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Colour Me Happy! Suzanne Neville For A Real Wedding At Thornton Manor – Rachel & Alex

May 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Martisan Photography

I’m putting this feature together in my PJs (oh the glamour!) on Sunday night after a great weekend in Cheshire hosting our – absolutely gorgeous – luxury and vintage wedding exhibition for the first time at Hilltop Country House.  Rain couldn’t stop play (and I woke rather worryingly to the torrential type on Sunday morning) on what was a properly lovely day of fabulous people, superb talents and beautiful brides in an especially stunning setting.  So up my street!

There’s been so many lovely comments on Twitter and Facebook from our visiting brides and exhibitors and it’s lovely to put my feet up and reflect on a job well done.  Today, and the whole season so far in fact, has been epic.  Thank you all for your kind words and feedback. 

I’m feeling a little sad as our spring season is now drawing to a close – to be back with a bang in September! – but we’ll be closing the season in style with not one but two supremely pretty events to finish off with next Sunday 18th May.  For the first time ever, we’re splitting the team and doubling up with two amazing bridal exhibitions in one day… I think the phrase Super Sunday might actually have been invented for this… read all about what’s in store for you at The Alnwick Garden here or Middleton Lodge here

Bring. It. On.

Anyway, I’m here in the office after hours, getting ahead so I can take a day off with my baby girl tomorrow, and recharge for a week of loveliness here online too.  Things just keep getting prettier and prettier around these parts, and our brand new look isn’t far off either… #getsetsparkle.

This afternoon though, we’re in the Wirral for the fun and fabulous Real Wedding of Brides Up North reader Rachel and her new husband Alex.  This is a day packed with colour, love and laughter.  My very favourite type.

With images by Martisan Photography.

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Rachel says:  We got engaged in the Palais De La Mediterrannee hotel in Nice on May 16th 2012. Alex surprised me for my birthday.

We were married on Friday 16th August 2013 at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool and then had the reception in the Lakeside Marquee at Thornton Manor, Wirral.  It is a beautiful, private location set on a lake where we knew our guests would be able to relax and just enjoy themselves. We wanted our reception to be in one big open area so that everyone would mingle and have fun together.

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Our colour scheme was different shades of pink and orange. It was a real summer wedding.

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I chose a bespoke made to measure Suzanne Neville gown and Alex and the groomsmen all wore tailored suits from Autograph at M&S. The bridesmaids all wore Kelsey Rose dresses.

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I had a rose and orchid bouquet. My Nana and Mum’s favourite flower is the orchid and mine is the rose. I wanted my bouquet to have a little of each of the three of us in it. 

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Our photographer was Martisan Photography and he was fantastic!

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We had a swing band called Dominic Halpin and the HoneyB’s. They never fail to get the party started! They are amazing!

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Our invitations and table décor were by Hattie Boo Designs which is run by a super talented lady, Emma Bryan.

As a special touch, we had photographs of our four sets of grandparents and both sets of parents on their wedding day to remember their weddings and successful marriages. They have all fulfilled their vows.

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We wanted the wedding to mirror us as a couple. It was very romantic and classic. On our first Valentine’s Day Alex bought me a book called ‘Love Monkey’ by Edward Monkton. We named our top table after that, with a quote from the book that represented us. The rest of the tables were named after a famous writer or scholar with a famous quote they had once said about love.

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We used Terry Tangs in Liverpool for our wedding cake. It was a four tier cake with a different flavour for each tier.

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I loved every second but I think my favourite part of the day has to be our first dance. I wasn’t looking forward to it as I was nervous but it was something I will never forget nor experience again. In our wedding venue the dance floor and ‘party room’ was hidden behind a curtain and so the guests had no idea. When the curtain was raised and we were behind it you could see how surprised and excited everybody was for us.

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For our honeymoon we went to Australia for just over three weeks. We started in Melbourne and then went to Sydney. We then drove to Byron Bay and Brisbane and spent the last week on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy it! Enjoy every second from the planning, to the build-up, to the day itself! It is easy to get stressed about trivial things when you are planning a wedding and worrying that something will not go to plan. If you really are marrying the love of your life you will have the best day ever and it will be perfect no matter what.

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Congratulations Rachel & Alex!

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Deco Does It. A Modern Art Deco Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Morecambe.

April 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Earlier this spring a group of North West wedding suppliers got together to collaborate on a contemporary art deco styled wedding photo-shoot at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe on the North West coast.

Brides Up North exhibitors (you can meet them both at our Hilltop Country House event in just under two weeks – click here for details) photographer Julie Lomax and cake specialist Rachel Hanna of Marie Antoinette Cakes teamed up with Vicky Cruse at The Midland Hotel to create something really special. The Midland was originally built in 1933 and is the epitome of art deco elegance and glamour. In 2013 it was lovingly restored and transformed to perfectly blend the original grandeur with a luxurious modernist style.

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Julie says: As the hotel sits right along the Lancashire coastline, it provides the perfect setting for a wedding filled with seaside chic with incredible views, particularly from the fantastic bridal suite with its huge secluded balcony featuring a private hot tub!

Inside the hotel you can make use of several different spaces for your wedding but it’s the huge Art Deco staircase that we really love with elegant sweeping lines that just seem to go on forever, a chance to get some truly unique and timeless photographs.

The team spent a long time searching for the perfect suppliers to collaborate with and certainly struck gold with a beautiful selection of headpieces, statement jewellery, flowers, dresses and a classic black tuxedo.

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I was keen to keep the shoot as in-keeping with my natural-light style as possible, something that was relatively easy at The Midland given it’s huge windows. Capturing all of the different details whilst strongly featuring the character of the hotel was something really important to me and I spent time assessing the location prior to the shoot to ensure that I got the best photos possible on the day.

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The beautiful dresses were a selection of beaded Jenny Packham gowns – Rose, Eden and Esme from Mears Ghyll Bridal in Lancaster who also stock a wonderful selection of gowns from designers Alan Hannah, Charlotte Balbier and Suzanne Neville. The stunningly simple Maggie Sottero Oriana dress is from Butterfly Bridal in Lancaster who are also stockists of gowns by Justin Alexander and Essense Australia.

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Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Samantha from Isobel Hind Couture is a very talented jewellery designer and her collection of jewellery and headpieces is really something special. Her unique style translates wonderfully to this collection which caught the eye of celebrity stylist and designer Kate Halfpenny who now stocks pieces from the range in her London showroom.

Jane from HF Couture in North Yorkshire has been designing bespoke and unique headdresses, tiaras and bouquets for over five years and they really are beautiful. If you’re looking for a one off piece that will fit perfectly with your dress then look no further. Jane has recently been commissioned by British bridal designer Madeline Isaac-James to create a range of accessories to match her 2015 bridal collection.

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Julie Lomax Photography

A wedding isn’t complete without flowers and Bolton-based florist Victoria from Lancashire Floristry didn’t disappoint when she created two stunning bridal arrangements with matching buttonholes for the groom. The first was a collection of black call lillies, ivory roses, brunia, black eyed chins and gorgeous succulents. Victoria also made an amazing art deco style fan of flowers using pipped hyacinth heads, tulips and beautiful white orchids, all wired together with a jewel beads.

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Rachel, my fellow organiser, from Marie Antoinette Cakes created a black, white and silver art deco themed cake for the shoot with clean lines, sharp edges, geometric shapes and patterns. Her award winning cakes are renowned for their eye catching design and deliciously moreish recipes. Rachel uses the best quality ingredients and takes the time to really understand your cake requirements in a free, no obligation consultation. Her designs include the increasingly popular Simply Antoinette range which was launched in 2012 but bespoke designs are equally as in demand. Not only does she create tiered cakes but also makes cupcakes, cake tables, dessert tables and wedding favours.

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Julie Lomax Photography

Debra from Ruby Red Lips Makeup is based at her studio at the beautiful Last Drop Village in Bolton and has a real passion for makeup and really making you and your bridal party feel extra special. Debra takes the time to really understood your skin and the look you want to create in a pre-wedding trial so that everything on the day runs smoothly and you and your bridal party can really enjoy the experience and feel pampered. For this shoot so created really strong eyes and lips and took inspiration from the flowers with deep purple on the eye lids and on the lips.

Alex Lee from Sarah’s Hair in Bolton was the hair stylist on the day and spent time beforehand understanding the models hair, researching art deco hair styles and understanding the headpieces before deciding upon a style. She used thin tongs to create curls which were then softened to create a modern, softer version of the classic finger wave. Alex was then on hand throughout the course of the day to fix various headpieces into place which she made look a lot easier than it actually is!

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Chelsea Leigh Edgar – Miss Bury 2014 – was the stunning bride for this wonderful shoot and looked amazing next to our groom, Peter Smithson. Chelsea is studying for a degree in Fine Art but enjoys modelling in her spare time having worked with me on previous shoots. 

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Ready For my Close Up.

April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Maggie Sottero, Anoushka G, Claire Pettibone… I think I’ve died and gone to wedding dress heaven.  Brides Up North HQ is currently full of tulle and sequins, glitter and sparkle, as we prepare for a very special Brides Up North shoot – on location – tomorrow.

When we do things at Brides Up North, we don’t like to do them by halves.  That’s why I’ve pulled together the most fabulous team of wedding industry professionals to concoct a contemporary and glamorous peep behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, with fantastical frocks, beautiful blooms, sensational styling elements and ideas that you will be able to borrow for your very own wedding day. 

I’ll be ‘out of the office"’ all day, so keep track of the Brides Up North Twitter and Facebook feeds for sneaky peeks at the action as it unfolds. 

With creative assistance and input from the likes of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers and friends Cat Hepple Photography, Leafy Couture, JB Creatives, Silver Sixpence Films, Flutter, Victoria Farr, Pamella Dunn, The White Room Sheffield, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Dine, Marie Antoinette Cakes and more, I’m raring to get started and SO ready for my close up. 

Watch these (soon to be even prettier) pages for the results soon. 

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On Ice. A Glamorous Real Wedding In Saddleworth – Katie & Stuart

April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I don’t want to jinx things, but this weekend I began to get a sniff that summer might finally be on it’s way.  The sun shone all day on our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms yesterday and all our beautiful brides and grooms arrived with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces.  I know I say this every time (guilty as charged!) but yesterday’s event really was something very special.  I was so proud of the great mix of exhibitors and some of the wonderful comments on the day, by email and on Facebook from visiting brides really do make all the hard work worthwhile.  If you missed us, we’ll be back in Cheshire in a short two week’s time for our inaugural event at Hilltop Country House.  Don’t miss that one!  Click here to pre-register. 

Meanwhile, all this sunshine has made me twitchy to share a very special Real Wedding that’s been waiting in my features box for a while, one that’s cool as ice and very glam indeed.  Now that things feel warmer offline, I’m brave enough to sprinkle a little frost on these pretty pages.

Just don’t get cross if it snows next week or something, right?

Images by Pixies In The Cellar.

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Katie says: Stuart asked me to marry him on 21st December 2011 at The Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel, Oman and we were married on Friday 20th December 2013 at The Saddleworth Hotel, Saddleworth.

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I really wanted an outdoor wedding and the hotel had this facility, it was on our doorstep and has beautiful surroundings. The hotel style also fitted in perfectly with our theme, which was classic styling and winter wonderland. 

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I chose a Suzanne Neville Dress called ’Lady’ from The Bridal Boutique in Guisley. I wanted something classic that would not date. I am not very girly either. The dress was made to measure and it was amazing!

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My bridesmaids wore a graphite lace and organza gown, by Noir Lazaro (JLM Couture) which I got from Pomfret Bridal Gowns, Pontefract. The groomsmen wore a smart plain grey suit with a grey cashmere scarf from Denis Hope in Rochdale.

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I travelled to the ceremony in a Rolls Royce Phantom with my Pops. 

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The ceremony was my favourite part of the day, it was fun and very emotional! And I got to marry my man!

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We used Hangover Kits for the wedding Favours and created an order of the day with fun facts about how we met etc. to personalise proceedings. 

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As Stuart’s dad passed away three years ago we wanted to include him in some way. His Dad was the best F1 Stockcar driver of all time – Stuart Smith 391 – so our stationer Amanda at Love Invited (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!) helped us to do this.

Our table names were all named after the championships Stuart’s dad had won which included a picture from that championship as a watermark. As my husband is also an F1 Stockcar World Champion we had lots of Stockcar friends there who thought it was a really nice touch! It was great how Amanda helped us to incorporate this and she was our very favourite supplier overall. 

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For our wedding cake, we had four tiers of Victoria sponge, lemon, chocolate and fruit. I had tasted a few cakes but Suzanne’s cakes at The Frostery were by far the best! So helpful too!

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We used a string quartet for our ceremony and for canapés and cocktails then had a band for the evening and a DJ.  Later in the evening, we opted out of a buffet and had bacon and cheese butties served to keep the party in full swing

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The best advice we were given was for me and my husband to step back & take 5 minutes to watch everyone enjoying our big day! We did and so glad we did! So that would be my top tip for other Brides Up North. 

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Congratulations Katie & Stuart!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: And I Swear. Suzanne Neville For A Real Wedding At Combermere Abbey, Cheshire – Ellie & Alexei

December 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks. 

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Another day, another beautiful Real Wedding, but this one’s different as it’s a day to celebrate the marriage of my lovely friends Ellie and Alexei.  Ellie is one in a million and helps me out at our Brides Up North events.  Did you meet my little ray of sunshine at one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Autumn?

Unfortunately I couldn’t attend their beautiful wedding day due to a prior invitation, but the privilege of sharing it on these pages is almost as good.  Ok, not really (there’s no pink fizz involved for one thing!) but the pleasure is still all mine.

I’ll hand you over to the brand new Mrs Callender, with images by CG Weddings.

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Ellie says:  We got engaged in February 2012 and were married on 27th July 2013 at St Anne’s Church, Nantwich then onto Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch.

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I wanted the overall look of the day to be elegant and I knew I had to make the most of the venue with its beautiful English country gardens. It was easy to dress the venue as you don’t have to do much to make it look pretty.  We chose a colour scheme of ivory, white and pale pink (sweet avalanche roses to be precise)!

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My dress (‘Paradise’) was from Suzanne Neville’s Diamond (2013) collection, and I accessorised with a pair of sparkling Jimmy Choos.  My make up was by Kate Spreckley and my hair by Rachel Casey from Terence Paul, Hale.

My bridesmaids wore navy/royal blue floor-length bridesmaid dresses from Coast and our groomsmen wore hired grey morning suits from Debenhams.

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I carried a posy of white hydrangeas, gyp, ivory and sweet avalanche roses by Jacklyn at Precious Things, Cheshire. The bridesmaids had similar bouquets, just in white, and they had diamanté sprays in theirs for a bit of sparkle.

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My dad and I travelled to the church into a cream Bentley S1 and the bridesmaids and my mum were in the vintage Austin Limousine. Both were booked through www.yourwhiteweddingscars.co.uk who were brilliant and the drivers were amazing on the day… our driver took Lex and I on the scenic route from the church to the reception venue so we could have a bit more quality, alone time together.

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We used on the day wedding-planners – Caroline and Claire at Pomp & Ceremony Planning, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier. These ladies are wedding angels!

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My mum made our cake – I saw roughly what I wanted and asked her to get the florist to include the flowers in the vases in between. It was traditional with a touch of sparkle round the edges.

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There were also a lot of homemade DIY touches (mostly by my lovely mum) such as the Mr and Mrs dressed champagne glasses and the table plan which was a door with photo frames hanging from it.  I saw something similar on Pinterest and showed it to my mum and she brought it to life… it was just a little different to others I’d seen and we loved it.

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As a surprise we booked the Singing Waiters – Divas Disguised – I was a bit wary at first as I thought it might be a bit cheesy however after briefing them on no ‘cheese’ it went perfectly. It was one of the highlights of our day and definitely most of our guests’. We have had so many of our guests telling us since how much they enjoyed it and that it was something they hadn’t seen before.

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In the evening we had a live band called The Provocateurs who we booked through Hipswing Entertainments. We wanted the first dance to be live. We asked the band to do a speeded up version of the song I always knew I’d have at my wedding- ‘I Swear’ by All4One… the lyrics make me cry even thinking about them!

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Our honeymoon was a surprise booked by Alexei.  We had two nights in Singapore then nine nights in Lombok (next to Bali). Both were great for a July/August honeymoon- the weather was perfect.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be the enjoy the getting ready part of the day as much as you can. It’s very easy to get stressed and anxious about everything on the morning of the wedding however you can’t change it at that point so just enjoy the morning with your bridal party – it’s a very happy time. Oh and, if you can, get a wedding day coordinator/planner, mine (Pomp & Ceremony Planning) were godsends!

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Congratulations Ellie & Alexei!

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The Editorials: Catwalk Queen

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Kelly by Stephanie Allin 

In the wedding blogosphere, things move at breakneck speed, and you can be sure that any wedding blogger worth her salt will have discovered, dissected and disseminated any trend worth trying at least a season before it hits the mainstream.  Earlier this year, I visited White Gallery London – a huge exhibition and set of catwalk shows at which the big name bridal designers launch their new season collections to the trade and press – to take a sneak peek at the gorgeous gowns that will be landing in bridal boutiques near you this autumn. Let me tell you, if you are in the market for a wedding dress this season, you are in for a treat!

What followed was a collection of high profile designer interviews, right here on the pages of this wedding blog.  The collections have now landed in a boutique near you, so if you missed the previews and interviews, I’ll be republishing these to Facebook over the next few days.  Click here to like our page and stay updated. 

As well as online, I wrote about the beauty and drama of the new collections in my regular column for Loved Up Magazine.  Here’s my summary of the season.  Limited by word count, let me tell you, it doesn’t even touch the sides of all the fabulous frocks you have to choose from.  Make sure to revisit our Designer Series interviews at the earliest opportunity too!

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The collections this year had something for everyone with glitz, feathers, embellishment and lace, as well as simpler styles too. Skirts were either voluminous (with a nipped in waist) or sleek and swishy. Many designers drew inspiration from bygone eras – with the 1920s and 1930s being popular influences – and whatever your hemline preference: short, long or even trousers, there was something for you. Favourites included Suzanne Neville’s Vintage Rose Collection, Stephanie Allin’s fairy-tale gowns and boho styling from Terry Fox Couture. Check them out soon at a Northern stockist near you.

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Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart 

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The craze for adding a pop of colour to your wedding gown continues for spring/ summer 2014 with a watercolour wash of pastel shades on the catwalks. Fashionista Ian Stuart led the way with his candy coloured Frill Me! collection.

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Where the silver screen leads bridal fashion follows, with drop waists, beading and gemstones more prevalent than ever for the new season. Add a bejewelled feathered headdress and some dancing shoes to complete the look. Daisy Buchanan, eat your heart out!

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville 

Celeste by Naomi Neoh

Celeste by Naomi Neoh 

English Vintage

Contrasting with all that Hollywood glam, other designers like Sassi Holford, Charlotte Balbier and Caroline Castigliano stuck to what they do best – British beauty. If you favour the English rose look, their floaty skirts and frothy lace confections will be a dream come true.

Annie by So Sassi

Annie by So Sassi 

Cute & Quirky

Rarely seen in the past, there’s now a flippy little short number in nearly every designer’s collection, as well as jumpsuits and shorts making an appearance at the most cutting edge design houses. If you still favour a frock, check out flirty t-shirt sleeves, deep pockets, daisy detailing and polka dot lace to bring the cutest dresses right up to date.

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Jesus Peiro 2014

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Don’t despair if you like your styling fuss free. Many designers kept things clean this season with a focus on structure and tailoring. Watch out for the new collection by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides for a refined and fresh look.

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

 

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Eye Candy: Suzanne Neville’s Vintage Rose Collection At The Tower Of London

June 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s been one of those mornings here at  Brides Up North HQ.  An absolute catalogue of (both domestic and blog related – that’s what you sometimes get for running a busy business alongside welcoming a new baby) errors has ensued meaning that this fab feature comes to you a little a lot later than planned.  Still, we made it – for a while it was doubtful – and aren’t things looking pretty around here?!

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If you follow me over on Twitter and Facebook (go get involved if not) then you’ll know that as well as playing the role of harassed mummy, running my own wedding blog and bridal events business also means that I sometimes get to dress up and swan around swanky venues, soaking up all the wedding pretty and new trends.  And that’s almost as good as being a harassed mummy. 

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A few weeks ago I was in London for White Gallery, a huge deal in the wedding industry, and basically a massive event where all the top bridal design names (and some exciting newcomers too) present their newest collections to the trade and press.  Its a first look at the gorgeous gowns that will be arriving in a boutique near you soon.

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Off with her head! The Tower Of London

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It was such a mad day (I was up at 5:00am to catch the early train and home by midnight) filled with taxi cabs, catwalks, catch ups and crazily beautiful wedding gowns and accessories.  I’ll be featuring lots of what I saw and did on these pages over the coming weeks (it’s far too much for just one blog post, and since my job is to bring the pretty direct to your computer screen, I’d be doing you a disservice with just a quick recap of my favourites), but today I’d like to introduce the absolutely drop dead gorgeous new Vintage Rose collection by designer Suzanne Neville.

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Totally spoilt – treats from the team

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If you think these gowns look good in the pictures here, just you wait till you see them in real life!

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I was one of only two blogs invited to see the preview – a real honour, and lovely to finally to meet the lovely team behind Rock My Wedding – hello guys! – held in the historic HM Tower Of London.  After meeting the team at Suzanne Neville and the lovely, lovely lady herself (an iconic British designer but so wonderfully welcoming, humble and excited about her new collection), I settled down in the primest of seats (dead at the end of the catwalk, thank you very much) for a showcase of scrumptious wedding gowns that completely took my breath away.

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Girls.  I urge you.  Seek out a stockist near you (there are loads up here in the North) before making any rash wedding dress decisions.  These you have to see.

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Always at the forefront of design, this collection is an inspirational collaboration of eccentric art, decadent fabrics, jewels and opulent lavish panache. The collection is an amalgamation of fashion trends, classic tailoring and flowing fancy that combines contemporary edgy chic  with truly wonderful historic masterpieces. Joyous fabrics in laces and prints, embroidery and sparkle, brocades and dazzle.

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Keeping the foundation of fine quality, workmanship and cut and made in Suzanne’s London studios with care and excitement, the collection is a thoroughly modern approach to dressing brides on that special romantic life changing day.

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Click here to find a stockist in your locality.  Happy days.

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Gowns: Suzanne Neville

Accessories: Hermoine Harbutt, Halo and Co, Flo & Percy, Aruna Seth

Flowers: Bloomingayles

Photography: Mike Daines

Videography: Dominic Jamesson McClean

Hair: Eastern Regal

Make up: Jamie-Lee O’Sullivan

Production: Svend and the team at DSA Production Services Ltd

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Suzanne Neville

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: New York, North Yorks! A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Antony & Kristy

December 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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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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If you are in any doubt about why you should visit one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs at Allerton Castle in 2013, then Kristy and Antony’s beautiful Real Wedding by one of our exhibitors, Chris Chambers Photography should make your mind up for you.  Like the venue itself, their big day was simply stunning. 

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Kristy says:  Antony proposed on New Years Day 2011 at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York with a jelly sweet ring and we were married on 30th June 2012 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. 

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We were blown away with the grand presence of the building both inside and out. The moment we saw the grand hall and stunning staircase we knew this was our perfect venue. It actually brought tears to our eyes and we were overwhelmed.  It was an important factor to consider the weather may not be perfect and we knew Allerton Castle could accommodate all weathers.

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We based our theme around New York and the colour was based on a Tiffanys box where my engagement ring came from. We made a conscious effort to bring New York into our day without being NYC over the top.

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Antony was surprised by the NYC Yellow Cab from Hi-Life. He and his groomsmen travelled in style whilst the girls and I got ready at Allerton Castle, with hair and make-up by Debonnesse. 

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My dress was bespoke; I had very clear ideas of how I wanted the dress to look. Suzanne Neville designed and created my dream dress.

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Spa, with matching shoes. The flower girl and page boy wore ivory to compliment my wedding dress.

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The groomsmen wore light grey suits from Next with spa ties and handkerchiefs.

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Antony choose to have a bespoke suit made in total contrast to the groomsmen’s suits. This was made my Michelsberg Tailors.

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Seeing my father’s reaction when he saw me in my dress for the first time was a memory I will cherish forever. Chris captured this moment perfectly and it brings a tear not only to my eyes but to everyone that sees it.

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Antony in particular loves the moment he turned to see me coming down the stairs.

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I carried a bouquet of Picasso calla lilies with a matching button hole for Antony.  The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages of roses and the other buttonholes were roses too.  We choose the Picasso calla for our candelabras and service flowers and the deep purple complimented the Tiffany blue perfectly.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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I chose to wear my grandmother’s wedding ring as my wedding ring. Sadly my grandmother passed away some years ago. The ring was dipped in platinum to match my engagement ring.

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We chose Jelly Rings as favours – to symbolise the Jelly Ring Proposal!  Cande Cakes made our wedding cake. 

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The wedding breakfast room looked beautiful, with chair covers by Ambience Venue Styling.  Our caterers, hosts and wedding coordinators for the day were Dine Services

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My father’s speech was both genius and filled with a rollercoaster of emotions it was absolutely brilliant and made us both extremely proud and overwhelmed.

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The Event Music Company played during our service and reception.

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Our Strictly Come Dancing first dance including personalised voiceover from Alan Dedicoat (The voice of Strictly Come Dancing)!  Then we organised a DJ from Exclusive Entertainments and fireworks as a surprise to our guests.

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We had a mini moon to Sorrento, Italy to relax and reflect our magical day.  Our honeymoon is to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day, enjoy every second of it together and take in as much as possible.  Do not get stressed, if things go wrong laugh about it. Remember the reason you are there it’s about two people who love each other and want to get married sharing their day with friends and family. Nobody is bothered if things go wrong after all we are all human!

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Nothing can spoil your day not even the bad British weather. The crazy weather we experienced was actually a plus and delivered the most amazing photos we could never have dreamt of by our brilliant photographer Chris Chambers Photography.

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Congratulations Kristy & Antony!

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Chris Chambers Photography is exhibiting at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle, but this is not a sponsored post

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A Family Affair: A Real Wedding (& A Christening) In Yorkshire – Helen & Paul

June 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog over at Twitter or Facebook, you may just have an inkling that this week I am hosting not one but two wedding industry parties – the Brides Up North Tweet Ups supported by Wedding Ideas Magazine – in Yorkshire and the North West. 

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These events are my way of saying thank you to an industry who has embraced and supported me and my concept – that there is so much Northern talent in the bridal industry just not getting the recognition that it deserves – but more than that, the events are special because they are a great opportunity to make new friends and have some fun.

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One new friend and colleague I met at the last Brides Up North Tweet Up in Yorkshire was Helen of boudoir specialist Masque Photography, and I am really happy to share her Real Wedding photographs with you today.  It appears that it was a big day for everyone in Helen’s lovely little family…

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Helen says: Paul asked me to marry him at 5.51am on the 7th May 2010, the minute after our baby Son was born, and we were married on 5th May 2012 at Hazlewood Castle near to York. 

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We chose Hazelwood as it is an absolutely stunning castle in an amazing location. We had received first class hospitality on previous visits and knew it was right for our “Summer’s Day” themed celebration. 

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I chose a simple, sleek and fitted Suzanne Neville dress from Harvey Whites Couture in Harrogate on Cold Bath Road and carried a hand tied bouquet of antique roses – Amnesia, Avalanche and Memory Lane – with wax flowers and rosemary by Flowers By Anderson. I added my Nan’s brooch to the bouquet as a special touch. 

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Our colour scheme was aubergine and ivory and my bridesmaids wore short satin dresses from Coast.   My younger flowergirls’ dresses were from Debenhams with pink petals at bottom of the dresses.

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The grown ups carried similar blooms to mine and the flowergirls had soft little posies of gypsophillia. 

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I had the pleasure of staying over at Hazlewood the night before the wedding and getting ready at my leisure, but Paul still managed to arrive in style – in his friend’s Aston Martin!

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After our ceremony we headed to the on site chapel where our children were christened in a special ceremony.  This made our day extra special. 

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My favourite moments were the touching parts of the day:  The ceremony, being cheered down the aisle, seeing a tear roll down my Dads cheek at the altar, my friends reading, my Dad’s speech and first dance and of course the childrens’ christenings. 

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There were a lot of children at our wedding so we organised a Punch and Judy Show which seemed to go down really well!

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To keep things personal we custom-made boxes for gifts with a montage of our photos and wedding items

and chose an old-fashioned typewriter from Perfect Days Vintage for the guest book, which the guests enjoyed tapping away at!

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Paul chose our cake and really went to town: a four tier square fruitcake with roses from bouquets in between the tiers.  We also had two three tiered strawberry cheesecakes!  All our cakes were by Louise Marsh-Elliot. 

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In the evening DJ Dan Metcalfe kept the party going with funky, uplifting house! 

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After the wedding we enjoyed a lovely honeymoon (and a well earned rest!) in Portugal with our children.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and have an early wedding! All that nervous energy is no good for you.

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Congratulations Helen & Paul!

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Newlywed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding story on these swirly silver pages!

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Designer Focus: Suzanne Neville On The Catwalk

December 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Afternoon ladies and gents!  I hope that you are able to see this post from your browser, as Brides Up North’s shiny new server is now fully functional!  Yippee!  This wedding blog wants to take on 2012 with a quicker, easier and more zingy browsing experience!  Any issues, please contact me

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The eye candy continues on the wedding blog this afternoon with another look at Suzanne Neville’s Nostalgia Collection for 2012 – showcased yesterday on Brides Up North.  This time, we are coming to you from the catwalk!   

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Pure, unadulterated dress porn.  We love it! Merry Christmas!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Suzanne Neville Wedding Dress Designer

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There is plenty more gorgeous after the jump! Click through to see…

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