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Glam Pastels. Diamonds & Lace For A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Hayley & Stephen

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Who said pretty pastels couldn’t come with a huge dose of glamour?  Today’s real bride Hayley and new husband Stephen are ripping up the rule book with their soft and stylish Real Wedding at Rockliffe Hall.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Lee Scullion

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Hayley says:  We got engaged at the Burj al Arab, Dubai in February 2006.  Steven proposed on Christmas day in 2005. We didn’t want a party so we celebrated our engagement with a trip Dubai to pick a ring.

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We were married on 22nd September 2013 at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington.  I wanted a classy and timeless wedding and Rockliffe offers modern and old mixed together. We had our ceremony in the old arches which offered a nicer feel than just a function room. The colour scheme is quite neutral which enabled us to go for any colour scheme we wanted.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had lilacs, lavenders, ivories and a beautiful thistle colour in our stationery. Grey suits for the gents, accented with lilac cravats and handkerchiefs to give a subtle bit of colour to blend in with the rest of the wedding. My dress and the bridesmaids were all ivory. I wanted a neutral palette with the flowers taking centre stage. 

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My dress was from Solutions Bridal Designer House in Orlando Florida.  The dress was antique ivory with ivory lace in a mermaid strapless fit. I opted for a very long veil trimmed in the same lace as the dress and a very glamorous belt made by Maria Elena and Manolo Blanik shoes with a beautiful vintage brooch on the front.

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The hair was prepped by myself the evening before (I’m am a hairstylist) ready for my friend Carol-Anne Jenkinson who is the owner of Platinum Hair Design in Sunderland. She also did her magic on the bridal party. I had my makeup done by Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our flowers were by Adam Prest who is very unique in his work and knew exactly what I wanted. My bouquet consisted of a vibrant lilac roses, astrania, astilbe,clematis,snowberries and sweetpeas. They smelt beautiful. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my flowers with a mix for the top table and centre pieces for the tables at the wedding breakfast. We also had similar mixture for the gents’ button holes and ladies’ corsages.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

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We had six bridesmaids from two years old to sixteen.  The younger bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon and the two older bridesmaids wore a dress from Coast which was from the bridal range. I think they blended nicely together.

The groomsmen wore hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. The grooms suit was made by Ian Bone a visiting tailor. He came to our home and measured Steven up, we picked the material and and cut of the suit. It was a very professional and friendly service from Ian and we had two more fittings before the finished result.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our photographer was the amazing Lee Scullion. We had a lot of recommendations from people but as soon as I saw Lee’s work I knew he was the man for the job.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our videographers were Chris and Janet Hughes for One Digital Image – a great husband and wife team. They made a one minute video summarising the day so we could share with our guests and friends which was really unique in itself and was ready to view the following morning.

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Our save the dates and invitations were by Noble Fine Art. They also made our favour boxes, the menu for the tables at the wedding breakfast and the seating plan in a beautiful pearl stock paper with thistle ribbon.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed our tables with a new range of lace chair coverings.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had handmade chocolates made for the favour boxes from Robineau Patisserie in Darlington and mini bottles of whiskey for the gents. 

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

The cake was from Celebration Cakes in Peterlee, I scaled it down from the original design in the shop. It had six tiers with all different sponges and fruit cake. It had a pearl covering with roses and lace made from sugar paste and tied in with all the little elements from the wedding.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had Val Boyers singer and guitarist singing during our wedding breakfast and a fantastic local band (Fate) singing live on the evening of the wedding. 

Prime Entertainment provided Formula One cars which were very popular and we also hired Snaparazzi and their fabulous photo booth.  We got a book of everyone’s photos who had been in the photo booth with a message alongside the photos which is a really nice and different keep sake.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

I downloaded an app called Wedpics and invited all our guests to upload all their photos.  I thought this to be better than having disposable cameras and it worked well.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Honeymoon wise, we’re are still working on that one, we want something different!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take every moment in because it goes over far too fast and don’t drink to much Champagne!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Congratulations Hayley & Stephen!

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A Sparkling Affair. An Intimate & Twinkling Real Wedding At Rudding Park, Harrogate – Sarah & Ed

January 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Todays small but twinkly real wedding is such a splendid affair – a stunning bride (don’t you just love her hair?), an ornate setting, perfect details and only the people there that really count.  And that last bit, that is what really counts, isn’t it?

Sarah and Ed’s wedding was shot by Abi at Wooden Hill Images, and I hope you love it as much as we do. 

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Sarah says:  We got engaged in May 2010 in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, near where we lived at the time. It was overlooking a lake by a small bridge while out with our dog Poppy.

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We were married at Bilton House, which is Harrogate Registry Office in North Yorkshire on 19th December 2013, and afterwards at Rudding Park Hotel.  We choose Rudding Park Hotel because we had previously stayed there for a weekend break and had a great time, and I am originally from North Yorkshire so it had the close to home feel.

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We choose to have a small intimate wedding as we have two young children, Will (3 years) and Tom (1 year) who we wanted to be part of the day, with our immediate family and a few close friends.

Our theme was a 1920’s/30’s Great Gatsby/Downtown Wedding set against the backdrop of Christmas with a gold, ivory and a touch of subtle green colour scheme to blend into the 1920’s and Christmas colours.

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I chose the Stephanie Allin Ingrid dress from the Jazz Age Collection from Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow.  I was lucky enough that the designer of the dress I choose was in the shop in Glasgow when I was there and I ended up getting a personalised sketch of the dress!

My headpiece was by Jenny Packham, make up by Mel England and hair by Emily Hawkes

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We didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen, but our boys wore a mix and match of cord and tweed suits, with little converse shoes to give a ‘cool kiddie’ finish.

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I carried a bouquet of calla lilies from Wedding & Events reminiscent of the period. 

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Guests were collected from Rudding Park on at 1920’s vintage bus from a company called Yesteryear, and taken to and from the registry and Sarah travelled with William who walked her down the registry aisle.

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For the pre dinner reception we had a harpist (Anita Aslan from Harping On) playing a mix of Christmas music and other songs appropriate for the occasion and a two piece 1920’s band called The Gershwin Gang for some music into the evening. Both entertainment choices were based on the small nature of the wedding with only 20 guests and 5 children and to keep the theme and fun running throughout the day.

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The favours for Ladies were vintage chocolates from Betty’s and for the men, Scottish themed stag bottle openers, which combined Yorkshire and Scotland.

Ed is Scottish and us organising everything from our home in Perthshire meant it was important for us to blend everything across the colours and themes even though we hadn’t seen certain things first hand.

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Alex at Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed the venue to perfection!

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Wooden Hill Images

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We chose a fruit cake centre piece with a monogram with our initials from our invitations, then cupcakes with feathers and a sequin finish matching my dress.  The cake was by Homebaked Heaven

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Wooden Hill Images

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My favourite part of the day was arriving back to Rudding Park at dusk with all the twinkling lights, harp music and a mulled wine reception.

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For our honeymoon we stayed an extra couple of nights at Rudding park ourselves and plan to return in 2014.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t be afraid to do a small wedding, and you won’t have to compromise on quality.  Trust your suppliers to apply their own interpretation of your theme. 

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Congratulations Sarah & Ed!

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Love In Technicolor: Vintage Lace & Sparkles For A Rainbow Real Wedding At Woodhill Hall, Northumberland – Lina & Andrew

August 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We’re celebrating Sunday on Brides Up North today with this gorgeous rainbow wedding sent to me by real bride Lina and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie Penfold Photography.  It’s at Brides Up North dream venue Woodhill Hall in Northumberland, and Lina and husband Andrew certainly made the most of this stunning boutique venue’s colourful and quirky charm.

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Lina says:  Andrew asked me to marry him at  The Alnwick Garden in July 2011, and we were married on 25th May 2013 at Woodhill Hall, Otterburn, Northumberland. 

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We chose Woodhill Hall because it was so beautiful. The fact we could have a lot of people staying at the venue for the Saturday was great and Corinne who owns the venue is amazing. We love everything about it!

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We wanted a vintage inspired, very relaxed day.  The main colour at first was yellow but then we started adding more and more colour. It got a little out of control!

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At first for my wedding dress I wanted something very plain… but then when I met the Y.A.P Bridal team they found me something perfect. It was a fitted vintage style lace wedding dress with little sparkles. 

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My pretty bridal jewellery was by Sareli, another local North East company (and a Brides Up North Featured Supplier). 

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We always knew what we wanted suits-wise (ours were from Slaters) but we couldn’t find any ties we liked. We came across a new company; Pangaea, who made us some custom ties which had stripes on the back: ‘business up front…party at the back’. 

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I carried sunflowers, ranunculus, peonies, feverfew daisies, craspedia, gelder rose, stocks and veronica supplied by Hannah at Wildflower Florist in Northumberland. 

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We stayed at the venue over the weekend from the Friday so we didn’t need transportation.

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The ceremony was both our favourite part of the wedding. It was very informal and everyone really enjoyed it.

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Our wedding cake had Lemon sponge on the bottom, victoria sponge in the middle and cookies and crème on the top. Yum!  It was made for us by Isabelle & Richard at The Designer Cake Company. 

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We made a donation to a charity called ‘Josies Dragonfly’ The aim of Josie’s Dragonfly Trust is to brighten the lives of children & young people living with cancer. We had dragonfly pin badges for everyone (supplied by the charity) with lollypops and vintage disposable cameras.

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Our rainbow chair covers and bows were supplied by Janine at Simply Bows & Chair Covers. 

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We had birds of prey displays from Falconry Days and a photo booth from Snaparazzi on the night. We also had two bands; one for the daytime and one for the night which both were amazing – they were the Zoe Gilby Trio and The Dean Solomon Band

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After the wedding we honeymooned in New York. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that it’s one day – so no matter what goes wrong, just shrug it off and enjoy yourselves

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Congratulations Lina & Andrew!

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Simply Successful! Supplier Showcase: Simply Bows & Chair Covers

May 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Back in 2010 when I launched Brides Up North, there were a just handful of wedding industry supporters who really understood what I was trying to achieve (the Northern Revolution y’all) – and helped me to champion my cause until everyone else understood it too.  The road has been long and full of late nights and hard, hard work, but I will always to be grateful to that first brave band of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers who took a chance on a rooky blogger and wedding enthusiast.

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Sarah Pittendrigh of Simply Bows & Chair Covers was one of those fabulous people and I am proud to have worked alongside her for almost three years.  Whilst Brides Up North has grown, Sarah hasn’t exactly been resting on her laurels either.  A true North East success story, Sarah now has a trophy cabinet to rival Manchester United’s and an ever expanding empire.  She’s even (whisper it!) going South.

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This week Sarah launches her weekly column in the Newcastle Journal – every Thursday – where she will be sharing her experience from starting a business from scratch as a single mum, right through to franchising it and now having 12 multi award winning offices across the UK. Sarah says:  I hope my column will inspire budding entrepreneurs and offer support to existing companies. I would also be happy to try and answer any questions on business people may have.

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Sarah Pittendrigh established Simply Bows & Chair Covers in 2008 after being made bankrupt when the national events company she worked for suffered the effects of the economic downturn. Whilst helping to organise her brother’s wedding, Sarah found a gap in the market for stylish, high-quality chair covers and linen and launched her business across the North East area. Since then, Simply Bows & Chair Covers has grown rapidly and Sarah opted to launch the franchise operation in 2010 as customer demand for her unique service grew quickly all over the UK.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers are now a multi-award winning company, with award winning franchisees. They manufacture high quality chair covers and accessories for you to hire, for your special event.  They are a professional team of event and wedding specialists with over 20 years experience in the industry, working on many weddings and high profile corporate gatherings in some of the most prestigious venues in the UK.

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Sarah says:  We pride ourselves in the high quality product that we deliver supported by excellent customer service. On the back of this we receive many letters of thanks and referrals from our satisfied clients.

We hold in stock many different sized chair covers, and prior to your event we ensure our chair covers are the perfect fit for your venue. Your chair covers will be fully fitted on the day of your event by our professionally trained staff, this way we can guarantee you an exceptional standard of delivery.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers encourage all of their clients to create a theme for their big day that reflects their own style and differentiates them from their friends. They have a huge selection of chair covers, to include coloured chair covers with matching coloured table linen and also hold in stock organza sashes for chair bows, diamante chair bands and chair treatments in hundreds of different colours, that they can use to match with wedding flowers/bridesmaids dresses or corporate branding.

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The company has has seen demand for its services increase dramatically in the last year and now has franchises in locations such as Aberdeen, Cumbria, Lancashire, Berkshire and around the North East and Yorkshire. At the end of 2012, the business was named Most Promising New Business by the British Chamber of Commerce.

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Speaking about her latest business growth, Sarah says: “Expanding across the South of England is a really important step in the business’s growth. I get lots of enquiries from this region and it’s very exciting to now have Kimberley in Essex on board who has such a lot of experience and ideas for the company. And North Northumberland is a really vibrant region for our business and our new franchisee Janine brings with her such passion and a great wealth of experience in both the wedding sector and events’ industry.

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Janine says: I really love the business and what it does- and how it fits into my lifestyle. It’s great to be part of an exciting, growing business with such an enthusiastic team.

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Visit the Simply Bows & Chair Covers website or email enquires@simplybowsandchaircovers.co.uk to see how they can help you to dress your beautiful big day. 

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Love & Laughter: A Tea Length Justin Alexander Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Rebecca & Philip

April 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We are in the North East this morning for an understated and elegant Real Wedding filled with pretty details, love and laughter.  Rebecca and Philip chose a stunning venue and used some excellent Brides Up North Featured Suppliers to make their big day super special. 

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Rebecca says:  Thank you for your blog! It became my bible in the run up to my wedding!  Not only was I able to source my photographer and entertainment through your directory but  many of my suppliers featured in your blog in the time leading up to my wedding which was always reassuring as your blog/you became my unofficial wedding planner. Thank you for the advice and the inspiration. I will still be checking in to get my fill of all things wedding.

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Rebecca says: Phil and I were engaged in Newcastle the day after my 29th Birthday on January 8th 2010, after an 11 year “courtship”; we got together back in September 1999.

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Phil surprised me for my birthday with a magical mystery tour which saw us travel from our then home in Leeds to our home turf Newcastle for a weekend away. I was in the early stages of pregnancy and was in need of a rest before dinner and Phil said he would leave me in peace and go and do some shopping. At dinner I had asked Phil in jest if he had managed to find me a ring while he was out. His response was a yes and that if I wanted we could go and get it tomorrow! We went and purchased the ring and then went to meet our parents for lunch where Phil asked my Dad’s permission. I was presented with the ring at lunch in front of our parents who were all thrilled. I joke and say that Phil has never really asked me to marry him we just got engaged.

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Our wedding was on 21st July 2012. Two years after we got engaged; we had the small matter of having a baby to contend with first.

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We were married at the gorgeous Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Hurwurth on Tees, Darlington. The ceremony was in the Old Hall Arches and the reception was in the Rockliffe Suite.

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Have you been to Rockliffe? If you have then I probably don’t need to tell you why we made the decision to get married there. Phil and I at the time of our engagement were both working in jobs that meant we travelled a lot staying in many hotels around the country and it was reaching the point where very few places we were staying for social occasions would make us stop and stay “wow”, but Rockliffe did. We stayed at Rockliffe for Phil’s birthday in the March after our engagement and asked to have a look around. It had everything we were looking for and more; a more traditional area for the ceremony; a large banqueting suite that would be appropriate for the large number of guests for the evening; fabulous bedrooms; a spa and for my parents a golf course. The staff during our stay were attentive and professional. The food was – in the words of my mother in law – “to die for “. Perfect!  We booked the wedding that weekend and I am looking forward to many anniversary meals.

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The theme for the wedding was understated and the focus was on fun, good food and music; a real party rather than a formal event. We wanted to treat our guests, which was made up primarily of our family, to fabulous surroundings and all that Rockliffe has to offer while feeling comfortable and not stuffy. We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple and what we enjoy doing together and good food has always been paramount in our relationship. From the canapés to the hog roast we made sure that our guests all had full tums.

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I had been to seven weddings the year before all beautiful in their own way but I was all “quirked out”, I wanted to keep things simple so the focus of the day became the entertainment.  I didn’t want to be to “matchy” with my colour theme and chose complementary tones of pale blue and pink. 

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My dress was a Justin Alexander tea length gown in style number 8555, I had never envisaged myself in a long gown and the dress helped set the tone of the day. I had seen a different Justin Alexander dress at a wedding fair and even paid a deposit before I had even tried it on. I went to try the dress on with bridesmaid and mum in tow and was asked by the shop to try on 8555 and quickly changed my mind, apparently my face changed when I put the dress on and the expressions on everyone else’s faces said that this was the one! I used a bridal shop in Shotton Colliery called Just Perfect and cannot praise the staff enough from allowing me to have a morning trying on as many dresses as I liked (even after I had made up my mind). From day one to picking the dress up they were fantastic! I wore Rainbow Club shoes called Coral and my hair I wore a hairband from Coast and a short veil.

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My bridesmaid dresses were a similar length and gave a 1950’s feel to the day (Alfred Angelo Style 7188 from Wild Brides at Heart). My flower-girls wore shoes from Monsoon and a dress from BHS.

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My husband and I discussed outfits and we both decided that morning suits were a no go and so the groom wore a Reiss suit, while his groomsmen and the dads wore navy suits from Autograph Collection at M&S (the official suit of the England football team), and ties also M&S. The groomsmen were given the suits as a gift and it has been lovely when I have spied them wearing it again

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My hair was by Lesley and Rachel from Hooker and Young Darlington. I have always had short hair and had no intention of changing it for the big day by adding extensions (just not me) but I wanted it to look different. I wanted soft and feminine and Lesley delivered the goods! My make up was by Victoria Lees – Spa treatment manager at Rockliffe Hall. I have never been big on make-up and Victoria made sure that I felt comfortable.

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Music throughout the day was a surprise for all of our guests. The string quartet and my chosen music for coming down the aisle was a surprise for Philip and set the tone for the day. I entered to “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev – this is the song that his team, Sunderland AFC, come out to on match days at the Stadium of light.  My favourite photo of Philip is one of him laughing as I am about to enter the music has started and the penny has dropped as to my choice. Walking down the aisle to laughter is not what every bride wants but it was the perfect way to start the party.

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Standing with Phil in front of our friends and family and our son Joe declaring to a silent room “That’s my Mammy and Daddy!” was a special moment and I am glad that Joe was part of our big day.

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We followed the ceremony with reception drink entertainment from a West Yorkshire based singer songwriter we both fell in love with on a night in the Rodley Barge when we lived in Leeds; Roger Davies. We had a pianist during the wedding breakfast and the Blue House Band provided music for dancing the night away to. The music was aside from Roger Davies was supplied by the team at AMV Live Music, who went out of their way to make sure that the music was exactly what we wanted. Our first dance was to “Your Song” by Elton John sang by Andy Garner of AMV (whose version was better than the original). My dance with my dad was to Moondance by Van Morrison and I don’t think my dad has recovered from busting such a move.

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Our photographer was the fabulous Sean Elliott Photography! Sean is so personable it was just like having an extra friend to share our day. Sean also provided our “Picture Peg Project” at our evening reception.

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Noble Fine Art supply stationery as part of the wedding package at Rockliffe (menus, name cards and table plan) and they also supplied my invitations and orders of service. The stationery was beautiful and they were a lovely team to work with.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed the room for the wedding breakfast. 

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Our cake was supplied by my very talented Aunt, who only does cakes as a hobby, she did me proud.  It was a four tier cake in a mixture of sponge and fruit, covered in over a hundred individually handmade flowers. 

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Our florist was Adam Prest. Adam was one of the nicest people I came into contact with during my wedding preparations. He is simply amazing. He worked his magic on our bouquets, button holes and on the table and pedestal arrangements. In an early meeting with Adam I had said that I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted but trusted him implicitly and he came up trumps.

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I have so many favourite parts of the day that it is hard to name just one but the spontaneous helicopter ride stands out! A guest of the hotel had flown his helicopter in for a game of golf so Phil and I asked if he would mind if we had a picture taken. He said he would to one better and would take us for a short flight.  It was totally unexpected and was the part of the day that Phil and I were together on our own (with the pilot).  Unfortunately and much to his disappointment we had lost Sean (our photographer) at this stage of the day and so we don’t have any professional photos.  There were stories of a man with a camera sprinting from one end of the hotel to the other to try and capture the moment once the rumour had spread. Poor Sean.

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The first dance spotlight shifting form me and Phil to my son and niece, both two, is still talked about as they took to the floor unexpectedly and camera shifted from the bride and groom to the far cuter pint sized couple.

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We honeymooned in Mexico at the Dreams resort, Puerto Adventuras which was the perfect resort for our family honeymoon. We were lucky enough to travel business class and after the wedding it was time for a lie down.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be not to stress about the small details as no one will notice but you.  Pick suppliers that you like you are going to be spending a year planning your wedding with these people and you wanted to be able to enjoy the preparations. 

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Congratulations Rebecca & Philip!

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Un-vintage Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North East – Carolyn & Jon

January 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy New Year! Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Starting 2013 off feeling fresh, introducing Brides Up North reader Carolyn’s fabulous unvintage vintage (you’ll see) Real Wedding, with images from the lovely Karen McGowran and a super cool urban location.

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Carolyn says:  We sort of skipped the engagement part and just decided to book our wedding!  We got married on 9th May 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond.  We wanted somewhere a bit different from the norm. Somewhere a little cool and quirky! As You Like It has all that and because it is just outside the city centre it was handy for all of our guests.

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We didn’t really have a theme. Although I love the vintage look, it seemed like it had been done before and I wanted to be different. I worked together with Charlotte from Simply Bows and Chair Covers to come up with something that would fit in with our colours of Navy and Pink. We had sweeties on each table which added a bit of fun

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I went for a Maggie Sottero, satin a-line dress with beaded shoulder straps from Wedding Essentials on Dean Street. I went there because I knew they stocked the dress I had my heart set on but when I tried it on I was so disappointed! It didn’t suit me at all and my Mam and bridesmaids agreed. The assistant asked me to try on one of her recommendations and I instantly felt like a bride. The dress, although not something I would have picked myself, was classically beautiful and it suited my shape perfectly. My advice to any bride would be have an open mind when you go looking for ‘the dress’ because you could miss the right one by just looking at it on the hanger!

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My bridesmaids wore midnight blue chiffon maxi dresses from Coast. I bought them chunky necklaces to wear with them and their beaded Accessorize bags.

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The men’s suits were from Blades Formal Menswear in Berwick Hill, Ponteland.

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Nick at nd make up artists did mine and the bridesmaids make up. She is a friend of mine and I would recommend her to anyone.

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Myself and the bridesmaids got ready at Jesmond Dene House where I had stayed the night before. A BMW and a Jaguar I booked through Grosvenor cars picked us up from there to take us the short distance to As You Like It.

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Wendy Reed at By Wendy supplied our Wishing Tree which we had instead of a guest book. It looked beautiful lit up with it’s fairy lights.

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I went along to a wedding fair at As You Like It the week before the wedding. Although I was convinced I had everything I needed I just couldn’t help myself! It was there that I met Annette from White Flight Moments and fell in love with the idea of having a dove release after our ceremony. The doves were next to us while we said our vows so the guests could see them and afterwards we set them free as our guests watched on. The release of the doves symbolises the start of your married life together and we loved the fact that we were the first to have one at As You Like It.

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There were so many great parts of the day! I remember sitting outside on the terrace having a breather with my new husband and looking through the window at our friends and family having a ball! We smiled knowing that we had put the day together ourselves and it was EXACTLY how we had hoped it would be.

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Karen McGowran was our photographer and she was AMAZING! I have recommended her to lots of others since the wedding.

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We had a three tier sponge cake which was made by a friend. After looking through lots of magazines we picked something quite simple which fitted perfectly with everything else.  We also chose lots of fun sweety favours!

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We had a DJ in the evening who played our favourite songs from a playlist I had put together. It seemed to go down a treat with our friends!

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The fun didn’t stop after the wedding! We went to Las Vegas for 5 nights and Riviera Maya in Mexico for 10 nights. Loved it!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to read wedding magazines and wedding blogs to help you with ideas. If you think of something in your head that you want, Google it. The chances are someone, somewhere will be able to help you with it. Enjoy the organising, it’s your day you can have it just the way you want it.

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Congratulations Carolyn & Jon!

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Oooh! Its The Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire #TheMovie

August 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My friend and super talented Featured Supplier Steven of Forever Film was on hand to capture the action as it unfolded one fabulous night in Yorkshire.  ***Do you recognise any of these superstars?***

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Click here to read my full round up of the evening.

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Special thanks once again to Dine, Leafy Couture, India Hobson Weddings, Forever Film, The Whimsical Cake Company, Buttercream Cupcakes, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Glen Roughead and Icing & Lace.

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To find out all about the Brides Up North Tweet Ups and the ethos behind these wedding industry networking gatherings, plus catch up on all the photos from the events, click here.

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This amazing venue, The Mansion, is host to one of our Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives on Sunday 7th October this Autumn!  Click here to register for your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag.  

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The Most Special Of Days! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kat & Mike

July 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding comes to you from the North East and was sent to me by real bride and Brides Up North reader Kat.  Kat and Mike’s wedding was a real mix of traditional and contemporary, the combination creating a beautiful and memorable backdrop to a fabulous celebration. 

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Kat says: We got engaged on 5th May 2011 in Las Vegas, USA in the middle of the Grand Canyon. We splashed out on a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon. We landed in the most beautiful spot and after all the tourist shots I turned round to Mike where he suddenly put his arms around me and the next thing I knew he was down on one knee. It was a truly a fabulous way to propose and I will never forget it.

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We dais “I do” on Friday 23rd March 2012.  We were limited on time as I work in a school and we only had two weekends to chose from, 16th or the 23rd. The 23rd March turned out to be a very special day for me and my family, as my brother Iain died 13 years ago when he was 18 and I was 14. The 23rd March would have been his 31st birthday after much deliberation with family and friends I thought it was a great idea, what a special day to get married, it was meant to be. What usually is a sombre day for us has now been turned into a celebration and it really just felt like he was there with us.

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Mike and I feel in love with the venue straight away. The Mansion House in Jesmond was exactly what we wanted: classy, stylish and a bit different. I loved all the original features, the decor and also loved the location.  The gardens were beautiful and even though it was in a busy area it felt so quiet. There is so much character and I absolutely loved the bedrooms, I could really see me and my bridesmaids getting ready there in the morning. I heard amazing things about the food, the gardens looked beautiful, all our guests were so impressed and the service was amazing.

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We chose another venue for the evening, Mike and I are very social people, we have lots of friends and we basically wanted a venue with space for a band and room for dancing. Now the evening do was more tricky we visited so many venues, I studied Art and Design at University and also went on to study a MA Art Museum and Gallery/Education Studies so I have always had links and love for galleries and museums in the North East. We chose to have our evening do at The Biscuit Factory in Shieldfield.  We absolutely loved the venue especially the way the art is kept in view, fairy lights and low lighting, the high ceiling and beams were just what we liked and there was tons of space for dancing. This was a complete contrast to the Mansion House as this was so contemporary and The Mansion House was a traditional manor house.

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I never decided on a theme as such but I suppose it was a vintage shabby chic style wedding with lots of personal touches. I had birdcages for my centre pieces, “Would You Rather?” games on the tables, and different runners with polka dots, roses and birds. Every table was different.

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I decided I didn’t really want a colour scheme I wanted things to be a bit different. I chose electric blue Grecian maxi dresses for my bridesmaids dresses, green and nude bows, and different colour runners.

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I never wanted a big or sparkly dress, it is really true you never know what is going to suit until you try things on. I definitely knew I would have to get a sweetheart neckline as it would suit my shape better. For some reason in the shops I was always attracted to chiffon style dresses that sculptured to my body. Even though my dress was plain it had the most beautiful detail with the knotted material at the front and on the back and the long train made it stunning. I also loved the way the material was gathered on the bodice, all these things made the dress extra special. I felt amazing in it and I loved the way it made me feel. I chose to have a veil but ended up taking that off half way through the meal. My dress was from New Beginnings Bridal in Whitley bay by Sottero and Midgley

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My bridesmaids wore electric blue Grecian style maxi dresses from Monsoon and silver heels. 

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I carried cala lilies and my bridesmaids and flower girls carried the same but a smaller bouquet from Flowers By The Bay, Cullercoats. The groom had a lily for his button hole and the rest of the party had white roses. I didn’t want many flowers so the only other flowers were the ones in the birdcages which were minimalistic.

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We used Simply Bows & Chair Covers for our event dressing, The Finishing Touch Company for hiring the trees, tea cups and the vintage post box.

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Our photographer was Roger Burlison Photography, his partner was a very good friend of mine from school so Roger and Vicky took some amazing photos on the day. It was so nice having them there as guests and I think it made it more personal.

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We added lots of personal touches.  On the order of services I thought it was a nice idea to write a story of how me and Mike met and this was also displayed in frames with a poem I found.

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We didn’t like the idea of favours so on each tables we had tea cups filled with mini eggs, dolly mixtures and heart shaped mints instead which went down a treat. We also placed several “Would You Rather?” game cards on the tables which we picked personally – the ruder the better for people to have some fun.

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My mum is an amazing cake maker so I naturally wanted her to make our cake. At the time I didn’t realise how much work it would be and my mum needs a medal.  I knew I didn’t want a traditional cake but I wasn’t sure what I wanted. My mum was amazing throughout and started baking like a mad woman. My mum came up with a brilliant idea. a three tier chocolate cake with chocolate butter icing, The cake was then covered with white and milk chocolate fingers and white and milk chocolate maltesers on the top.

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I would say the speeches were the best memory of the day. My dad’s speech was great: my dad is definitely a talker, it was funny, emotional and kind everything I expected. Mike’s never been big on talking about emotion but his speech was again perfect, he kept it together until the very end. Mike never met my brother and he touched on that beautifully during his speech. We had two best men: one who didn’t eat any of the delicious food as he was so nervous. I wasn’t sure how they would do it but they really made it work. It was a very funny combination and they did so well.

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We hired a band for the night called The Imposters. We saw these guys first play at As you Like It, Jesmond and we just had to have them for the wedding. They were great they really know how to get people up and dance. The photos are evidence – they play all sorts of music from Kings of Leon to Stevie Wonder. There was people aged 15 to 70 dancing!

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For our honeymoon we went to Thailand! We travelled to a few different places,  Bangkok, Koi Samui, Krabi, Phi Phi Island and Phuket.  It was amazing, true paradise.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to get too stressed about all the small things as you won’t notice any problems on the day and don’t worry about other people, it’s your day.

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Congratulations Kat & Mike!

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Nice To Tweet You – The Official Photographs From The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West!

June 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, this time last week, the very next day after the excellent Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire (see all the official images from that event by clicking here), I was back on the road again in a North Westerly direction to throw a little party for all my North West wedding industry colleagues at The Belle Époque in the beautiful town of Knutsford. 

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The bunting was flying on arrival, and after even more heavy lifting than the day before, decorating galore and a swift makeover in the ladies’ toilets, I was ready to rock and roll. 

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For those of you who are new readers of Brides Up North (and you are gathering in your thousands month on month – hello there!) I explained in my post about my Yorkshire event exactly what a Tweet Up is and why they are important, so I’ll keep it brief this afternoon.  Basically these events are a chance for me to say a huge thank you to all the wedding industry friends and colleagues who have supported the growth of Brides Up North so wholeheartedly and have allowed me to keep bringing the wedding pretty your way twice a day as well as hosting the larger Brides Up North events especially for everyone out there sporting a sparkler on their ring finger.

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These not for profit events are a chance for the industry (many of whom are individuals working hard – and sometimes holding down another job too – from their kitchen table) to get together, exchange connections and boost their business – meaning bigger and better things for the Northern wedding industry at large and ultimately for the most important people of all: the bride and groom.  That means you. 

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This event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my amazing team of wedding industry wonders, so lets have a few snaps for them today.

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First up, a big thank you to Collette from The Belle Époque for letting me use her beautiful venue for the event.  The rooms, staff and cute Knutsford setting are just perfect.  If you are looking for an individual venue that adds a touch of glamour and has an intimate feel, The Belle Époque, with its beautiful rooms, cool bar and pretty roof garden is an excellent choice.

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Marvellous North West wedding photographer Martin Hambleton Photography captured the whole event on camera.  Thank you so much to Martin not only for such a brilliant record of the evening and turning the photographs round so bloomin’ quickly, but also for holding a camera all night when everyone else was sloshing back the vino.  I’m sure he snuck a cheeky glass or two in though, right Martin?

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Sugar based treats in the form of the most beautiful occasion cake with pink and purple peonies and the loveliest cupcake displays were provided by the wonderful Francesca at The Cheshire Cat Cake Company and EmmyLou at LilyBud Cupcakes respectively.  You gals are amazing at what you do, and will always find a way to my heart by plying me with cake.  Huge thanks too to Pretty Little Trio for supplying their gorgeous vintage cake stands for EmmyLou’s display. 

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I don’t know what I’d do without my great friends Kelly and Colette at All Wrapped Up Events.  These chicks not only brought their amazing vintage sweetie cabinet along with them, but lent me a whole host of props and goodies for venue dressing and a foto fun area. These two are true professionals who will always go that extra mile for their client.  Get them booked. 

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Stunning floral displays from Laura at Laurel Weddings twinkling with crystals and hanging gems brought the outside in, so even though it was pouring down outside we had an indoor paradise of pink and purple blooms.  I am always stunned at the talents of my Featured Suppliers.  You can find Laurel Weddings on the Florists page in my Directory.

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Jo from Simply Bows & Chair Covers also gave her own time (between dashing to other set ups) to bring my brand colours to life using glorious sashes and table runners.  Thank you so much Jo!

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We were entertained all evening by the wonderful talents that make up Fonix Music.  Just wow!  Taylor and Al kept spirits high and feet tapping all night long. 

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And last but not least a big thank you to Wedding Ideas Magazine for supporting my concept from the outset, lending their support to these events and letting every guest take home a copy of their brand new issue!  Hopefully a good hangover read…

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Let’s do it all again soon North West!

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If you are a wedding industry supplier who would like to be added to my guest list for the next Brides Up North Tweet Up in the North West, just drop me a line – julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – first come, first served, numbers are limited.

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The Secret’s Out! Introducing: Fifth Floor Manchester

May 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Afternoon all! Looking forward to the long weekend yet?  Yeah, me too! 

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I’ve got a whole host of jubilee celebration shoots lined up for you over the next few days, so keep on dropping by to join the flag waving here at Brides Up North.

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Getting things off to a fabulous start, a blog post that I have been so excited to share with you, as Brides Up North exclusively reveals the first images from the cool new Manchester wedding venue that the whole of Twitter is buzzing about:  Fifth Floor Manchester

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I’m thrilled to be working with the team at this different and exciting new venue, and although the location is not quite ready to be revealed until the official launch (more news soon!) all systems are go for a series of very special events this year, that I am proud to have been asked to support.  I shall be in attendance with my glass of Pimms, no problem about that!  

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Until then, here’s a first look behind the scenes with Brides Up North’s latest Featured Supplier

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The team at Fifth Floor Manchester say: What a busy few months we’ve had and we haven’t even launched yet. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a secret journey that will shortly be coming to a stop and finally revealed. It’s been so hard to keep our location under wraps and who the team members are but it’s all been worth it.

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Today we unveil one of our first inspiration shoots at our wedding venue, our website and much more. How exciting! We love our venue very much and only decided to take on this huge project because of its beauty and it’s space was going to waste. It’s unique characteristics don’t give in to corporate formality because of it’s age and place in history. It’s nothing like we’ve ever seen before and it takes our breath away every time we enter the room.

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So how do we show these qualities to you without giving away our location? With the jubilee celebrations just around the corner, it seemed perfect. We stumbled upon an old Vogue “Royal Wedding” illustration and thought it was magical. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a photo-shoot based around the Queen’s wedding day!

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We know everyone loves a bit of vintage but we wanted something a little different. We didn’t want it to have a vintage theme: we wanted it to feel like you were actually back in 1947. No televisions, no coloured newspapers – just authenticity.

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What a shock we got when we saw these glorious images! We had a wonderful team on the day of wedding suppliers. It was a long day and everyone was truly amazing!

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So we want to say thank you to all the supplier’s we’ve worked with so far to make this possible, our followers on twitter for all your support and Julia at Brides Up North of course.

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Here, finally are our beautiful pictures of our new wedding venue at Fifth Floor Manchester.

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Watch this space for location info and more news shortly!

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Little Black Book

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Venue: Fifth Floor Manchester

Photography: Mick Cookson, Lorna Roberts Photography and Chris Mee as tagged

Caterer: Moss House Farm

Venue Dresser: Simply Bows Lancs

Stationary: Doodle Love

Florist: Red Floral Architecture 

Wool Accessories: Knitella

Make Up Artists: Bethany Jane Davies, Natalie Roberts Steel and Maria Santoro

Cakes and pom poms: Lily Bud Cupcakes 

Bridal Dress and Accessories: Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt 

Car: Horgans Cars

Guest dresses: Pop Boutique

Our wonderful models: Chris, Craig, Rachael, Joanne, Laura, Helen, Hayley, Miranda.

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  – Images © 2012 Mick Cookson, Lorna Roberts Photography and Chris Mee as tagged

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