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Grab A VIP Goody Bag! Bride & Groom Direct At The National Wedding Show

October 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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So, this Saturday coming I’d scheduled into my bulging pink Filofax a cheeky – and much needed – day off.  No exhibiting, no freelance writing, no nothing (although I’ll be blogging as usual).  A day full of possibilities, of lie ins, of freedom…

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So what do the fates go and do… oh yeah,

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The National Wedding Show

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So, this Saturday, on my day off, I’ll be jumping into my trusty Brides Up North mobile and high tailing it to Brummie central, to walk the floor, explore, greet old friends, meet new ones, hob nob with my Featured Suppliers, pop in to see the lovely Charlotte from Rock My Wedding on her stand, chat to the I Am Staggered boys on theirs, check out the trends, blag some freebies and generally immerse myself in wedding loveliness.  After two (wonderful but tiring) weekends spent exhibiting as a guest of The UK Wedding Shows myself, the pressure is off and the foraging for inspiration is ON!  Oh yes.  And…you can be rest assured that I’ll share my favourite findings with you lot too.  Roll on Saturday.  I’m almost looking forward to the three hour drive… I said almost.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride & Groom Direct

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One lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier that will be showing off what they can do is the fabulous Bride & Groom Direct, who make it easy to source and personalise your wedding stationery.  Click here to read an interview with them.

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Bride & Groom Direct will be at Stand 13 in Hall 4, and will be bringing along some very special golden goody bags (I like the sound of those!) for Brides Up North readers only.  Tell them why you love my little wedding blog, and the booty is yours!  Don’t be shy.  You could be walking away with goodies like make-up, a disposable camera, chocolates, money off vouchers and some other surprises.

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As if they are not spoiling us enough, Bride & Groom Direct are also launching a very special Wedding Treasure Hunt at The National Wedding Show – and the victor takes away £2,000 to spend on their dream wedding dress. 

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Every Monday, for the next five weeks, Bride & Groom Direct will be hiding something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and something for you on different pages on their website. All you have to do is find the treasure.

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The hunt begins on Monday, so get ready to rummage!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride & Groom Direct

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Brides Up North – Images © 2011 The National Wedding Show and Bride & Groom Direct

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Super Sunday!

July 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m a plane ride away, celebrating my friend Lynsey’s last weekend of freedom in the sun.  Happy hen party honey!

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I think that hen parties are such an important part of the whole wedding process.  It’s lovely to have a proper send off with your best girls (who have often been around in your life for longer than your other half).  From what I can remember (!) mine was such a fabulous affair – full of love, laughs and the odd L plate.  Girly friendships are so important.  Nurture them!

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Grab another round of flirty martinis as I share some groovy hen party inspiration from around the blogosphere to share on the wedding blog this week. Party on!

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Style Me Pretty

Sugar spun colours for a girly bridal shower via Style Me Pretty

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We all scream for ice cream!  Do it the Northern way and add some edge to all the pretty with a dash of vodka in your sorbet!

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Rock My WeddingCute cupcakes via Rock My Wedding

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Challenge the girls to a bake off.  Bride wars are go… and all that sugar will keep you going on the dance floor later!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog Ten Top Tips for organising a Hen Party via Brides Up North

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Are you chief hen?  Before booking the butler, read these handy hen party hints.

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Rock N Roll BrideVintage hens via Rock n Roll Bride

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These ladies do “on tour” with style.  But where have they packed all the inflatable whoosits and flashing whatsits?!

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Ruffled Vintage flapper bachelorette party via Ruffled Blog

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Anyone for a Charleston?

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There was some super cool stuff on Brides Up North this past week.  Did you catch:

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The Brides Up North Wedding Belles Photo Shoot – The Movie

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Femmes Fatales – The Brides Up North Wedding Belles Photo Shoot

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Summer Of Love

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Diamond Giveaway (yes, really!)

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The date and venue for the Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up is announced!

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What’s coming up next week I hear you cry?  Well, here’s a sneak peek at what you can look forward to…  it’s the Sumer Of Love, Part Two…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: PbArtWorks

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I can’t bloomin’ wait!

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Super Sunday!

May 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I hope all you lovely Brides Up North readers are having a fabulous Sunday. 

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Top 100 UK Wedding Blogs

This week I was thrilled to hear that this little wedding blog from the North of the UK had been listed by Easy Wedding Search as one of their Top 100 UK Wedding Blogs.  After six hard months of blogging on a professional level I am over the moon to be included.  Big thanks once again to all you wonderful Brides Up North (and my readers from further afield too!) for supporting the blog.  It’s a Northern revolution, I tell you!

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Photograph by Assassynation

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I am always banging on about keeping your wedding choices local (like some sort of wedding industry Jamie Oliver type!) so I thought that in a nod to the other truly fabulous UK wedding blogs that are out there, this weeks wedding blogosphere round up should stay close to home.

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Enjoy, just a little a selection of some of the best of the rest of the British blogs this week…

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English WeddingSeaside Engagement Shoot via English Wedding

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Cute and quirky with a vintage vibe.  Exactly how an engagement shoot at the Great British Seaside should be really!

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Rock N Roll Bride DIY Skull & Crossbones Style with Whimsical Wonderland Weddings via Rock N Roll Bride

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Boutonnieres that bite!  The girls show you how to give your wedding details a punk kitsch twist.  Tres cute.

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OMG Im Getting Married Vintage engagement shoot via OMG I’m Getting Married

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This shoot plays on this couple’s roots.  It works so so well.  A veritable festival of colour!

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Fifties WeddingRetro inspired city wedding via Fifties Wedding

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Simply put, this tea style wedding dress with lace torso overlay is TO. DIE. FOR. 

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Love My DressA very British Engagement via Love My Dress

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A cool British themed shoot over on the lovely Annabel’s blog, because we are sooo not over Royal Wedding fever…

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Rock My WeddingGorgeous wedding from Lovely Little Details via Rock My Wedding

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The details certainly are very lovely.  I especially love the pink sash as a way of distinguishing the bride’s maid of honour.  Pretty and clever: never a bad combo. 

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There is so much fabulousness out there, it was hard choosing just six!  UK wedding bloggers rule.  See you at lunchtime Brides Up North…

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Super Sunday!

May 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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My goodness.  Can you believe that it is Sunday morning again?!  Time is flying by and we are almost half way through the year already!  Crazy stuff. 

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Brides Up North celebrated its 6 month anniversary this week.  Thank you so much for all the lovely brides to be, fellow wedding bloggers, wedding industry professionals and of course to all my gorgeous real brides and Featured Suppliers who have supported the super speedy growth of Brides Up North so wholeheartedly and made this little Northern wedding blog into a roaring success.  It’s a bit of a Northern revolution!

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Thanks a squazillion to all of you.  Keep reading!

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Before I do a Gwynnie and start blubbing (I’ll save that for my first birthday!) let’s see what the wedding blog blogosphere had to offer this week.  The best of the rest…

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Rock My Wedding1950s Retro Bowling Alley Engagement Shoot via Rock My Wedding

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For me, this evokes memories of watching Grease as a kid, wondering if I would ever snare myself a T-Bird.  I love it! 

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All together now “Ram a lam a lama, ka dingity ding de dong, shoo bop sha waddy waddy yippity boom de boom…

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I could go on.  I’ll spare you.

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Belle AmourSimple woodland wedding via Belle Amour

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A laid back wedding with a BBQ feast and the cutest little hot dog you ever did see…

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Very best of luck to my fab blogger friend and craftswoman extraordinaire Debs on her new adventures in Canada.

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100 Layer Cake Bright, bold and beautiful wedding via 100 Layer Cake

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This wedding is simply amazing.  I implore you, check it out, and be inspired to sprinkle your big day with colour!

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RuffledBeautiful Ojai Valley Wedding via Ruffled

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I might have to stop blogging these gorgeous West Coast weddings.  I get too jealous.  This one is super beautiful.

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Wedding ChicksVintage elopement via Wedding Chicks

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Lots of handmade yellow-licious details in this pretty elopement shoot.

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Super Sunday!

May 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh the joys of another Bank Holiday Brides Up North!

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I’m not actually Up North at all right now, rather I am down in the Quantocks in the Somerset area, enjoying a long weekend with a group of friends celebrating my husband’s 30th. I’ll admit I actually wrote this Super Sunday in advance this week for fear of the raging hangover that I am probably sleeping off right this minute.  You never know though, I might be fresh as a daisy, on an invigorating morning bike ride! Unlikely.  Even without a sore head, actually.

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Still, I’m in a celebratory mood all right, and what better way to indulge (other than in our friends Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio) than in some wedding loveliness from the blogosphere this week.  The best of the rest.

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Snippet and InkA happy bride in this gorgeous backyard Fourth of July wedding via Snippet & Ink

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This summer garden wedding is just lovely, and what I wouldn’t give for a backyard that looked like this one.  I especially love the detailing in this wedding, how the bride has used patriotic colours in her bouquet and decorating choices as a nod to the special date.  You can bet that there were fireworks!

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Rock My Wedding Super stylish bride in the prettiest Temperley dress via Rock My Wedding

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That dress.  I love it.  I want it.

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As a side note, wasn’t Charlotte from Rock My Wedding just fab on BBC News in the run up to the Royal Wedding?

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Style Me Pretty

To die for table dressing in this glamorous, intimate Hollywood wedding via Style Me Pretty

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Such great use of light to dress a table for the wedding breakfast.  Simple, yet stunning. I love how this wedding combines simplicity with real Hollywood glam.  Gold star.

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Once WedStunning Big Sur cliff top wedding via Once Wed

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Katy Perry is right, the grass really is greener in California (I did actually notice how green the grass was in Malibu on my honeymoon!)!  And you’ll all wish you could be Cali girls after seeing this beautiful bride’s real wedding.

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WWW

Very English indie barn wedding via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

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Us Brits do paired down chic better than anyone else.  And this proves it.  Rule Britannia! (Or was that last week’s trend and are we over all that by now…)

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I hope not, because did you catch my Rock The Royal Wedding Photo Shoot with Assassynation this week? Check it out

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Brides Up North Harrogate Wedding Lounge1Dress:  Ronald Joyce from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge 

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How are you spending your Bank Holiday?  Leave me a comment and let me know…

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Super Sunday!

April 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s so nice to have had a change in the weather this week – it feels like Summer has arrived early!  Good news for all you lucky Brides Up North who got married this lovely April weekend.  Congratulations to you all.  May your married lives be filled with sunshine!

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Brides Up North is already excited to share lots of gorgeous Spring and Summer Real Weddings on the blog.  Please contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding featured.

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Until then, enjoy the best of the blogs harvested from around the www this week.

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Snippet and Ink

Snippet & Ink’s own real wedding via Snippet & Ink

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I LOVE seeing another blogger’s Real Wedding.  Kathryn’s is particularly lovely.  Adore her white cyclamen centrepieces – that’s how to do “Christmas” with class. 

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You can see Brides Up North’s own Real Wedding here.

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Classic Bride

South African safari wedding via Classic Bride

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Let the sun shine!  And for once, I’m quietly smug that I too have been soaking up some rays this weekend.  Although the closest I’ll get to safari in Yorkshire is bumping into some Leeds Rhinos…

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Rock My Wedding

Mermaid theme wedding via Rock My Wedding

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As an Aquarian who spends most of her leisure time in a bubble bath, I am digging this lovely, lovely mermaid themed wedding.  So much.

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Brooklyn Bride

Stylish NYC wedding by Brooklyn Bride

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The shoes say it all.  Fabulous.

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Boho Weddings and Events Garden party wedding via Boho Weddings & Events

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A perfect summer wedding held on the hottest weekend of the year in 2010.  Pour me a Pimms, pronto!

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