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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Beautiful Thorp Perrow!

May 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Thorp Perrow Wedding Exhibition

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And it’s here (!!) – our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire on Sunday 12th May 2013 – FREE ENTRY – 12pm till 4pm.

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This is a brand new exclusive use wedding venue and private stately home that we are opening to the viewing public for just one day only – and this you have to see!  Even if you already have your venue booked, this is still for you.  Come and make a day of it, visit our marquee full of absolutely outstanding wedding vendors (the very best in the business, I promise you), enjoy the beautiful gardens, ornamental lakes and the stunning arboretum, and explore the never before open stately pile. 

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Think Atonement, think Gatsby… and you are halfway there…

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Joe Dodsworth Photography at Thorp Perrow

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“At Thorp Perrow you’ll find trees covered in blossom, carpets of bluebells and bold drifts of wild flowers.”

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This wonderful house has only very recently been opened to the public for weddings (having previously only been used as a private home) can hold up to sixty people for smaller events such as lunches and dinner parties. For larger occasions a marquee can be attached to the house or erected at the front of the house close to the lake.

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Come and visit the team behind these images as well as a collective of the region’s very finest suppliers this Sunday. 

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On site this Sunday you’ll be able to sample the talents of Buttercream Cupcakes, Make Up By Jo, Amy Sunley Photography, Glen Roughead Swing, Cat Hepple Photography, Cordelia & Co, Curvy Bridal, Peter Boyd Photography, It’s A Wind Up!, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Perfectly Practical Parties, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, White Petal Design, Gray Events Ltd, Kelly’s Event Boutique, DJB Photography, Firenza Floral Design, Twisted Willow Floristry, Joe Dodsworth Photography, Love on Location, Lissa Alexandra Photography, Elise Flowers, Kiss The Bride Magazine, The Wedding Guide, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Travel In Style (Wedding Cars), Noble Fine Art, Swing Thing Duo, C & J Rentals, White Wedding Company, Ruby Shoes, Brides & Belles and more…

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.Joe Dodsworth Photography at Thorp Perrow

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THORP PERROW” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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

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Little Black Book

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Photography – Joe Dodsworth Photography

Venue – Thorp Perrow & CWC Malings Catering

Wedding Gowns – Curvy Bridal

Hair & Makeup – Debonnesse & Love Hair & Beauty, Ripon

Hats & Ribbons – Quaintrelle: Millinery by Claire Spooner

Flowers including hair pieces – Twisted Willow Floristry

Models – Ruth Sturdy & Katie Dewar

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Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events in 2013 – please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk – and brides to be, you can also pre-register for all of these events NOW! Click here

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Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition)

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The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

(Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 8th September 2013

(Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 exhibitors)

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Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 15th September 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co Durham – Sunday 29th September 2013

(Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – 80 exhibitors)

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The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 6th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 13th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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  – Images © 2013 Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Frosted Romance At Thorp Perrow: A Beautiful Brides Up North Wedding Inspiration Shoot

April 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, you now I’m not really a fan of a repost (and I shared this winter glamour bridal inspiration shoot with you following the Brides Up North Christmas party) but I’ve got a really rather lovely Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition coming up at this absolutely stunning stately home and gardens – Thorp Perrow, a new, authentic and exclusive private wedding venue in the heart of Bedale –  and wanted to remind you why you need to be there on Sunday 12th May!

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The venue was the stunning house at Thorp Perrow, where I was lucky enough to host the Brides Up North Christmas Party just a day later (click here for a full catch up and photographs from that sparkling event).

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On May 12th, you’ll get to see this venue in all it’s blooming Summer glory (more on that soon), but to illustrate it’s beauty in Winter too we chose an almost frozen look, working with natural winter light, the pale pastel decor of the venue and the almost ethereal beauty of our two models, Ruth Sturdy and Alexandra Ellis.

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I was thinking Russian princesses, a wintery Marie Antoinette, the Snow Queen’s court, Faberge egg colours and gilding and er, Kylie Minogue in January’s Elle Magazine. One thing’s for sure – it worked!

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We were also joined on site by the talent of Deborah of Love On Location, who was responsible for the amazing hair styling, the fabulous team at Curvy Bridal who provided all the breath taking gowns, accessories, shoes and head pieces (as well as working like troopers all day) and the supremely talented Jo of Twisted Willow Floristry, who dressed the venue with her floral creations ready for the following evening’s party while we styled things up.

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Huge thanks to the brilliant Joe Dodsworth Photography whose understanding of our inspiration and ability to create the perfect shot blows me away.  This man has talent (book him to shoot your wedding immediately)!

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So first, a peep behind the scenes (and yes, we DID keep our coats on…to keep the venue cool for those lovely flowers) and then to some rather fine art photography.  I’m thinking that Vogue is calling…

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We hope that you will be inspired.

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Little Black Book

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Styling & Co-ordination:  Julia at Brides Up North

Venue:  Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire

Images: Joe Dodsworth Photography

Gowns & Accessories:  Curvy Bridal

Flowers:  Twisted Willow Floristry

Make Up:  Make Up By Jo

Hair:  Love On Location

Models:  Ruth Sturdy and Alexandra Ellis

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If you would like to see this amazing wedding venue for yourself, and it’s even better in the summer, then make sure to diarise our first ever Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow on Sunday 12th May 2013. Over 40 of the region’s finest luxury suppliers will be in attendance in our marquee (including all the suppliers who worked on this bridal shoot!), and the house will be open for viewing 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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If you would like to gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with a few little treats from Brides Up North, glossy mags and some on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can 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 “THORP PERROW” 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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EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES ALL EVENTS: Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All Brides Up North events in 2012 and earlier this year were sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for these shows to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information for all of our events.

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  – Images © 2013 Joe Dodsworth Photography 

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Oh What A Day!

April 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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A couple of pints of coffee down my neck and I am finally back in the land of the living!

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In case you hadn’t noticed (ahem), yesterday was the inaugural Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at the National Railway Museum in York.  And what a day it was!

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I’m always super nervous before any big show.  When something has your name on it you want it to go perfectly – how will it work logistically? – will my exhibitors enjoy the day and find it a success for their businesses? – will the space look aesthetically pleasing? – will I get the mountains of admin that comes with any big event done in time? – will I wake up for my 5am alarm call on the day?… and the big one… will anyone come?!

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I needn’t have worried. 

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I love working with all my Yorkshire venues and the latest addition to our schedule didn’t disappoint.  This really is a fabulous space: clean, bright, quirky and oh-so vintage.  The National Railway Museum team are great to work with and every single one of my near 60 fabulous exhibitors (I really do feel very privileged to work with the region’s very best suppliers) went above and beyond to make their luxury and vintage displays some of the prettiest set ups that I have ever seen.  Hat’s off to you Yorkshire!

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So things were looking pretty sweet by the time the doors opened at 10am (it felt like tea time to me by then!) and I would happily have spent the next seven hours wandering the floor chatting to my lovely friends and admiring their beautiful work, but then…

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You came! 

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And in your hundreds! 

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The brides, grooms and their bridesmaids, page boys, family and friends were out in force.  At the last count we registered 239 brides on the door, and just under 1,000 people in all.  Wow!  I loved meeting you all, hearing your plans and seeing you leave so inspired!

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These are just a few of my hastily snapped shots of the day, but watch out for some gorgeous images coming up on the blog from our roving photographer Peter Boyd Photography soon. 

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After falling into bed early last night, I have awoken this morning to an inbox pinging with kind comments from brides and exhibitors alike, and the hard work and planning of the last 12 months all seems worth it.  Thank you all for your constant and unwavering support.

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The Northern Revolution rumbles on…

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Fancy doing it all again this winter? Save the date – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 17th November 2013. 

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I’ll be talking about it lots more nearer the time, obvs, but in the meantime exhibitors can contact me for details at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Have you made it to a Brides Up North event this Spring?  If not, you really should!  We have only three events left in the schedule for this season, and VIP Bride-To-Be Registration is open for all of them!

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THORP PERROW SPRING 2013

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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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THE BOWDON ROOMS SPRING 2013

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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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RISE HALL SPRING 2013

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EAST YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall – Sunday 9th June 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – Sarah Beeny’s famous “Restoration Nightmare” is now one of Yorkshire’s most gorgeous exclusive use wedding venues.  Don’t miss our closing show of the season at this stunning stately home and gardens.

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For bride to be registration, click here.  Brides Up North welcome packs while stocks last only. 

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Exhibitor bookings all events – email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP to avoid disappointment. 

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The Inspirations: Frosted Romance By Make Up By Jo

January 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday, I shared Brides Up North’s latest bridal inspiration shoot set in the stately rooms of private house and brand new wedding venue Thorp PerrowClick here to catch up.  I’ve already given some major kudos to my team but hey, why not say it again – big thanks to the amazing talents of Joe Dodsworth Photography, Curvy Bridal, Love On Location, CWC Malings, Twisted Willow Floristry and models Ruth Sturdy and Alexandra Ellis (whose lovely mug is the focus of this morning’s feature)!

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One lady who was extremely instrumental in the look and feel of this project was my friend, Featured Supplier and colleague Jo Leversuch at Make Up By Jo.  Jo understood the frosted romance theme and my whimsical notions of Russian princesses, ice maidens and winter pastels perfectly.

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The team drew ideas together using a Pinterest board, a resource that I am using more and more in my styling work  (feel free to pop on across and give Brides Up North a follow for regular insights into my behind the scenes thought processes, and things that I think are generally pretty) and you can see the board, entitled Romantic Opulence, by clicking here

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However, when it came to make up, Jo – using our inspirations – had free reign.  I trust this make up maestro implicitly.  And you know what?  Trust pays off.  I’ll pass you over to Jo, who explains the thoughts behind, and the products used to create, this stunning look. 

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Jo says: I wanted to share with you behind the scenes preparation for the latest photo shoot with Julia, Editor of Brides Up North.

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My main inspiration came from the January 2013 edition of Elle Magazine and their cover shots featuring Kylie Minogue. The look was strong but had the feminine flair of soft pastel pinks. The key look for Spring/ Summer 2013 make-up is a strong focus on pink colours from pastel to candy strong pinks of all shades for eyes, cheeks and lips.

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The theme for the shoot was “Frosted Romance”, drawing on regal imagery in cold climates, and the make-up needed to be adapted from a high end fashion trend to wearable bridal make-up. This meant a softer approach on the look with plenty of focus on highlights and contour.

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Blending the make-up was essential for the camera. I wanted the skin to be fresh and flawless with a focus on highlighting the cheekbones. The eyeshadow added a subtle hint of pink colour and white shimmer in the inner part of the eye enhanced the eyes for a magical look. By using different textures of blushers I created strong contours to really show off the cheekbones. Lips remained soft with a slight hint of gloss.

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Primer: Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer

Foundation: Ariane Poole Tinted Primer in Light

Concealer: Ariane Poole Conceal and Contour Palette

Highlighter: Ariane Poole Illuminator Pen

Eyeshadow: Ariane Poole in Charm 337

Eyeshadow: Daniel Sandler Eye Delight in Ice

Mascara: YSL False Lash Effect

Blusher: Watercolour Fluid Blusher in So Pretty

Nars: Desire

Lipstick: Ariane Poole Love Struck 52

Daniel Sandler: Super Candy

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For more information, or to chat to Jo about your bridal look, contact her via her website www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

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  – Images © 2013 Joe Dodsworth Photography, Make Up By Jo, Elle Magazine

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Classic English: A Real Wedding In The North West – Charlotte & Tez

December 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well, what can I say?  They came, they sparkled, they partied!

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I’ve only really just recovered from the Brides Up North Christmas Party this Tuesday night at the magnificent Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire.  It’s a newly opened private family pile, perfect for an elegant and opulent wedding celebration, and on Tuesday over 150 of the region’s finest wedding industry suppliers and  Brides Up North readers came to enjoy an evening filled with bubbly, live music, fun, laughter and Christmas spirits!

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To enquire about weddings at Thorp Perrow you can contact CWC Malings, who were our outstanding hosts for the evening, keeping us all well fed and well oiled, but we’ll be throwing open her doors once again for a very special Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibition on Sunday 12th May 2013, so make sure the date is in your diary.  If you think this place is spectacular in December, just wait to see it in the May sunshine! (Exhibitor enquiries to julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk please!)

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I also have a few other thank you’s to do (and party pictures, both from our official event photographer Ruth Mitchell Photography and the fabulous Limelight Photobooth girls, will follow soon).  Huge love to the amazing Glen Roughead, who absolutely takes the crown as the North’s new King of Swing and the super cool Vintage78 Dj who kept us entertained all night following our wonderful pianist and her beautiful Christmas carols. To our media team of absolute superstars, Ruth Mitchell Photography, Forever Film and Limelight Photobooth Hire, as always a big thank you.  Last but not least a big shout to the amazing Joanna and her team at Twisted Willow Floristry who gave up their time and worked with me to create beautiful floral displays totally in keeping with the mood of the venue and evening but beyond the reaches of my own imagination. 

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Now, as much as I’d like to hibernate until Boxing Day, the show must go on here on these swirly silver pages, and what better way to resume our usual schedule than with a simple and classic Real Wedding in Chester from beautiful Brides Up North reader Charlotte?  With images by Craig George.   

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2009 at our home town of Plymouth and were married on 22nd September 2012 at St Andrews Church, Tarvin and the reception at Willington Hall, Willington, Chester.  The church and Willington are local to my husband’s family who live in Tarvin. The Church holds some special memories and it is also the resting place of my husband’s Dad.

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We chose to have a classic English wedding with some vintage details and chose a simple colour scheme of ivory and black with some burgundy details. 

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My dress was a classic strapless fish tail gown from the Veromia Bridal Collection.  It was very simple but gave a fantastic shape.  I carried a hand tied bouquet of white lilies with bleached peacock feathers I had purchased on Etsy to make the bouquet look extra special.

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My bridesmaids wore black and ivory A line strapless dresses found online from JJ House and carried bouquets of ivory roses with black ribbon.  

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We travelled in a  Princess Vanden Plas  from Chester Rolls Cars. 

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The whole day was wonderful but just after the ceremony we had further photos taken just the two of us at the Church which was a really nice time to relax and enjoy one another before we hit our reception.

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The table dressing was laid out by my reception but I organised and purchased all the materials myself. I had found some beautiful ivory rose hangers for the doors into the reception hall and rose petals around floating candles for the tables. Each guest received two hand-made flapjacks made by a close friend. We used Rebecca at Elegance Venue Dressing for our chair covers and ties. 

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I love chocolate and so we ordered a chocolate fountain rather than a cake. This went down with everyone and was an extra element to the wedding reception.  In the evening we used a local DJ who was brilliant and played our play list which was great.

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We have a two year old son who was being looked after by my sister in law a few miles away and we wanted to be close by in case anything happened. So we stayed in the UK and hired a canal boat for three days. It was terrible weather but loads of fun and very cosy and romantic.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try to get organised early, it will pay off nearer to the day itself and then enjoy the day. It goes so quick!

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Congratulations Charlotte & Tez!

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  – Images © 2012 Craig George

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BREAKING NEWS: New Dates & Venues For Brides Up North Spring 2013 Luxury Wedding Exhibitions Announced!

December 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The images in this post are a cheeky peek – without giving much away! – at the amazing professional images by Joe Dodsworth Photography (dresses supplied by Curvy Bridal) from our photo shoot at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire, yesterday in advance of the Brides Up North Christmas Party being held there tonight.

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You’ve probably guessed it already, given that I can’t stop talking about how gorgeous this venue is, but I am thrilled to be able to announce this afternoon that we are partnering with CWC Malings in the early summer of 2013 to open up this new wedding venue to the public and bring you a special marquee Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, with exclusive access to both this beautiful stately home and it’s utterly beautiful grounds.  The date is set, so mark in in your diaries – Sunday 12th May 2013 – this is one not to miss.

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And that’s not all! We do work hard here behind the scenes at Brides Up North you know!

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North west brides, I have been promising an event your way for a while now and the time has finally come to announce our first Brides Up North event collaboration in the North West.  Hurrah!  I am over the moon to be working with the authentically vintage and fabulously stylish space that is The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham to bring you your first ever Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 19th May 2013.  Another one to mark down now – VIP Bride to Be registration will be open for both events very shortly!

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So, the Brides Up North event calendar for Spring 2013 currently looks like this (er, wow!), with luxury bridal events with carefully selected partners at their stunning venues a-plenty.  We are super excited to get this New Year started, and can’t wait to welcome you to one or more of our shows.  You know that I won’t let you forget any of these dates, but I wanted to share the news here first!

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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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Exhibitors – some of of events are already sold out and the rest are filling quickly.  For event information and booking details please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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  – Images © 2012 Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Preparing To Party… And A Glance Behind The Scenes

December 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s FINALLY HERE!  I feel like I’ve been planning incessantly for over a month now (oh that’s right, because I have been planning incessantly for over a month now), and the day of the Brides Up North Christmas Party has finally arrived!  Hurrah!

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Excitement levels here at Brides Up North HQ have hit quite scarily unprecedented levels – particularly for a Tuesday morning – and I can’t wait to welcome all our party people to the wonderful Thorp Perrow this evening, along with our hosts CWC Malings.  Our guest list has been packed for the whole month, but there a still a few last minute places up for grabs. Click here for the low down.  

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I spent the whole day at the house yesterday, dressing this stunning wedding venue’s stately rooms and taking part in a bridal fashion shoot which I co-ordinated to show off Thorp Perrow’s glamorous side and that it’s perfect for a winter wedding (provided that it’s huge fireplaces are stoked!). 

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I absolutely love working on location and yesterday I was particularly lucky to have an amazing team of friends and talented superstar industry suppliers around me.  I am genuinely excited to show off the venue tonight (twinkle twinkle!) and to share our beautiful shoot later on.  Huge thanks to the amazing Twisted Willow Floristry, Curvy Bridal, Joe Dodsworth Photography, Make Up By Jo, Love Hair & Beauty Boutique and our stunning models Ruth and Alexandra for all your support, vision and for lending your beautiful products and skills to our gorgeous cause.  You utterly rock.

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Until later tonight, or until I can share the results of our day here on the wedding blog, here’s a little behind the scenes glance at what we got up to.  If you think these look good… just wait till you see Joe’s professional shots, or the venue in real life. I properly love my job.

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See you tonight everyone – sequins and sparkle at the ready!

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A Christmas Frenzy! And Some Extra Cheer…

December 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to the weekend !  What are your plans?  A few jars of mulled wine with your mates, a spot of Christmas shopping or maybe, just maybe, this is the weekend that you get wed?! Eep! If you are saying I do – or whatever it is that you are up to – I hope you have the most fabulous one.

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I’m up to my eyeballs in the tinsel this weekend, as I’ve spent the past month planning our Brides Up North Christmas Party and this last week has seen that activity whipped up into a full on Christmas frenzy, as I prepare – along with the wonderful team at CWC Malings – to host a very special sparkly soiree showcasing a very special new wedding venue to my industry nearest and dearest and my lovely readers this coming Tuesday evening.

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The amazing (and newly open for weddings – wahoo!) North Yorkshire private stately home and wedding venue that is The House at Thorp Perrow Arboretum is to die for at the very best of times, but add a team of amazing experts filling the place with blooms (hello Twisted Willow Floristry, I love you!), song (some Christmas Swing and some Vintage Dj-ing – this you have to hear!), delicious food and drink, games and some added Christmas glitter and it’s going to be Very Merry indeed!

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And watch out for a very special announcement being made on the evening too…

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The guest list has been full for weeks (48 hours after we opened it in fact!) but due to popular demand and the fact that I hate hearing sad stories of full up guest lists at Christmas time, this weekend I have been able to open up a few more places! Let’s hear a WHOOP WHOOP!

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The party is on us, but numbers are still extremely limited and entry will be strictly by guest list. Please make sure to register your interest by emailing julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP to avoid more disappointment.

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So, come and make merry to celebrate the season - wedding industry colleagues and Brides Up North readers all very welcome.  Let’s be clear: this isn’t a wedding exhibition or stuffy open event, it’s simply the chance to let your hair down, have a nosy, put on the glitz and mix and mingle with the regions’ finest! It’s going to be an evening of merriment, so bribe a designated driver with the Quality Street first and watch out for some special surprises too!

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You have to see this place for yourselves – trust me – it’s well worth the trip!  If you want to stay over (advisable: I’ve seen the drinks order!), I have some accommodation recommendations at the ready too, just get in touch.

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Here’s those details again…

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Tuesday 11th December 2012

The House at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

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Now I’m off to polish some reindeer…

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…

November 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Christmas Party Invitation

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If you follow Brides Up North on Facebook and Twitter (ahem, get to it!) you will know that I have been itching to reveal the top secret location for the first ever Brides Up North Christmas party. 

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Usually at my Brides Up North Tweet Ups, I travel across the country and host an event in three locations but for our Christmas ‘do I wanted to find one very special and super Christmassy venue that was fairly accessible to most and so not quite in the heart of the North East and not quite in deepest Yorkshire.  North West – I am coming your way next, I promise (but it will be worth the journey)!

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So, sequins and sparkle at the ready for a very special and merry evening of cocktails, carols, Christmas swing and a first look at the stunning North Yorkshire private stately home and wedding venue that is The House at Thorp Perrow Arboretum.  Watch out for some special surprises too! You have to see this place for yourselves – trust me – it’s well worth the trip!

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Tuesday 11th December 2012

The House at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

From 6:30pm

Sequins & Sparkle

Entry strictly by guest list only: julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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In conjunction with CWC Mailings who are in charge of weddings and events at this stunning setting, come and make merry to celebrate the season - wedding industry colleagues and Brides Up North readers all very welcome.  This isn’t a wedding exhibition or showcase, it’s simply the chance to let your hair down, have a nosy, put on the glitz and mix and mingle with the regions’ finest!

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Top tip: it’s going to be an evening of merriment, so bribe a designated driver with the Quality Street first.  Get in touch if you need accommodation recommendations in the area too. 

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The party is on us, but numbers are limited, so entry will be strictly by guest list. Please make sure to register your interest by emailing julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk asap to avoid disappointment (I don’t like to see anyone disappointed at Christmas time!). 

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Get ready to shake your jingle bells!

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