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Friday Fabulous!

October 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Topshop

God, YES.

These heels are what this feature was made for. 

Gosford Slipper Vamp Courts in pink, £60 by Topshop

 

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I’m SOLD!

January 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I'm Sold!

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The best thing about the January blues?  Beating them with a bit of sale shopping.  Can I hear a “Hell Yeah!”?

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Pick up some cut price pieces to make your wedding day and all those little occasions before it sparkle that little bit brighter.

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Crystallized Cotton Dress WAS £135 NOW £55 at French Connection

Mimosa Shoe WAS £75 NOW £35 at Coast

Bridge Fitted V Neck Cream Dress WAS £189 NOW £169 at Reiss 

Antibes WAS £120 NOW £59 by Kurt Geiger 

Clarissa Faux Fur Collar WAS £55 NOW £35 at Coast

Nancy WAS £139 NOW £197.50 at Bourne Collection 

Star Gazer Ring WAS £12.50 NOW £6.25 at Topshop 

Roberta Sequin Dress WAS £160 NOW £99 at Coast

Stella Crepe Jacket WAS £165 NOW £41.50 at French Connection

10 DKNY White & Rose Gold Watch WAS £175 NOW £87.50 at Red Direct

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Glittering Romance: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Amy & Chris

December 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Wedding In Yorkshire by Cat Hepple Photography

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A glittering beauty to welcome Christmas in.

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We first met gorgeous bride Amy and her husband Chris back in November last year on these pages, when I featured their intimate pre-wedding “Limited Collection” shoot by Cat Hepple Photography.  Now they are back to share their even more beautiful Real Wedding images – again by the lovely Cat Hepple – with us.  What a pleasure!  Amy and Chris’ wedding day is a triple whammy of stylish, chic and romantic, which all adds up to an utterly stunning celebration. 

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Wedding In Leeds by Cat Hepple Photography

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Amy says:  Chris asked me to marry him at home on Christmas Morning 2010 and we tied the knot on 17th August 2012 at St John’s Church Oulton then Oulton Hall, Leeds. 

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Oulton Hall is just around the corner from our house, Chris plays golf there most weekends every weekend and because it’s so close it meant it was accessible for all our friends and family, which was important to us that they could all get there hassle free, although my Momma T might disagree, they flew in from Arkansas!

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I drive past the church and Oulton Hall every day on my way to and from work and I have to admit, it is beautiful, it was a great venue. The event staff on the day were fantastic, despite a couple of power cuts and it scrubbed up nicely with the help of some amazing suppliers! I will hold Oulton Hall fondly in my heart, full of happy memories.

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I read blogs religiously and scrapbooked and tumblr’d for months.  I knew what I wanted but I wouldn’t call it a theme!  We opted for a colour scheme of greens and whites. 

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Jo Bilham did my makeup and Kizzy at Charisma Bridal did my hair. 

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I tried on a dozen dresses (around 50 to be more specific), in a dozen different stores spread across Yorkshire. I never really fell in love with any of them. So I started researching Yorkshire designers, I found James Steward Couture and the rest is a fairy-tale. 

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From the first meeting with James I felt like he got me, he knew exactly the look I wanted to achieve and had no problems executing it, he is beyond words talented. We started the dress fittings and I felt like Cinderella, minus the bluebirds and the singing mice!  It was so exciting, starting with calico and pins to the final fittings when I was stepping into the finished silk dress we had been creating for nine months, it was perfect, it still makes me want to cry, it was and still is (excluding the mucky hem and fake bake smudges) the most beautiful dress I have ever worn. I could genuinely swoon about my dress and about James all day long.

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My shoes were Jimmy Choo, the last pair in the country in my size, it was obviously fate!

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HF Couture created my stunning couture hairpiece.

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My grown up bridesmaids also wore James Steward Couture whilst the younger and flower girls were in Topshop and Tigerlily.  Chris and his groomsmen wore Slaters suits & James Steward Couture cravats.

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Helen at Twigs in Barwick has been a friend of my Mum’s for years and I always knew it would be Helen that did my wedding flowers, long before I knew who my husband was!  I wanted a collection of all my favourite flowers, most importantly orchids, hydrangeas, freesias, avalanche roses and lots of greenery. I wasn’t specific apart from to stick to whites and greens and let Helen do her thing, they turned out beautifully, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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We had Trio Vivo by The Event Music Company booked for the church ceremony right through the wedding breakfast with the addition of a surprise as we left the church.  Chris and I watch Love Actually every Christmas, it’s a little tradition we have, so I knew I had to recreate the wedding scene.

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Chris Hilton at Event Music pulled it off seamlessly, planting a singer and two extra musicians amongst our guests, so as we were leaving the church they started playing ‘All You Need Is Love’, trumpet, singer and all, it was fabulous, I just wish we could have done a second walk out the church so I could have listened to them longer!

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Oulton Hall Wedding by Cat Hepple Photography

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Beau Collections did our gorgeous outdoor styling and Ambience Venue Styling dealt with the inside!

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Thierry and Rebecca at Dumouchel are great friends of ours and gifted us our stunning cakes as a wedding present – I’m a very lucky girl.

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We had a macaroon tower, with custom blended green; lavender, rose and white chocolate macaroons;

a stunning croquembouche with a mixture of chocolate ganache and crème patisserie filling and a traditional iced and tiered fruit cake.  They were so delicious and looked amazing.

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They were all themed together with the addition of the hydrangea petals and the most beautiful edible paper butterflies that came from SugarRobot in California via Etsy.

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We had a custom monogram designed and used it on the invites, which were made by Cutture, fabulous laser etched mirrors, on the order of service and the table plan.

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Our table plan and the numbers were created by Chris and an amazing local glass supplier, it was his baby, he’s very proud of it!

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The monogrammed butterflies were also a favourite of mine.

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Marriage A La Mode were our videographer and are two of the loveliest people I have ever met.  The video is tear jerking-ly beautiful. I have watched it every day since we got it. I can’t thank Zoe & Mat enough!

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I loved every second of the day.  In particular, the speeches were pretty epic and our last dance was quite special.

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In the evening we used a band called The Wedding Smashers.  Max smashed it, everyone danced till they dropped, my Choos were discarded and I lost all bridal elegance winding to Bobby Brown and I can vividly remember bouncing about the dance floor to Katy Perry’s Firework with all my girls, I was deliriously happy. Our last dance was All You Need Is Love, it was the way we started our party and the way we finished it. Happy smiley people!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in the Maldives at Lily Beach. The most perfect place on earth.

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be to do whatever you want to do, don’t be led by other people’s opinions or what’s ‘on trend’. Don’t get stressed by family politics, if they love you enough they’ll let it drop for just one day!  Enjoy every second of the day! Spend the biggest chunk of your budget on a really amazing photographer: it’s worth every penny. 

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HEARTCongratulations Amy & Chris! HEART

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Get in touch to see your own beautiful Real Wedding featured on the wedding blog.

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A Time To Sparkle!

December 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Time To Sparkle

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There’s still time for some online shopping before things close down… and with that sparkler on your finger glittering away, there’s never been a better time to twinkle!

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Ozlem Sequin Column Dress £230 at French Connection

Karmen Beaded Back Detail Dress £195 at Reiss 

Chrystle Sparkle Dress £220 at Coast 

Alexis Sequins Dress £160 at French Connection

Sequin Skater Dress £65 Topshop 

Embellished Fishtail Dress £95 at Miss Selfridge

Penrose Asymmetric Hem Dress £265 at Reiss 

Tina Maxi Dress £450 at Coast

Hestia priced by stockists by Project D

10 Catherine Tunic £199 at Monsoon 

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What To Wear For Your Engagement Party?

March 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My very good friend and recently engaged lady Charlotte has been throwing a few blog topic demands requests my way of late, and since I’m officially on “team bridesmaid” I thought that I had better take heed.

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Charlotte and Matt are hosting an engagement party shortly, and Char has been looking for some outfit inspiration.  Knowing that I spend half my time researching wedding pretty and the other half, ahem, online shopping (not really hubby – no overdrafts have been harmed in the writing of this post) she felt that I was the gal for the job.

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So, what would you wear to your engagement party?  You want to look special, perhaps with a nod to bridal styling, but you don’t want to be too bridal – it’s too early for that and it’s just not cool.  Plus you’ll feel an idiot when all your friends turn up looking hot.  My advice?  Keep it on trend, pretty, a little flirty and a bit special.

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Here are some of my picks from around the web and the great British high street.  I have to say it’s been a joy – there is SO MUCH gorgeous stuff out there, with particularly strong offerings from Reiss and Oasis.

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Thank me later by picking a nice frock for me to rock on your big day Char!  This one is for you.  And the rest of you too!

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Engagement Dresses

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1  Whistles Josa Tiered Dress £175

2  Topshop Embellished Sequin Racer Dress £58

3  River Island Grey Lace Bow Shoulder Prom Dress £70

4  Reiss Serena Cutwork Applique Dress £325

5  Hobbs Invitation Belle Dress £189

6  Jaeger Knot Front Shift Dress £140

7  Monsoon Fusion Sugar Rose Dress £75

8  Oasis Oriental Print Dress £75

9  Warehouse Lace Dress £58

10 Reiss Kana Embroidered Top Dress £225

11 Miss Selfridge Peach Applique Midi Dress £65

12 Monsoon Lemon Lauren Pleat Dress £85

13 LK Bennett Tiffany Dress £185

14 All Saints Oyster Mini Dress £165

15 Reiss Nola Textured Lace & Floral Dress £225

16 Oasis Bird Pleated Dress £65

17 Ted Baker Renii Shoulder Detail Dress £129

18 Miss Selfridge Magnolia Floral Maxi Dress £50

19 Warehouse Chiffon Tapework Prom Dress £85

20 Oasis Scenic Full Skirted Dress £85

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Festive Fabulous!

January 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Festive Fabulous Topshop

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That’s the rehearsal dinner dress sorted then.  Thanks High Street. 

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Pleat Ponte Pencil Shift Dress £46 by Topshop

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What To Wear To A Wedding: Destination Sunshine

August 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I get loads of emails from confused gals (and guys, come to think of it) confuddled by the age old question of “What to wear to the wedding?”.  Having already tackled black tie (sexy senorita style!) and picnic weddings, today this wedding blogger turns her hand to destination sunshine and attempts to get you looking celebrational and stylish, whilst keeping cool in the summer sun. 

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Whether your budget is easy jet or private jet, have no fear, at Club Tropicana, drinks are free

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Destination Wedding:  Easy Jet

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Coral Maxi Dress by River Island £21.99

Highness Jewelled Sandals by Topshop £28

Deco Crystal Chandelier Earrings by Accessorise £12

Lessy Abstract Clutch Bag by Dune £49

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Destination Wedding Private Jet

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Maxi Jersey Dress by T-Bags via Net A Porter £160

Bliss Sandal by Jimmy Choo £695

Black Rainbows by Solange Azury Partridge £POA

Jewelled Lily Clutch by Mulberry £3,574

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A Bridesmaid Rainbow: Green

May 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Continuing with my Bridesmaid Rainbow series this afternoon, get your girls looking fresh in green.  From mint to sage to moss to emerald this versatile colour for bridesmaids dresses will leave the rest of the guests green with envy!

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Bridesmaid Rainbow: Green

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Coast Allure short dress £145

Halston Heritage Emerald Sarong Knot Cocktail Dress via My Wardrobe £353

Joseph Green Stellina Silk Drape Dress via My Wardrobe £323

Reiss Saffron Gathered Panelled Waist Dress £189

French Connection Anna Lace Dress £110

Topshop Lime Midi Skirted Dress £46

Milly Stephanie Ruffled Silk Blend Maxi Dress via Net A Porter £380

Oasis Fluted Sleeve Belted Shift Dress £60

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Brides to be – I see so many lovely dresses every day as I put together the Brides Up North wedding blog.  If you are looking for a particular shade or style within a certain budget, get in touch. I’m happy to help and I can almost always assist!

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Looking for gowns in red or yellow?  Click on the colours to see a selection. 

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A Bridesmaid Rainbow: Yellow

May 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Continuing with my Bridesmaid Rainbow series, today we get a dose of sunshine!

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Yellow Fever.  Of a good kind!  The sun shines in many shades…

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A Bridesmaid Rainbow Yellow

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1.  Apollo Crepe Dress by French Connection £92

2.  Ultimate Simplicity Dress by Warehouse £70

3.  Mabel Strapless Jacquard Cocktail Dress by BCGB Max Azaria $238

4.  Strapless Silk-Satin Maxi Dress by Halston Heritage via Net A Porter £525

5.  Tabitha Silk-Georgette Dress by Clements Ribeiro via Net A Porter £830

6.  Modern Shift Dress by Karen Millen £160

7.  Crinkle Bustier Dress by Untold £82.50

8.  Ruffle Scallop Dress by Dress Up at Topshop £80

9.  Frances Frill Dress by Whistles £225

10.  Alfred Sung Style D498 in Daffodil by Dessy £enquire with stockist

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Prima Ballerina!

February 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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If you can’t remember the last time you wore heels, or if you just want to dance all night on your big day -consider a cute pair of bridal ballerinas.  Far from being the boring, the comfy option can be the prettiest too! From glam to sporty, there is a ballet pump for every bride.  Brides Up North showcase a few current favourites. 

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Like ‘em?  Click on the image and go straight to the website!

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Pretty Ballerinas Champagne Leather

Pretty Ballerinas, Kristen €159

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Gina Jean

Gina Jean £605

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Jimmy Choo Whirl £195

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Aruna Seth Aliah

Aruna Seth Aliah £395

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Moda in Pelle Frosting

Moda in Pelle Frosting £59.95

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Dune Blitz

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Dune Blitz £65

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Redfoot

Redfoot Zara White Lace £35.99

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.Topshop Voice Topshop Voice £18

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Anglomania Ultragirl

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Ultragirl VI Pink £85

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River IslandRiver Island Light Pink Ballerina Shoes £24.99

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