We’ll be announcing the full line up shortly, but we have another nine events across three regions in the diary already.  Watch this space.  Exhibitors can also contact us for details by emailing contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Another way in which I aim to spread our message is via the plethora of freelance columns that I pen on a monthly basis.  The deadlines here at Brides Up North HQ are always looming, let me tell you!  As well as contributing to many local bridal titles I am also proud to have been recognised as an influential UK wedding blogger and asked to write my own regular column for National glossy Wedding Magazine. This morning I am sharing a column that was published in one of their recent issues in case you missed it offline.

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Girls, get ready to slip on those blue suede shoes… today we are on the hunt for your something blue!

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I wrote: You know the words: Something Old, Something New… but when it comes to wedding day luck, style savvy brides are taking no chances by adding cooler colour details to their big day.

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Almost everything looks bright against white, so take care when adding bold blues to your wedding day scheme. Pick an angle and go with it – choose crisp navy to define and formalise your colour palette or the palest pastel powders to soften and prettify the overall look.

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Whichever shade you choose, all you’ll need to add is a silver sixpence for your shoe!

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Blue Blooms

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Never mind green fingers, the natural world is awash with pretty blue petals in varying shades. Add the freshest bluebells to your Spring bouquet or try hand-tied cornflowers for a relaxed Summer look. Towering indigo delphiniums or bleached out hydrangeas look stunning in centrepieces.

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Razzle Dazzle Em

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Forget diamonds – think royal. Copy the Duchess of Cambridge and sparkle in sapphires instead. Vintage magpies on the hunt for these pretty stones might find that they can cover their Something Old and Something Blue all at once…

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Blue For The Boys

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Most men that I’ve met are afraid of the fuchsia cravat. Win style and brownie points by suggesting that your boy plays it cool in blue. From pale tones, through oxford blue to nearly black navy, 2013’s sharpest wedding suits all seem to have a hint of the hue.

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All In The Details

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To add a dash of colour without feeling over committed, pay attention to detail. Try a pale petticoat under shorter frocks, a flash of a blue suede shoe, a pretty periwinkle vintage motor or piles of Parma violets for your guests to take away with them.

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Daintily Does It! A Real Wedding In North Yorkshire – Alice & Jonathan

December 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I told you that the pretty wasn’t going to let up in the run up to Christmas!  This afternoon’s beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Alice is totally one for the girly girls (who, moi?) and includes all my favourite things: layer upon layer of crisp white tulle, a duo of dainty flower girls, plenty of pink peonies, a tower of gilt edged cake and lots and lots of dancing.

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Alice says:  We got engaged in October 2011 at the Fox and Hounds pub in Hurworth sitting on the river bank. We followed it up with a lovely curry at Akbar’s in Middlesbrough. Jonathan’s original plan was a romantic picnic somewhere but it was too cold!

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We were married on 22nd June 2012 at Sadberge Parish Church (St Andrews) and the reception was at Crathorne Hall, Yarm.  Our theme was traditional with a pretty vintage twist.

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We chose Crathorne Hall because we loved the building and the surroundings.  Due to the reception room being a deep red, we struggled initially to find a colour palette that would suit.  We ended up having everything cream, light gold and very pale pink.

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I had been working in a bridal shop (Grace The Weddings Company) when we got engaged so I didn’t want to have a dress that I’d seen many other brides in. So I decided to go for a very simple, yet rather big, princess style dress with not a single bead or diamante on it. It had a taffeta top with a tulle skirt made up of many, many layers. I’m not a very glitzy girl so I had a short ivory, ribbon edged veil and had a tiara made by the fantastic Sue Webster, Darlington. It consisted of pearls, vintage lace a few sparkles. Sue also made me a pearl bracelet and some pearl earrings. My shoes were ivory silk with a bow on the front.

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We got the bridesmaid dresses and the men’s outfits from the bridal shop I worked at – Grace The Weddings Company, Darlington. The colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses was ‘palomino’ – a deep cream. The dresses were chiffon with one shoulder and came from the supplier Dessy.

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My little bridesmaids wore mini versions of my dress with a satin top with straps and a full tulle skirt. The dresses had a satin belt around the middle which fastened with a tulle flower at the back.

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The men’s suits were supplied by Cameron Ross.  All the suits were dark grey Italian silk – Jon wore a 3 piece suit and the groomsmen wore a 2 piece. Harry, our page boy – also Jonathan’s son, wore trousers and a waistcoat. All the men wore black paisley skinny ties and we made some pale pink pocket squares out of a shirt (was so hard to find the right colour fabric)!

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I carried a bouquet of white avalanche roses, cream roses and pale pink peonies by Claire Metcalfe

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We used Lovedubcars – all the bridesmaids and mum went in a VW camper van and my dad and I travelled in an old VW Beetle. Due to the adverse weather conditions, Rachael from Lovedubcars swapped the Beetle for a camper van during the church service to take us to the reception. They made the journey so memorable for us by providing a bottle of champagne to drink on the way.

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All of our invitations, table settings, table plan, candle holders and order of services were handmade by us. We also put together favours which were in ivory metal buckets – the men received a mini aftershave, a Volkswagen camper van key ring (to remind them of the wedding cars), and a love heart shaped chocolate. The ladies also received an ivory metal bucket with a heart shaped tea light, a pink love heart chocolate and a small packet of love heart sweets. Everybody was given a small glass tube of bubbles with a heart shaped lid.

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One of my closest friends has her own cake business – Cakes By Melia – so I gave her the colour scheme and wedding theme and let her come up with a design. It was perfect! It had cascading roses and a vintage birdcage as the top tier. Everyone was wowed by the cake!

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Entertainment was easy to organise – my brother is a professional drummer and he sorted out a fantastic band for us. It was headed up by Caterina Rea who did an excellent job. It turned into an open mic night by the end with different members of the family getting up and singing. Very good fun!

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There were so many great parts to the day! I think the evening party was the highlight – it was great to be surrounded by all of our friends, family and the fantastic music.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Southern Corfu and stayed in a beautiful hotel called Restia Suites – It was amazing!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take in every detail on the day – make the most of every second. It goes by so fast! We really appreciate John Hesford, our photographer, for capturing so many of these memorable moments and intricate details on the day that we would not otherwise had seen.

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Congratulations Alice & Jonathan!

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

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Blue Gingham & Butterflies: A Real Wedding In The North East – Rebecca & Christopher

November 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Wedding in Slatburn by John Hesford Photography

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Today’s stylish Real Wedding sent to me by real bride Rebecca and photographer John Hesford, shows that with a determined make do and mend attitude and an eye to style, even the smallest of budgets can achieve the chicest of wedding days. 

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Saltburn based couple Rebecca and Christopher keep their wedding beautiful as well as ethical and cost effective with a recycled wedding dress, a classic car, a simple colour scheme befitting their stunning coastal venue and beautiful home made detailing.   

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged at the top of the 199 steps in Whitby on 21st April 2011 and were married on 22nd September 2012 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton. The wedding reception was held at Rushpool Hall in Saltburn.

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We always intended to have a service in church. Rushpool Hall provided the perfect backdrop for our reception since it provided a stunning rural and coastal backdrop, as well as a delicious meal.

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Having considered every theme under the sun, our theme was simply ‘us’. We like to mend and make do (in style) and love nothing more than a countryside meander, hence gingham and butterflies were threaded throughout with a colour scheme of midnight blue and ivory.

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I wore a strapless ivory gown with a fitted bodice, small ‘puddle’ train and a smattering of embroidery, from Oxfam in York and Christopher sported a grey three piece suit, from a local bridal hire shop. My bridesmaids wore simple midnight blue A-line dresses made by a friend of the family.

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I carried a hand tied white bouquet of gypsophila, lisianthus, freesias and avalanche roses.

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On the day we travelled in style in a gorgeous restored Triumph 2000 – my Dad is a classic car fanatic and borrowed this from a friend.

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We made most things ourselves or enlisted the help of friends, so no suppliers were necessary for the cake, table plan, favours, table centrepieces, wedding car and flowers!

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Our cake was made by me and my very patient Mum, which I iced and decorated. The bottom tier was fruit and the top two were Victoria sponge.

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The favours, which doubled up as place cards, were miniature jam jars filled with jelly beans and topped with gingham and raffia. The table centrepieces were sweet trees, assembled by us and a willing team of friends and family.

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My favourite part of the day was sharing in our family and friends’ happiness following the ceremony.

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Since we only had the following Monday off, as Chris had only recently started a new job, we settled for a Honey-Monday!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to  avoid letting wedding planning take over your life and keep it simple. Ensure that you make time for one another on the big day; your guests will enjoy themselves whether you mingle extensively or not.

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HEARTCongratulations Rebecca & Christopher! HEART

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding on the pages of Brides Up North!

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