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The Editorials: All White Weddings

January 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wedding Magazine August/ September 2012

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Recently, I talked about how away from the pages of this site, I write for a huge range of regional and National glossy bridal magazines, with regular columns in some of my favourite titles (you can see the full list on my about page).  Obviously, features for print have to be fresh, so I hold back in sharing my pieces on the pages of the blog until after publication.  A month or so on though, 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.

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I will be sharing my pre-published offline content, online.  Double the pretty! 

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First up, my feature for my regular column in Wedding Magazine, with my comments on the fresh and fabulous trend for all white weddings.  In my opinion, pale is always interesting…

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Wedding Magazine August/ September 2012

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There’s something going on in wedding blog land. Where you’d previously find matchy-matchy colour schemes or rainbow brights, it’s suddenly a total white out! Following the pale palette used so successfully at last year’s Royal Wedding, the trend for all white weddings is still going strong. In my opinion big days have never looked so beautiful.

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Bleached out blooms, snowy centre pieces and neutral details work together to create a wonderland that’s not just for Winter. This simple colour scheme, which can be classic or modern in equal measure, is effective across all four seasons. Keep things soft and pretty with vintage elements or sharpen the look up with chic styling. Choose any colour, so long as it’s white!

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Katy Melling Photography

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Katy Melling Photography

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Katy Melling Photography

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Stand Out From The Crowd

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When working with an exclusively white or ivory colour base, don’t feel that whole wedding party has to match. Choosing complimentary hues or contrasting darker shades for your bridesmaids will create a striking backdrop for your wedding dress and make light posies pop.

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Colour Charts

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Diamond white, vintage cream, ivory. There’s more than one shade of pale! Keep things interesting by layering tones, textures and fabrics for a luxe look.

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Katy Melling Photography

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Lesley Meredith Photography - Red Floral Architecture

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Alison Groves Photography

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Twinkle Twinkle!

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Add interest to starched table settings with a sprinkling of sparkle, shining silverware and springs of greenery.

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Faye Hatton Photography

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Karen McGowran

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Work With What You’ve Got

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For the whitest, brightest bouquets keep your choice of flowers seasonal. Choose paper whites and lily of the valley in Spring months and try adding a touch of mistletoe to a hand tied bunch at Christmas time.

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Helen Russell Photography

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Add Interest

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A neutral canvas is easy to style. For a classy wedding day look, choose a high fashion heel or chic clutch in a tonal colour to add drama that’s perfectly understated.

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Easter Eggstravaganza! A Real Springtime Wedding In The North East – Jordan & John

January 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year!  The normal wedding blog schedule will resume on 3rd January 2012, but while I nurse my hangover with the best of you, here is a burst of Real Wedding freshness, with one of my favourite Spring weddings from 2011.  Happy New Year Jordan and John!

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Wedding blog favourite Karen McGowran Photography sent Brides Up North Jordan and John’s beautiful Real Wedding at Close House Hotel to share with you.  I adore the duck egg blue colour scheme and fresh floral styling.  It’s all in the detail girls!

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Over to Team J:  We got engaged at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, in April 2009. John took me for a surprise treat to celebrate our anniversary and popped the question!  We were married on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 at Close House Hotel, Heddon on the Wall. 

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We looked at loads of venues but as soon as we pulled up to Close House we fell in love with it! When we went inside it just felt right and we knew it was the place for us. It has such an amazing intimate atmosphere and we could immediately imagine it filled with our families and friends. The light airy feel and the gorgeous grounds fit with the type of wedding and colour schemes we wanted.

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Another key factor was the staff – Laura, Close House’s Wedding Coordinator was so reassuring and down to earth, and all of the staff are friendly, professional and can’t do enough for you. We just felt certain everything would come together and all our guests would be looked after.

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Spring is my favourite season so we wanted a light, fresh and colourful wedding with lots of spring flowers and colours. Since our wedding was on Easter Saturday, Springtime Easter became our theme, with duck egg blue being the main colour. Our place cards were little eggs and we had an Easter egg hunt during the drinks reception for the kids. We hid Easter bunny cards around the house and gardens, which they then swapped for an Easter egg when they found them.

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My dress was Maggie Sottero’s ‘Alannah’, which I got from The Wedding Wardrobe in Chester-le-Street – a fabulous service, I’d recommend them to anyone!

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In keeping with the light floaty feel, my bridesmaids wore gorgeous tea length dresses from Monsoon. It turned out the colour we’d chosen was very difficult to find and match in the perfect shade – so when I spotted them I was over the moon!

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Their gifts were pearl bracelets with their initials on from Not on the High Street, pearl earrings and a cute necklace from Oasis.

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Instead of a guest book we had a wedding wish tree – which was really popular with our guests.

I gave my two young bridesmaids ‘My Day as a Bridesmaid’ albums with cameras, which gave them certain things they had to take pictures of on the day to add into the album… they loved it and it even kept four year old Lily entertained all day.

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We handed a quiz with funny questions about myself and John out during the wedding breakfast – I’ve never seen our families and friends get so competitive!

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My bouquet was a domed, hand tied posy of champagne roses, pale pink roses, cream double lizzianthus, cream freesia and pale pink blush and lemon tulips.  I was so excited when the flowers arrived – it finally felt real!

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Even though I love cake, when we prioritised our budget near the start neither of us saw the cake as something we wanted to spend a lot on. So I was over the moon when it turned out to look so impressive on the day! My Grandma baked the bottom tier fruit cake, while ‘Kirsty’s Cakes’ made the top three sponge tiers, and iced all of the cakes plain ivory. We then added a gorgeous pearl and crystal brooch and some ivory ribbon, and Wedding Flowers for You added fresh flowers.

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It looked stunning and if we’d had a bigger cake budget is exactly the kind of cake I’d have chosen anyway!

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It’s so hard to choose but if I had to pick my favourite moment from the day I’d say the ceremony itself. I never expected that would be the case as you spend so long planning all the other bits, but it was beautiful. This sounds cheesy, but it felt like it was just me and John in the room, and every word the registrar said meant so much.

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Another thing I have to mention that I just loved about the whole day is the way that everyone just mixed with each other and laughed all day. I’d be looking around and see two people chatting who didn’t know each other and just loved the friendly relaxed atmosphere. I think Facebook helps! Everyone finds it easier to go up and chat to people as they already know a little bit about them and have a conversation starter!

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Two weeks after our wedding we went on Honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas. We’d never been on a cruise before and were blown away by it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to decide in advance that from when you wake up in the morning nothing can spoil your day and you’re going to enjoy your day as much as your guests will!! The floaty fabric of my dress was quite fine and after a few group photos I was covered in grass stains and had a tiny rip right at the bottom of my dress. I quickly decided I could either stand still and worry about my dress all day – or forget about it and have as much fun as possible with all my favourite people! The little things don’t matter – when the formalities are over, enjoy yourself and be a guest at your own wedding!

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Little Black Book:

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Venue:  Close House Hotel

Photographer:  Karen McGowran Photography

Dress:  Maggie Sottero at The Wedding Wardrobe

Bridesmaids:  Monsoon

Men’s attire: Slaters

Chair Covers:  Simply Bows & Chair Covers

Flowers:  Wedding Flowers For You

Cake:  Kirsty’s Cakes

Cars:  Parkers Execulink

Gifts and accessories:  Not On The High Street and Oasis

Stationery and table decorations: handmade

Bride’s Make Up:  Kate D at MAC

Bride’s Hair: Toni Wardle Mobile Hairdresser

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I Heart The North East, A Wedding Blogger Wears House Of Mooshki…

October 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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A few weeks ago I spent a happy Saturday modelling gorgeous bridal dresses for  House of Mooshki.  The North East based design house creates beautiful bespoke gowns that – take it from me – will make any bride feel a million dollars on her big day. 

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As the behind the scenes shots show, I turned up all scrubbed and scruffy in my civvies and surrendered myself to the skills of Paula Pace at Perfection Nail and Beauty and Lisa Jones on hair.  They had some work to do, for sure – particularly after I had spent the whole of the previous day poncing about in ivory tulle on the Yorkshire Moors – but they didn’t let me down.

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I was a little worried about how I was going to get all that backcombing out of my mane, but after pouring myself into these stunning frocks, my inner diva took over.  All I cared about was who would be touching up my lippy…

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Ok, so that’s a lie!  I was nervous as hell – and I hope you like the beautiful images that Karen McGowran Photography and Kat Timmins Photography and the team produced.  I hardly recognise myself, but what I do know is that I LOVE the North East.

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The Geordies Have Landed! All The Photos From The #BUNtweetup North East…

September 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s the moment the North East Wedding Industry has been waiting for…

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Or maybe not!  Without further sneak peeking, teasing or ado, I give you the official images from the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East 2011 with Wedding Ideas Magazine, a wedding industry networking event organised by little old me and photographed by the lovely Karen McGowran Photography

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To see all the gorgeous styling details and to find out who was involved behind the scenes, click here.

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To see the images from the Brides Up North Tweet Ups in the North West and Yorkshire, or to pre-register for the next set of Brides Up North Tweet Ups in 2012 click here

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All images by Karen McGowran Photography, polaroid pictures seen in images by Sean Elliott Photography

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Shout outs to some attendees on the night:

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Heaven Sent Cupcakes; Karen McGowran Photography; Sean Elliott Photography; Claire De Lune Florist; By Wendy; Popcake Kitchen; Little Town Bakery; What A Do Weddings; AMV Live Music; Perfect Days Vintage; Vintage Twee; House Of Mooshki; The Black Horse; Floral Quarter; Hasy Daisy Florist; Angel Cakes; Cheekie Sweete; Celebration Cakes Peterlee; Wedding Tales; Xtra Ordinary Photography; Becky Mitchell Photography; Open Door Events; Mark Deeks; Lorraine Wight Photography; Sally Thurrell Photography; Perfection Nail and Beauty; Kat Timmins Photography; What Katy Did Next; Bex Rooms; Make Up By Jo; Tees Valley Weddings; Tux &Tales Photography; Baroque Bags; Imagic Moment; Your Personal Touch; Stan Seaton Photography; Matt Ethan PhotographyMia Sposa Bridal & Menswear; Wedding Flowers For You; Durham Events; Close House Hotel; Dirk Van Der Werff; Fyzal Photography; Simply Bows & Chair Covers; By Gina; Emerson Photography; Flower Fever; Beckwith Events; Vicky Trainor; Nick Unwin Photography; Might Fine Events; Aime Watson; Squeak Unique; Kids Deserve The Best; Rubys Tea Party; Daisychain Events; A Grand Day; Katie Byram Photography; Euphoria Boutique 

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If I have missed you from the list or have been unable to link to your website, drop me a line julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk to let me know and I will add you in.  Please feel free to leave a comment on this post to tell my readers all about your business too. 

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Oh, and forgive me while I have a captive audience… have you saved the date for the Brides Up North SUPER SHOWCASE Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday March 4th 2012 from 12pm – 4pm?!  Brides to be – this means you! 

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The region’s top wedding suppliers will be out in force at this MASSIVE, not to be missed bridal event.  With two professional fashion shows, oodles of wedding inspiration, on the day discounts, amazing giveaways and surprises galore this is a must do date for any North East Bride To Be.  Watch this space for more details of how to pre register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be.

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.  Suppliers are strictly limited by category. 

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A Fairy-lit Fiesta! – The #BUNtweetup North East

September 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The fairy lights were strung, the champagne was on ice and a gazillion candles had been lit.  It was time for the third and final Brides Up North Tweet Up 2011 with Wedding Ideas Magazine, and it was set to be a very twinkly one…

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Each host venue chosen for the Brides Up North Tweet Ups (see all the images here) was handpicked for a reason – Didsbury House for its girly gorgeousness,  The Mansion, Roundhay for its quality and style and this venue, The Black Horse, Beamish, for its intimate, chocolate box charm. 

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Although the decor for each and every Tweet Up featured brilliant blooms, pearls, crystals, a whole lot of sugar and admittedly, a lot of pink, each had it’s own unique styling and special added extras. 

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To enhance the cosy countryside feel of the North East venue, I let there be light.  And lots of it.  Candles and fairy lights covered every surface, beam, wagon wheel and wishing tree!  TOP TIP: brides to be on a budget – if you can’t spend much on flowers, consider festooning your venue with fairy lights to create a stunning visual effect for less.  String them generously, add some candles and turn the main lights low.  Instant Disneyland, and pure romance. 

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Once again, I couldn’t have pulled this off singlehandedly. HUGE HUGE thanks and love to these fabulous wedding industry greats, who provided so much help, support and general hand holding:

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Karen McGowran Photography, for her amazing images, bubbly personality and hard work; Sean Elliott Photography for being a proper mate and supporting me at not one but two Tweet Ups with his awesome banter and fantabulous camera skills; The girls at Claire De Lune Florist  for their unique and brilliant floral displays, their pretty candy cart and for making sure I ate something when nerves where getting the better of me; By Wendy for lending me her gorgeous white wishing tree whilst she was sunning herself in Florida; Popcake Kitchen for bringing the cutest BUN popcakes and Heaven Sent Cupcakes for baking a job lot of perfect Brides Up North cookies; Little Town Bakery for her fabulous Twitter bird cake and matching cupcake tower – a work of art!; What A Do Weddings for being an absolute star and creating the amazing hand printed goody bags that went down a storm once again; Andy from AMV Live Music on keyboards and the gorgeous Karen of Livewire on vocals for stunning my guests with your brilliant and beautiful music; Perfect Days Vintage and Vintage Twee for entrusting me with your super styling details for one more night…; House Of Mooshki for dressing this to the nines; The team at The Black Horse for being absolute superstars; Hitched Magazine for adding your glossy pages to my goody bags; Wedding Ideas Magazine for being a constant support through this whole process and last but not least my wonderful Mum, Dad and my best mate Jane for turning up to surprise me on the night.  I love you!

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It seems I don’t get out of bed in the morning without a fabulous team behind me these days!

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Enjoy the details…

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She’s The One – A Brides Up North Winner – Karen

August 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Karen was a wedding blog winner in this year’s Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza (a month of giveaways right here on Brides Up North to celebrate the marriage of Wills and Kate).  And what did she win?  Only a fabulous couple’s shoot with amazing Newcastle wedding photographer Karen McGowran Photography!

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Karen and her new hubby chose the magical setting of Danby Castle in North Yorkshire for their prize shoot, and I am thrilled to share the results with the rest of my readers today!  Isn’t Karen gorgeous?  I feel all proud…

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Darling Buds, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Richard

August 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Have I got a corker of a Real Wedding for you Brides to Be today!  Sent to me by bridal blog Featured Supplier Karen McGowran Photography, this wedding is brimming with ideas.  Today’s beautiful Bride Sarah helpfully explains where she found her own inspirations and the suppliers that she just couldn’t do without.  North East Brides – pens and paper at the ready!

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Over to the new Mrs Jennings: Richard proposed at the Priory in Tynemouth at the end of September 2010. We were there first thing on a Saturday morning, so we had the whole place to ourselves. The proposal was on bended knee, right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea, and the sun even made an appearance just as he popped the question – perfect!

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We married on 21st May 2011 at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn, Northumberland.  A lot of family were coming over from Canada, so we were primarily looking for a venue we could hire for the whole weekend. Our families and bridal party were able to come and stay with us there for three nights, which gave us lots of time to have a proper visit with them and to have an extended wedding celebration. We knew Woodhill Hall was the place for us as soon as we walked in – grand enough to feel special, but somehow still managing to feel intimate and comfortable.

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I had an all white bouquet with hydrangeas, tulips, peonies, sweet peas and roses by Bels Flowers

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I wanted a reasonably simple and elegant dress – I’m not a ‘bling’ type of girl, so I wasn’t after anything with too much sparkly fuss. I also didn’t want a strapless gown, which was a hard thing to find! I struggled to find the right dress until I visited YAP Bridal Boutique in Newcastle. After trying a few dresses on with no success, the owner Jo mentioned she was going to start carrying a new designer, and showed me a picture of a dress from their catalogue. She was sure it would look great, so went to the trouble of ordering up a sample from London, in my right size, just so I could try it. Wouldn’t you know, Jo was right – it was the ‘one’!

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My bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung style D476 in Niagara – they looked AMAZING! I ordered them from Bridal Wish, who had the most competitive prices for that style.

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I can’t recommend Karen McGowran Photography, Bels Flowers, The Fine and Funky Events Company, Simone Whitehead (hair) , Paula Pace of Perfection Nail & Beauty (makeup) and Real Life Films enough – they all went above and beyond for us! We also worked with Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Purple Peacock Stationery, Blades Suit Hire, Stuart Collingwood (pianist) to name a few more – all were great.

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We wanted to day to feel quite personal – instead of a traditional guestbook, we had a wedding ‘tree’ where guests inked their thumbs and pressed them onto the print as leaves on the branches and then signed their names next to it. It looked amazing by the end of the night and will be lovely framed. We also had special favours, which were small pieces of traditional Danish wedding cake, which reflected my family’s heritage – this type of cake was served at my mother’s, grandmother’s and great grandmother’s wedding, and we were so lucky to find Birgit Underwood in London who was able to make them for us! I also embroidered our initials and wedding date in blue onto a vintage handkerchief (which was my ‘something blue’ carried in the pocket of my dress) and also designed keepsake escort cards which were then made by Purple Peacock Stationery.

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Our wedding cake was made by a friend of ours – unfortunately it had an ‘accident’ on the way to the venue! It tasted great though!

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We had an AMAZING band, No Time For Jive, agree to come and play for us. They got us and our guests up and embarrassing ourselves on the dance floor in no time!

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How can you pick a favourite part of a day like this!? I loved the band, and I loved the ‘evening buffet’ where we replaced the ‘buffet’ with a crepe station! Executive Catering provided everything we needed and a selection of crepes that were made to order in front of the guests – they were delicious! And good value!

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Most of all, I just loved marrying the man I loved in front of so many people who care about us… it’s amazing.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to find a supplier that you like and trust, and ask them for reliable suppliers that they’ve worked with before – it really is the best way to find great suppliers. Karen tipped us off to a lot of great people.

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Brides, Grooms and photographers – Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding on the wedding blog

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Super Sunday!

July 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This wedding blogger is just TOO excited about the Brides Up North Tweet Ups 2011 with Wedding Ideas Magazine!  The response has been absolutely phenomenal and the North West event (at the fabulous Didsbury House) is completely sold out, with the gatherings at The Mansion, Roundhay (Leeds) and the Black Horse, Beamish (Durham) not far behind at all!

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If you have an invitation waiting in your inbox, PLEASE be quick and sign up, I really don’t want you be disappointed. 

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You might have noticed my cute new Brides Up North Tweet Ups 2011 web button?  If your name is on the guest list, one of these will be winging it’s way to your inbox soon.  Wear it on your blog, website or Facebook page with pride!  So this season, darling!

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In addition, watch out for my special Tweet Up blog pages and Facebook groups – both coming very soon – so that you can see all the other lovelies who you will be networking with.  This is FUN! 

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Just in case you lose your way to the events, my friend Sheree of Cute Maps (read an interview with her here) has drawn up some very special wedding blog editions.  I love these!  Coming to the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East?  Print this off!

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Brides Up North Tweet Ups 2011 North East Cute Map

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Following on with the North East theme, today I share my favourite real weddings on the wedding blog from the region so far.  Check them out.  They are beautiful!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Mandy Charlton Graffiti My Heart, Li & Phil by Mandy Charlton

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Sean Elliot Photography

Golden Sands (of Tynemouth!) Claire & Jesse by Sean Elliott Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Fyzal Photography 

Wedding Breakfast At Tiffanys, Vanessa & Bryan by Fyzal Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Karen McGowran Photography 

Mistletoe & Wine, Jenny & Tom by Karen McGowran Photography

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And of course…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: David Lawson StudiosMy Own Wedding Day (!!) by David Lawson Studios

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In other news, Brides Up North Featured Supplier Julia from Bejuled is offering  a FREE cards post box to match in with your chosen design, when you spend £100 or more on stationery throughout July.  Click here to find out more.

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Also, my friend Nicola (see her Civil Partnership blogged here) tells me that Don’t Tell The Bride are looking for a lesbian couple to star in their next series.  Would you dare let your girlfriend take the reins?  Contact weddings@renegadepictures.co.uk to find out more.

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Have a FABULOUS Sunday everyone!

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Super Sunday!

June 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Well HOLA Brides Up North.  You’ll never guess where I am this Sunday – only Sunny Spain!  I am here on an early summer holiday with my hubby and our great friends Jane and Tom.  I’ve been here a week already and have been chilling by pool, posing on the beach, getting stuck into some great holiday reads, eating lots of olives and drinking lots of perfectly chilled Vina Sol.  Amazing.  Just what I needed. 

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I have also found the time to do a little wedding blogging here and there – you might have noticed – and also sit back and take stock on how far Brides Up North has come in the past six months.  Its been one of the best but also the hardest half years of my life: juggling a full time legal career, penning a professional wedding blog, moving house, meeting a whole host of new wedding industry faces and getting stuck into life as a newly wed.  You know what?  I wouldn’t swap places with anyone right now.

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I hope that you are feeling happy today too.  I couldn’t do it without you fabulous readers and Northern wedding industry supporters.  You properly rock.

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As I have been trying to have a break from online surfing and get more into trying watching real surfing this week, I am taking a break from my usual Sunday schedule, and thought that I would take look back on some of my favourite real weddings featured right here on the Brides Up North wedding blog over the past six months.  Enjoy…

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Natalie and GraemePeacock Chic Natalie and Graeme by Karen McGowran Photography

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Since publishing this dreamy real wedding, Natalie of Purple Peacock has become a friend.  But I’m not biased – her wedding, at Ramside Hall Hotel was divine!

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Christina and Chris

Rock and Roar!  – Christina and Chris by Brett Martelli

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One of my first real weddings – with a crazy and cool dinosaur theme.  Rah!

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Chloe and JamesAll That Glitters – Chloe and James by Mandy Charlton Photography 

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The dress, the venue, the couple: all gorgeous.  What  a beautiful, sparkly celebration

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Claire and JesseGolden Sands (of Tynemouth) – Claire and Jesse by Sean Elliott Photography

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If this first hilarious photograph doesn’t whet your appetite for more, I don’t know what will.  It gets better and better

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Becky and AndrewYorkshire’s Finest – Becky and Andrew by Andy Sutcliffe

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A beautiful bride from my home town.  Not that I am missing it right now…

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Pass me the suncream would you?

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Its In The Detail, A Real Wedding – Cathy & Chris

May 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Karen McGowran Photography sent me this gorgeous Real Wedding which took place at Slaley Hall in Northumberland earlier this year.  I love the way they worked with the colours of the furnishings at the venue when choosing their colour scheme – always a good tip.   Loads of inspiring details here to feast your eyes on.

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Oh, and OMG.  The cake.

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Karen sets the scene: We drove to Slaley Hall in heavy rain but I put my faith in the BBC and they were right, by 11am it was dry and promising to be a fantastic day for the marriage of Cathy and Chris.

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Cathy chose a stunning Maggie Sottero dress with beautiful detail over one shoulder and she looked so stylish and classy. She walked down the aisle to her two favourite boys, Chris and their baby son Tommy and her smile said it all!

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