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La Vie En Lilac – A Styled Shoot In Yorkshire For Your Inner Princess

February 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve something a little different, and a lot pretty to share with you this afternoon, courtesy of the team behind My Heart Wanders – who I am thrilled to be collaborating with as their blogger in residence – Cat Hepple Photography, Leafy Couture and We Love This Limited

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I’ve lost count of how many excited little flower girls I’ve met at our Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibitions, and how many tantrums I’ve seen when they’ve been asked to take off the tiara until the wedding day… so today’s post is for those little girls.

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You are my favourites!

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Let’s embrace our inner princesses, and remember what excitement really feels like, as we consider the perfect styling for the prettiest of children’s tables at your wedding. 

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Sarah of Leafy Couture says:  For this shoot we wanted to create a really girly delicate style, to feel like you were invited to the most exclusive little tea party.

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The colours we chose were delicate, sweet tones of white, lilac and pinks. The flowers included huge urns of gypsophila: clouds of delicate flowers that are really popular for weddings this year.  We chose to keep the flowers on masse only using one type in each container to keep the look neat and elegant. We used silver julep cups and clear glass containers containing tulips, ranunculus and gypsophila. We mixed melamine plates in tones of pinks and blues. I adore using tones of colours rather than being too matchy and using one shade. Here it gives a youthful, clean feel with a hint of eclectic but still elegant.

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Layers of textures were added with lace and ribbon on the tablecloth, tulle from the gorgeous tutu and sweets such as mini eggs, marshmallows and exquisite cupcakes.

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We created two main scenes on the shoot the first being a mini tea party in delicate tones with beautiful details in the cakes. Pink milk in mini bottles are evocative of childhood, memories are so important when planning your wedding so little touches like this can be great.  The next look was a cake table where we introduced a stunning cake, you could do a mini version of your wedding cake for the little ones or for a birthday party for a very special little lady. We added meringues to add to the light, fluffy feel.

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The look would work for a children’s table at a wedding, to make them feel as special as the adults. It would be a perfect little set up for a little girl’s birthday too. We used special printed bunting, ribbon bows on the chairs and fabric initials to dress the chairs and tables. The chairs each had the name tags on them, I love the idea of adding them to the back of your chairs: your special place to sit.

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The colours we chose were sweet and would translate work for a very grown up elegant affair too, subtle and delicate, evocative and dreamy.

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At My Heart Wanders we want to keep inspiring you, to show you that no matter how big or small your wedding or event it can look amazing. We are holding our first event on the 24th February at Hotel Du Vin Harrogate, with master classes and Q and A sessions from expert suppliers who are as passionate about creating your wedding look as you are – so that every event can be beautiful, elegant, and captured perfectly.

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Click here to see My Heart Wanders’ inspirational bridal shoot for their February event, and here to find out more about the event itself.

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Flowers, props and styling – Leafy Couture

Props and styling – We Love This Limited

Images – Cat Hepple Photography

Cakes – Otley Cakes

Location – Harewood House 

Stationery – I am Nat 
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  – Images © 2013 Cat Hepple Photography for My Heart Wanders

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Princess Pink! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Tanya & Ben

August 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding in Leeds by Claire Evans Photography

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The pretty just keeps on coming this week!

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When my good friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture told me that she was working on the flowers of a wedding fit for a princess I couldn’t wait to see the results. 

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Tanya and Ben’s perfect big day in pale pink at gorgeous Leeds wedding venue Harewood House didn’t disappoint.   Check out those blooms!

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Leafy Couture Wedding Flowers by Claire Evans Photography

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Tanya says:  We got engaged in a helicopter flying over Spain and were married on 16th June 2012 at Harewood House in Leeds.  We chose Harewood because of the gorgeous church and it’s beautiful gardens.  We had a marquee wedding on the Harewood estate. 

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We did not have a theme, we just wanted it to be pretty & elegant, and we chose a pink and white colour scheme.  As you only get to be a princess for one day, I chose a beautiful full skirted dress with layers of white tulle and crystal beading.  My bridesmaids wore lovely long pink dresses with a white sash and my chief bridesmaid wore the same but in opposite colours so that she would stand out. 

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I carried a bouquet of pink and white roses by Leafy Couture. 

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Princess wedding by Claire Evans Photography

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The brides party travelled to the Harewood estate in vintage wedding cars and the groom’s party travelled in a white Phantom Rolls Royce. 

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The amazing flowers for our wedding breakfast were by Leafy Couture and the amazing the room design was by Grace & Tailor, with chair covers and accessories by Ambience Venue Styling Leeds. 

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I think the flowers were the touch that stood out and made it look so fabulous , especially the enormous flower balls which scented the entire marquee. 

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Harewood House Wedding by Claire Evans Photography

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Marquee wedding in Leeds by Claire Evans Photography

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We chose a pretty five tier pink and white cake with ribbon, lace and crystal brooch detailing, had a pale pink postbox for our cards and a champagne fountain!

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For the day time we had a string trio (Simply Strings) and in the evening we were entertained by a Michael Buble tribute called Buble Fever.  They were much much better than a tribute!  The lead singer was amazing!

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I loved every minute of the day from getting ready to the last dance!  It was all amazing, but went by far too quickly!

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After the wedding we were lucky enough to honeymoon in Dubai & Thailand. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take in every second of the day as you don’t realise how fast the day is over!

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Congratulations Tanya & Ben!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North?  From cosy celebrations and quirky days to soave soirees, we want to see!  Contact me today. 

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Enchanted: The Princess & The Tractor, A Real Wedding – Gemma & George

July 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Following on from the fairytale dresses showcased here on the wedding blog yesterday afteroon, today the lovely Dominique from York Place Studios shares this enchanting real wedding and tells us a tale of her own…

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Are you sitting comfortably?  Then we’ll begin.

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The Princess and the Tractor: A Modern Fairytale

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Once upon a time in a fairytale kingdom there lived a beautiful Princess, fair and true. She and her best friend, Claire, would laugh and run in the grounds of the castle and joke that one day they would be
sisters and unite the two noble families of the village. But whilst she was happy at the castle, as in all good fairytales Princess Gemma knew that one day she must leave this place and be rescued from her tower by a great and handsome knight on his mighty steed.

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The kingdom was a peaceful place and often Royal friends would visit the castle. On one such occasion the King announced a Royal Tournament was to take place in the Court. As there was no Prince it fell to Princess Gemma and the son of the other nobles, Claire’s brother George, to defend the honour of the Kingdom. It was decided that the tournament would take place at the Court of Tennis within the town and that Gemma and George would stand side by side, partnering one another in this friendly battle.

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However though both fought bravely, Gemma was a peace-loving Princess and could not wield her sword as well as her competitors. Despite her most valiant efforts, their opponents were more seasoned in war and the battle was lost. Though she had enjoyed the bout immensely the defeat brought great sorrow to the Princess for she had not been able to defend her family’s honour. Seeing this, her partner in battle George (with whom she had long since been friends) offered to cheer her spirits, and invited her to accompany him for an intimate feast.

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As Gemma slept peacefully in the highest tower of the castle, she dreamt once more of her fairytale rescue by her mysterious noble knight. Suddenly she was awoken from her slumber by a strange sound in the distance. As she listened it seemed to get louder; a deep rumbling sound now filling the air and thundering ever closer.  But what could it be? For a moment she feared it could be a deadly dragon or a great foreign army until, with a final mighty roar the sound suddenly stopped.

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Click through to the next page to find out what happens next…

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Eye Candy: Someday My Prince Will Come! The Disney Collection by Alfred Angelo

July 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Ok, I’ll admit it.  In theory, I’m a sucker for anything a bit princessy, but when I heard that Alfred Angelo had launched a Disney Collection of Bridal gowns, I didn’t expect to like them all that much.  As gorgeous as AA’s gowns are (and have you checked out their fabulous bridesmaids’ range?) I expected ruffles, too pink and saccharine sweet.  How wrong I was.

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Not only is today’s eye candy totally cool (because anything “Disney” is very very cool, in my opinion), but these gowns are completely stunning too.  Granted, there are ruffles.  Granted, the dresses seem sugar spun.  But sickly this Eye Candy is not. 

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I reckon the collection could only be improved by adding a Minnie Mouse inspired prom number, but hear me Brides Up North: this generation’s little girls are going to grow up a very stylish bunch if this is what is inspiring their dressing up boxes.

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Alfred Angelo Disney Collection Little Mermaid

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Alfred Angelo Disney Collection Cinderella

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Alfred Angelo Disney Collection Aladdin

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Alfred Angelo Disney Collection Snow White

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Alfred Angelo Disney Collection The Princess & The Frog

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Alfred Angelo Disney Collection Sleeping Beauty

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Alfred Angelo Disney Collection Beauty & The Beast

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I’m all over the Sleeping Beauty number!  Gimme.

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What do you think Brides Up North?  Would you rock a Disney Collection gown?

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Marry Like A Princess; Pay For It Like A Pauper: Brides Up North in The Daily Mirror

June 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North recently contributed to an article for The Daily Mirror by friend of the blog freelance journalist Charlotte Ward about planning an amazing wedding without splashing the cash.

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Despite the obvious Royal Wedding spin, I think that there are some great tips here for any bride to be on a budget, so I have reproduced the article below.

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I get lots of emails from brides asking for advice of this kind and my discount features, high street fashion style edits and giveaways are some of the most popular posts on the wedding blog.  Let’s get real – these are tough times for a lot of people – but I believe that you can still have a dream wedding day with a little imagination.

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Marry like a princess… pay for it like a pauper; Kate and Wills may not need to worry about their wedding budget, but the rest of us do. Here’s how to save on your big day…

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Byline: Charlotte Ward

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With royal wedding excitement building by the week and glossy magazines crammed full of showy displays and adverts, many couples find it hard to stick to the average budget of £15,000, leading to stress and debt – but it is possible to cut the spending.

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"The biggest budget doesn’t always mean the best," says Julia Braime, editor of bridal blog and directory bridesupnorth.co.uk. "Often, the most successful weddings are smaller affairs with lots of DIY elements, heaps of personality and a whole lot of love."

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Tamryn Kirby, author of “Confessions Of A Wedding Planner”, agrees. She says: "If you’ve got a bit of time you can save money and include some lovely personal touches."

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Here are our tips to hosting a wedding fit for a princess – on a pauper’s budget.

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Go local

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"The best deals and great talent can often be found right on your doorstep," says Julia. "Use smaller, regional suppliers who are keen to impress for a fraction of the big city prices. You will be also able to meet vendors easily, cutting back on wasted time and travel expenses."

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Stay seasonal

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"A good way to get the most of your flower budget is to use seasonal flowers," says Tamryn. "Not only are they cheaper, but also much more environmentally friendly than blooms air-freighted halfway across the world."

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Dress for less

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"Britain’s great high street just gets better and better," says Julia. "An understated gown from Coast, Monsoon or Debenhams can sometimes end up looking classier than a designer meringue."

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Go vintage

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If you have your heart set on a designer dress, try something pre-loved. Tamryn suggests: "A designer dress agency might be the ideal way to snap up something fabulous and some charities have departments dedicated to selling donated gowns."

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Mismatch your maids

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Borrow a trick from Carrie Bradshaw and mix it up, Sex and the City style.  "Ask your bridesmaids to pay for their gowns, but on the compromise that they can choose their own complimentary colours and styles," says Julia.

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Get crafty

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Call in some favours. Does your auntie bake? Or can your mate lend you his car? Julia says: "Your nearest and dearest will be flattered if you enlist their talents. You could also make your own stationery, favours and decorations. Source raw materials from haberdasheries or websites like www.etsy.com. Choose big colourful blooms like a single sunflower or orchid to create striking centrepieces for less cash."

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Tealight delight

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You might not have a dreamy castle venue but tealights make anywhere look whimsical.  Tamryn says: "Line hallways and windowsills for instant romance."

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Hit the sales

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If you’ve got plenty of time, don’t forget to check the seasonal sales for things you can snap up. "Fairy lights are often on offer after Christmas and dress and shoe shops have sales before the new ranges come in, so stock up," says Tamryn.

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Cut the numbers

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It can be tempting to invite the world and his wife to your big day, but if pennies are tight, keep your guest list to the people that count. "A small yet perfectly formed celebration can feel more special than a corner-cutting larger do," says Julia.

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Beg, blag and borrow

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Before you buy anything, see if you can borrow it, suggests Tamryn. "Venues often have tealight holders and florists have vases, stands, fabrics and accessories that can be borrowed or hired for a small charge.
"Try asking for something free – venues can often offer the bride and groom a complimentary room."

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Sell, sell, sell!

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"It is possible to recoup some money by selling anything you’re not going to use again," says Tamryn. "Other brides are always looking for a bargain!"

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CONFESSIONS OF A WEDDING PLANNER BY TAMRYN KIRBY (HEADLINE) IS OUT NOW.  FOR WEDDING INSPIRATION, VISIT WWW.BRIDESUPNORTH.CO.UK

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