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On The Road Again! Brides Up North On Tour…

February 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Yippee! The wedding blog is on tour again this weekend, out and about meeting my lovely readers across the regions and making lots of new friends too.  This weekend I’ll be in Leeds, supporting the UK Wedding Shows at their brand new Yorkshire show at The Royal Armouries.  It’s an intimate event with around 40 exhibitors, three catwalk shows and plenty of inspiration.  I’ll be ready to chat, share insider secrets and help with your planning dilemmas.  Come and say hi at stand 92!

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The UK Wedding Shows, Leeds

Image courtesy of Lee Scullion via Instagram 

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I’m really saving my energies for next weekend though, as we launch our own season of Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibitions with a bang at the fantastically fabulous Allerton Castle (come and see it to believe it) in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, with Dine Services.

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Is this date in your diaries?  And if not, why not?!

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Allerton Castle Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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Sunday 17th February 2013

The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

Time 12pm – 4pm

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

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PLEASE NOTE – LEAVE YOUR STILLETTOS AT HOME! Due to the historic nature of Allerton Castle’s wooden floor, ladies are kindly asked to wear heels no smaller than a postage stamp. Should you not bear to be parted from your Manolos, on the day heel protectors will be available for purchase from the Castle staff @ £4 per pair.

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

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

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Click here for further event information (and a peep inside the rather gorgeous venue).

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Click here to find and register for a Brides Up North event in your area this Spring. 

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Allerton Castle Luxury Wedding Exhibition 1

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Last but not least, my North East Brides at a loose end this weekend, and in search of something lovely, might like to pop into our Featured Supplier Beamish Hall’s Wedding Open Day, tomorrow from 11am.  I’ve already mentioned this event over on our Facebook page (are you “liking” our page for all the latest news, offers, giveaways and gossip?), but if you missed that, here is the information that you need…

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Beamish Hall Wedding Fair

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Have a fabulous weekend!

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Super Sunday!

October 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been a guest of the UK Wedding Shows, a guest of Leafy Couture at the Harewood House wedding evening and a guest speaker at the Forward Ladies Positive Women’s Day in Sheffield, talking about “Blogging For Business”. 

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If you would like to come along to a similar seminar in the future please contact me to let me know.  If the demand is there I will get something arranged!

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Today I’m at The Wedding Affair at Newby Hall, Ripon from 12pm – 4pm.  Drop by and say hello!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: My Wedding/ David Lawson Studios

Photograph of our wedding day by David Lawson Studios

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So, guess what?  This time next week I will have been married for one whole year!  Time really flies (especially when you spent the best part of that year juggling two lives as a lawyer and – if you don’t know the story behind that, click here). 

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I’m so excited as my lovely hubby is planning on whisking me off for a few days away to a secret location.  How I love him!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: My Wedding/ David Lawson Studios

Photograph of our wedding day by David Lawson Studios

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I actually have an admission to make – we still haven’t chosen the final edit for our wedding album.  Who would have thought it?  I’m a bad wife (but a good wedding blogger!). 

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To rectify things, I have decided to devote some blog posts next week to my reflections on a year of marriage, what marriage means, looking back at the past year and my hopes and dreams for the future.  I would absolutely love it if you would chime in with your own comments and help to get some constructive discussion going here on the wedding blog

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In the meantime – if you so desire, you can see my wedding pictures here:

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Click here to see the girls getting ready

Click here to see the boys warming up

Click here to see our wedding service

Click here to see our wedding reception

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It’s not all going to be my personal memoirs though… you’ll also find the usual mix of bridal fashion, real weddings, news and supplier showcases gracing these silver swirly pages, and boy do I have some corking wedding inspiration to share with you, like this bridal shoot that I styled last week at Rockliffe Hall, that’s in today’s Sunday Sun! (North East). The full set to come soon on the wedding blog so just a sneak peek for now…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Photograph by Stan Seaton Photography, styled by Brides Up North

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Let’s catch up on what you might have missed on the wedding blog this week…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Andy Hook Photography

Photograph of Laura & Rufus by Andy Hook Photography

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Gorgeous real Brides Up North…

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Pony Club! Sophie Rocks Her Dress

Happy Feet! A Real Wedding, Anna and Paul

Sweet Like Chocolate, A Real Wedding – Laura & Ashley

On The Beach! A Real Wedding, Laura & Rufus

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

Photograph of Anna by Nathan Combes Photography

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Amazing Northern Talent…

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Are You Ready For Your Close Up- Supplier Showcase- Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

All Wrapped Up Presents An Upcycled Wedding Challenge…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Lorna Roberts Photography

A Bowie inspired bride by All Wrapped Up Events, photograph by Lorna Roberts Photography 

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Eye Candy Interview- The White Room Bridal Boutique

At One- Pagan Handfasting – Supplier Showcase- Cat Treadwell

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: India Hobson

A White Room bride works the Stephanie Allin well, photograph by India Hobson

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And BOOTCAMP… 8 inches lost and counting…

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Brides Up North Bootcamp- Week 6 – Negative Energy!

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Super Sunday!

September 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Well!  What a weekend.  I loved meeting all of the loved up brides and grooms, crack teams of mums and bridesmaids, wandering dads and the rest of you lovely lot at my stand at The UK Wedding Shows in Harrogate.  Thank you so much for having me!

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If you are visiting the wedding blog for the first time after meeting me this weekend, welcome! I’m Julia, and this is my little corner of blog land.  You can find out more about me, and my journey from fashion journalist, to lawyer to , by clicking here.  

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Let me show you around a bit.  I’m all about helping you plan your wedding Up North, showing off the local talent in your area, making it easy for you to source suppliers, providing you with lots of gorgeous eye candy, showcasing your real weddings and putting on some very special Brides Up North events especially for you.

Explore!

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Use the dropdown boxes on the right to search by category, or visit the page menu at the top of the wedding blog to browse.  You should check out my Directory of fabulous Featured Suppliers and visit my wedding showcases calendar to add the must do events to your diary.

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Any questions?  Just email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – I love to chat, and am full of insider knowledge and advice. 

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You can also FOLLOW Brides Up North on Twitter (3,434 and counting can’t be wrong!) or LIKE Brides Up North on Facebook – for all the action as it happens, sneak peaks, previews and ramblings.  You can also SIGN UP to my monthly newsletter at top right to get all the goss.  I don’t do spam, like, ever. 

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Whilst you are getting to grips with the blog, let’s catch up on what you newbies and faithful Brides Up North readers might have missed in a week crammed with bridal blog gorgeousness…

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Freebies and things that you can win…

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WIN! Your WEDDING DRESS & ACCESSORIES Worth Up To £1,500 With Brides Up North & The Harrogate Wedding Lounge!

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WIN! Your Wedding Invitations With Bejuled PLUS A Massive 20% off in September & October

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Brides Up North On Tour: The UK Wedding Shows – PLUS Complimentary Tickets For Harrogate and Newcastle Racecourse

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Northern talent…

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Petal Power! Supplier Showcase: Laurel Weddings PLUS An Exclusive Discount For Brides Up North Readers

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

Image by Lorna Roberts Photography

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Style It Vintage! Supplier Showcase: Vintage Styler – PLUS Free Delivery For Brides Up North Readers

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Fabulous Photographer: David West Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Vintage Styler

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Pick A Card, Any Card! Supplier Showcase: Bride and Groom Direct Wedding Stationery

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A Heads Up: New Designer Parlour Millinery

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Eye Candy: Lizzie Agnew

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Real Brides Up North…

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A Man In Uniform, A Real Wedding – Lorraine & Colin

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Brides Up North Wedidng Blog: Emerson Photography

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Biker Chic, A Real Wedding – Penny & Nik

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Katy Melling Photography

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Pretty Perfect! A Real Wedding, Alex & Sil

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A Proper Princess! A Real Wedding, Laura & Gareth

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Brides Up North Bootcamp…

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Brides Up North BOOTCAMP – Week 4 – Add some Abs!

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone! I have some corking real weddings, eye candy and must see suppliers coming up for you next week.  Prepare to be spoiled.

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Petal Power! Supplier Showcase: Laurel Weddings PLUS An Exclusive Discount For Brides Up North Readers

September 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Its the weeeeeeeeeeeeeekend!  How are you spending yours?  If you are a Yorkshire bride to be, pop into the UK Wedding Show at the Harrogate International Centre today – I’ve been invited along to meet all you lovely ladies and your grooms, so please do stop to say hello. Click here for a complimentary ticket on me.

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Before you hit the road though girls, check out the pretty petals on the wedding blog this morning as I chat to Laura of Laurel Weddings about all things flora. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

Image by Lorna Roberts Photography

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How did Laurel Weddings begin? 

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For as long as I can remember I have always loved creating pretty things. After first studying Art & Design, I actually stumbled across a course in Floristry and absolutely fell in love with it! I then went on to gain qualifications in Advanced Floristry and Contemporary Floral design, and I was asked to take over teaching the courses for the following year which was a great experience.

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Alongside my teaching I worked in a florist shop for about 6 years, which was fantastic and very hard to leave but I decided it was time to branch out on my own and concentrate on what I love… weddings! So Laurel Weddings was born in May 2010 and it’s been amazing. I’ve met so many lovely couples already and worked at such gorgeous venues, there’s been a few late nights here and there but definitely well worth it!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

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What services does Laurel Weddings provide?

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Laurel Weddings offer a bespoke wedding design and styling service, using only the highest quality materials I will work with you to create the perfect accessories for your special day. Whether you are looking simply for your bridal bouquet and a few buttonholes, or full venue styling with large floral arrangements, table centre pieces and chair covers, each item will be tailored to suit your theme and colour scheme. At Laurel Weddings we have a whole range of glassware, table mirrors and stunning silver candelabras available to hire, along with lots of other accessories such as a large table plan tree, bird cages and aisle runners to name just a few!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

Image by Jonny Draper Photography

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Tell Brides Up North about your silk flowers.  Why are these popular for weddings?

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As well as using beautiful fresh flowers I also specialize in creating unique silk wedding flowers, including teardrop and hand tied bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, floral circlets and table centre pieces. All my items are made to order especially for each client, so you can have gorgeous, bespoke designs to co-ordinate with your colour scheme.

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Silk wedding flowers have become very popular in the last few years, mainly due to the fantastic quality and variety of flowers that are now available. Lots of couples are deciding to go for silk flowers rather than fresh, and one of the main reasons seems to be because they can keep them forever as a memento of their special day. They are also a popular choice for couples getting married abroad, as it takes away the hassle of trying to organize your flowers over there, and the worry of fresh flowers possibly wilting in very warm climates.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

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What floristry and event styling trends are popular for weddings in 2011?

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Vintage themed weddings have been a very popular trend this year, with lots of brides going for natural hand tied bouquets, featuring delicate pearl and lace details. For wedding flowers I would say peonies, roses, lily of the valley and hydrangea have been most popular, especially throughout spring and summer. There has been a high demand for bird cages and candelabras for venue decorations, along with urn arrangements, our popular floral cupcakes and cute willow hearts.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

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Tell Brides Up North a bit about your bridal accessories? 

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I was approached a few years ago by a dress designer who asked if I could create bespoke floral head pieces to co-ordinate with her wedding gowns for a cat-walk show. After the event I received several requests from brides to create a unique piece for their wedding day. Since then I have been designing a variety of different head dresses, tiaras and other accessories. Examples of these can all be seen on my website. The designs aren’t available to order directly from the website because each item is unique and made to each clients specifications, so it is best to email me your ideas and I will design your perfect accessories.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

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Any really gorgeous weddings that you have styled?

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I have done so many beautiful weddings at a lot of amazing locations that it’s hard to choose! There was a particularly gorgeous wedding this year at the fabulous Stylal Lodge wedding venue that was fantastic to work on. The colour theme for the wedding was ivory, pale blue and silver. The brides favourite flower was hydrangea, so I sourced some beautiful two-tone, blue and creamy hydrangea for her which we teamed with ivory calla lilies, lily of the valley and soft blue delphinium. For the table centre pieces bride and groom wanted something with the wow factor. For this WOW factor we used stunning silver candelabras full of hydrangea and tall calla lilies, adorned with crystals and pearls. As well as the tables, I dressed the windows with ivory ribbons decorated with pearls and hydrangea and hung silver containers filled with flowers from the beams.  For the ceremony area I decorated the aisle with an ivory floral patterned runner, silk petals and small silver containers with hydrangea.  It was such a pleasure to work on this beautiful wedding and for such a lovely couple.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

Image by Jonny Draper Photography

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What is your favourite wedding “look”?

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I love pretty pastel colours, so I think my favourite wedding look would have to be an English country garden style. Using lots of sweet peas, roses and hydrangea, mixed with lengths of bunting, teacups, cupcakes, floral centre pieces with lots of scented candles, scattered rose petals and crystals for a little bit of sparkle.

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What celebrity wedding would you most like to have styled and what would you have suggested?

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I would have loved to style Reese Witherspoon’s wedding, her Monique Lhuillier dress was beautiful. I would have suggested a simple and elegant hand tied bouquet of blush pink Sweet Avalanche roses and white peonies, bound in a coffee coloured satin ribbon to match the sash on her gown. Then for the reception they wanted a “rustic romantic” feel, so I would be thinking of large foliage branches with fairy lights  decorating beams in a country barn, with lots of lanterns. Table centre pieces featuring roses, phlox, lilac and scented stocks in shades of ivory, pale pink and peach, arranged as a relaxed hand tied displayed in glass cube vases. Other decorations could include natural raffia bows on the chairs or trailing pink and coffee coloured ribbons, trees with hanging tea lights at the entrance and scattered rose petals on the tables.

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What can a bride who books your service expect?

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When I set up Laurel Weddings I chose to focus solely on weddings, so I could offer the best service possible for my brides. It is a very personal thing to me and I feel very honoured when brides choose to book me for their special day. I always provide a friendly, professional service and use only the highest quality materials available.

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Laurel Weddings only take one booking per day so my brides know I am completely focused on their wedding. I also offer a full “On the day” service option, which means I am on hand throughout the day to pin buttonholes on for the guests, move arrangements from one place to another, look after the bouquets and arrange them in vases at your reception and to help pack your flowers away safely for you at the end of the evening.

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Once clients have booked I am always available to discuss other ideas or make any changes that may have cropped up. On the morning of the wedding I deliver all the flowers to where they need to be so you don’t have any running around to do while you should be getting ready and sipping champagne!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

Image by Lisa Gardner Photography

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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I have a full guide price list available to view on my website, but here are a few average wedding flower prices to give you a rough idea:

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Bride’s hand tied bouquet, £70

Bridesmaid hand tied bouquet, £30

Rose buttonhole, £4

Large pedestal arrangements, £80

Table centre piece, £25

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The prices vary greatly depending on the flowers and designs you choose so I am always happy to give advice on different options to suit your theme and budget.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

Image by Lisa Gardner Photography

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Laurel Weddings is offering 5% off for Brides Up North readers on all 2011-2012 orders. Just quote “Brides Up North” when you contact me.

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Why do you read Brides Up North?

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I love reading Brides Up North, there are so many great posts showcasing the latest bridal fashion and real life weddings with stunning photography.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

Image by Jonny Draper Photography

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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My studio is based in the North West, in Cheshire, where I have lots of samples of bouquets, table centre pieces and accessories on display. For wedding flowers and venue styling I work mainly in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire but will travel further a field.  And for silk flowers and bridal accessories, these can be delivered throughout the UK.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Laurel Weddings

Image by Lorna Roberts Photography

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

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To see more examples of my work please check out the website, www.laurelweddings.com, and also take a look on my facebook page.

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If you would like more information or to discuss your ideas you can contact me by email: laura.laurelweddings@gmail.com or phone: 07950 227 094

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I offer a free, no obligation consultation so please get in touch if you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss ideas for your special day.

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Diary Date and Complimentary Ticket: The UK Wedding Show is coming to LIVERPOOL!

August 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North wedding blog is over the moon to to working with The UK Wedding Shows this Autumn.  First up for any North West Bride’s diary should be the two day event at St George’s Hall, Liverpool on 17th and 18th September 2011. 

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Admission is £8 on the door, or £7 in advance, via The UK Wedding Shows website.  Or print out and keep this very handy complimentary ticket, which admits one bride FREE of charge with a paying guest.  Don’t say I don’t spoil you!

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The UK Wedding Shows Liverpool Ticket.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2011 The UK Wedding Shows

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