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Where I’ll Be Next Week: Talkin’ Shop.

April 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This week has been all about catching up, office time, making plans and getting ready – because once I’ve eaten my last Easter egg on Monday it’s a jam packed diary right until the end of April.  As well as a double daily features schedule, the usual 200 plus emails a day from readers and suppliers (no lie, but I love hearing from each and every one of you!) there’s a fabulous vintage wedding exhibition for Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, not one but two very exciting speaking engagements, fittings, styling jobs, freelance writing, social media projects, a blog overhaul (oh yes, oh yes!) and one very special styled shoot. More on that later.

All this is jammed into a three “day” and a lot of midnight oil burning seven “nights” a week, as I try to juggle my business with motherhood!  Consequently, May might well involve a lot of lying down.

Anyway, those very exciting speaking engagements I mentioned? They both take place next week, and I can’t wait to get out into the spring sunshine and hang around with some wonderful, creative, inspiring souls.

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I’ve already told you about the wonderful workshop that I’m thrilled to join Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography at next Tuesday: The Editorial Wedding (click here for more information).  I’ll be joining Cat and a collective of wedding photography professionals as she shows them the tricks and techniques that allow her to do what she does so well.  Cat’s craft is very special – her work has that magic touch that makes you look a million dollars, “magazine ready” in your wedding photographs.  Put it this way, I’ve never turned down a feature submission from Mrs Hepple yet.

I’ll be there on the day too, to talk to you about the process of getting your work “out there” and seen more effectively.  I’ve been in this game for nearly four years, and worked on glossy magazines long before that, so I know my stuff.  How to craft a successful submission to a wedding magazine or blog, how to increase your chances of being selected and what those with an editorial eye are looking for. 

And it just so happens that the very next day, I’m hopping in the Brides Up North mobile and heading over the Pennines to make a very special appearance on day two of Jonny Draper Photography’s Masterclass too!  I can’t wait!  Jonny and Cat are two of my very favourite industry friends and to see they do what they do best in their own environment will be fantastic.   

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Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

So, we’ve heard from Cat, but what’s the plan for Jonny’s class? Please note – Jonny’s Masterclass is now SOLD OUT but watch out for more dates later in the year. 

Jonny says: This two day wedding photography experience  has been specifically designed for wedding photographers who are ready to take their business to the next level.  This is a Masterclass for photographers who are confident with their own digital SLR and are ready to shoot stunning images inside and outside of one of the UK’s most beautiful bespoke wedding venues.

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Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

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Throughout the shooting day, Jonny will be demonstrating a range of lighting techniques that he uses during a wedding.  Attendees are invited to bring along as little or as much equipment as they would like to use throughout the day and there may be opportunity for attendees to use some of Jonny’s own lighting equipment.

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From the business point of view, this Masterclass offers an insight that no other wedding photography workshop has done before.  On day two of the course, not only will you hear from The 2013 Wedding Industry Awards "North West Wedding Photographer of The Year" (that’s Jonny!) about how he runs his hugely successful business, you will also be given invaluable business information from one of the UK’s busiest and most popular wedding venues about how you can develop relationships with venues just like them.

You will hear from the owner of Cheshire’s most exclusive bridal experience about how to establish and develop relationships with top wedding suppliers that will benefit your wedding photography business as well as an award winning blogger (that’s me!) who will show you just what it takes to get your work featured on the UK’s most popular wedding blogs.

Sounds good to me!  I’ll be reporting back on both sessions, and might just have picked up a few photography tips myself.  Watch this space.

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Friday Fabulous!

February 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Not so much a bridal accessory than a ‘go on treat yourself it’s Friday and the wedding’s ages away’ or a ‘perfect for a wedding blogger always on the go’ accessory.  Plus, your online wedding planning should be done in style, right?

(It was my birthday this week).

Did I mention it was my birthday this week? Anyone..?

Just in case you didn’t get that: IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK.

 

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The Editorials: “Its All In The Detail”

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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It’s time for another online/ offline catch up folks.  The Editorials is a series I run occasionally here on the wedding blog, bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines online. 

“It’s All In The Detail” was a piece penned by moi and first published in National Glossy, Wedding Magazine as a part of my Trend Alert series of columns (although it’s contents have been tweeted a few times since then)!  I hope it inspires you to accessorise wisely…

Its All In The Detail

I said:  No longer content with just the church, dress and swish wheels, trendsetting brides and grooms are thinking outside the box when it comes to the finer details of their big day.

This isn’t about following the crowd and installing a job lot of teacups, typewriters and the prerequisite bird cage table centres, but selecting unique props and decorating details that say something about the your individual tastes and interests and using them as a backdrop to your celebration.

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A plan is essential. It’s all too easy to get carried away at the car boot sales and lose sight of your initial vision. This isn’t an episode of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’. Before the great rummage begins, consider your theming carefully and arm yourself with a wish list to avoid expensive mistakes. Consider enlisting the services of a prop hire or event styling specialist who will help you to bring more ambitious ideas to life.

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A Personal Touch

Whatever decorating details you add to your big day, the most effective schemes will be those that really mean something to you as a couple. Travel mad? Vintage suitcases, picture postcards and grand old maps in place of table runners can add nostalgia and romance to your celebration. Love cycling? How about a bicycle made for two?

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Go Large

Some of the more popular grand schemes like festival or circus themed weddings need commitment to work. If in doubt, add bulk and colour – reams of rainbow streamers or paper pompoms en masse are a cheaper alternative to filling the room with flowers, and in some scenarios more definitely is more!

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Chiconomics

Before embarking on a decorating extravaganza, remember to do your sums. Props and detailing should really be somewhere near the bottom of your budget and an optional extra rather than essential expense. Decide what’s more important to you – 100 Greek urns or your Santorini honeymoon (and I’m not judging!) and budget accordingly.

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Nothing For The Sake Of It

Often, the most stylish weddings are the simplest affairs. Don’t feel pressured to over-style your day if a themed celebration just isn’t your bag. You can still add personal touches with your favourite flowers, photographs of loved ones or a carefully chosen playlist.

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Behind The Wedding Blog: Happy Anniversary!

October 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Three years on… now we are three!

If you’re of a beady eyed nature, you may have noticed that we were lacking a blog post this morning.  Hey, every wedding blogger needs a break sometimes – and I have the most valid of excuses: the hot tub was calling my name.

Yesterday my (now long suffering) husband Alan and I celebrated three amazing years of marriage.  Where’s the time gone?  Three years: a busy blog,  new business, a new house, a new baby… and lots of fun (and yes, the odd argument!) in between.  Taking stock this morning I really do appreciate how lucky I am to have built such a happy little family unit: a warm, loving environment that allows us both to be fully and comfortably ourselves, totally honest with and completely supportive of the other.  I am thrilled that we have got this far and can’t wait to share plenty of wonderful years ahead, both as a couple and with our children too.  A wedding is one fabulous moment in time, but a marriage is what it’s all about. 

You can quote me on that.

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The art of the selfie.  Still working on that.

With the grandparents installed at home and a license to chill, we headed off to the gorgeous Feversham Arms in Helmsley, North Yorkshire for a day of pampering (I am pounded to a pulp after a luxurious full body massage), prosecco and fine dining.  A midweek stay meant an easy upgrade to one of the hotel’s glorious suites – not one but two bathrooms and a sitting room with a log fire, thank you very much – and a hot tub just for two.  Back at home, I’m feeling refreshed, ready to get on with our busy Autumn schedule (including one hell of a Halloween party for #weddinghourlive next week – are you on our guest list?) and very, very lucky indeed.

Whilst I count my blessings, what better time for a peek behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ?  Both personally and professionally, it’s definitely been our busiest year yet!

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Schmoozing with Mark Francis of Made In Chelsea at The Ritz

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A Bridal Bonanza at Hardwick Hall Hotel, September 2013

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The Expert Opinions in Belle Bridal Magazine 

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Beautiful blooms by Flowers By Anderson at our Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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A sneaky getaway…

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And sneaky cocktails…

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He’ll wear anything I tell him to! 

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A royal baby is born.  Annabella takes note. 

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Celebrating a brilliant first year in business with my great mates at Love Bridal Boutique, Cheshire

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Talking dream careers in Fabulous Magazine

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A fleet of fabulous at our Ramside Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition, September 2013

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Ellie needed a good night’s sleep after our record attendance Ramside Hall show with over 1,500 visitors!

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Creative confections by Patisserie Viennoise at our Allerton Castle event

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…and Leafy Couture do Brides Up North Pink at the same show!

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Our Great Gatsby catwalks went down a storm in the North East.  Hello chandelier headdress!

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Hens on tour.  With my girls in Barcelona. 

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Getting snap happy in the brand new Unveiled Magazine

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One for my personal portfolio

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Getting down to details in Wedding Magazine 

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Feeding time

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Bringing home the bacon with a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration”

I can’t wait to see what’s in store till we ring in 2014. 

 

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The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger: Behind The Blog – June 2013

June 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Scoping out our brand new venue en famille!

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So, the last sneak peek behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ was back in January, when I was busy preparing for the Spring season of branded bridal events ahead, moving into a new home and new offices and cooking a little Brides Up North baby (yes, a BUN in the oven)!

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The first of our nine Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Spring welcomed the season in style at the gorgeous Allerton Castle, and Baby Brides Up North (Little Miss Annabella Robyn) arrived a month later, 12 days overdue.  Luckily I now have help on the admin and events side so have been able to enjoy a lovely first few months with my baby girl, whilst honouring my writing and freelance commitments.  It’s a good job, because things don’t look set to slow down any time soon!  With more (really very) excellent Featured Suppliers in our Directory than ever before and a huge Twitter and Facebook following, there has never been a better time to visit this here wedding blog and enlist our help in planning and inspiring your wedding in the North of the UK.   

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This has been our best season of Brides Up North branded events yet at a really diverse and beautiful portfolio of venues.  Since the brand is going from strength to strength I can afford to be picky and work with only the most stunning, unique or quirky venues.  As well as our usual huge shows in the North East and our work with the gorgeous Dine Venues in Yorkshire, new additions to the schedule this Spring included The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire (a vintage dance hall), beautiful Thorp Perrow and The National Railway Museum in York, which blew guests and exhibitors alike away with it’s beautiful and unexpected setting.

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There’s one last show to go (the cherry on top!) this Sunday 9th June 2013 at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall from 12pm till 4pm, free entry.  Pre-registration is now open, and we would love to see you there. 

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We’ll be back on 1st September with another full season of events in your areas, plus some brand new dates and will be spending the summer completing and launching a few very pretty projects.  Watch out for news on both soon. 

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Until then, enjoy your double daily dose of wedding inspiration on these swirly silver pages and this little sneak peek behind the scenes at my crazy, happy life.  The Northern Revolution rumbles on…

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A packed catwalk show at our Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel

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Required reading

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Catching up on my columns in Etc Magazine

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Sometimes you just need to say YES to the leopard toed, glitter kicks

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All aboard with The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company at The Mansion’s Luxury Wedding Exhibition!

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Plans, plans and more plans for our biggest event of the season at Ramside Hall 

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A brand new arrival <3

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Stunning confections by Cake! at Nostell Priory

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Editorial coverage in Harrogate Living Magazine

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Pink for a girl…

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Staying positive about the weather in Darlington Weddings Magazine 

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Super styling from The Wedding Institute at The National Railway Museum Luxury & Vintage Exhibition

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A show full of treasures and inspiration at The National Railway Museum,York – very proud our work here

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Costa Del Yorkshire

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Another Sunday, another stately pile…

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Beautiful blooms by Elise Flowers at our Thorp Perrow Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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On the road again… Cheshire, here we come!

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Hanging on in there…

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Crazy for colour for my column in this season’s Lovedup Magazine

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We can’t be perfect all the time!

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Ready for a vintage knees up at our brilliant Bowdon Rooms event

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… and the early train the next morning to see the new collections at White Gallery (yawn)

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Stunning window displays at Phillipa Lepley ahead of RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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An impromptu jam session from Dominic Halpin and his crew

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FROW at Suzanne Neville.

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Until next time!

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The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger: Behind The Blog

January 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wow.  It’s been an action packed couple of months behind the scenes here at Northern Revolution HQ.  A busy, but fabulous blur, with a blink and you’ll miss it family Christmas.  I’m still catching my breath from 2012 as we forge ahead with our best laid plans (and some exciting new challenges) this month. Have you checked out our action packed Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition schedule, starting at Allerton Castle on Sunday 17th February?!  Click the big pink banner at the top of the page!

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As well as the usual action packed writing, work and events schedule, whilst everyone else was hibernating we’ve thrown in the launch of a rather fabulous stately pile and brand new wedding venue at Thorp Perrow in North Yorkshire, styled some beautiful Brides Up North inspiration shoots, submitted a raft of freelance articles for the biggest and best regional and national bridal titles, completed a spot of judging for The Wedding Industry Awards and The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards, welcomed some fabulous new Featured Suppliers to our Directory, packed up and shipped out for a long overdue huge home and office move to the (currently in a state of drilling, painting and dodgy server disarray) new Brides Up North HQ and the most important job of all: been cooking this brand new baby!

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Something tells me that the next few months are going to be the most interesting of all… eep! I am so excited.

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1  Welcome to the weekend!

2  A beautiful and snowy Allerton Castle

3  Brides Up North in print

4  Startlingly good Christmas decorations at The Dome in Edinburgh

5  Some Brides-Up-North-Pink Christmas cards, ready to go!

6  Celebrating the season with friends

7  A Scottish thistle sporting the prettiest purple shade on a work trip

8  Deserts on the conveyor belt at the Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Cafe – genius!

9  Pink crystal chandeliers at Thorp Perrow – equally genius!

10 Decorating chaos

11 A glitter mani – becoming a style staple

12 Joanna of Twisted Willow Floristry working her magic

13 Our beautiful, alternative tree

14 Making plans

15 Merry Christmas, deer!

16 The hubby, hard at work

17 Brides Up North leads the un-vintage rebellion in Wedding Magazine 

18 Have trailer, will travel!

19 Not a fashion shoot: my life, on rails

20 Discarded tulle and sequins

21 On location with Curvy Bridal 

22 Some baby buys…

23 Bed shopping, method style

24 First night pizza!

25 Let it snow

26 Keeping up appearances… my chill out time!

27 A cheeky spot of preggers DIY

28  5,000 Brides Up North VIP Goody Bags, ready for filling

29  So excited for our luxury bridal exhibitions this season!

30 A tiny patch of new baby yellow on the stripped nursery wall…

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: A Proper Winter Wonderland! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ryan

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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

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Starting off our seasonal recap in style, today I am honoured to share the Real Wedding of one of my best girlfriends in the whole wide World, Rachel. I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for Rachel and Ryan, and was more than a little nervous that one of my favourite photographers and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Katy Melling Photography would be there to see me descend into drunken Christmas wedding merriment at what has to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended (you’ll see!*).

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After all, elegance aside, this was also the wedding where I could be found singing shouting Christmas carols at 4am, where my husband set fire to himself on an aisle candle (yes really!) and where a faux snow fight left everyone twinkling!  Proper Geordie fun! I did catch Katy snapping a shot of me taking a big slug of white wine, but it hasn’t made it into the final edit.  Thanks Katy!

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Without further ado, over to my best friend Rachel: We got engaged on 10th December 2010 in Central Park in New York and were married at home in County Durham on Sunday 18th December 2011, at Rockliffe Hall.  We said our vows in the Rockliffe Suite and then had a drinks reception in the Old Hall while the Rockliffe Suite was done up for the wedding breakfast.

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As soon as we visited Rockliffe we loved it. On the practical side we had a large guest list and it was able to cater for 180. It also had 60 bedrooms so all of the guests who wanted to stay were able to be accommodated.

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It seemed a bit more luxurious than some of the other venues we visited and was decorated to our taste. It is about 45 minutes away from Newcastle so was fairly easy for our guests to get to. It is just a lovely hotel and felt cosy and we thought it would suit the wintery/ Christmassy feel we were after. It has a lovely area called the Old Hall which we used for the drinks reception and also has a fabulous spa which our guests got good use of the day before and the day after the wedding.

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Obviously the wedding was very near Christmas so overall we had a bit of a Winter Wonderland theme.

We also had some Christmas touches like snow on the tables and bauble name holders (by Cox & Cox) and candy canes as favours for people to hang on their Christmas trees after the wedding.

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Overall, I wanted the wedding to be very white. We had no colour in our flowers and I wanted the room to look white, snowy, twinkly and pretty.  The bridesmaids wore an aubergine colour which was reflected in the ushers’ ties but other than that the rest of the wedding was all white.

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My dress was Jenny Packham. It was very detailed and glitzy around the neckline which went down my back and then it had a tulle skirt. I also had a Jenny Packham headdress. I tried on a Jenny Packham dress in a shop in Newcastle but then went to her shop in London as it was a good excuse for a weekend away with my Mum. There were a few that I liked but the one I chose was most appropriate for a Christmas wedding.

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My bridesmaids wore aubergine one shoulder dresses.  The designer was Alvina Valenta and I got them from Lily White Bridal in Jesmond.

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of paper white flowers with brooches inside the bouquet to give it some extra sparkle.  This was by Hart Company.

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We had a lot of music and entertainment during our reception: my good friend Emma Kendall sang during the service, and then we enjoyed the Opus 4 String Quartet, carol singers and some singing waiters, before hitting the dance floor to Jeff Dingle and the Moonswing Trio.

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Thinking about favourite moments, my mum and dad had organised the singing waiters as a surprise for Ryan and me. I loved this and we were all up dancing on our chairs for an hour so that was really fun. In general I just loved it all as I wanted it to be a massive party and that’s what it was. I also loved the girly time on the morning of the wedding with the bridesmaids and all my family.

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We had a simple cake made by Gemma at Love Lily Cakes. It was all white and had a flower appliqué on it. We had 3 tiers which consisted of Victoria sponge cake, chocolate cake and lemon cake.

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After the excitement of the wedding we had a mini moon for a few days to the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and we are hoping to go to New York at the end of the year. We live in Dubai so we wanted to stay in the North East to enjoy the rest of the festive season with our friends and families.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be just to enjoy it and try and take it in. It is such a fun day but it goes so quickly. We got married 6 weeks ago and it already feels like it was so long ago.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Congratulations Rach & Ry!

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*I cannot guarantee that no tears were shed during the editing of this blog post.

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One For My Industry Friends: The UK Wedding Conference

December 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So I don’t like to sensationalise (much) but these last 12 months have been truly epic for the growth of the Brides Up North brand.  I am passionate about our mission here on these swirly silver pages: bringing fabulous local wedding suppliers to the attention of fabulous local brides, helping to connect and build strong bridges between hardworking small business people in the regional industry, showing that the North has style by the paper pom pom load and having a lot of fun whilst we are at it. 

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And you know what?  It’s working!  You can recap on our achievements over the past two and a bit years here, but all I know is that our Brides Up North branded bridal and networking events are packed to the rafters, you can read our columns in the very best regional and National wedding titles on a monthly basis, we are being invited to participate in bigger and better high profile industry events and that website hits are higher than ever before making Brides Up North truly one of the most popular wedding blogs in the UK.  Hurrah!

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The Northern Revolution is in full swing, and I’m already looking forward to a very exciting 2013.  More to follow in our yearly seasonal recap later this week (so I won’t go on!), but for now, I wanted to tell you all about an industry event that I am thrilled to have been invited to be a part of. 

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It appears that this is moving up in the World.  Don’t worry though, I’m taking you with me.  Hold tight!

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The UK Wedding Conference

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My industry colleagues Linda Williams and Bev Howard of The UK Wedding Shows have embarked on a new project to share their knowledge and expertise with other business professionals. The UK Wedding Conference is a very special, must visit event for wedding professionals nationwide and offers two days packed full with informative and educational sessions.

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The girls say: "The UK Wedding Conference can offer every business the opportunity to learn how to make improvements and how to continue to deliver to brides in a fast paced market."

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This is a top class educating forum for anyone wanting to exceed customer expectation and to drive their business forward, enabling them to become market leaders within their profession.  Along with networking opportunities that will be second to none, the conference will incorporate workshops and sessions with industry leading guest speakers sourced from within the UK and internationally bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience.

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You and I will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of; Bernadette Chapman, Kelly Chandler and Sandy Moretta of UK Alliance of Wedding Planners; Tina Reading, Editor at Ultimate Wedding Magazine; Nicky Ward of Guides for Brides Ltd; Heidi Thompson of Evolve Your Wedding Business; Marc McIntosh of Showcase Events, producer of some of the largest bridal shows in the United States; wedding marketing expert, Andy Ebon and Brad Buckles of the Bridesclub USA.

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You can see my bio along with those of the other speakers by clicking here.  Eep!

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The twenty three sessions over the two days will be complimented with workshops focusing on the more serious business aspects including accountancy, employment law, insurance and pensions.  A trade exhibition will also run over the two days allowing delegates to shop for services required to enhance their business.

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Mark the date in your diaries! The UK Wedding Conference will take place on November 4th & 5th 2013 at the International Events Centre at Ricoh Arena in the Midlands.  I’ll see you there. 

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For further details please contact Bev Howard:

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01704 517977

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Behind The Blog: The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger – Autumn 2012

October 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1  Have you been bitten by The Wedding Bug?

2  There’s more!

3  A record attendance at our beautiful Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

4  And the sun was shining on us too!

5  Say hello to my little friend!

6  Rainbow cranes for a village hall celebration

7, 8, 9, 10  Practising my camera skills at the Caroline Castigliano event at Lace Bridal (stunning)

11  My beautiful gown by Phil Woodhead for The North Of England Wedding Awards

12  Relaxing at the end of a surprisingly hard day shooting on location in Cyprus for Thomson Weddings

13  Primping and preening before taking to the stage

14  My office is a Yo Sushi between exciting meetings in Manchester City Centre

15  They are multiplying!

16, 17  Stunning displays and busy shows at The Mansion and Rise Hall

18  Allerton Castle or Downton Abbey?

19  Another column in Wedding Magazine

20, 21 Little surprises for my brides and goody bag chaos at Brides Up North HQ

22, 23, 24 Stunningly dressed venues at Rise Hall, Allerton Castle and Nostell Priory for our shows

25  Ready to enter the spotlight at The North Of England Wedding Awards

26  And a pretty table to relax at afterwards!

27  More goody bag mayhem ahead of our massive Super Showcase event

28  Column inches…

29  Bliss. .

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It’s been a while since we delved behind the scenes here at , so I thought that a catch up post was well overdue.  There have been quite a few ‘developments’ here at Brides Up North HQ over the past few months… not least a sell out season of super successful Brides Up North wedding exhibitions, becoming the host of the inaugural North of England Wedding Awards, adding new talent to the team in the form of a brand new regular guest blogger and a full time member of support staff (hello Kate!), more fabulous Featured Suppliers joining the Northern Revolution and swelling our ranks, many meetings about brand new Brides Up North projects in 2013 and some very exciting new venues for some huge wedding shows next year.  All whilst maintaining and (I think) improving upon our daily schedule of twice a day wedding inspiration, features and a real variety of stunning Real Weddings.  Oh, and a growing baby bump

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It’s been one helluva ride!

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As you do, I tend to take pictures of the *fun stuff* rather than the hours days spent hunched over VAT returns, contracts and spread sheets, but that’s what a wedding blog is all about isn’t it?  The fun stuff… and as it would appear, the use of a great under eye concealer to mask all those very late nights and almost as early mornings that go into making a growing business a success. 

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I’m also pleased to report that whilst all this has been going on, our exhibition attendances and blog hits have been reaching new record highs (that’s what it’s all about after all!) and that Brides Up North is happily sitting right up there at the very top of the charts with the other top wedding blog names for Great Britain popularity rankings on Alexa.com. The Northern Revolution is in full swing!

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When I look back at how much fun it’s been, how much this brand has achieved and where I hope I can take it in 2013, it’s all worth it!  Some exciting times are coming up…

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I hope you enjoy this peek into my World!

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Something For The Weekend?

September 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Mulberry

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Not in the least bit bridal, but so very Brides Up North.

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A wedding blogger can dream, right?

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Bayswater in Hot Fuchsia Ostrich by Mulberry £3,500

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