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Coming In From The Cold. A Styled Bridal Shoot At Styal Lodge, Cheshire

February 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lucy Greenhill Photography

After the excitement of my big announcement this morning (miss it? click here to catch up) we’re staying in the North West for the whole day on the wedding blog, and this afternoon we join a bevy of Cheshire lovelies as they collaborate on this warming styled bridal shoot at Styal Lodge.

Styal Lodge Shoot from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

To introduce the shoot, Laura of Laurel Weddings says:  We decided that one of my favourite venues; Styal Lodge in Cheshire, with its warn interior tones, contrasting against the chilly day, would be ideal to give everyone involved the opportunity to show their creativity and bring their own individual style to the shoot. With such a blank canvas to work with and in consultation with my good friend Francesca from Cheshire Cat Cake Company, we agreed that metallic silver and gold would work really well.

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

We were fortunate to have three beautiful models, each with their individual look, showcasing a variety of products and styles within the overall theme.  Despite the best efforts of the Cheshire weather, we managed to fit in a few shots in the wintery gardens, with the balance taken in the warmth of the barn itself.
Our photographer for the shoot Lucy Greenhill of Lucy Greenhill Photography, did a fantastic job and
using her photographer’s eye, pulled together an cohesive collection of images.

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Pearls v Polka Dots! A 1950’s Inspired Wedding Inspiration Shoot At The Bowdon Rooms

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m extremely excited about our first ever luxury and vintage wedding exhibition in the North West – more specifically at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire – this coming Sunday 19th May 2013.

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Last year, when sourcing a venue for our first North West show (it had to be perfect – something new to add to our portfolio of diverse venues, not too big, not too small, not too clichéd, and something a little bit unique).  I featured these images on the wedding blog as part of a styled shoot and knew that I had to get across to The Bowdon Rooms to talk to the team and see it for myself.  A castle venue this is not, but if you are looking for an authentic and friendly venue with a real vintage vibe, yet big enough to hold a proper party – this is for you.

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Come along and see Brides Up North and our fabulous exhibitors (plus a few exciting surprises – wait and see!) this Sunday 19th May 2013.  Some of the team behind this photo shoot will be there to meet you and show off their talents in person as well as a hand picked selection of the regions’ finest wedding suppliers.   We are open from 12pm – 4pm and entry is FREE!

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

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THE BOWDON ROOMS” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome Packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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The team say: Have you ever thought you’d been born in the wrong era?  Do you love the post war formal wear of the 40s, the fun and froth of Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, Biba and the swinging 60s, and what about the psychedelic 70s?

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Photo shoots are always an interesting proposition, but to make them different means moving away from the norm and searching for something new.  To do that, we thought we’d go back in time using the nostalgia of the late 50s and early 60s for inspiration – Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn et al : full of pearls and bling, versus the new trend from across the pond of  American kitsch, all juke boxes and polka dots.

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Gathering together the right group of like minded fabulous professionals was easy – all ready to create a time gone by at The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire.  An Edwardian dance hall full of history and atmosphere and an ideal venue for a wedding celebration with stylish ‘Downton Abbey’ era architecture and beautiful original features, to enhance any decorative theme.

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On a bright sunny spring day Alex Davies Photography – our talented photographer – got to work  with our models : Suzi Sequin, who’s unique style was perfect for our ‘kitch’ look, and Gemma Davy, whose height and poise fitted perfectly with our glamour theme. Once the hair and makeup had been beautifully executed by the talented Fatima Vadia of Make Up Base, we started the marathon shoot of eight gorgeous dresses by Nicole at Pearl Bridal Boutique. These were wonderfully complemented by the accessories: feather fans, birdcage veils, hairpieces and corsages all by the extremely creative Laura Simpson at Laurel Weddings.

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We began in the  upstairs Jazz Club of The Bowdon Rooms – ‘The Cinnamon Club’, where the dark walls, and cosy corners were a great backdrop for the dining table and chairs and ceremony area, which was dressed by Karen Finkill of Perfection On Linen.  Karen can accessorise and complement most colours with her choice chair covers, bows and fabulous table dressing.   To further enhance the atmosphere of the room, Swing and Jazz band, Dominic Halpin and the Honey B’s joined in the fun whilst Naomi Koop, Solo violinist wowed us with her skills, entering into the spirit of the shoot wearing her very own 1950s designed polka dot dress.

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With each new look came the opportunity to introduce beautiful bouquets designed by Sarah of Barkers the Florist. Rich reds, pearly ivory and such pretty pinks.  Not forgetting the added delight of the wedding cakes , cupcakes and novel ice cream cakes, in many colours befitting each theme by Francesca at The Cheshire Cat Cake Company.

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Moving downstairs to the more formal area, with tables again dressed to delight:  tall elegant table centres draped with pearls and orchids.  The sparkle of silver bows and the diamanté detail of the cakes added to the glamour. More fabulous dresses see the music stage come alive and the warm glow of the fireplace completes our inside shoot.

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A quick peek outside, before the sun departs, sees a picnic ensue – with tea and cake, along with garden shots to end the day with the best of the afternoon sunlight.

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All in all an fabulous fun day, with lots of clever and talented people creating beautiful photos to inspire, in a venue worthy of a fabulous wedding day.

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Alex Davies Photography – photographer                               

Barkers The Florist – florist                                               

Pearl Bridal UK – dresses                                                    

Laurel Weddings  – accessories                                             

Perfection On Linen -  venue dressing                             

The Cheshire Cat Cake Company – cakes                                  

The Bowdon Rooms – wedding and music venue                

Dominic Halpin and the HoneyB’s – band                                      

Naomi Koop – solo violinist and 50s dress designer            

Fatimah Vadia – hair and make up                              

Suzi Sequin – model
Gemma Davy – model

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Rose Gold: A Vintage Inspired Dusky Pink Styled Shoot In The North West

May 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join a very talented collective of North West wedding suppliers for a dreamy vintage inspired bridal shoot sent to me by Emilie of Dotmoxee Photography.  Be inspired, and let this loveliness get you excited about something very special coming up your way soon North West…

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Dotmoxee Photography say:  As wedding photographers we’ve always found ourselves flicking through a good home and fashion magazine, reading about the latest wedding trends, and thinking about our next inspiration shoot.  We always aim to keep our work up to date, as well as working with like minded suppliers in the North West.

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We met Francesca (Cheshire Cat Cake Company) back in November at a wedding fair and where amazed by her talent. Naturally we both liked the idea of collaborating and decided to extend the invitation. 

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Francesca from The Cheshire Cat Cake Company says: When Emilie (Dotmoxee Photography) approached me to join her in a vintage shoot in Sale, Cheshire, I jumped at the chance. Having great photographs of my work is essential to capture intricate elements of my bespoke designs and also appeal to the modern sophisticated bride.

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We agreed to use the gorgeous palette of dusky peach and rich gold colours as our theme and after showing off our mood board we soon had our bridal shop, florist, venue stylist & head pieces on board. Now we just required our model for the day and a make up artist to complete the team. 

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The biggest challenge was finding a date when everyone was available, but once it was set we were all committed to the shoot. The day itself was gloomy at best (chance of snow, light showers) but with a glimmer of sunshine we took our chances.

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As the rain came down Chris Gratin (Beautifully Vintage) worked her magic and styled an area in Pearl Bridal Boutique (Sale). Chris is a real treat to have on a shoot – her enthusiasm counter balanced the poor weather with charm and stunning vintage props. 

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All the while Make Up Artist Jenny Reddiough was giving our model Bernadette a bridal makeover, the lovely Nicole (Pearl Bridal Boutique) had selected the dress ‘Dulcie’ (by White Rose) from her 2013 collection and with Rachel of Penny Brown providing her wonderful hand made head pieces, Bernadette’s look was complete.

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The stunning bouquets were provided by Sale based Laurel Weddings, the colours and button details worked perfectly and complemented the rest of the styling; shoes by Rainbow Club (as part of their lace collection). Francesca took the opportunity to experiment with different techniques. Her use of a tinted, copper leaf gilt with the addition of large ruffle rosettes looked adorable.

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For the companion design, she created a double tiered cake swathed in ripples of buttercream, with wired pearl detail , emulating folds of cascading fabric. Finally topping this with an additional tier, again using the copper gilt, and punctuating with a giant, copper edged, single rosette to complete the design.

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With one eye on the weather our chance finally came to venture outdoors. Walkden Gardens is one of Sale’s hidden gems and this was our opportunity to make the most of it. Nicole provided Bernadette with a second dress (‘Payton’ by Sweetheart Gowns) and after a quick touch up from Jenny we were on our way.

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We all worked together to create an inspiring set of images and hopefully provided you with some insight into each suppliers work. 

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Bridal Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Cake – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Styling – Beautifully Vintage China Hire & Vintage Accessories

Makeup & Hair – Make Up By Jenny Reddiough

Headpieces – Penny Brown

Flowers – Laurel Weddings

Photography – Dotmoxee Photography

Model – Bernadette

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Fancy more beautiful luxury and vintage inspiration?  Mark your diaries with the first Brides Up North North West Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham on Sunday 19th May 2013!  VIP Pre-Registration is open now, click here, don’t miss out!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Dotmoxee Photography

Laurel Weddings is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier but this is not a sponsored post

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A Winters’s Tale: A Real Wedding In The North West – Alexandra & Christopher

March 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, the blog is nothing if not varied, is it?  After Sunday’s sun kissed seaside wedding (just beautiful and not to be missed – click here to catch up) it’s time for a snowy and romantic stately home celebration.  Inspiration from all angles and all climates, and all gorgeously Northern.  Le sigh. 

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Alexandra and Christopher’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Phil Drinkwater Photography is an absolute knockout.  Tasteful white on white styling, help from some very talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, a princess gown and pops of regal purple make an elegant and opulent setting for the perfect Winter wedding in the North West.

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Alexandra says:  Christopher proposed on Christmas Eve 2011, at home before we went out for a meal with our closest friends. I didn’t have a clue and apparently said ‘is that for me?’ (I had waited 11 years)!

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We got engaged on Saturday 26th January 2013 at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe.  If I’m totally honest, it was our wild card. We had been told about it by some friends, so decided to take a look as we loved that area of the country. It took our breath away the minute we saw it on the approach up the driveway. As soon as we walked through the door we both looked at each other and knew it was the place for our wedding.

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We opted for a Narnia and frosty winter wonderland theme. I had wished for snow from the minute we secured our booking… but never thought we’d be so lucky!

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I’m quite classic in my style so the invitations and décor were simple and elegant.  Eaves Hall has beautiful fires, candles, and our tables had candelabras so I wanted everything the compliment them. Our top table had hurricane lamps with ivory candles and glass votives filled with ivory flowers and cylinder vases to display the bridal bouquets. Crystal garlands decorated the beautiful candelabras and I added a handful of scatter crystals to the tables for a subtle hint of sparkle.

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We opted for an ivory colour scheme with accents of purple and a very pale gold and bronze.  I wanted to embrace the winter season so looked for sparkly wintry elements.

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My dress was by Trudy Lee and had been named Jemma. I bought it from Proposals Bridalwear, in Swinton. The dress chose me! It was the complete opposite of what I went in for, but once I started to dream about it, I knew it was the one for me.  My shrug was from Coast.

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My shoes were from Irregular Choice in London. I love shoes and wanted a pair I could wear again for any occasion.  I hand a pair of snowboots on standby, which came in handy.

My hair comb was the Vintage Multi Flower Pave Crystal Hair Comb by Ron Richard at Debenhams.  My necklace belonged to my gran, which she had in the 1920s, and was the perfect amount of sparkle for my dress.  Chris bought me some beautiful diamond earrings as a gift and the bracelet was given to me from my sister when I was a bridesmaid for her.

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My bridesmaids’ dresses were from Karen Millen and the flower girl’s from Ted Baker. I wanted something they could wear again.  Christopher wore an Italian wool morning suit and our groomsmen and pageboy wore black morning suits, all from John Francis Menswear in Bolton.

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Phoebe and Amy from Flossy & Leigh Make-Up Artist Company did my hair and make up. 

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Phil Drinkwater was our photographer for the day and we are so pleased with the results – he was absolutely amazing. 

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of ivory roses, white double lisanthus, ranunculus, a hint of purple lisanthus, grey ‘frosty’ greenery and silver brunia berries, adorned with crystal and diamante detail.  These flowers ran throughout the theme of the day and were by Laura at Laurel Weddings. 

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It was all so perfect, it’s hard to pinpoint one particular favourite moment. It was lovely to get some time together for a walk in the snow but even that felt like I was dreaming. Seeing the effort everyone involved went to in making sure they shared our day was overwhelming.

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Instead of wedding favours we bought a charity bear and donated money to the North West Air Ambulance. After experiencing first hand their fabulous work after having a fall from my horse, we both agreed it was the perfect alternative. We picked a name from an envelope during the speeches and they took home the charity bear as a keepsake.

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For our wedding cake we opted for two tiers of marble cake and one tier of vanilla sponge by Richards Cakes, in Urmston. I was speechless when I saw it… it was exactly what we wanted.

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I designed and hand made the invitations, table plan, table names, menus and place settings myself.

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Ken Robson played the piano throughout the day and the evening DJ was supplied through Eaves Hall –Pete Best Mobile Discos.

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We decided on Reykjavik, Iceland for a mini moon as we both really wanted to see the Northern Lights – which we did on our last night. Iceland is an amazing country with lots to do and we came home feeling we had only seen a glimpse of it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to go with your instinct, and make decisions based on what you want for your wedding day. It will save a lot of time and unnecessary stress throughout the months of planning.

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Congratulations Alexandra & Christopher!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North.  Here’s how

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

June 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, this time last week, the very next day after the excellent Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire (see all the official images from that event by clicking here), I was back on the road again in a North Westerly direction to throw a little party for all my North West wedding industry colleagues at The Belle Époque in the beautiful town of Knutsford. 

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The bunting was flying on arrival, and after even more heavy lifting than the day before, decorating galore and a swift makeover in the ladies’ toilets, I was ready to rock and roll. 

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For those of you who are new readers of Brides Up North (and you are gathering in your thousands month on month – hello there!) I explained in my post about my Yorkshire event exactly what a Tweet Up is and why they are important, so I’ll keep it brief this afternoon.  Basically these events are a chance for me to say a huge thank you to all the wedding industry friends and colleagues who have supported the growth of Brides Up North so wholeheartedly and have allowed me to keep bringing the wedding pretty your way twice a day as well as hosting the larger Brides Up North events especially for everyone out there sporting a sparkler on their ring finger.

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These not for profit events are a chance for the industry (many of whom are individuals working hard – and sometimes holding down another job too – from their kitchen table) to get together, exchange connections and boost their business – meaning bigger and better things for the Northern wedding industry at large and ultimately for the most important people of all: the bride and groom.  That means you. 

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This event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my amazing team of wedding industry wonders, so lets have a few snaps for them today.

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First up, a big thank you to Collette from The Belle Époque for letting me use her beautiful venue for the event.  The rooms, staff and cute Knutsford setting are just perfect.  If you are looking for an individual venue that adds a touch of glamour and has an intimate feel, The Belle Époque, with its beautiful rooms, cool bar and pretty roof garden is an excellent choice.

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Marvellous North West wedding photographer Martin Hambleton Photography captured the whole event on camera.  Thank you so much to Martin not only for such a brilliant record of the evening and turning the photographs round so bloomin’ quickly, but also for holding a camera all night when everyone else was sloshing back the vino.  I’m sure he snuck a cheeky glass or two in though, right Martin?

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Sugar based treats in the form of the most beautiful occasion cake with pink and purple peonies and the loveliest cupcake displays were provided by the wonderful Francesca at The Cheshire Cat Cake Company and EmmyLou at LilyBud Cupcakes respectively.  You gals are amazing at what you do, and will always find a way to my heart by plying me with cake.  Huge thanks too to Pretty Little Trio for supplying their gorgeous vintage cake stands for EmmyLou’s display. 

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I don’t know what I’d do without my great friends Kelly and Colette at .  These chicks not only brought their amazing vintage sweetie cabinet along with them, but lent me a whole host of props and goodies for venue dressing and a foto fun area. These two are true professionals who will always go that extra mile for their client.  Get them booked. 

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Stunning floral displays from Laura at Laurel Weddings twinkling with crystals and hanging gems brought the outside in, so even though it was pouring down outside we had an indoor paradise of pink and purple blooms.  I am always stunned at the talents of my Featured Suppliers.  You can find Laurel Weddings on the Florists page in my Directory.

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Jo from Simply Bows & Chair Covers also gave her own time (between dashing to other set ups) to bring my brand colours to life using glorious sashes and table runners.  Thank you so much Jo!

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We were entertained all evening by the wonderful talents that make up Fonix Music.  Just wow!  Taylor and Al kept spirits high and feet tapping all night long. 

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And last but not least a big thank you to Wedding Ideas Magazine for supporting my concept from the outset, lending their support to these events and letting every guest take home a copy of their brand new issue!  Hopefully a good hangover read…

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Let’s do it all again soon North West!

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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 the North West, just drop me a line – julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – first come, first served, numbers are limited.

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  – Images © 2012 Martin Hambleton Photography

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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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Good afternoon! 

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India Hobson Weddings for Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

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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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Tom Cruise is Stacee Jaxx for W Magazine June 2012

See the likeness? Ok, maybe not.

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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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You actually rock.  For real. 

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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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Don’t ask.

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