Brides Up North

Fashionistas! Are You Ready? It’s The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive At The Mansion – THIS SUNDAY!

March 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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It’s time for another gorgeous Brides Up North event at The Mansion, Roundhay Park – definitely Leeds’ chicest boutique wedding venue, and totally one for the fashionistas!

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Our luxury wedding exhibition is THIS WEEKEND – Sunday 3rd March 2013! And it just so happens that our VIP Bride To Be registration is now open…

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The Mansion Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

The Mansion, Roundhay Park

Sunday 3rd March 2013

12pm till 4pm – Free Entry

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This is your invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Leeds’ most desirable wedding venue: The Mansion.  Check out our special video clip above to see just how special and hear from some previous brides and grooms.

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This Sunday, a choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will also be on hand to inspire and advise.  Only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Events!  But don’t just take my word for it, come and see for yourselves!

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Leeds’ most fabulous brides have been quick off the mark, but if you haven’t already,  pre-register online NOW for speedy entry and your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag packed with treats, glossy mags, little pressies from Brides Up North and exclusive on the day discounts!

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “The Mansion” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Some of Yorkshire’s finest in attendance on Sunday… Allan Scott Photography, Amelia Elliott Bridal, l Amoretto Wedding Stationery, Booth Revolution, Bridezilla Design Company, Curvy Bridal, Damselle Tiaras, Deans Fine Jewellery, DG Sound & Light, Dine Services, DJB Photography, Donna Makes Cakes, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eyecapture, Floral Opulence, Function 54, Iain Henderson Designs, JB Creatives, Joel Skingle Photography, Leafy Couture, Perfectly Practical Parties, Smooch, The Enchanted Wood Weddings, The Greenhouse Florist, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Truly Scrumptious Cakes By Lynne, Confetti & Lace, The Event Music Company, Swing Thing Duo and me!

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Can’t make it to The Mansion?  Click here to view our amazing range of luxury bridal exhibitions this Spring, and save the date!

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The Mansion Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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Real Wedding images from Amy and Sam’s beautiful wedding at The Mansion, courtesy of Chris Chambers PhotographyClick here to see the whole celebration.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Brides Up North/ Chris Chambers Photography

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Fabulous Photographer: Joel Skingle Photography PLUS A Free Guest Book Album For Wedding Blog Readers!

February 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This man’s work is so brilliant that it’s almost unnecessary to add any words to this morning’s feature, but then I figured that a guy who can turn out this quality of wedding images must have some sound words of advice for my lovely readers.  It turns out that he does, plus an exclusive offer for Brides Up North.

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Without further ado, let’s meet the fun, friendly and super talented Joel of Joel Skingle Photography, who I am proud to introduce as a Brides Up North Featured Supplier.  Prepare to add him to your speed dial.  

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Joel Skingle Photography

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

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I come from a creative design background working as a graphic designer in advertising and large marketing companies so creative visuals has always been part of me and what I do. I found wedding photography gave me the freedom to express my self and push the boundaries of what I was capable of.
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Why wedding photography specifically?

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The emotion and even the pressure makes for a great job. Plus we are a part of someone’s amazing big day – what could be better?!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

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The freedom to express myself through my images whilst meeting many many fabulous people.

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Joel Skingle Photography

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How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

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Just be myself I am a very open person being able to make the couple laugh and speak on their level helps immensely. My pre shoot that is offered on every wedding also helps the couple to become more comfortable with both myself and the camera.

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

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Choose me!  No, seriously, I insist on a pre-wedding shoot I have never had anyone not benefit from a bit of time getting used to the camera before the big day.

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

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Makeup usually needs the volume pumping up slightly for images.

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

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A colour palette should consist of a few/ similar colours so they are not all fighting for attention.

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

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I am not sure I would! Give me real wedding with real people any day.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I am lucky enough to be an international wedding photographer photographing as far away as the beaches of the Bahamas and more recently the mountains of snowy Austria so its hard to pick just one. I photograph all over the UK as well but you can’t beat a wedding with the Yorkshire dales in the background as a feature.

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Any funny stories to share? 

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There are so, so many but one of my favourites is when I was photographing a barn wedding and the evening catering let us down. I then drove the father of the groom to the fish and chip shop to order 120 portions of fish and chips! We all sat outside in the warm evening sun eating fish and chips out of the paper. What a great memory! And of course it made for some fab shots…

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Joel Skingle Photography

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

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I think both my style and attitude. I pride myself on my brand and the experience it brings. I am not all about me its your wedding but what I offer is to be involved and manage my side to bring you the most stunning images with the minimal fuss.

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

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Service second to none, a mixture of beautifully natural candid moments and stunning wow bridal images for the wall. No fuss, no arrogance just an honest fun experience. My referral base speaks for its self.

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What is included in your "package"?

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I believe in keeping things simple so my packages include myself with all day coverage from bridal prep through to the first dance. Images on disk and also an album. I like my clients to know exactly what they are getting for their hard earned money from the start. Album upgrades are available afterwards.

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Joel Skingle Photography

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Can you give us an idea on price? 

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My prices currently start from £1350 and I can offer a free guest book filled with images from our pre shoot with every Brides Up North wedding booking!  Quote Brides Up North when booking. 

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

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Get in touch: joel@joelskinglephotography.co.uk

Or visit my website: www.joelskinglephotography.co.uk

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

Joel Skingle Photography will be exhibiting at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition, this Sunday at The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds. Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm.

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Click here to reserve your VIP Bride To Be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Joel Skingle Photography

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2013: It’s On!

January 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well helloooooooo Brides Up North!  It’s 2013!

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UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North by Karen McGowran

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We survived apocalypse (and Mum’s trifle) – so lets blearily prise open our glitter heavy lids and welcome in this brand New Year with a bang!  Whether you just slipped your sparkler onto that ring finger (Congratulations you!) or are preparing to say I do imminently: it’s all to play for, and I can promise you another – bigger and better – 12 months of gorgeous weddings, helpful features, supplier showcases, diary dates, inspiration galore and of course, some very special collaborations and surprises here on these swirly silver pages.

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It’s pretty, it’s useful and it’s local to you.  And it’s coming right up.  Welcome to the Northern Revolution!

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UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North by Karen McGowran

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I’ve spent a lovely Christmas break relaxing with friends and family, catching my breath after a whirlwind year (if you are just joining the party then you can read all about a busy 2012 here, find out all about me here and about the wedding blog in general here) and preparing for a fast paced start to 2013.

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As well as getting ready to welcome our first Brides Up North baby – currently cooking nicely! – welcoming a new member of staff to the team, putting the finishing touches to a raft of freelance bridal features and planning some rather snazzy tweaks to this here website (coming soon!), I’ve been up to my ears in packing boxes as we get ready to ship out to our brand new home and Brides Up North’s sparkly new headquarters in a few days’ time.  Phew.  After all, if you don’t do it all at once, why do it at all?*

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I’ve adored recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from 2012 on the wedding blog over the last week or so – there was a whole lot of stunning going on last year!  If you’ve had a break from your computer screens over the last 10 days then why not take some time to catch up.  Inspiration overload! 

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And you know what? I think things are only going to get prettier around these parts in 2013.  I already have an inbox busting with beautiful submissions that I can’t wait to share with you.  Come to think of it, the packing can wait!

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UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North by Karen McGowran

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We are also looking ahead to a full season of Brides Up North bridal events – across three regions this season – at painstakingly selected partner venues packed with the very best of each area’s bridal supplier talents.  What these people and places can add to YOUR big day is unfathomable, and it’s all there and waiting for you.

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I LOVE meeting our readers in real life – and have so many tips, hints and recommendations up my sleeve to share with you in person – so make sure to diarise at least one of our free entry (yep, you read that right) Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this season and come along to say hello.  If you can’t make an event, make sure to check out our Directory of the regions’ finest too. 

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibitions North East SPRING 2013

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough – Sunday 17th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – 40 of the region’s very finest suppliers in this stunning North Yorkshire castle setting, rarely open for public viewing. This venue is magical and has to be seen to be believed.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield – Sunday 24th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – A huge show with 80+ of the North East’s best bridal exhibitors at this 4* country house venue – the setting for my own wedding, actually, with huge banqueting spaces and beautiful parkland. Throw in two professional fashion shows and this will be a day jam packed with wedding inspiration

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 3rd March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - One for the fashionistas, this chic private wedding venue on the edge of Roundhay Park will host the most beautiful celebrations and will be full of the area’s best suppliers for one day only.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 17th March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The big one! Our biggest event in the calendar sees over 100 of the North East’s most fabulous suppliers all under one roof, plus two professional fashion shows. Don’t miss it! Seriously.

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 7th April 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - This stunning stately home and newly renovated event space is one not to miss from your venue hunt. Browse the National Trust gardens and parkland before stopping by to meet over 35 of the area’s top wedding suppliers.

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 21st April 2013 (10am- 5pm, Free Entry) - A huge and premium brand new show at a VERY exciting new venue! Join over 60 of Yorkshire’s absolute finest exhibitors at Brides Up North’s first ever luxury and vintage event in the heart of York. The beautiful vintage trains will keep the boys happy too…

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer. Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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NORTH WEST: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The North West’s most fabulous will be joining us for a day of inspiration at this beautiful, authentic space. Our first show in the North West, and one most definitely for the diary.

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All our Brides Up North events in 2012 were sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue, so if you are an exhibitor please do get in touch for details soon to avoid disappointment.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with treats from Brides Up North and sponsors like House of Fraser, Debenhams, Belle Bridal Magazine, Yorkshire Bride as well as HUNDREDS of pounds worth of on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can be an early bird and pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now.  What are you waiting for?

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Simply use the contact form below, stating THE EVENT VENUE OF YOUR CHOICE e.g. “Hardwick Hall” in the subject box and “VIP Bride To Be” in the body section.  Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email me direct at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.

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I’d also love to hear from those of you who tied the knot in 2012 and perhaps even feature your own Real Wedding on these pages.  I accept submissions from brides and grooms, photographers, planners and other wedding vendors, and as well as weddings, I also love to see engagement session photographs, couples shoots, trash the dress, cherish the dress and styled session photographs. I accept wedding submissions of all themes, sizes, religions and gay weddings.  From intimate do-it-yourself-dos with a difference to big budget blow outs, I believe that every wedding is special. I want to share in your day and help to inspire tens of thousands of other brides to be across the North of the UK and the wider web. Click here to see some of the most recent beauties on the blog. And it’s so simple too! Just click here to find out how to submit a Real Wedding.

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Before we say goodbye until tomorrow when the usual twice daily blogging schedule resumes with gusto and I let you get back to whatever you should be doing this first morning back in the office (I know, I’d make planning your wedding a salaried role too, but they just haven’t caught on upstairs yet) make sure that today is the day that you click through and join our community over on Twitter and Facebook.  I can’t always fit all the newest news and offers from my Featured Suppliers into a blog post, so that’s where you’ll find all the hottest gossip first.  Plus plenty of extra pretty, musings and tips.  Go, go, go!

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I’d also love to encourage even more interactivity here on the blog pages in 2013 too.  Never feel shy to leave a comment on a post, ask a Featured Supplier a question at the end of an interview, tell our real brides exactly what you loved about their wedding, track down where items were sourced from or just say hello.  It’s dead easy and we are all ears.  This is YOUR blog, so get the discussion going! 

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To start you off, why not leave a comment on this post to tell us about your wedding plans in 2013, your perfect proposal or simply say hola!  I’d LOVE to hear from you.

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Happy New Year!

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Julia x

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Drumroll, please…

October 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition Dates for 2013

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Brides to be, some dates for your diaries if I may!

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After just closing a super successful and inspirational Autumn season of Brides Up North events (we do do ‘em best, even if I do say so myself), I can’t believe that we are already looking ahead to 2013 here at Brides Up North HQ.  My inbox is already absolutely awash with enquiries from the regions’ best wedding suppliers, reserving their places at what look set to be an absolutely smashing series of Brides Up North shows in the New Year -  I think I might be up until the early hours this evening!  I can’t wait to get planning, and to see you – my lovely readers – at one or more of our events.  Do say hello if you see me!

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You know I’ll be reminding you about each and every one of these fabulous dates nearer the time, so for now, just mark ‘em in that calendar, and get on with browsing the rest of the pretty I have coming up for you on these pages.  There’s a lot of it…

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If you are a wedding supplier reader (*waves hello!*) you can find out more or request a booking form by email me julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – we are working through your enquiries as fast as we possibly can.  The sooner the better to register your interest, we work on a first come, first served basis and strictly limit our suppliers by category.  Watch out for a few more dates and venues being announced soon too!  I can’t wait to add some new regional talents to add to our amazing supplier database in 2013.

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Roll on the Northern Revolution in 2013!  Yee-hah!

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Behind The Blog: The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger – Autumn 2012

October 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1  Have you been bitten by The Wedding Bug?

2  There’s more!

3  A record attendance at our beautiful Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

4  And the sun was shining on us too!

5  Say hello to my little friend!

6  Rainbow cranes for a village hall celebration

7, 8, 9, 10  Practising my camera skills at the Caroline Castigliano event at Lace Bridal (stunning)

11  My beautiful gown by Phil Woodhead for The North Of England Wedding Awards

12  Relaxing at the end of a surprisingly hard day shooting on location in Cyprus for Thomson Weddings

13  Primping and preening before taking to the stage

14  My office is a Yo Sushi between exciting meetings in Manchester City Centre

15  They are multiplying!

16, 17  Stunning displays and busy shows at The Mansion and Rise Hall

18  Allerton Castle or Downton Abbey?

19  Another column in Wedding Magazine

20, 21 Little surprises for my brides and goody bag chaos at Brides Up North HQ

22, 23, 24 Stunningly dressed venues at Rise Hall, Allerton Castle and Nostell Priory for our shows

25  Ready to enter the spotlight at The North Of England Wedding Awards

26  And a pretty table to relax at afterwards!

27  More goody bag mayhem ahead of our massive Super Showcase event

28  Column inches…

29  Bliss. .

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It’s been a while since we delved behind the scenes here at , so I thought that a catch up post was well overdue.  There have been quite a few ‘developments’ here at Brides Up North HQ over the past few months… not least a sell out season of super successful Brides Up North wedding exhibitions, becoming the host of the inaugural North of England Wedding Awards, adding new talent to the team in the form of a brand new regular guest blogger and a full time member of support staff (hello Kate!), more fabulous Featured Suppliers joining the Northern Revolution and swelling our ranks, many meetings about brand new Brides Up North projects in 2013 and some very exciting new venues for some huge wedding shows next year.  All whilst maintaining and (I think) improving upon our daily schedule of twice a day wedding inspiration, features and a real variety of stunning Real Weddings.  Oh, and a growing baby bump

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It’s been one helluva ride!

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As you do, I tend to take pictures of the *fun stuff* rather than the hours days spent hunched over VAT returns, contracts and spread sheets, but that’s what a wedding blog is all about isn’t it?  The fun stuff… and as it would appear, the use of a great under eye concealer to mask all those very late nights and almost as early mornings that go into making a growing business a success. 

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I’m also pleased to report that whilst all this has been going on, our exhibition attendances and blog hits have been reaching new record highs (that’s what it’s all about after all!) and that Brides Up North is happily sitting right up there at the very top of the charts with the other top wedding blog names for Great Britain popularity rankings on Alexa.com. The Northern Revolution is in full swing!

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When I look back at how much fun it’s been, how much this brand has achieved and where I hope I can take it in 2013, it’s all worth it!  Some exciting times are coming up…

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I hope you enjoy this peek into my World!

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Friday Fabulous!

October 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Leafy Couture from Russell Jeanes of Artisan Films on Vimeo.

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My friend and colleague Sarah of Leafy Couture sent me this beautiful little film of floral inspiration, and it was too beautiful not to share. 

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Grab your Friday morning cuppa and prepare to be very inspired!

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Leafy Couture will see all you lovely brides to be at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion this Sunday 7th October 2012, 12pm – 4pm, free entry.  Have you pre-registered for your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag yet? Click here.

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Light & Love! A Real Wedding At The Mansion, Leeds – Amy & Simon

October 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Chris Chambers Photography and real bride Amy is a special one.  And not just because the bride looked bloomin’ gorgeous (she did).

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The setting for today’s feature is the venue for our Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion – a Luxury Wedding Exhibition this Sunday 7th October from 12pm – 4pm with free entry for visiting brides and their guests.  As you can see from Amy’s gorgeous day, this private and boutique wedding venue is one for the fashionistas, and we have over 100 of Leeds’ chicest brides to be already pre-registered for the event.

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If you would like to join them, click here to pre-register for speedy entry and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag, jam packed with discounts and treats, or read to the end of this post for more information. This is the only event to visit this Sunday in Yorkshire!

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Amy says:  We got engaged in July 2010, in the Roman Arena in Verona.  We were just about to watch Madame Butterfly when Simon popped the question.

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We were married on 3rd August 2012 at The Mansion, Leeds.  The venue was absolutely beautiful, we loved that it had simple yet grand décor so we had a neutral canvas. Oh, and also the amazing chandelier! Gorgeous food. Fantastic staff… including James our wedding planner from Dine Services – he was brilliant. I could go on!

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To an extent the wedding was Italy themed… table names being the Italian cities we visited the summer we got engaged. The favours also contained a mini Disaronno for each guest, and Bacci chocolate (with a love note in each).  I chose cornflower blue as an accent colour. 

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Maggie Sottero from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge by Chris Chambers Photography

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I chose a Grecian style Maggie Sottero dress called ‘Caprice’ it had Swarovski crystals and pearls all down the back. I got it from Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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The bridesmaids dresses were a last minute purchase (four days before the wedding because the dressmaker completely messed up the ones we were having made) from Warehouse, on ASOS.com.

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The groomsmen and Simon wore grey suits from Moss Bros, with blue cravats.

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I carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas with white roses, they were amazing. The night before the wedding me and my seven bridesmaids sat up making their white hydrangea bouquets ourselves – it was very easy, we stood them in a bucket in the bath all night, and trimmed the stems just as we were about to leave.

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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The day was just amazing, I cant choose a best bit…it really was the best day ever from start to finish!

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To surprise our guests we had a sweetshop, put together by ourselves. We also had a candyfloss machine, from Creative AV.

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We had The Versonic play at our night do- we are friends with the lead singer, and think the band is ace, they play a mix of old and new songs and get everyone dancing and singing along.  My 11 year old cousin surprised us by singing too.

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We chose a three  tier square cake with sugar paste blue hydrangeas on it, fruitcake and sponge.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Aruba at the Riu Palace Hotel. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get bridesmaid dresses made…buy them, it will save months of stress! And give your parents jobs to do, they love it! Simon’s mum and her partner made all our favour bags up, it was such a help.

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Congratulations Amy & Simon!

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The Mansion Wedding Fair October 2012.

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Sunday 7th October 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

The Mansion, Roundhay

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Your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Leeds’ most desirable wedding venue: The Mansion. A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise. With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too, only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “The Mansion” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Wedding Exclusives.

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VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Wedding Fair at The Mansion Autumn 2012

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It’s Here!!! THIS SUNDAY: The LARGEST FREE ENTRY BRIDAL SHOW IN THE NORTH EAST Has Arrived!!!

September 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Ramside Hall Hotel Wedding Fair by UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North

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I can’t believe it’s finally here!  Months of plans and preparations have paid off as I look forward to our headline event this season – the MASSIVE Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday 9th September 2012: that’s this weekend!  Eeep!

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We are throwing open the whole venue (two massive ballrooms, a grand marquee and some outdoor exhibits – perfect on a sunny weekend like this one) to welcome OVER 100 of the region’s finest wedding suppliers and all you lovely brides-to-be and your families.

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I’ve worked day and night (with some assistance from my small yet perfectly formed team of helpers!) to bring this event together and make it bigger and better even than our last show this Spring -  which was a fabulous day packed to the rafters with wedding inspiration and over 1,000 visitors!  What can I say?  I love a challenge!

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An exhibitor space sell out, the event is now recognised as the largest free bridal event in the North East, and if that’s not worth popping along to, I don’t know what is!

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I’m thrilled to say that it looks like all the hard work has been worth it as all the elements have come together to make one amazing day.  The web is abuzz with excitement, and the VIP pre-registrations are flooding in.  I just can’t wait to see you all now! 

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To get your FREE VIP Bride-to-Be goody bag packed with fabulous treats and exclusive on the day discounts worth ££hundreds of pounds (seriously these are too good to miss!) and speedy entry make sure to pre-register pronto, while stocks last.  One lucky lady will also take home a pamper hamper courtesy of our amazing friends at Clarins!

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To register for a free VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Ramside Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Super Showcase on Sunday 9th September 2012.

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If you can’t make it this weekend, but want to visit another of our absolutely beautiful wedding fairs this season, ALL remaining dates confirmed and now open for VIP Bride-To-Be Registration this Autumn are as follows. Remember – these are the only shows this year actually being coordinated by Brides Up North! Accept no imitations, and get them in your diaries!

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Allerton Castle I'm Attending Web BadgeThe Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Luxury Wedding Fair

Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Sunday 16th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Mansion I'm Attending Web BadgeThe Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

Luxury Wedding Fair

Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sunday 7th October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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Rise Hall I'm Attending Web BadgeThe Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Luxury Wedding Fair

Rise, East Yorkshire

Sunday 21st October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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

August 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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

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

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

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

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

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Let’s DO This! Now Open For VIP Bride To Be Registration!

July 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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You might have noticed some changes to the wallpaper at the top of the blog over the past few days (see that big pink banner up there?!), and I am thrilled to announce that our Autumn season of Brides Up North events for brides to be – that’s you – across Yorkshire and the North East are now officially open for VIP Bride-To-Be registration!

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The last Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall and Wedding Exclusives at Dine Venues this Spring were such fabulous, inspiration packed events – and all complete sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for each and every venue.

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I so loved meeting each and every bride and groom who came through the doors at the venues and seeing how excited and inspired you all were after each event.  I received so many lovely emails of thanks from readers and exhibitors afterwards – it was all a little mind blowing (and after five shows back to back left me feeling overwhelmed and that I needed a long lie down in a dark room!).

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The fact that so many of you took the time to contact me to say what great days you had absolutely made the six long months of planning and hard graft that went into each event totally worthwhile, and lots of you were asking when we could do it all again.

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Well, now we can!  We have another full line up of shows at all our venues this Autumn, with some new venues being added in 2013 (and North West?  I haven’t forgotten about you!).  I can’t wait to do it all again, and with a huge press interest and excitement at an all time high, I have a feeling that these shows are going to be better than ever!

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The dates confirmed and now open for VIP Bride-To-Be Registration are as follows.  Remember – these are the only shows this year actually being coordinated by Brides Up North!  Accept no imitations, and get them in your diaries!

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory

Nostell, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Sunday 2nd September 2012

12pm – 4pm

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The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibiton

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Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham

Sunday 9th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Sunday 16th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sunday 7th October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Rise, East Yorkshire

Sunday 21st October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the venue that you wish to attend e.g. “Ramside Hall/ Nostell Priory/ Allerton Castle/ The Mansion/ Rise Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP” in the body of the message. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag upon entrance to the show.

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You can also email me direct at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.

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***All exhibitor enquiries please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk asap to avoid disappointment***

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Let’s do this!

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  – Images © 2012 Brides Up North

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