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indian summer. a pretty fusion wedding in East Yorkshire – hannah & arul

December 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This morning we join Hannah and Arul for a wedding celebration that was a true celebration of their different cultures.  This couple mixed morris dancers and high tea alongside goat curries and Indian dress, without batting an eyelid. And you know what?

It just fits.

The result? A fresh and fabulous day, with meaningful touches, an heirloom wedding dress and a whole lot of love.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Sarah Beth Photography.

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hannah says: We got engaged on my birthday (28th February 2013). We were on holiday in the North Yorkshire Moors and we went to The Lion Inn pub in the middle of nowhere (my granddad’s ashes are spread there) it’s a pub loved by all the family and we went every Christmas.

We went on a walk along the moors and we walked for miles (turned out Arul was looking for the perfect spot where all the classical elements: earth, wind, water and fire were present).

We sat down for a tea break Arul said he had another present for me. Out came the ring! It was perfect: we were alone with beautiful views and it was the best walk back to the pub where we had lunch by the roaring fire next to the piano.

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We were married on 26th August 2014 at Bilton Church. We chose this as at midnight it would have been my Granddad’s birthday (27th August). Therefore he would still be part of the day. The wedding was in the village where I grew up and the church that my grandparents were married at, and the reception was at The Haven Arms, Hedon.

Our wedding saw the joining of two different cultures – English and Srilankan. The wedding was celebrated in both cultures over Day and Night. We did vintage high tea for the day celebration. I chose to wear my grandma’s dress and we collected tea cups, side plates and tea pots all year, the venue provided the bunting and Morris Dancers entertained the guests.

The night theme was Indian with lots of coloured lighting, Indian food, Indian music and the guest in Indian clothes (sarees for women and kurta’s for men). This reflected Arul’s country of birth Sri Lanka with his mum and brother travelling from Sri Lanka for the wedding.

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I wore my grandma’s wedding dress. She offered to buy my wedding dress and I asked to look at hers.It was important to me to make my grandma a big part of the wedding as she has been a huge part of my life.

I got my two adult bridesmaids sage green dresses from House of Fraser and my flower girl’s dress was made especially for her.

Arul wore dark grey tails with a sage green cravat to match the bridesmaids.

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I carried sweet peas which all the family grew, these where the flowers my granddad grew on his allotment so it was important to include them. I also had roses (Aruls mum’s favourite) and peonies. The flowers and arrangements were by Evergreen Garden Centre in Bilton.

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My friend Francesca picked Arul up in her Audi and I had a vintage car by Alternative Wedding Cars.

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We had the flowers clustered on the pew ends and wrapped in lace to match my dress and had love heart shaped bird cages hanging outside the church.

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The Haven Arms were so accommodating. We went to two tasting sessions and the chef sourced special ingredients for the evening curries based on Arul’s feedback. They also sourced all the bunting, chair covers, lighting and led lighting to match our theme. The owners even dresses up in Indian clothes on the night!

This place is brilliant for people wanting a themed wedding as they are so adaptive.

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My auntie Di made our fruit cake. She makes all our family cakes and gave us this as our wedding gift. My bridesmaid Sarah made all the cupcakes and we bought a cake stand from Ebay to display them both.

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During the day we were entertained by the Makara Morris Dancers. They were fantastic and invited us to practice with them prior to the wedding and let us choose all their dances on the day. They kept the guests busy while we were having pictures and filled a gap between food and speeches (getting everyone to join in) which everyone said was brilliant.

As a special touch for later in the evening, my friends and I spent a year learning an Indian dance in order to surprise Arul and the guests.

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We went on a Log House Holidays honeymoon in the Cotswolds. We were in a log cabin on a lake with our own hot tub and rowing boat!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make your wedding a reflection of who you are, it’s a lot of hard work but totally worth it.

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Eye Candy: The “8” Bridal Collection

January 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The 8 Bridal Collection by Phase Eight

You all know I’m not afraid to champion a true High Street Honey when I find one, but there are high street success stories and then there’s this brand new “8” Bridal collection by Phase Eight, which has completely knocked my socks off.

The 8 Bridal Collection by Phase Eight

When it comes to “the gown” itself, I’m usually resolutely designer all the way.  But, girls, this lady might be for turning.  What do you think Brides Up North, does this stunning new collection make you think about buying (quelle horreur!) off the peg?  I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

And could I get away with the swishy number below at my baby girl’s christening?  No?  Bah.

Images supplied by Phase Eight, visit their website for more details. 

The 8 Bridal Collection by Phase Eight

Phase Eight say:  Our new vintage inspired collection matches exquisite detailing with a contemporary silhouette to offer feminine elegance and delicate charm.

Breathtaking beading and vintage inspired lace designs are expertly fitted with clever inner construction and dreamy tulle skirts for a truly ethereal feel whilst luxurious fabrics, intricate embroidery, floral appliqué and fringing add unique style to each individual shape. 

The 8 Bridal Collection by Phase Eight

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Flower Crown. A Styled Vintage Bridal Shoot In Bridlington

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Walker & Walker Photography

This evening I’m sharing a pretty little gem of a styled bridal shoot from my Featured Suppliers Walker & Walker Photography.  Call me fickle (and you’d be right) but yesterday I readying my gloves, scarf and bobble hat with glee, and tonight, I’m wishing for summer.  That’s what a flower crown will do to you…

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Ben of Walker & Walker says:  This shoot was a joint collaborative project between Walker & Walker and Wayside Flower and was produced with an audience so potential clients could see how we work.The shoot was staged at The Little Organic Bakery in Bridlington and we hand picked the venue for the colourful selections of flora, foliage and rustic walls that had an English secret garden charm.

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Our model was Sophie. She was chosen by us as she’s curvy and demure with beautiful long dark hair and showcased the vintage white wedding dress, floral head wear, shrug, underskirt, shoes and jewellery supplied by Wayside Flower beautifully. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

The floral hand tied spray was made up by Lynn Walker from Next Flowers and the vintage wedding ring belonged to Lynn’s great grandmother.  Lynn also prepared the props and set styling. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

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Images: Walker & Walker Photography

Venue:  The Little Organic Bakery, Bridlington

Clothing, Jewellery & Floral Head Pieces:  Wayside Flower

Other florals, props and styling: Next Flowers

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Country Life: Vintage Gowns & Glorious Tiaras For A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

October 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

J Broughton Photography

We’re starting the week with the best of intentions (all wholesome and outdoorsy) with a gorgeously simple styled shoot “down on the farm” sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Janet of J Broughton Photography who heads up a talented collective on North West wedding industry suppliers. 

Get your first fix of fresh air, and a big dose of beautiful here on the blog this morning with the prettiest vintage gowns and most stunning bridal accessories.  How much do you love this wedding hair?!

J Broughton Photography

Janet says: Over the summer Heidi from Glorious Tiaras and I had “met” on Twitter and soon realised that we were both keen to put together a styled shoot. A few coffees and cakes later and we’d decided on a theme that mixed vintage and rustic styles but more importantly that we wanted to use it as an opportunity to bring together and showcase different wedding professionals.

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

We were fortunate to find a brand new rustic wedding venue, The Wellbeing Farm that was a perfect location for the shoot. Vintage Lane Bridal provided the genuine vintage wedding dresses that perfectly accompanied Heidi’s amazing vintage brooch bouquets and tiaras and hair and make up was expertly styled by Jaki Ann.  Laura from Love My Trike brought along Tilly the vintage ice cream tricycle with a variety of props and Jane from Pearlie Queen Collectibles loaned some wonderful vintage accessories. On the day we had two fantastic models, Madeline is an aspiring model and although James works at the farm and didn’t have too much choice in getting involved he was great too !

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

As you imagine with an outdoor shoot we were very weather dependant, our first attempt was on a day with a forecast for dry weather, and it was.  Or at least it was until just after the hair and make up was done and we all ventured outside, at which point it hail stoned, rained, thundered and lightened and all with a twenty minute period!  We abandoned the shoot and met again a week later when the weather was much kinder, a little mist in the background but with the sun peeping through we had the perfect weather and had a great time putting together something creative, showing off everyone’s talents and eating Heidi’s homemade flapjacks. 

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J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

The day was such a success that Heidi and I have decided we would love to do this on a regular basis. Our next project involves a group of art students and is likely to be something quite theatrical with a gothic twist.   We are keen to hear from wedding professionals who would like to be involved in future creative projects and can be contacted via our websites at www.jbroughton.co.uk or www.glorioustiaras.co.uk.

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

Little Black Book

Images: J Broughton Photography

Venue:  The Wellbeing Farm

Vintage wedding dresses: Vintage Lane Bridal

Accessories: Glorious Tiaras

Vintage Ice Cream Trike: Love My Trike

Props: Pearlie Queen Collectibles

Hair and Make Up: Jaki Ann

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 J Broughton Photography

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Vintage Treasures! Supplier Showcase: Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic & Bex Brides

August 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Victoria Edwards Photography

If you’re a vintage purist looking for an authentic and gorgeous wedding gown, then today’s feature will be right up your street.  This afternoon, I’m proud to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Bex of Bex Brides & Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic, creator of dream dresses and curator of treasures. 

When did Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic open and what is your background?

It kind of evolved, I first of all converted my garage at home, and then when I outgrew that I moved to Hurworth Grange, a fabulous Victorian House converted in the 1960’s for use by local people. I started with one room and expanded into two then three. Then the attic flat – which was when the name Secret Attic was coined! Nearly 2 years ago the attic of the Old Stables came available so I moved from the house to there (saving my clients the four flights of stairs)! it was so popular I soon had to expand into the Victorian bedrooms of the Old Gardener’s Cottage and the main bridal salon “The Paradise Room” is housed in the old fruit lofts.

I feel so lucky to work in such a beautiful and inspiring environment- I have lost count of the number of clients who walk in and say they could stay forever! I have sewn since I was a little girl picking up my Mother’s scraps and making them into dresses for my Sindy doll. After a career in retail management I decided to utilise the business skills I had learnt and maximise my creativity.

Victoria Edwards Photography

Victoria Edwards Photography

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Radiance. The Designer Series: Astral Sundholm Circa Brides

July 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you are a regular reader of the wedding blog, you’ll know that I recently made a whistle-stop trip down to the smoke to White Gallery London, for a preview of the top bridal designer’s 2014 collections.  These are the gowns that will be landing in a wedding dress boutique near you soon.

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I couldn’t possibly keep all the pretty to myself though, and so am in the privileged position of obtaining access to all my favourite bridal designers for a series of exclusive interviews here on Brides Up North, where they’ll be giving you a sneak peek at their newest designs, sharing the inspirations behind the collections and giving you a glance into their (very beautiful) world. 

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This afternoon I am thrilled to introduce Astral of Astral Sundholm Circa Brides, whose clean and classic lines and beautiful fabrics really did take my breath away.  Currently based in Richmond, London, the campaign to find Astral some fabulous Northern stockists starts right now!

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Astral Sundholm Circa Brides

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Please introduce Astral Sundholm Circa Brides and tell us a little about your brand?

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I started the company in 2006 and re-launched it in 2011 when I opened my first boutique in Richmond along with a new collection and website. The brand was originally named "Circa Vintage Brides" after my vintage shop in London "Circa Vintage" where the idea came from to design my own wedding dresses.  I have now dropped the "Vintage" and put my name on the brand.

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Rosie

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What is your style philosophy? 

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Keep it simple and accessorise your look with something that is totally you, a special piece of jewellery or a scarf, killer heels…

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Tallulah

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Tell us about the new collection by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides?

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The new collection is called "New Romantics" which has a  reflection on the glamour of the 80′s.  I focus on strong lines with attention to detail using beautiful silk fabrics and French lace.  My brides want to wear the dress rather than the dress wearing them. The wedding dresses look different on every woman and it’s lovely to see them bring the look together with family jewellery, veils and other accessories.  

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Where do you look for inspiration?

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I’ve been so lucky to have had so many years of hands on experience searching for stunning vintage clothes from the Victorian times through to the 1970′s and seeing how they are made and the gorgeous fabrics and prints which fill my thoughts and sketch books. The internet is incredible now: you can see a costume exhibition in NYC from your laptop and all you have to do is Google 1920′s dress and the screen is full with beautiful imagery.  I also find that brides influence me when they try on the collection and I can see so many more shapes.

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Amelia

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What sort of woman do you design for, did you have a specific “muse” for this collection?

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I would hope there was something for everyone in the collection,  my dresses are quite simple and classic. My brides like the fact that the dresses are all silk and lined in silk satin which make wearing the dress even better.

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Antoinette

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What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

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All the collections are in silk, from silk crepe, silk heavy weight satin, silk Duchess satin and lined in silk satin with hints of French lace and covered buttons and quilted waist bands.

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Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection? Which piece and why?

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From the latest "New Romantics" collection I have fallen in love with Lotty which has a 1940′s feel with it’s elbow length sleeves edged in French lace and lace inserts under the bust in bias crepe. I would wear this if I was getting married again! 

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What jewellery would you pair with pieces from your new collection?

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I would say 99% of my brides for their final fitting with family heirloom jewellery and they will have either a necklace or earrings which have been handed down the generations.  If not, there is so much choice out there and you don’t have to wear real diamonds and pearls to get the heritage effect.

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Antoinette

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What beauty look would complement the pieces in your new collection?

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Very natural, white eye liner inside the eye lids to make them look bigger and tinted lip gloss. 

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

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Ava is my number one selling dress although Eddie is hot on it’s heels.  The quilted waistband is definitely a signature for me.

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How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

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The first collection was after famous Icons but now i name them after my friends (which they all like)and one is after my dog!  I know a few designers who have done the same.

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Gabrielle

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What sizes are available in your gowns?

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They are available in sizes 8-16 depending on the style.   I can do bespoke where the dresses are made to measure to an original design.

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What is the retail price range for your designs?

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From £2000 to £3000. 

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Tallulah

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What sets Astral Sundholm Circa Brides apart from other bridal wear brands?

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I beat to my own drum, although it is lovely when all the designers are at a trade show together and you get to see everyone’s work, there is so much choice out there which makes it very exciting  world to be part of.

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Xanthe

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How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your story?

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I was brought up by my mother who dealt in antique and vintage clothes so from a young age I was exposed to the beauty of stunning clothes as a little girl.  I went on to study Fashion at Chelsea and Winchester School of Art to get my degree and then worked as an apprentice pattern cutter for six months (where i learned more than all the years studying).

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I met Julian Macdonald who was just finishing his MA at the Royal School of Art and went on to work for him as his pattern cutter for years.  I made bespoke wedding dresses for friends as word of mouth got out about what I could do, and then opened a high end vintage clothes shop with my mother.

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This is when the penny dropped! It seemed a day did not go by when a soon to be bride was asking for a vintage wedding dress. The problem with that was they were often too small, stained, deteriorating and covered up most the body. So in 2006 i created Circa Vintage Brides – my first collection of 8 vintage inspired wedding dresses

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Lotty

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Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?

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Selling my old vintage business to focus fully on the bridal and re-launching in 2011.  It’s been hard work but I can see ahead,  opening my lovely little shop in Richmond and taking part at the White gallery this year and seeing the response from wedding boutique buyers and press.

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What are your plans for the future?

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To get more stockists across England and Europe so more brides can get to try the collection on, to get more exposure for the brand and to move into evening wear in some of the styles.

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Rosie

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Is this your dream career? What alternative career would you choose? Why?

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Yes, I always wanted to be a fashion buyer and sit at the front of the catwalk, but the creative side got in the way.

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What would “a day in the life” at Astral Sundholm Circa Brides HQ be like?

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I  take my little girl to nursery and in the Summer I’m really lucky as I get to walk through Richmond park with my dog to work (a Schnauzer) she sits in my office under the desk while I’ll check emails, then downstairs to the work room where I’ll alter patterns, make patterns or create on the stand and  cut the fabric for the seamstresses to sew.  Later in the week the bridal appointments get more frequent and I like to see them myself to go through the collections. Saturday is very busy and I have an assistant in to help. I have Sundays and Mondays off to be with my family and catch up with friends as I can work very late during the week.

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Xanthe

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

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I love playing with my daughter and the dog and we love family walks, we try and get away for a weekend every now and again, the last was to Salcombe camping and I’m off on my yearly holiday to France where i totally switch off.

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Tallulah

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What are your “best things” in life?

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Spending time with my family, designing and seeing happy brides leave my shop with their wedding dresses over the moon.

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you or see more of your designs?

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Visit our website, or they are more than welcome to come and visit the shop and try the collection or hopefully we will secure some stockists Up North in the next year so they can go to them direct! I really hope Brides Up North like the collection. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Outdoor Vintage: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Elizabeth & Chris

June 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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I just love today’s beautiful, vintage under canvas wedding in Yorkshire sent to me by friends of the wedding blog James & Lianne Wedding Photography and real bride Elizabeth, first featured last February.  Pretty personal details, a liberal dose of rainbow streamers and the loveliest vintage dress for the bride with the teeniest, tiniest waist make this a celebration worth celebrating.

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Your week just got that bit prettier. 

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Elizabeth says:  Chris asked me to marry him in April 2011, during a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We were married on October 13th 2012 in Hackness, North Yorkshire.

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We hired a couple of Tipi’s From Papakata which were erected on the field at the side of the local village hall in Hackness. We had wanted the Tipi’s ever since we got engaged, and although expensive on our budget the idea of being outside, in the countryside we both grew up with was too good to pass on. It also helped keep the informal feel we were gong for that we would perhaps have lost if we had used a hotel as our venue! It also meant we had full control over everything, we could pick exactly what we wanted in terms of décor, entertainment, catering, and weren’t constricted by the venue. This did mean a lot of work before hand orchestrating everything, but it was definitely worth it!

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We just tried to include all the things we liked, kept it laid back , informal, and as cosy as we could for an October in Yorkshire!

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We didn’t really have set colours – things were just quite in similar tone. We ended up with lots of greys and blush colours along with creams and pale oranges – and lots of greenery.

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My dress was a vintage find from the 1940s and Chris’s ensemble was from a variety of places!  We didn’t have any bridesmaids though three lovely friends did readings in church. The best man wore what he wanted and as luck would have it he matched us very well.

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A friend of a friend happened to own a couple of Vintage cars one being an immaculate almond green Morris Minor. He kindly agreed to drive me and my dad to the church and then took us both on to our reception.

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Our bouquet and buttonholes were made by Scarborough Flowers – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with what Sharon did.  We went to the florist with very rough ideas and were thrilled with what we ended up with! The bouquet contained lots of berries, chrysanthemum and dahlia type flowers along with greenery, echinops and wild roses.

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For both of us our favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony, it was the best hour ever!

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We used lots of candles and lanterns that we have been picking up for over a year along with vintage bottles and vases for table decorations. We found some lovely squashes at a greengrocers in Ilkley which we loved for the tables and bales for outdoor seating. A friend of the family made us an amazing garland of found greenery to decorate our tipis.

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Our wedding feast came courtesy of A Moveable Feast.  We have had so many compliments on the food since the wedding, Selma did a great job of making the type of food that fitted perfectly with the feel we wanted for the day. We provided food for the night do and spent a year buying up various drinks whenever they were on offer.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography helped us so much throughout the entire day, not only did they deliver photos we’ll treasure forever but there was so much service that they just add for free: keeping us gently on track with time in the morning and helping the day flow which was ideal being a country-side wedding. They had a helping hand in so many things throughout the day they went above and beyond their photographer duties but with us barely noticing them and it all just seemed like a days work to them!

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The Leeds City Stompers an old time, country blues duo from Leeds were our main entertainment, who really pulled it out of the bag on the day, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night! We also hired a Wurlitzer Jukebox to fill in between sets and loaded it with classic songs chosen in advance by our guests.

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Our honeymoon is still to come…

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to the things you both want and go with your gut instincts, for us all of ours worked out perfectly! When other people get involved and have quite definite opinions about what you are doing it can make you have a wobble. Really take care with the photographers you hire, you spend so much of the day with them – we were very lucky in James & Lianne as they were an absolute joy to be with but have heard horror stories from friends whose photographers really stressed them out – James & Lianne were the opposite. We’d really recommend doing a pre-wedding shoot too, neither of us feel particularly happy having our photos taken but having done the pre-shoot we were much more relaxed – and we have some nice photos from that day too.

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Congratulations Elizabeth & Chris!

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Keep Calm & Carry On! An Impromptu Styled Shoot At The National Railway Museum With The Little Bridal Company

April 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you are a regular reader, you’ll know that just last week we hosted our biggest Yorkshire bridal event to date at the National Railway Museum in York – with almost 1,000 visitors!  You can read my excitable recap from the morning after the event by clicking here

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Whilst I was busy organising things behind the scenes and chatting to all you fabulous brides front of house, my friend and Featured Supplier Pete of Peter Boyd Photography was styling up something special with Becky of The Little Bridal Company (another very fabulous Brides Up North sponsor).  With some help from fellow exhibitors Love Bouquets and The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company – here are the beautiful results, which should give a sense of just how stunning this venue really is!

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And just how lovely are these frocks by The Little Bridal Company?!  Brides and bridesmaids, form an orderly queue…

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Enjoy, and we hope to see you there next time!

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Fancy doing it all again this winter (with even more sparkle!)? Save the date – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 17th November 2013.  I’ll be talking about it lots more nearer the time, but in the meantime exhibitors can contact me for details at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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If you can’t wait that long, you need to pop into one of our remaining boutique events this Spring!  Some of the regions’ most fabulous exhibitors and venues await….

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The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at  Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013

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The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

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The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

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Click here to pre-register for all our events.  We can’t wait to see you!  

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Images – Peter Boyd Photography

Gowns – The Little Bridal Company

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Location – National Railway Museum York during the Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition

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Blushing Bride: A Real Wedding In The North West – Penny & Tim

March 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Happy Easter Brides Up North!  I hope you have some eggstra-special plans for the day… and is anyone saying I do?!

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My day looks set to consist solely of changing nappies and scoffing mini eggs (although definitely not at the same time) so I thought that I should treat the rest of you to an altogether more refined celebration.  With a gorgeous vintage dress, blush coloured and beautifully put together DIY details, just the right amount of twinkle and clouds of fluffy gypsophila, Penny &Tim’s Real Wedding is jam packed with inspiration.  Better than chocolate eggs any day!  With images by Cassandra Lane Photography.  

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Penny says:  We tied the knot on 28th July 2012 at St John’s Church, High Legh, Cheshire. The reception was in our garden and the village hall next door.

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We wanted a personal, relaxed theme so decorated really simply with white flowers, big white paper lanterns, white ribbons and blush coloured bridesmaids’ dresses.

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I chose a vintage dress from Abigail’s Vintage Bridal in Rutland. It was a real pleasure to shop, an Aladdin’s cave of dresses (and much more interesting). We found out that my dress was made by a women’s workers union in Manhattan.

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Tim wore a Ted Baker suit and the groomsmen chose their own suits. These are quite stylish men!

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We carried simple bouquets of gypsophila, made by all the women of the family, the day before.

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We travelled in a Rolls Royce that Tim travelled home from the hospital in as a new born (owned by friends of the family)!

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony. I spent so much time preparing for the rest of the event but really it’s the ceremony that counts.

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We opted for classic champagne cocktails in the garden rather that a champagne reception. The garden was filled with white lanterns, candles and ribbon streamers.

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We went to the Liverpool Flower Market on Edge Lane for the flowers and vases. Although it looks a bit scary all the people were really friendly and it was an adventure! They will take your order a couple of weeks in advance and then order them for you. Great if you want a huge volume. 

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We handmade all the stationery. The invitations were made by Tim’s Aunty Andrea. We downloaded a beautiful monogram and based everything else around it on iridescent paper with little jewels.

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We used beautiful glassware hired from White House Crockery (I felt that since we were using the village hall everything inside had to be really special). My mum collected crystal decanters for us to use at the bar. The free bar (also stocked with cigars) didn’t cost much but was great!

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We chose a stunning blush coloured, vintage inspired cake.

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Rachel Gates, the wife of a local farmer did the food – a mezze platter, pasta and a trio of desserts.

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We used Cassandra Lane Photography and she was absolutely amazing! Really relaxed and pleasant and some gorgeous pictures that I happily display – a modern take and very flattering!

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In the evening we hired a local jazz band. Tim’s cousin, one of the bridesmaids, also sang!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Cannes. It was so glamorous. We plan to go back for our anniversary.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do it however you want to. Don’t be constrained by thinking you have to do it the same as everyone else. Work within the money you have. With a bit of thought it can be done much better on less money. Enjoy planning it and get everyone involved!

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Congratulations Penny & Tim!

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Get in touch to see your own beautiful Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North.  Here’s how.

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Outdoor Vintage: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Elizabeth & Chris

February 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I just love today’s beautiful, vintage under canvas wedding in Yorkshire sent to me by friends of the wedding blog James & Lianne Wedding Photography and real bride Elizabeth.  Pretty personal details, a liberal dose of rainbow streamers and the loveliest vintage dress for the bride with the teeniest, tiniest waist make this a celebration worth celebrating.

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Your Tuesday just got that bit prettier. 

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Elizabeth says:  Chris asked me to marry him in April 2011, during a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We were married on October 13th 2012 in Hackness, North Yorkshire.

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We hired a couple of Tipi’s From Papakata which were erected on the field at the side of the local village hall in Hackness. We had wanted the Tipi’s ever since we got engaged, and although expensive on our budget the idea of being outside, in the countryside we both grew up with was too good to pass on. It also helped keep the informal feel we were gong for that we would perhaps have lost if we had used a hotel as our venue! It also meant we had full control over everything, we could pick exactly what we wanted in terms of décor, entertainment, catering, and weren’t constricted by the venue. This did mean a lot of work before hand orchestrating everything, but it was definitely worth it!

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We just tried to include all the things we liked, kept it laid back , informal, and as cosy as we could for an October in Yorkshire!

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We didn’t really have set colours – things were just quite in similar tone. We ended up with lots of greys and blush colours along with creams and pale oranges – and lots of greenery.

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My dress was a vintage find from the 1940s and Chris’s ensemble was from a variety of places!  We didn’t have any bridesmaids though three lovely friends did readings in church. The best man wore what he wanted and as luck would have it he matched us very well.

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A friend of a friend happened to own a couple of Vintage cars one being an immaculate almond green Morris Minor. He kindly agreed to drive me and my dad to the church and then took us both on to our reception.

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Our bouquet and buttonholes were made by Scarborough Flowers – we couldn’t have been more thrilled with what Sharon did.  We went to the florist with very rough ideas and were thrilled with what we ended up with! The bouquet contained lots of berries, chrysanthemum and dahlia type flowers along with greenery, echinops and wild roses.

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For both of us our favourite part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony, it was the best hour ever!

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We used lots of candles and lanterns that we have been picking up for over a year along with vintage bottles and vases for table decorations. We found some lovely squashes at a greengrocers in Ilkley which we loved for the tables and bales for outdoor seating. A friend of the family made us an amazing garland of found greenery to decorate our tipis.

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Our wedding feast came courtesy of A Moveable Feast.  We have had so many compliments on the food since the wedding, Selma did a great job of making the type of food that fitted perfectly with the feel we wanted for the day. We provided food for the night do and spent a year buying up various drinks whenever they were on offer.

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James & Lianne Wedding Photography helped us so much throughout the entire day, not only did they deliver photos we’ll treasure forever but there was so much service that they just add for free: keeping us gently on track with time in the morning and helping the day flow which was ideal being a country-side wedding. They had a helping hand in so many things throughout the day they went above and beyond their photographer duties but with us barely noticing them and it all just seemed like a days work to them!

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The Leeds City Stompers an old time, country blues duo from Leeds were our main entertainment, who really pulled it out of the bag on the day, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night! We also hired a Wurlitzer Jukebox to fill in between sets and loaded it with classic songs chosen in advance by our guests.

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Our honeymoon is still to come…

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to the things you both want and go with your gut instincts, for us all of ours worked out perfectly! When other people get involved and have quite definite opinions about what you are doing it can make you have a wobble. Really take care with the photographers you hire, you spend so much of the day with them – we were very lucky in James & Lianne as they were an absolute joy to be with but have heard horror stories from friends whose photographers really stressed them out – James & Lianne were the opposite. We’d really recommend doing a pre-wedding shoot too, neither of us feel particularly happy having our photos taken but having done the pre-shoot we were much more relaxed – and we have some nice photos from that day too.

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Congratulations Elizabeth & Chris!

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Want to see your own big day featured on Brides Up North?  Here’s how.

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  – Images © 2013 James & Lianne Wedding Photography

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