Brides Up North

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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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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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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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride- To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served polic

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Chocolate Orange: A Real Wedding At Lumley Castle – Deborah & Ben

June 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s bride is part of the fabulous family of feisty females who make up North East wedding cake suppliers Celebration Cakes and who I know via our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibitions in the North East and also because the family were in charge of creating my very own wedding cake back in October 2010 (and very nice it was too)!

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So when Deborah asked me if I would like to feature her Real Wedding, with images by Alan Gibson Photography, I knew that she wouldn’t have done anything by halves.  Enlisting the help of her industry colleagues (some of the best in the business) Deborah and Ben’s real wedding was bright, colourful and bursting with personality.  And lots of cake, clearly.

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Deborah says:  We got engaged seven years ago when Ben proposed after a night out for my birthday, and we were married on 21st May 2012 at Lumley Castle in County Durham.  We have just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. 

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I have always wanted get married in a castle and after doing many wedding fairs over the last fourteen years with our cake company, Lumley Castle is my favourite. 

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I had a huge dress by Ronald Joyce from Exclusively Yours by Tara and my bridesmaids wore long taffeta black dresses from Gowns and Garters. 

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We chose tropical flowers in bright colours.  Birds of Paradise are our favourite flower after seeing them on our first holiday together in Australia many years ago.  Against the bright flowers we opted for a colour scheme of ivory, black and bright orange with a hint of purple. 

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My bouquet weighed three and a half pounds and was huge! It including lilies, birds of paradise and roses and was by Wild & Wonderful. 

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I stayed at Lumley Castle the night before and Ben travelled in a Lovedub Cars camper van called Chaz!  We then we had a wedding car come after our wedding breakfast to take us into Durham for some photos with the Cathedral behind us. 

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We enlisted the help of so many amazing North East industry suppliers in addition to those already mentioned including; One Digital image, Dandy Events, Snaparazzi Photobooths, All Things Fun, Impact Technical, Mobeus Jewellers, Stephanie Short Stationery, Menswear by Just Perfect, Lickety Split, Whatado Weddings, Exclusive Wedding Cars and The Beauty Studio.

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Given what we do, the wedding cake had to be pretty special!  We had a individual chocolate cakes during the day with a figure of me, Ben and our son Alex on the top and then we had a surprise six tier chocolate creation in the evening as well as pork pies and cheese cakes.  We even had a cake made from balloons!

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All our females guests received a orchard to take home and a wedding survival pack including plasters, perfume, a hairbrush and painkillers (for the morning after)!

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In the evening we partied the night away to a live band called The Emerald Thieves, served ice creams form our favourite parlour and hired a vintage photo booth from Snaparazzi.  Ben’s mum also surprised us with a firework display. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Cyprus without our son! Ben’s mum booked it for us as a wedding present. 

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My favourite  part of the day was the firework display to my favourite prodigy song “Voodoo People” , but I loved it all and would love to do it all again, but as a guest!  So my top tip for other Brides Up North would be to just relax and enjoy it!

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Congratulations Deborah & Ben!

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

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Diamond Geezer! Supplier Showcase: Mobeus

March 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Saturday Brides Up North!  Ahh Saturday morning, my very very favourite time of the week.  A nice little lie in if you are lucky and the weekend stretching happily ahead.  You and your man are both off work, the sun is up and the shops are open…

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What better time for a bit of ring hunting?

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I’m thinking the same, as today as we chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Mark of Mobeus.  Is an eternity band for your second anniversary too extravagant I wonder…?

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Photograph by Dirk Van Der Werff

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Hi Mark!  Tell us a bit about Mobeus?

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I started as an apprentice goldsmith in 1987 straight from 6th form college after doing A level CDT and Art. For the next five years I worked as an apprentice receiving one to one training before moving back to my home town to set up my own workshop inside an existing jewellers.  After seven years doing that and running a workshop which coped with over twenty shops worth of repairs I decided to change direction. 

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Mobeus was set up twelve years ago in a very small retail unit purely as a workshop open to the public with a small section of cabinets to display jewellery for sale.  After five years I bought large retail premises further up the road and designed the interior of the shop so that the workshop was facing the retail shop so customers could see us working and we could talk to them without leaving the bench.

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How is Mobeus different from the competition?

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One of the main differences is that Mobeus is a jewellers owned and run by a goldsmith with twenty five years of knowledge and experience.  My customers love the fact that they are talking to the people actually doing the work and it doesn’t get sent away anywhere.

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What products does Mobeus offer?

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Because I am a goldsmith I source the jewellery that we have for sale with a goldsmith’s eye, always checking the quality of any product we sell personally for build quality and design to ensure I am stocking excellent products that are going to last. We do have a small section of products we have designed and manufactured ourselves but most of our time is spent on commission work, which can be anything from a wedding ring and engagement ring set to an automated sterling silver water lily which is on display in Bowes museum! We have videos on our website showing how we make some of the commissions like the lily.

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What materials does Mobeus use in its wedding rings?

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Mobeus works in all precious metals, platinum, palladium, gold and silver.  We do not work in stainless steel or titanium.

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Tell us about Mobeus’ shaped wedding rings and the process by which they are made?

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We have a video showing how we make shaped wedding rings – basically we talk through the design required by the customer and then hand-make the shaped wedding ring in silver so that the customer can actually try the shaped ring on their finger before they buy.

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We do this within three hours so we do not have to keep the engagement ring, and we do not charge for this service.  After years of making jewellery I have found this to be a fool proof way of working which guarantees that the customer will be happy before we have the silver sample ring cast in any precious metal.

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Tell us about Mobeus’ gents’ wedding rings?

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We have also built up a sample box of ideas for gents’ wedding rings because we found the choice for gents generally was poor and when asked most men wanted something a little bit different rather than just plain.

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Tell us about your jewellery restoration service?

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We have restored all types of jewellery over the years sometimes due to sentimentality we restore and sometimes we will re-make something from scratch copying from what is left of the old jewellery or even working from pictures if the jewellery has been lost.

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What other services do you offer?

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Our most commonly used everyday service is white gold rhodium plating, we can do this the same day for customers if necessary, most jewellers take at least a week to have this job done.

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Where are you located?  Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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Our premises are in Hartlepool.  A Google map is provided on our website to help customers find us easily and we have free parking for half an hour both down the side of the shop and over the road. An appointment is not essential but is recommended so that we can guarantee customers quality time.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Although we are bespoke we are not expensive because we do everything in house which cuts out any middlemen eating up percentages.

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Are you running any special offers at the moment?

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We have a special offer on our website at the moment running until March 31st 2012, 10% off £1000 spent or 20% off £2000 spent. 

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How can Brides Up North see examples of your stock/ find out more?

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Visit our website at www.mobeus.biz

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