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flying high. supplier showcase: lovebird brides

May 4th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am thrilled to welcome the gorgeous Laura to Brides Up North.  Laura is the beauty and brains behind the gorgeous new bridal boutique in West Yorkshire, lovebird brides, which opened to much excitement (and twinkle!) last autumn.  Laura is already flying high as word of her stunning new boutique, bespoke accessories and top labels spreads, and now it’s time to introduce her on these pretty pages.

First things first, I have a special date for your diaries: Lovebird Brides are holding their first ever Lovebird Accessories evening on Thursday 7th May 2015 from 5pm until 8pm, where brides can visit the boutique for a glass of fizz, try on their accessories, enjoy 10% off the range and see their special guest designers. To join them on the night or for more information email them at appointments@lovebirdbrides.com.

Is it in your diary? Great.  Now let’s meet Laura.

Images by Photography By Kathryn.

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When did Lovebird Brides open and what is your background?

laura says: Lovebird Brides opened its doors with an amazing launch party in October 2014.

I’ve had a varied career working within the creative industries, starting with a degree in design before working in interior design, event planning, teaching and then jewellery making. The problem is I’ve always got to be making something even when just relaxing in the evening! Whilst on maternity leave I took this time to focus on my love of making jewellery and when my baby was old enough, I opened my studio in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire. It turned out this decision paid off, I began making statement pieces but soon had brides visiting me to make them bespoke bridal jewellery.

One thing led to another and my other obsession for vintage dresses combined with brides telling me they were struggling to find the dresses they wanted, gowns that reflected their personality and style led to me opening Lovebird Brides. I wanted to fill this gap for brides concentrating on selecting designers that offered designs that were fashion forward, well made and practical but still maintained that beauty and elegance that a wedding dress should offer.

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Which wedding gown designers do you stock?

Lovebird Brides houses a large selection of Charlotte Balbier’s wedding gowns. Charlotte’s designs are timeless, elegant and fit perfectly allowing a bride to feel comfortable on her wedding day.

We also stock Maria Senvo, I was instantly drawn to the embellishment and detail on these beautiful gowns, definitely one for the fashionista brides!

With a busy year ahead planned, you need to keep your eyes peeled for a new designer or two being introduced to the boutique.

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What bridal accessories designers do you stock?

Lovebird Brides is the home of Lah De Da Accessories. I hand make this beautiful range of accessories in my studio within the boutique where all my sample pieces are available for brides to see and try on. I love that we can create a completely unique look for a bride whether it’s a headpiece, belt, statement necklace or adding beading to the dress. The finishing accessories are so important as a bride can put their own stamp on a gown and feels that they have given their own creative input into the design of these bespoke pieces. I feel this is something they will struggle to get anywhere else.

We are also very lucky to stock the amazing Charlotte Mills bridal shoes that are so pretty, beautifully made and super comfortable but what is even better is they can also be worn again and again after your wedding day!

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What makes you different?

At Lovebird Brides we focus on fashion forward brides with wedding dresses that break away from tradition, gowns that reflect their individual style and personality. As a boutique we feel it is important not to crowd the shop with too many dresses overwhelming the bride. Instead we concentrate on handpicking strong designs each very different from the next.

It is important to us when a bride first visits the boutique that our style and the layout of the shop not only reflects the individuality of our gowns but is a place where our brides can feel comfortable making the most important fashion purchase of their lives! From our zebra print rug and fuchsia pink chandelier to our Victorian clothes airer rails we want to make it an experience that our bride will never forget.

One major factor adding to our uniqueness is that we hand make all our accessories to compliment our brides dresses right here in the boutique. Even for the bride who has already found their gown we can offer them exclusive accessory appointments to create bespoke pieces for their big day, for their bridesmaids or for mother of the bride.

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Where are you located?

We are located in the beautiful Yorkshire village of Addingham, just outside the centre of Ilkley. Many of our brides choose to make a day of it, celebrating with a cream tea or pub lunch in the village or nipping round the corner to view the beautiful sights of Bolton Abbey.

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

Our dresses start at £990 and go up to £2550.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

As a luxury boutique we work by appointment only. It is important to us that a bride gets the attention she deserves without any interruptions. We like to gain an understanding of the whole theme of the wedding and listen carefully to what the bride is looking for. Dress appointments are an hour and a half long and forty-five minutes for accessories. Brides can expect to have exclusive use of the boutique for their bridal party and we always have a bottle of prosecco and cakes at the ready, sometimes even homemade by me!

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

With so many it’s really hard to pick a favourite dress but if I was pushed I would say I have a real soft spot for Lucy-Lou by Charlotte Balbier, with all its lace it is just a timeless and elegant gown.

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What trends do you see being popular this year?

I think the trends in bridal this year will be blush dresses and gold accessories, which I love! Embellishment on dresses seems to be what brides like so I think we will see plenty of this in new bridal collections.

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Who would be a Lovebird Bride?

A Lovebird Bride is a lady who wants to look the best version of herself. She wants a dress that is elegant but shows her sense of style too. She is a bride who wants some creative input in the overall bridal look and wants to feel comfortable and classic on her most special day.

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Are you married? What did you wear on your wedding day? What would you choose to wear now?

I have been married for almost four years now and wore a Maggie Sottero wedding dress that was strapless with a corseted back in dark champagne. At the time this style was definitely everywhere and although I loved it I don’t think it really reflected me. Now I would definitely either wear a dress with sleeves and a low back or perhaps separates with a bolero jacket and definitely a statement necklace!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more? 

Brides to be call call us on 01943 839720, visit our website at www.lovebirdbrides.com, email appointments@lovebirdbrides.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

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Beautiful On A Budget. Supplier Showcase: First Impressions Wedding Invitations PLUS 10% Off For Wedding Blog Readers

March 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Something I’m often aware of as I write these pages is the need to be inclusive.  I know from your emails and messages that not all of my readers have the deepest pockets, a six figure salary or easy access to the bank of Mum and Dad.  Here at Brides Up North it’s my job to showcase the loveliest ideas, inspirational weddings and dream dresses, but I also think it’s important that our content is attainable.  Sometimes you want the pretty without the price tag. 

Half the battle is thinking local and using the brilliant regional suppliers right on your own doorstep and the other half is having all the options available to you.   I’m aware that I often only feature high end products and aspirational shoots, but today I would like to introduce you to a stationer who is keeping her prices real but her products still sparkling: Brides Up North Featured Supplier Paula of First Impressions Wedding Invitations

For those of you on a budget who still want some bling – Paula’s your gal!  Let’s meet her…

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What is the story behind First Impressions Wedding Invitations?

First Impressions Wedding Invitations started trading in the summer of 2010 initially on eBay. I had just had my second son Ryan and was unable to return to work due to childcare issues. I have always had a creative flair and had done stationery for a few close friends, therefore decided to start my own business doing wedding stationery, which was an instant success.  

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Who is a First Impressions Wedding Invitations bride?

A First Impressions bride is someone who wants to have beautiful handmade wedding invitations and stationery but doesn’t necessarily have a big budget to spend on their stationery. That is where we step in: creating beautiful wedding stationery at affordable prices so the bride can get the best of both worlds.

Where are you based? 

We are based in Wigan, Lancashire. We mainly work online using email and telephone as our main way of corresponding, but do work face to face with brides to be in our locality.

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Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

Our ranges include our butterfly designs, floral designs and hearts designs. All of our designs are embellished with gorgeous sparkling diamantes, to give each design an elegant and classy feel. In all of our designs we do the following products: save the date cards, wedding invitations, RSVP cards, money request cards, order of services, menus, name cards, table numbers, lottery favour cards and table plans.

Can you produce completely bespoke designs? 

Yes. The client would contact us with their requirements and any examples of the designs they like. I will go away and put a design together within that brief and email a proof image to which they can make as many changes as needed until they are 100% happy. We do not charge extra for bespoke designs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment or do you think will be popular for next season?

Our most popular designs are our butterfly ranges. This has always been a favourite amongst our brides. The butterflies represent hope, joy and new beginnings, perfect for a couple embarking on their journey into married life. For next season I predict that people will still go for the more traditional designs but using brighter colour combinations. A popular colour scheme in the last 12 months has been fuchsia pink and tangerine.

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What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Make sure the stationer can match your chosen colour scheme if this is what you desire, order a sample to make sure it is the correct colour.

Proofs are a must!  Avoid companies that do not provide proofs either via post or emailed images.

Find out whether the cost of invitations includes envelopes or if they are extra.

Order your invitations and stationery at the earliest convenience and make sure the stationer can accommodate your needs.

If paying online for your stationery, I always advise paying through PayPal, for that extra bit of protection.

Does all the stationery have to match?

It is totally up to the bride! It is their big day and can have anything they choose, that’s a brides prerogative. They could choose different designs for different items of stationery having them all the same colour or they could have the same design throughout their range. We aim to please all our brides and make it as easy as we can to meet their needs.

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

Our best sellers are our butterfly designs including our “Butterfly One range” which is decorated with 11 separate diamantes to really sparkle. One of our new designs, named “Willow” is proving to be a big seller, and is of two birds in a bird cage – another popular trend with recent brides.

What sets First Impressions Wedding Invitations apart from its competitors? 

Our unique way of embellishing with diamantes definitely sets us apart from the rest. Our prices, quality of products and customer service makes us stand out from the crowd.

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

From our first contact with clients we will advise of a production date. We supply dates on a first come first serve basis, that is why it is imperative to contact us as early as possible to secure your date. We will then dispatch your items within 7-10 working days of this production date.

What are your prices, are you doing any special offers?

Our prices for our handmade wedding invitations and stationery are very affordable but we do not compromise on quality. Our prices range from £0.75 for save the date cards including envelopes to our invitations priced from £1.00 to £1.80 again including envelopes. Our on the day stationery again is extremely affordable with no individual item being over £1.80 and our A1 table plans are £49.99. Our prices include all personalisation and every design hand embellished with our diamantes. We offer free delivery on samples and on orders over £150.00

Can you offer a special discount to Brides Up North readers?

We can offer a 10% discount to Brides Up north readers. When contacting us to place an order quote the reference BUN10% to receive your discount. 

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How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

All our contact details can be found on our website www.firstimpressionsweddinginvitations.co.uk, this includes a contact form, email address, telephone and postal address. We aim to make it as easy as possible for brides to be to establish contact with us. We have a simple an effective online order form and brides are able to purchase samples directly through our store.

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Paintbox. Supplier Showcase: AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

November 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Today I’m proud to introduce you to a Brides Up North Featured Supplier who I can personally vouch has creativity and enthusiasm by the bucket load.  I was Art & Design classmates with AJ Edgar Make Up Artist back in the day and let me tell you, you should have see the size and scale (and talent behind) her fine art coursework.  We could barely fit it into the art room.  Getting the girl to double maths was another story…

I have no doubt that Alexandra will put her absolute all into making your wedding day both fun and beautiful.  Sign her up, girls. 

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

How and when did you become a Make Up Artist?

Having worked in the cosmetics Industry for over a decade, I have spent the last six years based in a prestigious, multi- brand boutique in Newcastle City Centre. I have met and gained extensive training from the industry’s most talented names. I frequently travel to London and Edinburgh to remain avant garde with all the latest products and trends.

I love to paint and consider make up artistry as portraiture!  With my skill base and a love for design, AJ Edgar Make Up Artist  was born. I can now reach all of you brides to be and fulfil your wishes in creating a unique portrait of you, lit from within. I can’t wait to meet you all!

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What service do you offer Brides to Be?

My service to you is to create the very finest portrait of you and your bridal party.  You will look and feel extra special and photograph beautifully.

Why should a Bride to Be have her make up professionally applied?

With my experience I am well equipped at dealing with the fun, hustle and bustle of your wedding morning.  I am an artist who understands light and shadow. I create a special, unique, classic and timeless look for your special day.

Your bridal party will compliment you beautifully and the ladies wearing hats will be seen, not cast in shadow.

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Do you do a trial? Why would you recommend this?

Contact me to arrange your trial. Reassure yourself that you and your bridal party will look picture perfect. At this stage we can establish any skincare concerns and ensure your skin looks radiant.  A bridal trial costs £30 (£20 for other members of the bridal party).  This is exclusive of travelling costs.

Then relax, leave the rest to me!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

What sets your business apart from your competitors?

I remain current with all the most innovative, leading brands.

I insist on using the finest products allowing me to create the most natural, glowing, polished portrait of you.

I endeavour to enhance your natural beauty and that of your bridal party.

I create classic, stunning and timeless make up looks.

I work to your requirements and style. I never want your photographs to date.

I am truly passionate about my artistry and service to you. I just love a wedding morning!

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What have been your professional highlights?

A real highlight was flying back to my old home The Bahamas to be bridesmaid for my dear friend Stephanie. She had arranged for a make up artist to fly in from Miami.

Imagine my excitement, what a treat; I was getting my make up professionally applied. As it transpired the other bridesmaids and I were horrified with the results. The thick mask of foundation did none of us any justice at all and was melting rapidly in the humidity.

Fortunately, I was doing Christine, the mother of the bride’s make up. I had a small amount of kit with me, so, after making Christine picture perfect I then turned my attention to us. The highlight was being told I “Saved the Day”, all the while keeping the bride separate from our concerns.

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We ended up all comfortable in our own skin and ready to rock the aisle and support Stephanie in her chic “Colonial Bahamian” Wedding Day.

In July this year I received an email from British Vogue. I was invited to feature in the September Issue under ‘Vogue’s Wedding Wishlist’. They said they really liked my website and beautiful wedding make up. I was absolutely honoured as you can imagine. So as of now you will find me recommended by Vogue!

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What are your favourite Wedding Make Up Looks?

I personally need all the help I can get to bring my face to life. Thank you make up, I quite love you.  I strongly recommend a classic, timeless and elegant look on your wedding day.  That doesn’t mean no colour. Colour is good, done tastefully is what I’m talking about.

What would be your Top 5 Make Up tips for a Bride to Be?

Less is More. 

Embrace a good cleansing routine. I recommend the Eve Lom Cleanser regarded by Vogue as “ Probably the Best Cleanser in the world”. 

Leave false lash application to me on the day. I would hate for the adhesive to be visible.

Have a professional eyebrow shape. It will open up the eyes and for a more mature lady; it will create a lift to the face.

Relax, have fun, it’s your wedding day! You have put a lot of work into your big day so enjoy every minute of it!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

What would be your Top 5 Wedding Make Up No No’s?

Embrace your pallor! Don’t get spray tans or apply fake tan prior to your big day if you’re not accustomed to it.

Don’t do anything drastic under the doctors’ needle.

Do not get sunburnt! I recommend Instituit Esthederm sun care.

Do not use any harsh, abrasive products that could potentially redden the skin or exasperate rsacea or sensitivity.

Don’t go changing too much; you are loved as you are!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Who would be your dream client and why?

Andy Warhol: “If everyone’s not a beauty then no one is”. 

Are there any really memorable weddings you have worked on?

Every wedding morning is beautifully memorable, such a wonderful atmosphere, the time flies and it’s amazing to see my clients picture perfect in their dress. 

A particular stand out memory was when I was asked to cover a huge bruise on the forehead of a bride’s father. He was extremely conscious of the shiner ruining his daughters’ photographs.  As simple as a good mattifying primer and a slither of concealer and the gentleman was good to go. Oh, no one would ever know!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

On appointment AJ Edgar Make Up Artist will Invoice you a “Save The Date” deposit of £30. Thereafter I charge £100 for bridal wedding make up and £50 for each member of the bridal party.

Where are you located and will you travel?

You will find me in the City Centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne where we can arrange a trial, alternatively I will travel to you. I will then travel to you on the morning of your wedding day.

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Why do you read and like the Brides Up North blog?

I have read the blog for a long time and seen many familiar faces on their wedding day. Julia and I are classmates from our school days and it was lovely to see her artistic skills come to life and create such a beautiful blog. A client of mine described it as “the go to blog for Brides Up North” so I am very excited to be a Featured Supplier.

How can Brides Up North see examples of your work and find out more about you?

You will find photographs and testimonials of my work and can contact me at www.ajedgar-mua.com

Like my my Facebook page or follow AJ Edgar Make Up Artist on Twitter, this will allow you to learn pro tips and tricks and I will keep you updated with all the latest in skincare, hair care and the finest cosmetic innovations and the magical goings on in the art market.

You can contact me through the website or telephone me on 0753 007 5279 or alternatively email me at contact@ajedgar-mua.com

I am truly excited to hearing from you and creating the most beautiful Brides Up North. 

 

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Fabulous Photographer: Assassynation

February 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Sassy by name and by nature, this cool chick tells Brides Up North about her art and at the same time shares some wonderful images, both of Real Weddings and portraits.  I adore.  Get this gal booked.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I actually started taking photographs seriously for my sister in law who is a dress designer and progressed on from there.  I ventured into weddings shortly after and have loved it ever since.  I have no formal qualifications in photography just passion.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I do undertake non wedding photography work however there is just something about photographing someone’s big day.  It’s a huge honour to be chosen as a couple’s photographer.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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I love couples in love and I really enjoy hearing all their details and plans.  Typically with the type of weddings I shoot the ideas are usually pretty unique!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I would say that I tend to photograph couples who find my personality puts them at ease.  I am just myself which means I approach the day with a sense of fun and excitement.  My main aim is to fit in so that it doesn’t make having the camera pointed at them all day so scary.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I would love to photograph Kat Von Dee or Dita Von Teese’s weddings.  Both such beautiful ladies but in very different ways.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?


To be honest we all know that certain makeup does help but it’s not the be all and end all.  The most important thing is to feel comfortable.  If you are used to being fresh faced don’t pile on the makeup because you feel you have to.  Be true to you!  Regardless of the type or amount of makeup if you feel yourself then that will show through and ensure you look gorgeous.

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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I would say the one thing that can be tricky is having disco lights that project flecks or different shaped lights on you during the first dance.  It can really throw off the pictures and make you look a bit odd with green flecks all over you both.  Instead opt for the usual fixed spot light style lights (coloured is fine) and then fire up the wacky lights after the crucial first dance photos are over.

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If you were photographer at the Royal Wedding, what advice would you have for the couple?  What would be your "must have" shot?

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Be yourselves! Don’t give in to the pressure to hold a wedding that suits the relatives or public.  My must have shot would be a great shot of the Bride and Groom alone, perhaps something a bit fun (but not cheesy) as it would contrast with their serious regal formal images.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I would say that I specifically pitch myself as an unconventional wedding photographer and I have a strong focus on vintage inspired weddings.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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100% dedication, hard work and a friendly personality all day long.  I work really hard to make sure I give each couple great wedding photographs and we all have fun doing it.

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Any funny stories to share?

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I photographed a wedding in Norwich where we headed to a steam carousal for some fun bride and groom shots.  I was sat backwards on this horse and it took everything I had to stop myself sliding off.  I am sure the bride and groom thought it was hilarious to watch.  Be careful people those steam carousals are actually pretty fast!

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I have been really lucky and have captured lots of memorable weddings.  It’s virtually impossible to choose a favourite as I loved them all in different ways.  One wedding that I was in love with was a couple called Gemma and Dan.  It was a really emotional day as they married in the church that her parents married in and sadly Gemma’s mother couldn’t be there but it was heaps of fun as well and she did it all on a tiny budget!  The photo’s really show how chilled out and cool they were as a couple.  This was actually a northern wedding and took place on a farm in Lincolnshire.

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What is included in your "package"?

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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I can indeed, as I predominately take on weddings that are unconventional (Vintage, Gothic, Same Sex….anything that screams uniqueness) I can offer 20% for anything truly unconventional.  Don’t worry if you are not sure whether your wedding is unconventional or not just drop me a message. I do have slots set aside for the more conventional weddings and I am happy to offer a Brides Up North discount of 10% on these.  Just let me know when you are enquiring that you have come from Brides Up North.

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I don’t think so…just please be yourselves and have the day you want.  Whether its a big fat gypsy style wedding or a tiny intimate garden party.  Never feel pressured into doing things to keep other people happy.  Just remember it is all about you and your partner and should be a representation of you both.  It’s easy to get carried away with things you think you should have rather than things you actually want!

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Are you married?  Tell us about your day…

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I am indeed married!  Our day was a tricky one to balance as my husband is fairly traditional and I am really not.  We opted for a Christmas themed wedding and we made all the invites, orders of service, table centres etc ourselves.  I also decorated the village hall myself with my friend including putting up and decorating a real Christmas tree.  Our colour scheme was gold and burgundy and my bridesmaids wore dresses custom made by my mother in law which had two layers of fabric, one of gold satin and the other was a burgundy silk chiffon over the top so that they shimmered in the light.  Having our bridesmaid dresses made was a must as my three bridesmaids were all very different shapes and sizes.  My dress was very unusual and it was a combination of the creative genius of my sister in law and a wonderful corset company called Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, it had over 50 flowers pinned to it, all individually hand made by my sister in law and matched to my colour scheme.  The flowers had crystals, pearls and beads in the middle and I gave some away after the big day to close family and a couple of friends as a thank you for their help…so they ended up owning part of my wedding dress!  At the time I had long burgundy hair which fitted in quite nicely with the colour scheme.  We hired a choir for the ceremony (no-one needs to hear my singing!) and had Christmas carols whilst we signed the register.  Instead of favours I created 6 stockings packed with random goodies and then went round the tables asking each person to draw a stick.  The winners each got a stocking to take home.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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Simply head to my Facebook page (search for Assassynation) or go to www.assassynation.co.uk

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Assassynation

Assassynation

Sassy, unconventional photography for weddings, trash the dress, cherish the dress and fashion shoots

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Will travel throughout UK

07968 948 144

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Supplier Showcase: Love Bouquets

January 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Fancy a really very special bouquet that you can treasure forever?  Well, these beautiful creations from Love Bouquets, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, will be right up your street.  Prepare to be blown away.

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Photograph by Owen Howells Photography

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No tossing these beauties!  You would take someone’s eye out for a start!  Totally gorgeous.

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Natalie from Love Bouquets tells Brides Up North more…

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What sort of bride do you design for?

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We have found that no bride is the same. We make these bouquets for all budgets and styles and love it when a bride designs their own bouquet to suit their personality!

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What is your most popular design and why?

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Our most popular design is our ‘Graceful’ bouquet which is a large cream rose bouquet with lots of crystal and pearls, its popular as its very well priced for its size and colours of the roses and crystals can be changed to suit many themes. This bouquet also has the vintage touch with brooches scattered throughout.

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Graceful

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Which is your favourite design and why?

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My favourite design is our ‘Elegance’ bouquet it was first designed for my own wedding back in 2009 and is what inspired us to start our own business.

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What what would your dream wedding day be like – and what sort of gown would you choose?  Would you carry a Love Bouquets bouquet? 

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My wedding blessing is June this year and for that I am designing and making my own bespoke bouquet, made completely out of Bethlehem mother of pearl brooches. It will be a one off design but will be amazing I can assure you! My dress is a midnight blue Eternity dress so its different to your normal creams and ivories, but then so are our bouquets.  As for the Royal Wedding this year,  I would have loved to design a bouquet that reflects the engagement ring using some Art Deco sapphire brooches that I have with cala lillies and roses.

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How did Love Bouquets begin?

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We started doing what we do back in 2009 when I saw a bouquet in a wedding magazine.  It was all about the DIY wedding for me back then so me and my mother in law set about finding things to make my own crystal bouquet. Once it was made i posted pictures on a wedding forum and it got a lot of attention.  It wasn’t long before we were asked to make another one and eventually we had to set up a website for the growing demand.

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Is this your dream job?

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Sheila (my mother in law) and I love what we do, we spend most of our evenings wiring crystals and fresh water pearls whilst watching the soaps! Its a passion so its easy to do, we like to keep everything pre wired to allow for last minute orders but it also means we only have to charge for putting a bouquet together rather than the hours spent wiring. A typical working day for us would start with a trawl through some local antique shops (even when on holiday we cant help but have a nosey) then we spend the rest of the day putting our next order together. At the moment i am spending my evenings putting my own bouquet together which is a real labour of love.

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How long does a bouquet take to make from design to finished article?

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We can make most of our bouquets that are featured on the website within a week but at the moment we can only take orders from July onwards. Bespoke orders depend on what the design is but I would say 4-6 weeks.

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Why should a bride choose a Love Bouquets bouquet over real flowers?

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Brides love the idea of being able to keep their bouquets.  I intend to pass my own on to my little girl as it
contains bits of jewellery from her great grandma and has memories which can be her something old. We do also make crystal sprigs containing vintage pieces for brides who are still having fresh flowers. Our bouquets are all inspired by our brides they get full control over their product and we just make it happen!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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We aim to work to all budgets and because we hand wire things whilst watching the TV (!)  it means we don’t pass those charges onto our customers. Our cheapest bouquet is £80 and our most expensive at the moment is the large crystal cascade which starts at £250. We also offer a custom design for brides wishing to make something completely new. We can do smaller matching crystal wands for flower girls and these are only £25 and come in so many colours.

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Can you do a special Love Bouquets discount for Brides Up North readers?

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We can offer 10% off to all the readers of Brides Up North :)

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Brides Up North readers can find us on our website or email us at lovebouquets@gmail.comLove Bouquets is based in Bury.

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Love Bouquets is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Supplier Showcase: And All Things Nice (plus special Brides Up North discount code!)

January 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The And All Things Nice SALE is currently on, until 9 January 2011!

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Featured Supplier, Andrea of And All Things Nice, tells us all about And All Things Nice which sells, well, all things nice for your wedding table and wedding party gifts.

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AATNVintage rose and pearl square favour box

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Tell Brides Up North a bit about yourself and how And All Things Nice began…

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I’m Andrea and heading towards a significant flirty thirty birthday in 2011. I’ve always loved parties and all the pretty fun things that go alongside them so despite spending 3 years at University studying economics and then working in finance roles, it’s no surprise that in the end the girly dream of working with all things pretty & celebratory came true!  In April 2005 the And All Things Nice shop opened in Willows Drive, Hornsea.

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Just married paper chain

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What sort of products do you supply?

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Nearly 6 years later the focus remains the same – to enable people to have quality, coordinating celebrations with something a little different to that offered on the high street.   I put together all the handmade wedding favours and we also supply a large range of products for wedding receptions including trivia, table crystals, guest books, table plans, bubbles, cameras and a wide range of bridal party gifts. 

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 Confetti cones holder with natural delphinium petals

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How can brides to be order your products?

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We still operate from our retail store in Hornsea, East Yorkshire but have been offering our products and services through our website since 2007 and we can be seen exhibiting at many wedding fairs.

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What have been your best selling wedding products in 2010?

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Our vintage rose and pearl pillow box favour has been our biggest selling favour closely followed by our heart chocolate lantern stacks.  In other products. the crystal heart personalised guest book, just married paper chains, wooden wedding sign, bridesmaid heart gift tags and fortune tellers have been some of our strongest sellers of the year.

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Vintage rose and pearl pillow box favour

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Have you any new wedding products for 2011?

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We have lots of new products for 2011 including a new range of favours made from stunning high quality card in some beautiful colours.  Early January also sees the arrival of the new Something in The Air range with butterfly wishes tags for guests to write messages on and hang up as an alternative to guest books, laser cut butterfly place cards for glasses, new wedding table trivia, laser cut cupcake wraps and coordinating cupcake stands.  We are also getting ready for the Royal Wedding with a special range of products to launch early March catering for Royal themed events & street parties! 

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Something In The Air place card and well wishes

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Any really unusual or fun products for weddings that we should know about?

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I personally love the Something to Keep You Busy When the Grown Ups are Being Really Boring At The Table – The Wedding Version! Packed with puzzles with a wedding theme for children at weddings. We’ve seen adult bridesmaids so taken with them that the bride has bought them one too!

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Something To Keep You Happy When the Grown-Ups Are Being Really Boring At The Dinner Table

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Can you provide decorations and favours for bridal showers and hen parties too?

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Yes we can provide favours and decorations for almost every occasion.  We have just done lots of bespoke Christmas favour orders including a couple of local restaurants for their Christmas day tables and have three new hen party favours launching in late January.  Our new website which is still under construction www.andallthingsbaby.co.uk will, alongside baby gifts, showcase our favours and decorations for baby showers & Christenings

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Purple and silver chocolate heart favour

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Are you married? 

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Sadly not! Mr AATN is undoubtedly the love of my life and despite seven years together, a beautiful home we share and our latest puppy addition I am yet to convince him that we need to get married.  He’s very supportive of my business but is a typical bloke and runs a mile at the thought of me being let loose with our bank card!

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Which And All Things Nice products would you use on your big day?

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I would have to have a personalised guest book as I am a sentimental fool and I think having beautiful messages in such a beautiful book to keep for a lifetime is lovely (although I might have to purchase a waterproof cover for it!).

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Clear jewelled heart personalised guestbook

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Which of your favour products would you suggest for the royal wedding?

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I would suggest the vintage pearl and rose pillow box favour (above) as it’s elegant and classic and I still imagine the bride to be wearing lace on her dress. 

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Can you offer a discount to Brides Up North readers?

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I can offer a 10% off code to readers if they quote: BUN01

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Bridesmaid keepsake box

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How can people find out more about your products?

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Visit our store at Willows Drive, Hornsea, East Yorkshire or view our products online.

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The And All Things Nice SALE is currently on, until 9 January 2011!

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And All Things Nice is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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