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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For February

February 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ok.  I think we’ve had enough snow now, don’t you?  Maybe leaving the beautiful Snow Queens shoot up from yesterday afternoon and into this morning (click here to catch up if you missed it) has jinxed me. At least I felt that way when I skidded down my drive and drove oh-so-slowly to this lunchtime’s meeting!  Bah.

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I think it’s time for Spring to, erm, well, spring, don’t you?  Luckily, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and regular wedding blog contributor Sarah of Leafy Couture is here with one of her beautiful bouquets and an injection of my favourite colour (c’mon, surely you could tell?) just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Sarah says:  The bouquet this month was inspired by love, its Valentine’s this month after all! We have gone for a lovely seasonal pretty modern mixture instead of the classic red roses.

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We have used a combination of green cymbidium orchids for a touch of the exotic, pink ranunculus – seasonal and girly like a spring peony and classic pink tulips. The flowers are young clean and pretty: perfect for a Spring wedding or a delicate posy for Valentine’s day.

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Spring is such a wonderful time for flowers, after the dark Winter it brings beautiful vibrant bulbs. 

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Ranunculus are so romantic for weddings with each one having layers and layers of delicate petals. Tulips are an elegant flower that look gorgeous en masse or used with other Spring flowers. I love that they grow so they are not the flower for you if you like flowers that stay neat and perfect, they have a wild nature of their own! We finished the bouquet with sleek camellia leaves and grosgrain ribbon.

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Happy Valentines Day! Get your man to buy you some beautiful spring flowers this year or why not break tradition and get some for him?!

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See more of our Year In Bloom series by clicking here.

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And that’s not all.  I think it’s high time to introduce you properly to the lovely lady who has been bringing us beautiful blooms month on month.  But why not let her introduce herself and her team?  Let’s take a peek behind the scenes at Leafy Couture.  This is such a gorgeous and inspiring little film. 

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Sarah says: I wanted to do a behind the scenes film to show clients who we are and our passion for what we do. It can be hard when planning your wedding to know who to choose to work with on your special day so here are the Leafy girls in action!

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We work with all different themes and ideas for weddings, every one is so different, it keeps us on our toes! The wedding in this film was one of the biggest we have worked on with thousands of roses and 5ft flower balls and was featured on Brides up North
(click here to see it!). We love a challenge and this one had us weighing flowers to work out how much the truss in the marquee ceiling could hold. The results were stunning and the marquee smelt amazing!  For more information visit the Leafy Couture website.

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Film by Artisan Films

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Leafy Couture

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So VERY Valentines…

February 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

So VERY Valentines

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Whether you think it’s a load of old nonsense or are in the mood for romance, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself (or leave this page open on HIS browser).  This year, show yourself some love. 

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Beya V Back Body Con Dress in Rose by Reiss £149

Tunnel Vision Dress by French Connection £150

Lariat sneakers by Kurt Geiger £90

Merimee Clutch by Coast £55

Sheriff & Cherry Wayfarer style acetate sunglasses at Harvey Nicols £85

LP No.9 by Penhaligons £80 100ml

What Next Candy Love Hearts Money Box at Selfridges £11.99

Suede Court Shoe £49.99 by Zara 

Pixelated Heart Earrings by Topshop £8.50 

10  Rosie Lace Dress £80 Boutique By Jaeger

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Prices were correct at the time of publishing

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  – Images © 2013 as credited

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Be My Valentine? Win One Of Five Engagement Photo Shoot Experiences With Richard Wynn-Davies Wedding Photography

January 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning all! I feel like kicking Thursday off with a little wedding blog giveaway.  Fancy it?  Thought so.

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Richard Wynn-Davies Photography

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You’ll never have guessed it (being a and all), but I’m a really romantic soul.  In my early teens, Valentine’s Day was always hotly anticipated (Would I get a card this year, finally?!) and then equally vehemently mourned (Nope, no cards for me! Again).

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Obviously, I’m married, so my fortunes did change – after kissing a lot of frogsYou know who you are!  But, I still get a twinge of glee when I see all the cheap red signage going up at Clinton’s!

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This morning, Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Wynn-Davies wants to make five Brides Up North readers’ Valentine’s that little bit sweeter.  So I’m going to let him.

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Richard says: We are offering 5 prizes of an engagement photo shoot experience with Richard Wynn-Davies along with a £100 voucher to be spent on products (mounted prints, digital files, frames/canvasses you name it).

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Love. Life. Laughter.  These are the three things that our photography is all about.

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An engagement photo shoot with us is a very special experience and is designed to provide you with beautiful memories of this amazing time in your lives.  It’s also a fantastic opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera.

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We’ll agree a location with you both – it may be somewhere special to you – and we will spend a few hours taking some natural and beautiful photographs, using the surroundings and light to capture your personalities and feelings for each other.  You will love it!

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We are asking entrants to very briefly describe how they were proposed to (or how they proposed!). It doesn’t have to be wacky, amazingly different or tear-jerkingly romantic. All proposals are special and just a few lines covering where/when/how is sufficient. We are hoping that we will discover some lovely stories that we will publish when the winners are announced.

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The best way to enter the competition is simply to go to our Weddings Page on the website, click on the Valentine’s Competition link and follow the instructions.

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Good Luck!

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  – Images © 2012 Richard Wynn-Davies

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Super Sunday!

February 20th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s nice to be waking up in my own bed this morning! Holidays are fun, but home is where the heart is!Speaking of home, today I’m off further North to visit the parents and enjoy a lovely roast dinner courtesy of my Mum.  Thanks Mum!

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While I jump on the train, I’ll leave you with a fine selection of blogosphere gorgeousness from the past week.  Be inspired…

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Rock My Wedding Hen PartyOne very happy hen via Rock My Wedding

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Before every great wedding, there should be a really excellent Hen Party.  Even if you can’t remember it afterwards!  This one is jam packed with gorgeously girly DIY touches. Lucky Helen!

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Belle AmourBeautiful South African wedding via Belle Amour

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Fun filled, romantic and sun kissed. What more could you ask for?

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Brooklyn BrideCute Valentine’s engagement shoot via Brooklyn Bride

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If only little hearts did grow on sticks!  Whimsical and lovely. 

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Un Beau JourMagical garden party wedding via Un Beau Jour

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The prettiest wedding party I ever did see, strewn with glittering lights, lanterns and loveliness.  And I adore her dress!  Tres belle!

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Classic BrideAn elegant soiree via Classic Bride

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Audrey Hepburn eat your heart out. 

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Will You Marry Me?

February 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Friend of the blog Brazillian photographer Jared Windmuller sent Brides Up North this perfect selection of his favourite engagement shots.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day, non?

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Jared Windmuller is based in Brazil but can travel Worldwide.

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Brides to Be!  Did you get engaged this Valentines Day?  CONGRATULATIONS! Contact Brides Up North to share your engagement stories and engagement photographs here.

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Bridal Boudoir…

February 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Happy Valentines Day everybody!

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Since everyone is already in the mood for romance, Kim and Jeanette at Cocoon Photography lift the lid on boudoir photography, which is rapidly increasing in popularity amongst brides to be!  A great wedding (or belated Valentine’s) gift for your new husband, or just for yourself, body beauty is no longer taboo.

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Go for it girls!

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Over to Cocoon Photography: What is boudoir photography? Well, that depends on who you talk to. Wikipediaʼs description is “A boudoir is a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. The term derives from the French verb bouder, meaning "to pout". However, the reality is that boudoir photography is sophisticated, beautiful and chic.

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A Cocoon Photography Boudoir shoot can take place at your home, a hotel or our studio. You donʼt need to live in a mansion or stately home, or book a room in a boutique hotel. Ideally, all we need is lots of natural light and space, but we do have lighting if needed.

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Your day starts with a glass of champagne whilst you have your fabulous make-over by the talented Katy Messer of Make Up By Katy. There is no doubt that after having your make up professionally applied and chatting with Katy, your confidence will soar, and coupled with the beautiful lingerie you have treated yourself to, there will be no stopping you.

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There is no denying it, the thought of standing in front of complete strangers in your underwear is nerve-wracking. Believe me, I have done it – see our blog post!
 

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Even though Kim isnʼt a stranger, it was still very daunting. However, it is also very liberating. I am a size
14/16 (more of a 16 at the moment) and yet looking back at the photos, you couldnʼt tell that. This is down to the way that you are posed. Being a size 14/16, I cannot pose the same way as someone who is a size 6 as obviously our body shapes are different, and what works for my shape, doesnʼt necessary work for someone who is very petite.

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All the photos that you view after your shoot will be beauty edited. You can then select your favourites for your very own Little Black Book.

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A boudoir shoot is all about you. Whether its for a loved one, a milestone in your life, to celebrate a weight loss, or just because you can. For a groom, a partner, or just for you.

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Every woman should have a boudoir shoot done. Get practicing your ʻpoutsʼ and book a shoot – go on, you know you want to.

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Cocoon Photography also do portraits and wedding photography.  They are based in Hertfordshire, but are very willing and able to travel up North!

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As a special offer, Cocoon Photography will offer an album upgrade to anyone who mentions Brides up North when they book.

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Cocoon Photography

9 Lords Meadow
Redbourn
Hertfordshire
AL3 7BX

Tel: 01582 793862

Email: info@cocoonphotography.co.uk

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Isle of Eriska: Month of Romance Offer!

February 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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On Friday, Brides Up North delighted in the beautiful venue and Brides Up North Featured Supplier  that is the Isle of Eriska.  Well, they have been back in touch to share their St Valentine’s Day package.  Want!

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Treat your loved one to a private island experience throughout the month of February and make this Valentines one to remember. Enjoy 5 star accommodation, fine dining in Isle of Eriska’s 3 AA rosette restaurant whilst you relax and unwind in luxurious surroundings from £170 per person per night.

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Enjoy dinner in the fine dining restaurant each evening, bed and breakfast in luxurious surroundings, morning coffee, afternoon tea as well as full use of their luxurious leisure facilities, 17m heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym.

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The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Golf is connected to the mainland by a small, vehicle bridge located only 10 minutes from the nearest town, Oban, offering the perfect retreat from the city with all the facilities you need located within the hotel’s own island.

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To celebrate the Month of Romance, each two night stay will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Make your stay extra special by booking into one of the spa suites with private conservatory, garden and hot tub!

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Please see their website for further details.

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Best be quick though, Isle of Eriska only have one room left on Saturday 12th February, with some availability on surrounding dates…

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Valentines Wedding Fayre at Danby Castle!

January 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

 

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Get loved up at Danby Castle, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, on Valentine’s weekend…

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Danby Castle Wedding FayrePhotography by Karen McGowran Photography  

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Valentine Wedding Fayre to showcase the unique venue that is Danby Castle. 

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Voted ‘Wedding Venue of the Year 2010′ by The Bridal Magazine

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Sunday 13th February

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11:00am to 3:00pm

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Come and see for yourself what Danby Castle can offer as an amazing wedding

venue and meet over 20 other wedding businesses to meet all your wedding needs.

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For further information on exhibiting please call Sue Gell on 07906 282047

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For a personalised tour with Carolyn Bavister please call 01287 669219

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To read Brides Up North’s recent Dream Venue blog post about Danby Castle, click here!

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