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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014: Sparkling Glamour. A Real Wedding At The Baltic Flour Mill, Newcastle Upon Tyne – Kat & Ben

June 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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Kat and Ben’s Real Wedding by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie Penfold Photography is filled with sequins, sparkle and beautiful details.  This chic couple chose a very modern landmark venue in the North East and filled it with pretty, for a personal and precious celebration. 

We’ll be back tomorrow to start 2014 as we mean to go on – beautifully – but for now, enjoy the last day of your holiday!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Kat says:  We got engaged in March, 2013 – Easter weekend.  Ben had arranged a meal out with both of our families and just before they arrived at our home he blindfolded me (after much persuasion, I had just done my hair!) and gave me an Easter present, which was a box of chocolates spelling out ‘will you marry me’. We then all went out in Durham for tapas and bubbles.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We got married on 16th November 2013 at The Baltic Mill, in Gateshead. 

Ben’s family all live in Whitley Bay and mine live in Chester-le-Street. We are both proud North-Easterners and fell in love with the views of the Tyne that can be seen from inside The Baltic.  The staff from Fresh Element, who plan events at The Baltic, were fantastic. Mary-Jane and Tracy in particular, went above and beyond to give us everything we wanted, and more.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our theme was ‘glamorous’, with a silver and ivory colour scheme. 

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

My bridesmaid’s dresses were silver and charcoal sequins from Phase Eight. They all looked a little too beautiful for my liking, I should have gone with peach taffeta!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I wanted something in the style of Grace Kelly but with a modern twist. My dress is by Moreland and I got it from Wedding Essentials in Newcastle. I fell in love with the low back and simple style.

I used www.16braunton.com for our hair pieces.  Kate is wonderful. I emailed her photos of the details on my dress and she sent me photos of what she thought would match. I was so happy with them.

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Nick from ND Makeup did my makeup as well as two of my bridesmaids. We all loved it and it honestly lasted all day.

Rachelle Summerson-Wright, my best friend and bridesmaid did my hair on the day, as well as the other bridesmaids. She is a very talented hairdresser so I am extremely lucky to count her as my BFF.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

A special touch personally was my shoes. I am obsessed with Carrie Bradshaw and was so lucky to be treated by my parents to the same pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes she wore for her wedding in the Sex and the City film. I also had a pair of personalised converse with diamantes and my married name and wedding date on to change into for dancing the night away.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Jamie Penfold Photography was our wedding photographer.  The pictures speak for themselves. Jamie is not only a talented photographer, but also a lovely person who put us both at ease.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I had a large bouquet of baby’s breath. The bridesmaids had smaller posies and the buttonholes were made up of baby’s breath as well. I wanted to keep the flowers as simple as possible.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our best man’s wife, Wendy Johnson, is a talented cake maker so she made our cake for us. We had one lemon, one chocolate and one spice tier and it was decorated in lace effect icing. We had a personalised cake topper from Miss Cake, which read ‘Cakey Kisses From The Mr & Mrs’.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We used mini-frames with photos of each guest in, instead of name cards on the tables.

Terri Hosler did all our wedding stationery. She let me decide exactly what I wanted, from scratch, and all our guests commented on how beautiful the invitations were. She covered everything in silver glitter, so I was very happy!

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Timeless Table Venue Styling provided decorations like wedding wish trees, candles and lanterns, throughout the day.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I really enjoyed the speeches (despite crying throughout). My dad, Ben and his best man Andrew all did amazingly well and I’m so glad we have them all caught on camera, by the lovely Andrew and Gail from A&G Productions.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We used the cinema room in The Baltic and played a slideshow of family photos and childhood snaps for all our guests.

We hired a vintage sweet cart from www.bonbonssweetsshakes.co.uk, who are based in Chester-le-Street. They were so helpful and we couldn’t recommend them enough.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We had flip flops for the ladies to change into when their feet hurt from their heels, pashminas for those who wanted to sit on the terrace outside, to keep them warm and umbrellas in case it rained, for the guests to help themselves to.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Ben is friends with a few members of an 8-piece band called Bay6. They played at a wedding we were guests at on New Year’s Eve and I fell in love with them. They did not disappoint on the day, we were dancing all night.

We also used Limelight Photo Booth Hire.  The girls were lovely and our guests loved all the props, especially the horses head!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We had a cheeky week away in Tenerife, at Costa Adeje, a week after we got married. We plan to honeymoon properly next year … Ben is currently trying to convince me to go to Brazil in June so he can go to a World Cup match!

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I was so nervous in the lead up to our day. I was worried about walking down the aisle, speaking in front of everyone, our first dance and pretty much everything else. From the second I woke up on my wedding day the nerves disappeared. I felt so laidback and happy, so my top tip for other Brides Up North is please don’t fret, you’ll enjoy every second, even if you usually hate being the centre of attention.

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Congratulations Ben & Kat!

Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North?  Here’s how!

 

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines 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 Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Beautiful Thorp Perrow!

May 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And it’s here (!!) – our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire on Sunday 12th May 2013 – FREE ENTRY – 12pm till 4pm.

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This is a brand new exclusive use wedding venue and private stately home that we are opening to the viewing public for just one day only – and this you have to see!  Even if you already have your venue booked, this is still for you.  Come and make a day of it, visit our marquee full of absolutely outstanding wedding vendors (the very best in the business, I promise you), enjoy the beautiful gardens, ornamental lakes and the stunning arboretum, and explore the never before open stately pile. 

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“At Thorp Perrow you’ll find trees covered in blossom, carpets of bluebells and bold drifts of wild flowers.”

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This wonderful house has only very recently been opened to the public for weddings (having previously only been used as a private home) can hold up to sixty people for smaller events such as lunches and dinner parties. For larger occasions a marquee can be attached to the house or erected at the front of the house close to the lake.

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Come and visit the team behind these images as well as a collective of the region’s very finest suppliers this Sunday. 

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On site this Sunday you’ll be able to sample the talents of Buttercream Cupcakes, Make Up By Jo, Amy Sunley Photography, Glen Roughead Swing, Cat Hepple Photography, Cordelia & Co, Curvy Bridal, Peter Boyd Photography, It’s A Wind Up!, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Perfectly Practical Parties, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, White Petal Design, Gray Events Ltd, Kelly’s Event Boutique, DJB Photography, Firenza Floral Design, Twisted Willow Floristry, Joe Dodsworth Photography, Love on Location, Lissa Alexandra Photography, Elise Flowers, Kiss The Bride Magazine, The Wedding Guide, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Travel In Style (Wedding Cars), Noble Fine Art, Swing Thing Duo, C & J Rentals, White Wedding Company, Ruby Shoes, Brides & Belles and more…

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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 Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THORP PERROW” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Photography – Joe Dodsworth Photography

Venue – Thorp Perrow & CWC Malings Catering

Wedding Gowns – Curvy Bridal

Hair & Makeup – Debonnesse & Love Hair & Beauty, Ripon

Hats & Ribbons – Quaintrelle: Millinery by Claire Spooner

Flowers including hair pieces – Twisted Willow Floristry

Models – Ruth Sturdy & Katie Dewar

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Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events in 2013 – please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk – and brides to be, you can also pre-register for all of these events NOW! Click here

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Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition)

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The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

(Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 8th September 2013

(Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 exhibitors)

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Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 15th September 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co Durham – Sunday 29th September 2013

(Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – 80 exhibitors)

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The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 6th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 13th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Country Castle: A Melissa Sweet Ballgown For A Real Wedding At Langley Castle – Amanda & Aaron

April 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We first met today’s bride and groom Amanda and Aaron when I featured their beautiful Lake District engagement shoot here on the wedding blog (click here to catch up) and now we join them – along with some rather brilliant Brides Up North Featured Suppliers – to celebrate their colourful and opulent big day in the North East.

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Enjoy your Friday Brides Up North, the weekend starts here!

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Amanda says:  Aaron asked me to marry him on 29th April 2012 at Aira Force, a waterfall in the Lake District, and we married on Sunday 10th March 2013 at Langley Castle.

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We searched for a long time for the perfect wedding venue. We knew that we wanted to have the ceremony in a castle, but we also wanted 5-star service, top-notch bedrooms and facilities, and exclusive use on the day. Langley Castle offered that and more. The service went above and beyond our expectations and the rooms were incredible. We couldn’t have chosen a better venue for our wedding. It was perfect!

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We kept it fairly traditional with top hats and tailcoats and added a bit of Western flair, as I am originally from Texas. For the evening reception my bridesmaids and I all rocked our cowboy boots and we served Tex Mex for our evening buffet.  We chose a colour scheme of dark purple, ivory, bronze, spring green and emerald green. We wanted to incorporate some colours of a peacock as Langley Castle has peacocks on the grounds.

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I wore an ivory Melissa Sweet ballroom-style gown. I bought the dress in America because I wanted to go shopping with my sisters and my mom who live over there.

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My bridesmaids wore dark purple halter-neck and floor-length gowns made of mostly a floaty chiffon material from America. We also had ivory furry boleros for when we were outside in the snow. The groomsmen wore tailcoats and top hats with dark purple cravats from Slaters. Aaron wore an ivory cravat to match my dress.

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself because that’s what it’s really all about. Aaron and I had space for a reading during our ceremony, but we decided to personalise it by each saying 25 things we love about each other. They were sweet, funny, quirky, and all from the heart which really symbolizes our relationship as a whole. It also helped us to keep from shedding too many tears!

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Our videographers were A&G Productions who were absolutely fabulous. Our photographer was Lee Scullion, who honestly is the best photographer we have seen (and we interviewed a lot before we chose him!). We had numerous compliments from our friends and family about both Lee and A&G Productions about how professional and friendly they were. Not to mention the fabulous results from Lee! With Lee Scullion it isn’t just about the photographs, it’s how he makes you feel comfortable, his sense of humour, and all the little touches and surprises he has up his sleeve. We had a photo booth as well, Limelight Photobooth Hire, who went out of their way to provide us with the Western-themed background we were looking for. They also had a few little surprises for us and I’m so happy we went with them.

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Our flowers were provided by Lorna from No Ordinary Floral Designer in Chester le Street. She provided exactly what we wanted and we couldn’t be happier with her results. My bouquet was full of wildflowers, some dark purple calla lilies, rosemary, thistle, tulips, and a couple peacock feathers to keep with our peacock colour scheme. The bridesmaids had smaller versions for their bouquets and the moms each had a little corsage to match.

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We had a three-tiered square cake with three different flavours- carrot, chocolate, and vanilla- because we couldn’t choose which one we liked best!

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We tried to incorporate both Texas and England into our wedding, since Aaron and I come from two very different places. Our favourite special touch was our handmade bespoke party favours provided by Sammylou Gifts. They were rustic wooden hearts and on one side was the Texas flag, and on the other was a Union Jack. Each one had a tag with the guest’s name and our wedding date. They were a unique and perfect way to incorporate our background and be nice little keepsakes! Sammylou is based in Somerset, they have free shipping within the UK and they can provide almost anything you can dream of so they were the best choice for us!

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We had Andrelli as our string duo during our ceremony, and they were fantastic. They incorporated classical music as well as pop which was perfect for our ceremony. We had a live band for the evening reception, Chameleon, who blew us away with their talent. They even learned our favourite country song to play for all the Texans who attended the wedding. It was amazing!

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After the wedding we went to Disneyworld, Florida and then Maui and Oahu. The honeymoon was so much fun and they places we stayed were outstanding!

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There are a lot of preparations, stress, and anxiety that go into planning a wedding. The best advice that I can give to other Brides Up North is that on the day of your wedding, don’t worry about the little things, or the things you might have forgotten, or if something comes up that was unexpected. Just enjoy every single moment, from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, and soak up everything you can.

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Congratulations Amanda & Aaron!

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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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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Lee Scullion

Lee Scullion is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Behind The Wedding Blog: The Brides Up North Christmas Party At The Stunning Thorp Perrow!

January 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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So. I’m a little confused.  It appears to be January 7th, the Christmas decorations have come down (in fact, due to our home and office move, ours never went up – sob!) and I’m not sure if I can’t quite believe that it’s already January 7th, or can’t quite believe that it’s only January 7th.

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The Brides Up North Christmas Party at Thorp Perrow by Ruth Mitchell Photography

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This Christmas season and (especially) this first week in January has been the busiest time ever here at Brides Up North HQ. And we are loving it!  Visits to the blog are looking seriously healthy (hello to our new readers, welcome!) and numbers over on our lovely Twitter and Facebook pages are swelling.  We look set to pip the 10,000 point soon over on Twitter!  Wow.  Join the party over there too!

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After a busy few weeks behind the scenes we also have some amazing new talents to add to our Featured Supplier Directory over the next few weeks and introduce to you here on these pages too.  Brides Up North would be nothing, nada, without the fabulous regional industry that supports it so wholeheartedly, and I am thrilled to be able to spread the news about these great wedding suppliers right on your door step.  Forget that train ticket to London, spend the cash on sparkly shoes instead!  That’s my kind of budgeting. 

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December was also a very social month for us at Brides Up North.  We hosted our first ever Christmas party at the wonderful Thorp Perrow, which was an unbelievably marvellous occasion – more on that in a minute – and also threw open exhibitor bookings for our brilliant set of luxury wedding exhibitions at hand picked venues across the regions for 2013.  You can read more about our choice of dates and venues – and get involved – by clicking here

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January will see a little more hibernation from me, as I get ready to welcome our first Brides Up North baby in a couple of months time, and that unfortunately means no jaunts to the capital to see who picks up the prizes in the two awards ceremonies that I was honoured to judge this season – The Wedding Industry Awards (this Wednesday) and The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards (this Friday).  Aside from the fact that I have no sparkles and sequins to fit – and only sparkles and sequins will do – Champagne is off the menu and I get a little cranky past 9pm these days.  I hope that you all have a wonderful time and I’ll see you next year – when Champagne, sparkles and sequins will be very much back on the agenda! I only judged the Southern categories and those that didn’t include my Featured Suppliers, so I am rooting for my home grown talents to bring home the shiny mantelpiece furniture! Go guys!

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Just because I’m being a little quieter this month, that doesn’t mean that things here on the wedding blog will be!  If anything, I’m overcompensating (I’m like that).  I have an action packed schedule of gorgeous ready for you and am putting the finishing touches to those inspiration packed bridal events that I mentioned earlier.  Take note: this season is going to be good. 

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I also am joined in our new office by our first member of staff (say hello to Kate, I’ll be introducing her properly later on) who’ll be helping with bookings and generally being scarily efficient and organised, so at last I have someone to bounce my (sometimes crazy) ideas off!  If you come across her, as always, give her a kiss from me. Thing’s ain’t slowing down around these parts.  Why would they?  We’re Northern… we like challenges!

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Before we get too excited with all things new though, lets take a moment to look back and recap on the fantastic Brides Up North Christmas Party, with some pretty pictures from friend of the wedding blog, Ruth Mitchell Photography.

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On a cold, foggy night in December, over 150 (!) of the regional wedding industry’s finest (some travelling for up to four hours to be there – you guys are amazing) descended upon the beautiful stately pile that is CWC Events’ latest baby, and brand new Brides Up North luxury wedding venue, Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire.

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Brides to be: if you haven’t booked your venue yet – you HAVE to check this place out.  Contact Clive at CWC Events who not only knows how to prep the perfect “advanced canapé”, but also has extremely good taste in wedding venues and will be more than happy to assist.

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We came, we cocktailed, we quaffed champagne, we feasted on those gorgeous canapés, we posed, we caught up and we partied.  And – I don’t say this lightly – it was truly fabulous (and very Christmassy).

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Massive thanks must go to the superbly talented Joanna at Twisted Willow Floristry, who worked tirelessly to turn the beautiful grand rooms into a floral paradise with her own “twisted” take on Christmas.  Twinkling trees, blood red blooms, flickering candles, piles of juicy apples, pale pink roses entwined around storm lanterns and a rather marvellous twiggy amaryllis Christmas tree festooned the place and created a wonderland.  Just the look we were going for!

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Live carols at the piano along with the dulcet Christmas swing tones of Glen Roughead (he’s seriously good) filled the air, followed up later with classic crackling Christmas and party tunes from Vintage 78 DJs’ decks.  Looking for music for your big day?  Look no further than these two original acts, whether it’s smooth swing or an authentic retro vibe that you are going for.  You can catch both of them at some of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this season. 

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Kelly’s Event Boutique lent their event dressing skills to provide some poser tables around which we could, er, pose, and Robineau brought along the tastiest mince pies to compliment CWC Events’ smorgasbord of delights and spicy mulled wine. 

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Steven from Forever Film was there to capture the action as it unfolded – more from him later on – and the girls from Limelight Photobooth Hire brought their roomy booth to capture the sillier moments.  Catch up on those photos by clicking here

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All in all, a cracking night in at Thorp Perrow, and one that I think the wedding industry will remember for a while.  As I fell into bed – absolutely cream crackered – at 2:30am, I felt really proud to know such a bunch of people who know how to party so fabulously.

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Until next time!

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If you would like to see this amazing wedding venue for yourself, and it’s even better in the summer, then make sure to diarise our first ever Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow on Sunday 12th May 2013.  Over 40 of the region’s finest luxury suppliers will be in attendance in our marquee, and the house will be open for viewing too. 

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer. Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with treats from Brides Up North and sponsors like House of Fraser, Debenhams, Belle Bridal Magazine, Yorkshire Bride as well as HUNDREDS of pounds worth of on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can be an early bird and pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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Simply use the contact form below, stating “THORP PERROW” in the subject box and “VIP Bride To Be” in the body section. Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES: Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All ten Brides Up North events in 2012 were sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for these shows to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information. 

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Did YOU Step Into The Limelight Photobooth At The Brides Up North Christmas Party!?

December 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I can’t believe only a week has gone by since the Brides Up North Christmas Party at the gorgeous Thorp Perrow (which was just a little bit merry and twinkly and amazing, even if I do say so myself)!  The last week seems to have flown by, but also feels like a lifetime ago!  It’s still chaotically busy here at Brides Up North HQ (I think I’m mentally in May 2013 already!) and I’m certainly looking forward to putting my feet up a little bit over Christmas. I hope that you have some nice plans to do the same…

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Enjoy!  More photos from the ‘do of the season coming up soon. 

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Merry Christmas, you crazy lot!

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Hall Of Fame! Were You Caught On Camera?! Brides Up North Super Showcase Autumn 2012!

September 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Once again, a ma-hoosive thank you to all the gorgeous brides to be and their families (over 1,800 of you in total) who supported the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel this Sunday.  Watch out for some more North East events coming soon!

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How do I repay you for such support?  Only by sharing what you lovely lot got up to in our onsite Limelight Photobooth on Sunday!  <<<EVIL CACKLE>>>

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Apologies in advance.  Did you make our Brides Up North Hall Of Fame (/Wall Of Shame)?!

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In The Limelight: All The Pics From The Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire Booth!

July 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well, I thought I might as well get it over with, so we are kicking off the week with an embarrassing recap of all the photos from the Limelight Photobooth at the Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire. 

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Ladies and gentlemen, this motley crew are the people into whose care you are entrusting your dream wedding!  But brides of Yorkshire, don’t fear, I can reassure you that these wedding industry professionals are the best in the business. 

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It’s just that everyone needs a night off once in a while, don’t they?

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Huge thanks once again to Sarah and Sarah at Limelight Photobooth Hire for giving up their time on the night.  A photobooth is a fun and fabulous alternative to favours and/or a guestbook – and you can bet that your guests will be talking about it for weeks afterwards!  Give the girls a call to see how they can add some photo fun to your special celebration.

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Click here to see the official photos from the event and read my recap. 

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BEWARE! Did YOU Step Into The Photobooth At The Brides Up North Tweet Up North East?

May 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Huge thanks to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Limelight Photobooth Hire for bringing along their snazzy leopard print booth and hilarious props.

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Oh What A Night! The Official Photographs From The Brides Up North Tweet Up North East!

May 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So here they are!  The official photographs from the first Brides Up North Tweet Up of the season – at As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne.  The Tweet Ups are not for profit wedding industry networking events organised and hosted by little old me, with support from Wedding Ideas Magazine.  Basically my way of saying thank you to an industry who has welcomed me and supported me so wholeheartedly and who I am proud to call my people!

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I was aiming for a relaxed party atmosphere, with a festival style decor.  And oh what a night it was. 

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I couldn’t have pulled this off on my own!  It’s the people who make a party so huge thanks to every single person who made the effort to come along and then put so much effort into having a brilliant time once you arrived!  I grew up in the North East of England and I’m seriously proud that my home town knows how to party so outstandingly. 

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The biggest thanks though must go to my sensational support group who gave up their own time for free to make this event the success that it was.  You can’t get better than these industry greats.  Big snaps for:

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Event Photography: Mandy Charlton – one cool chick with an eye for vintage styling

Event Styling: Simply Bows & Chair Covers – simply brilliant

Event Styling: The Finishing Touch Company – cute, quirky touches and totally prepared to go the extra mile

Event Styling: Little Bundles Bunting – yards and yards of festivity

Candy Floss Cart: Love Is Sweet Company – sweet on the outside and on the inside

Music: Glen Roughhead “King Of Swing” – the next big thing in swing

Photobooth: Limelight Photobooth Hire – picture perfect

Event Video: Wedding Film Company – lights, camera and always in the action

Cupcakes: Baked Cupcakery  – gone in 60 seconds!

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Thank you to everyone for making it such a brilliant night!  See you next time! x

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