Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

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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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Karen McGowran Photography

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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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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Karen McGowran Photography

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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!; 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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All images by Karen McGowran Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Karen McGowran Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Karen McGowran Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Karen McGowran Photography

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Countdown to Christmas! Brides Up North Giveaway: Chez Bec!

December 9th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Giveaway closes Sunday 12 December 2010 at midnight!  Comment now to enter!

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You lucky things! Over the next few weeks I’ll be spoiling you with some very special giveaways!  Its like a giant Brides Up North advent calendar (well,almost!)…keep checking the blog!

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All you have to do is spread some festive cheer by leaving me a comment to be in with a chance of winning an early – and rather fabulous, darling – Chrimbo pressie!

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First up, the delectable Chez Bec!

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CB Vintage Bridal Hair Comb    CB Poppy II Vintage Bridal Headband

Vintage Bridal Hair Comb                                       Poppy II Vintage Bridal Headband

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Newly annointed Brides Up North Featured Supplier and award-winning bridal jewellery experts Chez Bec have the perfect wedding jewellery and hair accessories for your big day.

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CB Fleur II Pearl Bridal Earrings CB Viola Vintage Bridal Pendant

Fleur II Pearl Bridal Earrings                                   Viola Vintage Bridal Pendant

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Featuring an abundance of freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals, all of their jewellery is hand-made to order in the UK.  With prices from £20, there really is something for every bride.  Here we showcase Chez Bec’s top ten bestsellers for December 2010, so you can keep your finger firmly on the pulse of bridal fashion.

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CB Fleur Pearl Bridal Headband    Orla Vintage Bridal Hair Comb

Fleur Pearl Bridal Headband                                      Orla Vintage Bridal Hair Comb

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Chez Bec launched in 2006 and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading providers of Wedding Jewellery having won the Award for Best Bridal Accessories at the Wedding Ideas Awards 2010 as well as being nominated on one of 3 Finalists for Best Bridal Accessories in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2008 and 2009. Chez Bec was also short listed as one of 5 Bridal Jewellery Finalists in the UK Jewellery Awards 2008.

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CB Vanessa Vintage Pearl Bridal Bracelet    CB Sylvia Vintage Pearl and Crystal Bridal Bracelet

Vanessa Vintage Pearl Bridal Bracelet                        Sylvia Vintage Pearl and Crystal Bridal Bracelet

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Each and every piece within the Chez Bec Collection is beautifully designed and hand-made using the finest A-grade freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals. With one of the largest collections of bridal jewellery available online, Chez Bec offers a beautiful array of wedding jewellery and hair accessories.

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CB Grand Gardenia Wedding Hair Flower Clip              Grace Vintage Pearl Bridal Earrings

Grand Gardenia Wedding Hair Flower Clip                                Grace Vintage Pearl Bridal Earrings

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Alongside their ready-to-wear Collection, Chez Bec also offer a bespoke service which is becoming more and more popular with brides looking for a truly unique piece of jewellery to wear on their special day.

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All purchases from Chez Bec are gorgeously gift wrapped as standard in luxury branded gift boxes complete with lashings and lashings of the softest white tissue paper, and a hand written gift card.  Perfect for bridesmaids’ gifts and one less thing for busy brides to do!

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Santa’s little helpers Chez Bec are giving away two of their

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bestselling Crystal Elegance Bracelets worth £44 each to two

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lucky Brides Up North readers!

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Crystal Elegance Pearl Bridal Bracelet

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To win, simply:

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1. Enter your email in the Subscribe! box at top right*; and

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2.  Leave a comment below telling Brides Up North why your wrists should be the ones to be adorned with such gorgeousness!

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Simples! 

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The very best of luck and a Very Merry Christmas from Brides Up

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North and Chez Bec to all of you, each and every one!

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*Brides Up North never share your email.  You won’t get any nasty surprises, just my lovely newsletter once a month! For more information see my Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

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Giveaway closes Sunday 12 December 2010 at midnight!  Comment now to enter!

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Chez Bec is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

Contact Brides Up North today to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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