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The Editorials: Maids In Heaven In Wedding Magazine

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog in Wedding Magazine

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Although the blog has been whirring away as usual these last eight weeks, with a small baby it’s harder to get to the shops – so my lovely friends at Wedding Magazine have just sent me a job lot of glossies to catch up on.  Today, we visit their April/ May issue, and my column about keeping your team on side.  After all, you want some friends at the end of it all, don’tcha?

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I wrote: These days, bridesmaid duty doesn’t have to equal sartorial disaster. There are plenty of options out there for dressing your best girls and still staying friends at the end of it all. Not a hoop skirt or Little Bo Peep impersonator in sight, unless you are being intentionally ironic!

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Whilst a strong vintage, alternative or high glamour focus might demand a certain look, there’s nothing worse than overstepping the mark between theming and fancy dress. Once you’ve chosen your own dress, the best bet is a set of bridesmaid frocks that will flatter and contrast with your own styling and suit your chosen venue. And when it comes to adhering to a chosen dress code, the bridal party always should lead by example.

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Consider your wedding day colour choices and inspirations carefully, but don’t feel that every collar and cuff has to match. Think about what will look best in your wedding photographs: bridesmaids’ should help to create a beautiful background to show off their leading lady. Try offsetting an all-white palette with deeper tones in the Winter, choose all over florals for a fresh and contrasting Spring time look or complimentary rosy hues for warmer weather.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Image by Katy Lunsford Photography

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You First

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Pick your own gown first. You might be dead set on a certain style, but tastes are often known to change once shopping starts. That way, you can be sure that your style selections will enhance the overall look. A sash of lace around a bridesmaid’s waist can set off a matching wedding dress beautifully.

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Cat Hepple Photography

Image by Cat Hepple Photography

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Maids To Measure

Image by Maids To Measure

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Would It Work For You?

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Be fair. If you wouldn’t be seen dead in it, why should your best mate? Do show some consideration of their shape, size and usual style. Do they all have to wear exactly the same? Equally, remember that your guests do know you, and how tall you are. Forcing your girls into unflattering flats or sky high heels when they would rather be wearing the opposite is just cruel, and discourages dancing. That’s never a good thing.

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Sarah Gawler

Image by Sarah Gawler

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Shop Around

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Don’t feel pressured to buy for your bridesmaids in the same boutique as your wedding gown. Whilst this can be advantageous in terms of ease and pricing, there is no need to narrow your options if you want to look elsewhere. Gems can be found in independent fashion boutiques, online, via the big name bridal houses and never, ever rule out the Great British High Street.

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Steve Gerrard Photography

Image by Steve Gerrard Photography

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Belle & Beau Photography

Image by Belle & Beau Photography

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Dare To Be Different

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Just because everyone is working rainbow brights, contrasting cuts or pastel pales doesn’t mean that you have to. My favourite bridesmaid styles this year have all been in elegant tones and classic shapes with a quirky twist. Don’t shy away from unexpected colours or a bit of embellishment. After all, everyone loves to sparkle.

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Jonny Draper Photography

Image by Jonny Draper Photography

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The Editorials: Unvintage Rebellion For Wedding Magazine

May 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online.  This is done both for your benefit (in case you missed the original print articles) and mine, in the vain hope that I’m saving my – often painstakingly crafted in the early hours of the morning – words from their ultimate end of being posh chip paper and recording them for time eternal right here on these swirly silver pages.

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Today, I am getting fresh with a piece first published for my regular column in National glossy, Wedding Magazine.  Now I love “vintage” styling as much as the next person – after all we just held a beautiful luxury and vintage exhibition at York’s National Railway Museum, didn’t we? – but only when it’s done properly.  For a while it felt like everyone was just pulling out the birdcages and calling it “vintage”.  So I say – forget the gimmicks, forget the “labels and embrace a return to classic styling drawing influence from bygone ages. If it’s beautiful, it’s in. 

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Unvintage Rebellion in Wedding Magazine

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I wrote:  It’s out with the old and in with the new this season as brides to be are leading the way in a very un-vintage rebellion. Ladies: it seems that bridal styling is having a spring clean!

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The chintz is being stripped back to make way for an altogether cooler and more current celebration. In a return to true elegance, a new style leader is emerging: clean lines, considered colour pops and a distinct lack of fuss.

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Whilst the most beautiful weddings still draw on influences from bygone eras, today it will be a nod in the right direction rather than a swan dive into the dressing up box. In a thoroughly modern twist, today’s bride is bringing glamour bang up to date.

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Image by Phil Drinkwater

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Twee Is Out

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Tasteful is in. It’s time to put away the mismatched tea cups and roll out the fine china. Crisp linen and shining silverware make for the best dressed tables in town.

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Anneli Marinovich Photography

Image by Anneli Marinovich Photography

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Stay True

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If you love retro styling, keep it authentic. A few unique antique details will be far more special than a job lot of imitation pieces.

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Image by Phil Drinkwater

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Pin Up

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Go for a contemporary slick of bright pink on your lips, or a little heavier on the eyes for a refreshing take on bridal beauty.

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Anneli Marinovich Photography

Image by Anneli Marinovich Photography

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Get Fresh

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Your bouquet is a sure fire way to bring a classic look into the 21st Century. Choose zesty greens, plump succulents or bright wildflowers in similar shades to sharpen up the overall effect and add interest.

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No More Matchy Matchy

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We may be seeing a return to simpler schemes, but this doesn’t mean that you should revert to the dark days when your chair covers had to match your knickers! Keep your use of colour strictly complimentary.

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Melissa Kay Photography

Image by Melissa Kay Photography 

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The Editorials: Spring/ Summer Celebrations

March 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you are a regular reader of Brides Up North (well HELLO there!), you will know that The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online.  This is done both for your benefit (in case you missed the original print articles) and mine, in the vain hope that I’m saving my – often painstakingly crafted in the early hours of the morning – words from their ultimate end of being posh chip paper and recording them for time eternal right here on these swirly silver pages.

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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You can catch up on the first two posts in The Editorials series – two features for National glossy Wedding Magazine for whom I am a monthly columnist here: All White Weddings and here: Va-Va Groom! – and ALL of our press features over the years by clicking here.  Enjoy – there’s quite a lot of reading material there!

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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In the meantime, today, we are recycling a piece that I wrote for the recent issue of Darlington Weddings, a very pretty, handbag sized regional glossy in the North East about my love of a seasonal soiree, and why despite our well documented British weather difficulties a Spring or Summer celebration is still on my style forecast for 2013.

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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I wrote:  It used to be the case that every weekend during the months of May, June and July played host to a Saturday wedding, but in recent years the Summer wedding has become less of a must have on bridal wish lists. It could be the fact that a proper English Summer is about as guaranteed as a lottery win, or that savvy spenders are responding to lower prices in what was traditionally the off-season, but more and more couples are choosing to say I do in the Autumn and Winter months instead. It could be that they are on to something – after all, didn’t we see a scorching March and a clear skied November last year?

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However, I would urge you not to write off a Spring or Summer celebration just yet. A Summer wedding offers so many pretty styling options, and even if the weather is a little unreliable, your wedding really needn’t be a wash out!

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Sarah Gawler Photography

Sarah Gawler Photography for Maids To Measure

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Summer Styling

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Lighter skies and longer days can carry off a real variety of colour palettes and prints, from the bright and vibrant shades of India to the palest pastel pinks and blues of an English country garden. Choose your favourite colour combinations and use these as the basis of your overall look. I love the elegant emerald greens that look set to be a trend for 2013: think a tented lawn in the shadow of a stately home on a balmy day, very “Keira Knightly in Atonement”, and you’re on the right lines.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Katy Lunsford Photography

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Karen McGowran Photography

Karen McGowran

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Damian Hall Photography

Damian Hall Photography

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Get Fresh

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You’ll be happy to find most of your favourite blooms in season during the Summer months so if flowers are your thing, there’s no better time to make a statement. There is nothing more vibrant and significant of new beginnings than a freshly cut bunch of yellow daffodils or if you fancy something more exotic, try exotic cherry blossoms in long vases. Later in the year use beautiful blousy peonies to add romance.

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Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Plan B

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No matter how many times you check the forecast, no one knows exactly how British Summertime is going to go, so I’d advise against a totally weather dependent celebration. Contingency is key. If you plan to be outdoors, have some easily erectable gazebos on standby. Colour co-ordinated umbrellas also make for some great photographs – look on the sunny side!

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Greyeye Photography

Greyeye Photography

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Pixies In The Cellar

Pixies In The Cellar

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Stephanie Oakes Photography

Stephanie Oakes Photography

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Bring The Outside In

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When choosing a venue for your Spring or Summer wedding, consider lighting carefully. No one wants to leave a sunny drinks reception on the lawn to dine in a dark and heavy panelled ballroom. Look for venues with floor to ceiling windows, large conservatory spaces or pale and cooling decorating schemes. You might even consider sitting down under canvas instead – today’s marquees and tepee options are designed to cope with all weathers.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Katy Lunsford Photography

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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wedding Magazine

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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Wedding Magazine

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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Wedding Magazine

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Peter Boyd Photography

Image credit: Peter Boyd Photography

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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India Hobson Weddings

Image credit: India Hobson Weddings 

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Damian Hall

Image credit: Damian Hall Photography

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Top man

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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Katy Melling Photography

Image credit: Katy Melling Photography 

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Katy Melling Photography

Image credit: Katy Melling Photography

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The cravat caveat

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Image credit:  Phil Drinkwater Photography 

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David Lawson Studios

Image credit: David Lawson Studios 

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Keep it comfortable

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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Andy Hook

Image credit: Andy Hook Photography

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Image credit: Lissa Alexandra Photography 

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A man in uniform

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Jonny Draper Photography

.Image credit: Jonny Draper Photography 

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Andrew Ward Photography

Image credit: Andrew Ward Photography 

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Toys for the boys

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Insight Photography

Image credit: Insight Photography

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