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

May 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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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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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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Your Name (required)

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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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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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Behind The Wedding Blog: The Brides Up North Christmas Party At The Stunning Thorp Perrow!

January 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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So. I’m a little confused.  It appears to be January 7th, the Christmas decorations have come down (in fact, due to our home and office move, ours never went up – sob!) and I’m not sure if I can’t quite believe that it’s already January 7th, or can’t quite believe that it’s only January 7th.

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This Christmas season and (especially) this first week in January has been the busiest time ever here at Brides Up North HQ. And we are loving it!  Visits to the blog are looking seriously healthy (hello to our new readers, welcome!) and numbers over on our lovely Twitter and Facebook pages are swelling.  We look set to pip the 10,000 point soon over on Twitter!  Wow.  Join the party over there too!

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After a busy few weeks behind the scenes we also have some amazing new talents to add to our Featured Supplier Directory over the next few weeks and introduce to you here on these pages too.  Brides Up North would be nothing, nada, without the fabulous regional industry that supports it so wholeheartedly, and I am thrilled to be able to spread the news about these great wedding suppliers right on your door step.  Forget that train ticket to London, spend the cash on sparkly shoes instead!  That’s my kind of budgeting. 

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December was also a very social month for us at Brides Up North.  We hosted our first ever Christmas party at the wonderful Thorp Perrow, which was an unbelievably marvellous occasion – more on that in a minute – and also threw open exhibitor bookings for our brilliant set of luxury wedding exhibitions at hand picked venues across the regions for 2013.  You can read more about our choice of dates and venues – and get involved – by clicking here

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January will see a little more hibernation from me, as I get ready to welcome our first Brides Up North baby in a couple of months time, and that unfortunately means no jaunts to the capital to see who picks up the prizes in the two awards ceremonies that I was honoured to judge this season – The Wedding Industry Awards (this Wednesday) and The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards (this Friday).  Aside from the fact that I have no sparkles and sequins to fit – and only sparkles and sequins will do – Champagne is off the menu and I get a little cranky past 9pm these days.  I hope that you all have a wonderful time and I’ll see you next year – when Champagne, sparkles and sequins will be very much back on the agenda! I only judged the Southern categories and those that didn’t include my Featured Suppliers, so I am rooting for my home grown talents to bring home the shiny mantelpiece furniture! Go guys!

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Just because I’m being a little quieter this month, that doesn’t mean that things here on the wedding blog will be!  If anything, I’m overcompensating (I’m like that).  I have an action packed schedule of gorgeous ready for you and am putting the finishing touches to those inspiration packed bridal events that I mentioned earlier.  Take note: this season is going to be good. 

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I also am joined in our new office by our first member of staff (say hello to Kate, I’ll be introducing her properly later on) who’ll be helping with bookings and generally being scarily efficient and organised, so at last I have someone to bounce my (sometimes crazy) ideas off!  If you come across her, as always, give her a kiss from me. Thing’s ain’t slowing down around these parts.  Why would they?  We’re Northern… we like challenges!

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Before we get too excited with all things new though, lets take a moment to look back and recap on the fantastic Brides Up North Christmas Party, with some pretty pictures from friend of the wedding blog, Ruth Mitchell Photography.

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On a cold, foggy night in December, over 150 (!) of the regional wedding industry’s finest (some travelling for up to four hours to be there – you guys are amazing) descended upon the beautiful stately pile that is CWC Events’ latest baby, and brand new Brides Up North luxury wedding venue, Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire.

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Brides to be: if you haven’t booked your venue yet – you HAVE to check this place out.  Contact Clive at CWC Events who not only knows how to prep the perfect “advanced canapé”, but also has extremely good taste in wedding venues and will be more than happy to assist.

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We came, we cocktailed, we quaffed champagne, we feasted on those gorgeous canapés, we posed, we caught up and we partied.  And – I don’t say this lightly – it was truly fabulous (and very Christmassy).

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Massive thanks must go to the superbly talented Joanna at Twisted Willow Floristry, who worked tirelessly to turn the beautiful grand rooms into a floral paradise with her own “twisted” take on Christmas.  Twinkling trees, blood red blooms, flickering candles, piles of juicy apples, pale pink roses entwined around storm lanterns and a rather marvellous twiggy amaryllis Christmas tree festooned the place and created a wonderland.  Just the look we were going for!

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Live carols at the piano along with the dulcet Christmas swing tones of Glen Roughead (he’s seriously good) filled the air, followed up later with classic crackling Christmas and party tunes from Vintage 78 DJs’ decks.  Looking for music for your big day?  Look no further than these two original acts, whether it’s smooth swing or an authentic retro vibe that you are going for.  You can catch both of them at some of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this season. 

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Kelly’s Event Boutique lent their event dressing skills to provide some poser tables around which we could, er, pose, and Robineau brought along the tastiest mince pies to compliment CWC Events’ smorgasbord of delights and spicy mulled wine. 

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Steven from Forever Film was there to capture the action as it unfolded – more from him later on – and the girls from Limelight Photobooth Hire brought their roomy booth to capture the sillier moments.  Catch up on those photos by clicking here

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All in all, a cracking night in at Thorp Perrow, and one that I think the wedding industry will remember for a while.  As I fell into bed – absolutely cream crackered – at 2:30am, I felt really proud to know such a bunch of people who know how to party so fabulously.

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Until next time!

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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, 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 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 “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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Your Name (required)

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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: Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All ten Brides Up North events in 2012 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. 

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  – Images © 2013 Ruth Mitchell Photography & Limelight Photobooth Hire

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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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Tuesday 11th December 2012

The House at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

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Sequins & Sparkle

Entry strictly by guest list on – be quickjulia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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We Make Rainbows! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Olivia & Jon

August 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding in Yorkshire by Anna Louise Crossley

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Is it raining where you are?  Yeah, me too.  Those pesky Southerners, thinking they know it all about weddings (we know better!) and now hogging the sunshine too?!

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Anyway, we don’t care!  If it rains on our parade, we just do it in style – as proved nicely by today’s real bride Olivia and her wet and wonderful race day wedding captured by Anna Louise Crossley.  Olivia made sure that her big day was so bright, colourful and packed with personal touches that when it rained, she made rainbows.

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Olivia says:  We got engaged at home in October 2011. Jon asked me when he got home from work. I had the day off and was watching the news, drinking tea and eating Jaffa Cakes.  We were married on

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We are both sporty, we like racing and we wanted somewhere different for our wedding. Most of our friends and family weddings have been at stately homes or hotels and we fancied something quirkier. We also wanted lots of outdoor space for children. 

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The wedding had a vague newspaper theme because we are both journalists and met each other while we worked at rival papers in East Anglia, with a colour base of sea green, turquoise and pink.  

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I chose 1950s style tea length wedding dress with a full skirt and halter neck, from Carlton Couture in Ripon. It was quite a simple and plain design  (I am a tomboy you see!!)  I also had a little jacket with collar which stood up and a bird cage head dress. We wanted to keep everything as local as possible to help businesses in Ripon. {Editor’s note: hear hear!}

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I walked down the aisle carrying a beautiful bouquet of peach, pink and white roses, sweet peas and hydrangeas by Twisted Willow Floristry, who also provided the flowers for my bridesmaids and the wedding reception. 

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The ceremony was so brilliant. I couldn’t stop grinning. When we got to the altar Jon told me he had written L and R on the soles of his shoes – but the wrong way round, that’s what he’s like.

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The vicar Rev. Isaac Lawrence was quite inexperienced. He is originally from Pakistan and after the marriage part of the ceremony he produced a mirror, which he said was a Pakistani tradition. It was lovely and made a great photo opportunity. This was my favourite part of the day because I had been nervous and it was just so amazing to be surrounded by all our favourite people in the world.

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We asked as many people to make things for our wedding as possible. My mum made a banner for above the top table, my father in law created a “newspaper front page” celebrating our wedding. My dad made ceramic hearts for place names and a DVD slideshow of us growing up which was played during the signing of the register. My mother in law made the cake and a lolly tree for the children. My father in law drove us in his car – which should have been convertible except it was raining! – and my sister made our invitations!

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Ripon Racecourse recommended a local jazz band – I Love New York. They’re from my old school in Ripon. They were amazing and everyone complimented them.

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After the wedding we had a mini-moon in my aunt’s cottage near the Lake District and we are going to Barbados later in the year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to splash out on a really great photographer like Anna Louise Crossley. She is ace. Also buy some cute wellies in case it rains!

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Congratulations Olivia & Jon!

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Super Sunday!

June 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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All good things must come to an end.  I’m flying home today after two great weeks on the Costa Del Sol.  It was great to relax, recharge and drink far too much white wine.  Sometimes all you need is friends, your family and lots of belly laughs.  A bit of sun doesn’t hurt either.

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I’m raring to go as I have an inbox busting to the seams with superb submissions, but as I’m up in the air, that will have to wait one more day.

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Since last week’s post recapping some of my favourite real weddings featured right here on Brides Up North wedding blog was so popular – to occupy you whilst I get my Jet 2 on – here are five more!  Super Sunday will be back next weekend once my tan has faded…

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Victoria and StephenAll You Need Is Love – Victoria and Stephen by Fotografy 

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An immensely cool and beautiful Liverpool wedding making the most of the city’s streets for a set of outstanding images.

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Gillian and David

Sustainable Style – Gillian and David by Olivia Brabbs Photography

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One of my all time favourites.  Eco friendly, beautiful yorkshire venue and absolutely knock ‘em dead floral displays from Twisted Willow.

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Abigail and AlistairIt’s A Beautiful Day – Abigail and Alistair  by Sally Hobson Weddings

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A day filled with smiles and happiness.  And what a great choice for the bridesmaids’ dresses.  This bride has taste.

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Emma and MikeAbbey Road – Emma and Mike by Matt Tordoff at Greyeye Photography 

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A stunning Yorkshire Abbey setting.  With men in kilts.  What more could you want?

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Claire and James

That’s Amore! – Claire and James by Jana Kendall Photography

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Just fabulous.  A real wedding in Italy from my Featured Supplier, designer of amazing couture garters, Florrie Mitton.

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That’s a wrap for today. See you on home ground!

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Red is the Colour! (But Rugby is the Game) A Real Wedding, Nicky & Darren

March 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wow!  This Real Wedding has got personality by the bucket load.  It’s fun, its rugby ballsy, its colourful!  I love it!  Take some tips from Nicky (of Nicky Chadwick Photography, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, none the less) and keep your groom happy too, with a wedding that mixes sport and sophistication.  Nicky gets it just right.

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Nicky tells Brides Up North all about it: When my husband proposed back in the summer last year I was so happy. We were walking around one of the many gold shops in Dubai and we stopped at the ring section and he said “pick one”! I was in shock – we hadn’t really talked about getting engaged so wasn’t expecting it – but it had been part of Darren’s plan all along.

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We talked a little bit about the type of wedding that we wanted but couldn’t really think of a venue that suited us. As a wedding photographer I see so many venues, all of which are beautiful in their own right but I didn’t really want any of them. Then, in October we were at the last game of the season for the Leeds Rhinos (somewhere I have been a season ticket holder for many years) and I just thought, I love it here, maybe we could get married here. Darren loved the idea and the next few days were spent checking out the venue and dates. Due to the nature of my business there was no way I could’ve got married in the summer so we picked February which was quiet for me and the planning began. Thank you to Claire Pearson at the Rhinos for helping us organise the date, food, drinks and more!

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Right from the start we didn’t want any fuss – we just wanted it to be a nice get together of our closest friends and family. I chose a beach theme as ideally that’s where we would’ve liked to get married but there were several of our guests that wouldn’t have been able to make it. Our daughter Mel drew me a starfish and that became the central point of everything for the wedding.

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Paula at Heart and Design used the starfish design and put together some gorgeous invites. I included a reply card and an info card for the guests to make it more convenient for them – and also a reply envelope – all they needed was the stamp!

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My dress came from Confetti and Lace in Leeds. They were fabulous, helping me to decide on the right dress and then with the fitting, and the shoes!

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The bridesmaids dresses were made by my Mum who is pretty talented when it comes to dressmaking. As my dress was red it was difficult to decide on a colour but I think we did the right thing going for black and white.

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The boys were really casual in dinner jackets with open collars and loose bow ties, all of which I hired from the lovely Richard at Harrogate Suit Hire.

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I contacted Joanna from Twisted Willow Floristry several months before the wedding as I knew that even though I didn’t want flowers at the wedding, she’d be perfect to help me put together a theme for the table decorations. Joanna got together bamboo and drift wood, starfish and sand filled vases and made the fabulous centre pieces for each table. She also made amazing posies for the bridesmaids and button holes for the guys from Chupa Chups lollies. The girls thought this was a great idea as not only did they look fab, but it meant they could eat them too!!

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The fabulous wooden letters came last minute from Sarah at The Big Pops Letters Shop. The Mr & Mrs were great to have as props with the photos and later in the evening, our guests signed them so we have a lovely keepsake of the day.

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The girls had their hair done by a local hairdresser and some lovely starfish pins, made by the lovely Jane at HF Couture, were added as a finishing touch.

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Viv at Poppy Sparkles made me a fab starfish necklace to go with my dress but unfortunately, the day before the wedding when we were putting everything together to take over to the Rhinos we couldn’t find it anywhere! I was a bit upset as it would have been perfect with the dress, but Darren was amazing and surprised me with a silver starfish necklace to wear instead. The girls had tiny necklaces made for them by the lovely ladies at Pink Butterfly Jewellery.

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My cake was made by my very special Auntie who was persuaded by me that her butterfly buns were exactly what I was looking for. She did a great job and the buns were loved by all.

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Our rings were a bit of an afterthought as we had intended originally to get them after the wedding, but huge thanks go to Iain Henderson who designed and had ready in time for our big day two gorgeous rings.

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On the morning of the wedding we woke up to about 3 inches of snow and a small panic, but after getting the car safely down the hill I was happy. The day went exactly as I’d hoped. It was very relaxed with no real formalities and everyone had a great time. The venue is not what you would call a ‘pretty’ one so I didn’t want lots of photographs – but Lorna from Lorna Roberts Photography had agreed to come over and take some funky type shots in the stands of the stadium so I could have something a bit different to put on the wall – thank you Lorna.  Here is what Lorna had to say about shooting my wedding – always a little bit daunting shooting another photographer!

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"I really enjoyed being part of Nicky and Darren’s wedding day; the unique location of Leeds Rhino’s was something that meant a lot to Nicky. The idea to have the lollipops for the bouquets and button holes was a brilliant idea and they looked fab! I hope Nicky and Darren will be very happy and I wish them all the luck for the future".

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All that remains for me to say is thank you to all those wonderful people who helped me to put my day together. The wedding industry is full of amazing people who go out of their way to help – thank you so much to everyone.

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Venue: Leeds Rugby

Dress: Confetti and Lace

Groom’s suit: Harrogate Suit Hire

Table decorations: Twisted Willow Floristry

Lettering: The Big Pops Letters Shop

Jewellery: Pink Butterfly Jewellery

Jewellery: Poppy Sparkles

Jewellery: Iain Henderson

Hair accessories: HF Couture

Stationery: Heart and Design

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Photographs by Lorna Roberts Photography

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