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laidback glam. a chic wedding with a rustic twist at the saddleworth hotel – hannah & tom

November 11th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on the blog we bring you a beautiful real wedding in the picturesque foothills of the Pennines.

After a three-year engagement, Hannah and Tom exchanged vows over the May bank holiday weekend, in the quaint setting of the village church in Ripponden.

Blending rustic charm with an elegant and contemporary décor – not to mention one of the most stunning balconied ballrooms we have ever seen – The Saddleworth Hotel provided the gorgeous backdrop to the couple’s memorable celebrations.

With handwritten notes to each and every guest, as well as a special donation to a charity close to their hearts – this was a wedding brimming with nostalgia and personal touches from start to finish.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

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hannah says: We got engaged three years ago. Tom arranged for us to go away for the weekend to one of our favourite hotels. He hired a beach hut and brought along a picnic with prosecco. He pulled out the ring which he’d had made for me and, obviously, I said yes. We then headed back to the hotel, where he’d arranged to meet my parents for a meal to celebrate.

We got married on Saturday 28th May 2016. I’m a teacher so we needed a date that fitted in with the school holidays, and with a good chance of nice weather! The bank holiday weekend fell in the middle of our spring bank holiday, so it was perfect.

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We tied the knot at St Bartholomew’s Church, in Ripponden. This is our village church and it was also the church I went to whilst growing up, so it was really special to get married there.

Our reception was at The Saddleworth Hotel in Delph. It was actually the first venue we looked at, and nothing else came close. We loved the mix of old and new – the ballroom is amazing and fitted really well with our vision for the day. The double height room really is special.  The venue and grounds are absolutely stunning and the team there is brilliant; nothing is too much trouble.

We chose The Saddleworth Hotel partly because of its glamorous setting and wanted to incorporate this theme within our wedding. We wanted our day to be classic and glam, but at the same time reflect us as a couple and be laidback enough for guests to really enjoy themselves. We wanted our guests to feel special, and spot those little touches that made the day about us as a couple and as individuals. So, not an easy job!

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We didn’t have a specific colour scheme, although the bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses and the flowers were blush pink and white. Everything else we picked because we loved it and it fitted our idea for the day.

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My dress was a chiffon and beaded Justin Alexander gown, which I bought from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I had an idea of what I wanted when I started looking for dresses, and this was absolutely not it! But when I tried the dress on, I swished around the room and felt like an amazing version of me! It wasn’t what I set out to get, but it was the perfect dress for our day.

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STOP PRESS – Spring Spectacular At The Harrogate Wedding Lounge!

May 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Obviously, you’ll all be joining us at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow this Sunday 12th May, but on your way there, why not pop into see my friend and Featured Supplier Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge.  She’s having a really fabulous sale!

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Lantana by Mia Mia

Lantana by Mia Mia

Was £1,440

Sale Price £575

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Hayley says:  It has come to that time of year again where we have to find perfect homes for some of our sample gowns in order to make some space for the next collections. Its also the perfect time for brides to grab a bargain.  If you are on a limited budget, have limited time to find the perfect dress or simply what to save some money so you can afford the Louboutins – this is an event not to be missed.  Over 30 bridal gowns plus one off bridesmaid dresses, a selection of veils and headwear and some ex display shoes. All with savings of up to 70%!

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In addition to our crazy low sale prices we have another special treat for brides who purchase on Sunday!  Any bride who buys a sample gown will receive a free FYEO photo shoot!

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Just some examples of the gowns going into our sale to be bought off the peg on Sunday…

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Maggie Sottero Tiana

Tiana by Maggie Sottero.

Was £1,320

Sale Price £660

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17717 by Ronald Joyce

17717 by Ronald Joyce

Was £1,125

Sale Price £675

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17713 by Ronald Joyce

17713 by Ronald Joyce

Was £975

Sale Price £450

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Patrizia by Ronald Joyce

Patrizia by Ronald Joyce

Was £1,300

Sale Price £650

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Priscilla by Ronald Joyce

Priscilla by Ronald Joyce

Was £1,050

Sale Price £595

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Sable by Ronald Joyce

Sable by Ronald Joyce

Was £795

Sale Price £395

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Suzanne by Maggie Sottero

Suzanne by Maggie Sottero

Was £ 1,230

Sale Price £615

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Hope by Maggie Sottero

Hope by Maggie Sottero

Was £1,455

Sale Price £585

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Important Information:

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1) The price of all our ex samples includes professional dry cleaning (time permitting) and the replacement of any missing/loose beading.

2) The dresses are ex sample so will have been tried on by others. They will have varying degrees of wear and tear but the price reflects this.

3) All dresses purchased on the day need to be paid in full and taken away.

4) You will be offered the service of our recommended seamstress to fit your gown if required (this is not included in the price)

5) All Sale Items are non refundable

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Please call 01423 888242 or e-mail info@theharrogateweddinglounge.com for any further information.

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Visit the website at www.theharrogateweddinglounge.com

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Wedding Dress Wonderland! Supplier Showcase: Award Winning Confetti & Lace

June 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am thrilled to welcome Abbi Lewis from Award Winning Confetti & Lace and Brides of Harrogate to the silver swirly pages of the wedding blog.  I first met Abbi when we shared a table at the Bridal Buyer Awards back in 2011 and was struck by how lovely she was then – it turns out that I am a great judge of character!

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Abbi has been generous enough to sponsor our current headline competition here at Brides Up North: the chance to win not only your wedding dress but your bridesmaid dresses and menswear too, to the value of £2,000!  We do like to spoil you. 

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There is not long left to enter so make sure to click here for the chance to win this fabulous prize.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the original competition post (or register at one of the Brides Up North Spring wedding showcases) and you are in in to win it.  What are you waiting for?  The competition closes at midnight on 26th June 2012. 

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Meanwhile, lets meet Abbi. 

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Award Winning Confetti & Lace

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When did Award Winning Confetti & Lace open and what is your background?

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I opened Confetti and Lace nearly seven years ago on October 15th 2005 after working as a bridal shop manager.  I grasped the opportunity to run my own bridal business doing the job I love with both hands! I started up with two part-time ladies (previous work colleagues) and a seamstress and now we have twenty two staff across four branches so I feel very lucky!

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I expanded our bridal shop after a couple of years and then found that our brides were having difficulties sourcing menswear so opened up Yorkshire Menswear in Rodley, Leeds in April 2009 and our second bridal branch, Brides of Harrogate exactly four years to the day I opened Confetti.   Six months later we launched our second menswear branch in Harrogate and have never looked back!

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What lines of wedding gowns do you stock?

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We have so many designers and have built up great trust and great relationship over the years that we only stock dresses we know are best in class, value for money, constructed well and where the quality and fit is superb: designers such as Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Justin Alexander and Benjamin Roberts.  We are also the premier stockists for Pronovias in the North of England and have one of the largest collections outside of Harrods and their London Flagship Store! I very much enjoy going to Barcelona each year to see their latest collections and bring them back to the UK.

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Impression Bridal are a great label from the US and English designer White Rose is one of my favourites with great boning, design and fabulous fabrics such as sumptuous silks and taffeta’s. Essence is a fabulous Australian designer and offers such a flattering fit.  The list goes on and on and we carry over 200 designs in sizes 6-32 in each bridal store.

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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We are a major stockist for Rainbow Club where we can dye handbags and shoes to match any outfit. We have hundreds of tiaras, veils and bridal accessories including ring cushions, garters, hairpins etc. and if we don’t do it (very rarely) we know someone who does!

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Award Winning Confetti & Lace

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Where are you located?

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Award Winning Confetti & Lace is situated between Leeds and Bradford near M&S/ASDA at Owlcotes, Pudsey.  We also have one of the largest bridal showrooms in the North of England, Brides of Harrogate, close to Betty’s Tea Rooms with over 6,000 square feet of bridal, bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom, menswear and accessories.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Bridal gowns range from just £450 upwards and we have payment plans to help brides budget for their whole wedding outfits if need be.  Many are taking advantage of this easy monthly instalment plan with no hidden charges or extra costs.   Some top designers such as Pronovias carry a £1400+ price tag but most of our stock is around £800 – £900 on average. We always carry several sale items which are ready to wear and can be up to 75% off so we truly believe we cater for all tastes and budgets.

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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We would recommend that brides make an appointment as we want to allocate a dedicated, experienced member of staff to help and a changing room to get changed in.  We have between seven and eight changing rooms in each bridal store so we can usually help even if you’re calling in on the off-chance although appointments take priority of course. 

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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You can expect a warm and friendly welcome, expert, knowledgeable and down-to-earth staff who are there to help you. We like to put you (and your guests) at ease and we serve bubbly/ bucks fizz/ tea and coffee as it can take anywhere between one to two hours to try on different styles. In our Leeds store we open seven days, two evenings a week for our customers’ convenience and in our Harrogate store we have huge private changing rooms for both the bride and their parties. 

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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I have so many favourites!  In our Harrogate store I love a gown called Benicarlo by Pronovias and it has a lovely sweetheart neckline which is tastefully covered in feathers! It has a full romantic skirt which is high-waisted so very flattering. In our Stanningley Store my favourite is a dress named after me, Abbi by Phil Collins Bridal and is a beautiful princess line gown in matt duchess satin with a georgette (chiffon) overlay across the bust and scattered crystals all over the gown, concentrating on the neckline. It has a flattering ‘ruched’ waist effect, a detailed train and a lace up corseted bodice. It comes in white or ivory, is flattering in any size and is £900.  With all that detail and work, I think it’s excellent value for money.

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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Lace is a particular favourite at the minute and vintage themes have been very popular. We are getting asked for gowns with straps, sleeves or higher necklines and as we are dress-makers can offer this service on most of our dresses.  We also have in store a large range of jackets, boleros, shrugs and stoles to compliment all of our gowns.

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How does Confetti & Lace provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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I think a lot of other bridal retailers do a sterling job, especially faced with internet sellers and as mentioned before I think the service and quality of the dresses plus a full and comprehensive alterations service means we can offer much more than taking a big risk on the most important dress of your life!

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We have seen an huge influx the last few years of cheap copies and substandard gowns, often with little or no boning, cheap glued on crystals and no lining!

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Our customers can expect top class service from wedding professionals who are fully insured (we are members of the British Bridal Retailers Association, BBRA and the Retail Bridal Association RBA) who guarantee that you are covered in case of theft, loss or damage.

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We’ve also won most of the major bridal accolades and awards over the years, most recently we we’re runners up in the Best Bridal Retailer 2012 and also UK Menswear Retailer of The Year, plus finalists in the Wedding Industry Awards and Wedding Idea’s Magazine 2012 – these are voted for by customers, peers and industry professionals so we’re very proud!

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Check our Google reviews and ask around, we have many recommendations and see a lot of our past brides and bridesmaids coming in with friends and family who are now getting married. You can’t ask for better than that.

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Do you stock Bridesmaid Dresses?

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We have a huge range of bridesmaids dresses with dedicated bridesmaids’ departments in both stores. We have Dessy, Mori Lee, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose in our Harrogate store and Alfred Angelo and Impression maids at both with the whole Kelsey Rose range in our Stanningley branch. Over 200 styles that come in sizes 0 to 30 plus and in up to 255 colour combinations!

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What about Menswear?

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Yorkshire Menswear.com provide suit hire by Cameron Ross who themselves are recipients of Best Groomsmen Supplier UK Awards 2010, 2011 and 2012. We can cater from age 2 to size 60" chest and even though it’s hire wear the quality is superb with up to a 37" inside leg (most retailers only go to a 33), extra long sleeved shirts and waistcoats can come as standard too.

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Our suit packages are mainly £99 which includes any jacket, trousers (in lots of styles and colours), new shirt, waistcoat (over 60 to choose from), tie, hanky and cufflinks. One in five suits is FREE and we offer a free UK wide measure and collection service for those in the party outside of Yorkshire in any one of over 180 outlets. Our suits normally come in at least a week before the wedding also which is pretty unheard of in suit hire. We do Highland Wear (one of my favourites!), dinner suits, lounge jackets, Prince Edwards and Tailcoats so if you need a suit for a wedding, black tie, cruise, the races, prom or special event, we’re on hand to help…and fast!

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Are you married? What did you wear on your wedding day?

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I got married last year in February to Martin (who can be found in Yorkshire Menswear!) and I wore a dress by Ellis Bridal with straps, crystal detail on the shoulders, dropped waist, delicate crystal bodice modesty panel and buttoned back.  As it wasn’t my first marriage and I’m now in my 40’s and a size 14 I felt comfortable in it and it was appropriate for me.  I teamed it with a silk bolero jacket because of the time of year and I looked and felt my best – I had lots of lovely comments and that was brilliant. Looking back on my photographs I was really pleased with my choice too – after all you have one chance to capture the day and there is no time for regrets!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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You can ring Leeds 0113 2360652 (7 days a week) or Brides of Harrogate 01423 500010, visit our website at www.confettiandlaceweddings.co.uk or email us at info@confettiandlaceweddings.co.uk

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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ITV are currently making a documentary film about us and our brides and grooms called The Wedding Shop to be aired in the Autumn/Winter at the prime 9pm timeslot (date to be confirmed) so we’re very excited and we hope you enjoy the programme!

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We’re already slightly famous after appearing on BBC’s Don’t Tell The Bride and we had beaten several other shops in the UK for this programme to go ahead – we like to think of it as an upmarket My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and we are happy to be a Yorkshire business representing the UK wedding industry!
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  – Images © 2012 supplied by Award Winning Confetti & Lace 

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! Better Than Ever: The Exquisitely Refurbished Harrogate Wedding Lounge Opens It’s Doors

May 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s always fantastic when something you thought was great suddenly gets even better, and such is the case with my friend and colleague Hayley Hoyle’s fabulous bridal boutique, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge.  When Hayley announced that she was closing her beautiful doors for a short period of refurbishment and expansion I quite honestly wondered how she was going to improve on a boutique that, for me, had always been a cosy and gorgeous little sanctuary of bridal indulgence.  Turns out that you can polish a diamond after all!  Hayley’s beautiful shop and first class service is a perfect example of why things are great up North.

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The Harrogate Wedding Lounge by Cat Hepple Photography

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Hayley says: On Sunday 6th May industry colleagues, family, friends and brides both past and present joined me a celebration at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. That celebration was the launch of our brand new Private Consultation Suite signalling our expansion after an incredible 3 years in business.

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The Harrogate Wedding Lounge by Cat Hepple Photography

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Dedicated to offering a unique experience in bridal gown shopping my team and I were excited to reveal the new look boutique after undergoing an extensive renovation. Guests were treated to a luxury experience on the day including signature cocktails provided by Chilled Events, live music from Jill Ryder, a “Glam Squad” Bridal Showcase featuring Blonde Fury Hair Design and Victoria Farr Make Up and decadent treats including signature mint chocolate macaroons and luxury chocolate fondue from Krista’s Cakes.  Beautiful  floral displays by Blush Bespoke Flowers filled the room with fragrance and the outside area was stunningly decorated by Pamela Dunn – gorgeous finishing touches for any wedding!  Photography on the day was captured by Cat Hepple of Cat Hepple Photography.

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The Harrogate Wedding Lounge by Cat Hepple Photography

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Top of the bill for the day was the unveiling of the new Luxury Private Consultation Suite, a new room for brides and their entourage to relax and enjoy their one to one appointment. The Suite was created from a need to offer more brides the Harrogate Wedding Lounge experience but without compromising personal service and attention to detail.

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We are thrilled to officially open our Private Consultation Suite and we are excited about the potential this gives us to offer the Harrogate Wedding Lounge Experience to many more brides than ever before. We are extremely passionate about making gown shopping a fabulous celebration and a treasured memory. We want to offer an unrivalled service to our brides and provide them with an indulgent experience that leaves them feeling inspired, in safe hands and above all a million dollars. Our brides are our guests and treated as VIP’s. Everything from our complementary refreshments menu to our style evenings and planning sessions and recommended supplier packs for our brides have been carefully put together by truly understanding this special stage of a girls wedding.

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The Harrogate Wedding Lounge is open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 6pm By Appointment Only. Evening appointments are available on request.

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  – Images © 2012 Cat Hepple Photography

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Stop Press! Sample Sale Day This Sunday At The Harrogate Wedding Lounge!

February 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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An extra wedding blog post this evening, especially for you Yorkshire ladies.  I know that I’m spoiling you, but this one’s just too good to miss out. 

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The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Featured Supplier, the fabulous Hayley of The Harrogate Wedding Lounge has been in touch to let me know (so that I can let you lot know!) about an extra Sample Sale day THIS COMING SUNDAY (5TH FEBRUARY) from 11am – 4pm, to make way for their new 2012 collections.
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Brides on a budget or brides with a short timescale have the opportunity to bag a real bargain with sample gowns by Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce and MGNY with up to 75% off!
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No appointment is required but this event is so popular that Hayley does recommend early arrival. All gowns will be sold on a first come first served basis.
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Call 01423 888242 if you require more information or email info@theharrogateweddinglounge.com

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Watch out for a very special bridal inspiration shoot coming soon on Brides Up North and featuring the gorgeous new collections from The Harrogate Wedding lounge

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It’s A Nice Day For A Royal Wedding! A Sneak Peek at the Brides Up North Wedding Blog & Assassynation Rock the Royal Wedding Photo Shoot…

April 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North had a great day up at bucolic Danby Castle yesterday, posing for fabulous photographer Assassynation.  With some help from Kim Groves of The Fine and Funky Events Company we punked up and rocked out the dreamy gorgeous princess gowns from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge.  Add some crowning glory from Tiararama, a bit of sparkle from Wedding and Baby and a load of bunting from Little Bundes Bunting and this is how Brides Up North does Cool Britannia.

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With the full set in all it’s patriotic glory coming later this week, here is a sneak peek to whet your appetitie for some rock royalty…

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Watch this space for more, coming soon!

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Photographs by Assassynation

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Assassynation, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Danby Castle, The Fine and Funky Events Company, Tiararama and Wedding and Baby are all Brides Up North Featured Suppliers.

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