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Diary Date: The Sage Gateshead Elite Wedding Show

March 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We are elated as ever after our headline North East show of the season here at Brides Up North HQ – the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel.   I was so excited for this event (I may have just mentioned it just once or twice!) but it turns out that something even more exciting was about to happen in my personal life!  So, whilst I was tucked up at home with my brand new baby (all together now, ahh!, and more news soon), my events team were up to something really special. 

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Reports from the front line tell me that it was another absolutely fantastic day, the venue packed to the rafters with amazing local exhibitors (almost 100 of ‘em) and excited brides and grooms.  Once again, to everyone involved, thank you for your unwavering support and enthusiasm.  Month upon month of planning goes into making sure these shows are the best of the best, with a focus on local talent, so the lovely feedback that I have received by email last night and this morning from happy exhibitors and visitors really does make my heart sing. 

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You know we’ll back in the Autumn of course, so put Sunday September 8th 2013 firmly in those diaries, and if you are a potential exhibitor who wants to join in the fun (and this little Northern Revolution that we have on our hands) – you know where to find me!

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Now.  Let’s look ahead.  You know that I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) leave ‘ya high and dry without more weddingy excitement in your lives, right?  So, North East ladies, if you still haven’t had your fill of lace and tulle, there’s an event up Newcastle way that you might just want to pop into… from sponsor Dawn Marie Wedding & Event Design comes The Elite Wedding Show at The Sage Gateshead – and what do you know, it’s this weekend!

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Dawn Marie WED at The Sage Gateshead

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Sunday 24th March 2013

THE SAGE GATESHEAD Elite Wedding Show

Noon – 4pm, admission free

The Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR

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Dawn Marie says:  A truly stunning Show for the bride who expects the best…

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We are proud to announce the 11th Elite Wedding Show at The Sage Gateshead. Aptly named The Big One! This is a massive Show with over 80 exhibitors held across 3 floors and the Northern Rock Foundation Hall which is transformed into an entertainment zone for the day…

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Dawn Marie WED at The Sage Gateshead

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Try the Casino, Car Simulators and Giant Operation Table, be amazed by Paul Lytton the fantastic North-East Magician, have a go in the Photo Booth, listen to the Live Music and DJ, see demonstrations of how to impress at your evening reception by having a dance choreographed just for you, sample the delicious retro Willy Wonka style candy packages including Candy Cart and Sweet Centres and don’t leave without your free buttery popcorn and fluffy candy floss and that’s just the entertainment zone!

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Visit the beautiful vintage corner with it’s vintage inspired table & chair dressings, stationery, cakes, crockery, props, ‘wedding theming’ advice, candy bar, jeweller & pink lemonade!  See interactive video & slideshows from the region’s very best photographers and videographers and find your perfect venue using ‘Aerial’ video. 

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Enjoy make-up & hair trials and demonstrations, beauty advice, cosmetic procedures and dental services, plus see the fantastic new ‘Stateside Powder Room’ adding the wow factor to your event – a 1960′s Airstream creating a special space just for the bride.

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PLUS the region’s top jewellers, florists, luxury cars, honeymoon specialists, stationers, cupcakes, miniature cakes, cake pops, truffle towers, table confetti, wishing tree tags, photo booths, chocolate fountains, gift ideas, chair covers and event dressing specialists, dessert carts, nanny services, DJs, fitness experts, live music, luxury venues, entertainment photography, ‘proposal weekend’ cottages and the region’s longest established, independent Wedding Planner – Dawn Marie!

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You really can have your wedding arranged in one unique show!

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Dawn Marie has been arranging Elite Wedding Events at The Sage Gateshead since 2007 and every time manages to put a new slant on the event from huge dining displays to Entertainment Zones, Vintage Corners to Tasting Tables.  Click here for more details. 

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IT’S THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition At Ramside Hall Hotel!

March 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ramside Hall Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2013

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You know what this Sunday 17th March is don’t you (well, yes, it is St Patrick’s Day, but set down your pint of Guinness for a minute… we have plenty of that on tap too)…

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It’s ONLY our BIGGEST EVENT of the entire Brides Up North Spring Season (and the LARGEST FREE ENTRY BRIDAL EVENT in the whole of the North East, to boot)!

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Hurrah!

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Now this event I really am very, very, VERY excited about – we’ll be at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham next Sunday with over 90 (yes, that’s nearly 100 – you read that right!) of the region’s finest wedding industry suppliers in attendance, from wedding dress boutiques, to fabulous flowers, to event dressers, to magicians, and it’s all there for YOUR benefit.  Free of charge (yes, you read that bit right too).

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There really is no other bridal event in the North East to be at this weekend – come along to meet, taste, try on, touch, watch our two professional bridal catwalks, check out this beautiful venue, be thoroughly inspired, pick up some amazing on the day discounts and get your – again completely free – VIP Bride to Be goody bag too. 

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Now, as a blogger and event host, I can say this hand on heart:  whilst magazines and online resources are great for inspiration and ideas, there’s no substitute for meeting your potential suppliers in real life and seeing their products first hand  before making a booking.  That’s why we work so hard to bring the wedding blog to life in the real world at these events: quality suppliers, the best in the industry, local to you – and, like the blog, no entry fee or cover price.  Just lots and lots of wedding inspiration from the likes of:

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House of Fraser, Smooch, Snaparazzi Photo Booths, Stem Ginger, Susan’s Bridal, The Candy Stand, The Durham Cake Company, The First Class Wedding Company, The Little Bridal Company, The Master Cakesmith, The Wedding Dress Company, Accent Bridal, AJ Bridalwear, Alan Gibson Photgraphy, Debenhams Wedding Gifts, Elliott McCarthy Dental Care, Eve Photography, Exclusive Wedding Cars, Exclusively Yours, First Glance, Fleur Couture Floral Design, Focal Point Photography, Funky Flower Company, Glen Roughead Swing Singer, Graphic Embers, Gray Events Ltd, GS Studio Photography, GW Holmes & Son, House Of Mooshki, Ideal Photos, Joshua James, Just Perfect, Ken Hills Photography, Kiss The Bride Magazine, Lee Scullion Photography, LG Design Studio, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Little B Stationery, Love Is Sweet Company, Love Lily Cakes,Viroch Elegance, Wedding Pages, Wild Brides At Heart, Xtraordinary Photography, LPG Endermologie Clinic, Merlin Wedding Cars, Mobeus Jewellers, Molton & Brown, Moss Bros Hire, One Digital Image, Party Godmother, Amore Brides, Bar 4 Hire, Bella Sweetie Cake Design, Belle Bridal Magazine, Bridal Beauty by Lydia Jane, Cavanagh Couture, Celebration Cakes Peterlee, Claire De Lune Florist & Events, Damian Hall Photography, Dandy Events, Darlington Weddings, Paul Lytton North East Magician, Pop Up Studios, Posh Chair Covers & Bows, Pure Wedding Stationery, Quills Millinery, Ramside Hall Hotel, Rings By Design, Roger Burlison Photography, Rosemount Designs, Ruby Shoes, Sareli Jewellery, Simplicity Weddings, The Wedding Guide, Think Visual, Top Table Films, Troughear Suit Hire Ltd, Village Photography, VIP For Your Special Occasions, Virgin Holidays and more…

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So, will we see YOU there? 

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Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2013

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VIP Bride-To-Be registration is OPEN at the North East’s Largest Bridal Event – The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel – Make sure to reserve your VIP Goody Bag while stocks last.

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Sunday 17th March 2013

The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD

12pm till 4pm

Free Entry

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To register for a FREE Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag packed with mags, treats and gifts from Brides Up North and our sponsor House Of Fraser fill in your details below, marking “Ramside Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the event.

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

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NEW EXHIBITORS – we are about to close sales for this season. To be a part of the magic and for exhibitor and pricing details please email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP.  Front page ads are just about to run across every huge title in the North East area!

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Etc Magazine is Showing Off!

February 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Regular readers of the wedding blog will know that I support regional luxury lifestyle magazine etc with a monthly column keeping their North East readers on the pulse of all that’s happening in the bridal world.  Click here to see the latest features.   

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Brides Up North in Etc Magazine

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Meanwhile, Georga, my colleague and etc’s editor has been in touch to keep Brides Up North updated about their bridal events this Spring. The first will be held at the luxurious Linden Hall, in Northumberland, on Sunday March 3rd 203 and the other at Rockliffe Hall on March 24th 2013.

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Etc Wedding Exhibition

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Georga says: We started the wedding events at Rockliffe Hall last year and they proved such a hit that we have now decided to extend into the Northumberland area. Linden Hall is a beautiful venue and we’re calling out to all brides and grooms-to-be to come along and join in the fun.  There’ll be plenty to see and do and we have hand-picked the best exhibitors from across the region.

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Etc Wedding Exhibition

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Etc Wedding Exhibition

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At both events, which will be held from noon to 4pm, there will be free fizz, catwalk shows and top-class wedding exhibitors. They will feature everything from bridal gowns to hats and groomswear.  Some of the best wedding photographers in the industry will be there to showcase their talent and there will be a range of cars you can choose from to help you travel in style on your big day.

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Etc Wedding Exhibition

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Georga adds: The wedding exhibitions are always a great day out for brides and grooms-to-be.  The last one we held at Rockliffe Hall attracted more than 450 people and we’re hoping all our events this year will have a great turn out. We’ll be hosting catwalk shows at the events and they always go down well with the ladies. We have some stunning collections lined up for the models to strut their stuff in.  We’ll also be featuring for the first time mother-of-the-bride outfits from Jules B. 

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Etc Wedding Exhibition

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Brides-to-be and their families can expect five-star treatment at the wedding shows.  On arrival each bride will receive a goodie bag and glass of champagne, then have the opportunity to browse around the stalls.

The show also provides the ideal chance for guests to look around these two stunning venues and see how their big-day dreams could become a reality there.

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We’ve done all the hard work by carefully selecting the very best exhibitors. Brides and grooms-to-be can come along knowing we are showcasing only the finest in the wedding industry.   The events will be ones to remember.

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Etc Wedding Exhibition

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For further information, visit www.etcnortheast.co.uk

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Brides Up North On Tour: See You This Weekend Newcastle!

January 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Occasionally (ok, really quite often – I’m not really one for sitting still) I like to get out from behind my computer screen and head out into the big wide World to meet up with my readers and industry friends.  The online space is great for gathering inspiration, ideas and leads, but there’s nothing like meeting people in person or touching, trying and tasting.

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Basically, I want to know what I’m talking about, ensure that the content on this blog remains relevant, real and useful to my readers – hello there! – and make Brides Up North as accessible as possible.  I’m always only an email away (get in touch – I can point you in the right direction and put you in touch with the right people for almost any wedding query), but there’s nothing like a good in person chinwag, is there?

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Me at the Tweet Up

Always ready for gossip (at The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West)

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That’s why I (and my little team) take such time and effort to plan and produce the best (we think!) bridal exhibitions and wedding industry networking events across the regions, so that our readers and industry friends can connect in an environment jam packed with talent and innovation.  And it’s also why I choose to support selected industry partners at their bridal events across the North.

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The UK Wedding Shows at Metro Arena

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This weekend I’m heading to Newcastle to join my friends at The UK Wedding Shows (and watch out for me at their first ever conference later in the year!) for a weekend of wedding wonders at their big Metro Arena event on the banks of the River Tyne this weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2013, from 10am – 5pm every day.  Come and find the Brides Up North team at stand 119, where we’ll be on hand for all the wedding tips and advice that you could ever need – just ask – and giving away some special Brides Up North goodies. It would be lovely to meet you, so drop by to say hola!

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Dandy Events Inspirational Wedding Weekend

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We’ll also be dropping in over the weekend to see our great friends and supporters Dandy Events at their inspirational showroom event on the Scotswood Road.  This is just a stone’s throw from the Metro Arena, so if you are popping into that show, give your groom some sugar and make sure to visit Denise and her team too.

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So, I’m off to pack the car with goodies and quite a lot of pink…  if you are travelling this weekend too, be safe on the roads, and I’ll see you soon!  And after you’ve walked and sample collected yourself into a stupor, make sure to check back here for this weekend’s pretty posts…

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Diary Dates: It’s One Busy Week In Wedding Land!

September 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My goodness, it’s a jam packed week for brides to be right across the North this week.  I have events to tell you about in the North East, North West and Yorkshire – and they are big ones too.  Get ready for a bumper week of bridal action and make sure to factor in some recovery time before the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at The Mansion the week after (did you see this morning’s post?  This is one for the fashionistas, and VIP Bride to be registration is now open! Exciting times!).

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Now back to this week. I’ve already told you all about etc Magazine’s wedding show at the gorgeous Rockliffe Hall this coming weekend haven’t I?  Click here for more details.  But did you know that the fun starts even before that?

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Simplicity Weddings

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First up, Simplicity Weddings – a Brides Up North Featured Supplier – are holding a September sale event for four days only this week, between Wednesday 26th and Saturday 29th September 2012. 

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Hurry along to their pretty boutique in Shotley Bridge, Co Durham, and choose from: 
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Fabulous sale sample dresses from £150

30+ sale sample Bridesmaid dresses from £49

A free Bridesmaid dress with all new wedding orders over £699 (new season stock in store now)

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Designers include Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Tia by Benjamin Roberts, LouLou bridal and Dessy.

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Simplicity Weddings

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Leave some time to pop into the gorgeous George Hotel in Piercebridge on Thursday 27th September for their wedding open evening from 5pm – 8pm.  It’s the perfect after work treat and is free entry including a fashion show!  For more information visit their website or call them on 01325 374 576. 

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The George Of Piercebridge Wedding Fayre

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And then it’s straight onto the weekend!  (Have a big breakfast!).

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In the North East, Dandy Events are hosting their second wedding inspiration weekend at their showroom at 259 Scottswood Road, Newcastle.  With free entry, free parking, free bucks fizz and canapés and the chance to see what these amazing event dressers and prop hire specialists can do, pop along on Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th September from 9am to 5pm to visit the wonderful Denise and her team.  And give them a kiss from me!

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Dandy Events Inspirational Wedding Weekend

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Over in the North West, the ever lovely Wedding Link team have a fabulous show lined up for you at the beautiful Combermere Abbey, Nr Nantwich on Sunday 30th September, 12pm – 4pm, free entry.  Visit the Wedding Link website for more details.   

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And last but not least, my friends and sponsors at The UK Wedding Shows are heading to Harrogate International Centre for their very popular two day show on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2012 from 10am – 5pm on both days. 

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For your free ticket (brides go free with a paying guest) visit their website www.theukweddingshows.co.uk

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The UK Wedding Shows Harrogate

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I think I need a lie down already!

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All The Fun Of The (Wedding) Fair! Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North East

August 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Is it Sunday?  Is it Monday?  Whatever day it is, an extra day to do whatever you like doing best is always worth celebrating, right?!

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This Bank Holiday Monday, we are joining a collective of North East wedding industry suppliers for a themed wedding inspiration shoot, led by the lovely Rachael of Love Is Sweet Company

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Rachael, whose magnificent candy floss cart we sampled first hand at the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East, and some of the other fabulous suppliers involved in this shoot will be showing off what they can do at the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition on Sunday 9th September 2012 at Ramside Hall Hotel.  Have you pre-registered for FREE speedy entry and your VIP Bride To Be Goody bag yet?  These goody bags are literally packed to bursting point with goodies (some sparkly!) and hundreds of pounds worth of on the day exclusive discounts.  Rachael, Alan (Alan Gibson Photography), Paula (Perfection Nails & Beauty), Deborah (Celebration Cakes), Melissa (Magical Events) and 100 other amazing exhibitors will be waiting for you there!

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Rachael says:  I organised the shoot mainly to promote and capture some fun images of my new service, popcorn, and really I just wanted to have fun! I went for a carnival theme with lots of bright colours, balloons, sweets, candy floss and popcorn.  I choose to hold the shoot at The South Causey Inn as it has a real country feel.

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company  Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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I wanted to capture some really fun and colourful images. All my products and services should make you feel happy and your mouth water! I think everyone on set was very happy to be there, lots of sweets and sugar to keep everyone going, smiles on everyone’s faces!

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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We all had a very long day, but it was so much fun and I’m looking forward to organising another one. Everyone who came to help and be involved on the day was fantastic! I can’t thank everyone enough.   I would like to say a special thank you to Katy, from What Katy Did Next, as she played a big part in helping me to get everything organised.

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Love Is Sweet Company supplied the sweet centrepiece, popcorn, candy floss, sweet bouquet, kids activity bags, sweet jars and cones. Emma Bunting supplied some beautiful bunting, the yellow & green bunting & table cloths, Mr & Mrs chair bunting, LOVE bunting and the candy floss bunting and Melissa from Magical Events supplied the lovely lycra chair covers.

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The lovely, quirky cushions, signs, Mr & Mrs bunting and fabric bouquet were supplied by the wonderful Thimble and Bobbin. They have a beautiful personal wedding range. The stunning sweetie cake was brought along by Deborah from Celebration Cakes. She also supplied the bright coloured balloons for the day.

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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The fantastic photos are courtesy of the wonderful Alan Gibson Photography. A big thanks for his time and skills on the day.

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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The stunning handmade dresses were supplied by Alexandra King and What Katy Did Next supplied the gorgeous headpieces. Take a look at her work, she can create bespoke pieces just for you.

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Sami from Vintage Tinsel was our hairdresser for the day and he flawless make-up was done by Paula from Perfection Nails & Beauty.

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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A big thank you goes to The South Causey Inn for letting us use the venue for the day and our day wouldn’t have been complete without the wonderful models, Ross Mcanelly and Katherine Lees.

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Alan Gibson Photography for Love Is Sweet Company

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  – Images © 2012 Alan Gibson Photography

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside – A Fun Bridal Shoot in Redcar

July 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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The sun may absolutely be refusing to shine this summer but we are still off to the seaside this Friday morning on the wedding blog.  This fun bridal photo shoot in the North East seaside town of Redcar was sent to me by Natalie of Brides & Dreams

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And as you are calling by these swirly silver pages in your thousands on a daily basis (and have you joined the fun over on Facebook and Twitter too?) lets try a group exercise in positive thinking: think sunny thoughts, think sunny thoughts.  If enough of us will it to happen, it’s bound to, right?

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Have a great Friday Brides Up North!  I love you for trying. 

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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Natalie says: I organised this shoot to promote the Redcar wedding industry to encourage brides to use local businesses instead of going out of town. Alongside the shoot I have organised a Wedding Fayre at Redcar Racecourse to bring the town a wedding show to be proud of (it’s set to be Redcar’s biggest wedding event to date) and show people what a spectacular venue they have on their doorstep for weddings!

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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You join Natalie and the team at the Redcar Summer Wedding Fayre on Sunday 29th July 12-4pm at Redcar Racecourse. 

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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BREAKING NEWS: New Dates Announced For Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions 2012

May 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Super Showcase Autumn 2012

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I am so excited to be able to announce the full set of Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions for Autumn 2012 this afternoon on the wedding blog.  The first set of Brides Up North events for brides to be this Spring were a roaring success, with a sell out on quality exhibitor places, record attendances for all venues and a generally fabulous and inspiring day out for everyone visiting (even the weary grooms, who soon perked up on arrival!).  With huge industry, press and online support for this next set of events, I am hoping that they can be even better!

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So, are you ready to do it all again?  I can’t bloomin’ wait!

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Without further ado, here are the must-mark-in-diary dates:

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Sunday 2nd September 2012

Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory, Wakefield, WF4 1QE

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Sunday 9th September 2012

The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD

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Sunday 16th September 2012

Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough, HG5 0SE

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Sunday 7th October 2012

Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2HH

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Sunday 21st October 2012

Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Rise Hall, Rise, East Yorkshire, HU11 5BL

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Wedding Exclusives Autumn 2012

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And North West brides to be… don’t think that I have forgotten you!  A very special Brides Up North event is coming your way next Spring!  Save this date: Sunday 10th March 2013!  More details to be released shortly!

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To register for a VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag and speedy access for any of the events: just email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk with your name and the show (or shows!) that you would like to attend.

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All exhibitor enquires for all events: please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk.  Exhibitors strictly limited by category.  Book now for early bird discounts.  I operate a first come, first served policy. 

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North East Dream Venue: Blackfriars Banquet Hall – Wedding Fair Next Weekend!

April 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you are a North East bride to be looking for a special venue for an intimate celebration, look no further than Brides Up North’s latest Featured Supplier, Blackfriars, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Blackfriars Banquet Hall

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A brand new North East wedding fair is taking place at Blackfriars’ Banquet Hall next weekend to showcase the venue and to offer brides and grooms lots of inspiration for their big day.  Blackfriars’ Banquet Hall dates back from 1239 when it was the celebrated venue used by King Edward III for receiving royal Scot, Edward Balliol, in 1334.  In 2011 it was restored by the restaurant owner Andy Hook to bring it back to its former glory and it can now cater for weddings for up to 50 people.  The venue has also just been granted its civil license to hold weddings on the premises.  

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The Banquet Hall is decorated with authentic banners, chandeliers, wall coverings and stained-glass windows, and furnishings include large oak communal dining tables and matching chairs. Guests can also enjoy the enclosed courtyard for pre-event Champagne and canapés or they can move across to the restaurant later on in the day if they prefer.

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Blackfriars Restaurant

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Although Blackfriars is a medieval venue, couples can theme the day in any way they prefer.  Andy Hook, owner of Blackfriars, says: “We offers brides and grooms a truly unique setting in which to celebrate their big day in the heart of the city and we hope our first bridal event will showcase all we have to offer. In particular we are taking bookings for this year so if customers fancy a spontaneous engagement and a wedding on the same day we are the ideal place. We also have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to ensure the day runs smoothly.”

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The wedding fair will be held on Sunday May 13th from 12 noon to 4pm and visitors will be treated to Champagne and canapés to sample the food on offer at Blackfriars as well as 10% discount on food if they book their wedding on that day. Admission is free.

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Local companies will be on hand to give help and advice on every aspect of a wedding reception from table decorations to entertainment, flowers, stationery, wedding cakes, jewellery, photography, wedding and bridal outfits as well as live demonstrations and a fashion show from Eve and Adam wedding dress hire.

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Blackfriars only hosts one wedding reception on a given day and to help ease the pressure on the couple, the venue also has close links with its recommended wedding fair suppliers for flowers, cakes and photographers, some of which will be at the show.

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Exhibitors on the day will include (Brides Up North Featured Suppliers are linked):  Little Town Bakery, Flower-Fever, Dusk till Dawn, Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Finishing Touches, Amaryllis Beauty, Bespoke Jewellery design, Daisy Chain Events, Paul Lytton, Gerald Simblet Photography and  Eve and Adam.

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Contact Blackfriars for more information.

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This Crazy Little Thing Called Wedding Blogging

March 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It seems like this has been here there and everywhere over the past couple of months, whilst still somehow finding the time to share gorgeousness like this, this and this here on the wedding blog.  I’m pleased to report that all this hard work seems to be paying off, as visits to have never been higher than in this first quarter of 2012.  So I guess I’m doing something right!

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You can’t ride the rollercoaster of starting and developing your own brand and business without the odd pit stop though, or you might go crazy (or more crazy)!  So, weary of mind, body and spirit, I thought it was high time for two things.  Firstly, a little break to have some “real life” fun, hell, just to have a real life!  And secondly, a long over due personal post to recap just some of of what I’ve been up to behind the scenes.

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I always find writing my more personal posts slightly more daunting than say, a Real Wedding or fashion feature, but you guys seem to like them and it’s a nice way of reflecting on all my hard work – and proving that bloggers don’t just spend their days on an extended holiday or lazing on the sofa.  Not this one anyway!

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So here goes.  An insight into the crazy World here at Brides Up North HQ.  Excuse the limited and rather rubbish selection of iPhone pictures, I’m no professional!

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Let me take you back.  Way back, to a snowy week at the start of February.  We thought that we were home and dry, Winter was over, and then all of a sudden – flurries of the white stuff.  In my previous life as a solicitor, an unexpected snowfall and the very possibility of a snow day would have been met with unprecedented glee – but the week before my very first Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive (and in a fairly remote castle location too?) – No thank you very much. 

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Lets just say that there was a lot of weather forecast watching, prayers being fired upwards left right and centre and a few expletives that week.  But, just as I had accepted that what would be would be, the snow suddenly disappeared as quickly as it had arrived, and we were in the clear!

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All ready to go!

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The first ever Brides Up North events team!

AKA The hubby and my dad – cheap labour, but a bit too much back chat Winking smile 

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The inaugural Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle ended up being a roaring success – way beyond my hopes.  Beautifully decorated by our 40 fantastic exhibitors, this stunning venue really came to life and the day saw a record attendance.  I couldn’t have asked for more, and my thanks must go out to each and every exhibitor, visiting bride and the Dine and Allerton teams for making the day so excellent.

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Never one to take much of a breather, there was no lie in for me the next day and it was onwards and upwards, as the next Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive – this time at The Mansion in Leeds – followed a very short two weeks afterwards.  One record attendance event in a fortnight would have done it for me, but the turn out at The Mansion exceeded all expectations and it was another truly fabulous day.  Yorkshire, you rock.

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And then, the hat trick!  Brides Up North rounded off a very busy three week period with the Brides Up North Super Showcase Wedding Exhibition, this time in the North East, at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.  This one was a biggy to say the least – in fact it was the largest free bridal event in the area this Spring – with over 100 exhibitors, two professional fashion shows and nearly 1000 visitors.  Woah mama!  That’s a lot for one gal to coordinate!  Luckily I had a team of fabulous helpers and each and every exhibitor really worked hard to make it a knock your socks off show.  To say that it was a good day is a complete understatement – and this first Super Showcase has to be the highlight of my Brides Up North career thus far.  Thank you to everyone who supported this huge event.  I can’t wait till the next one… and here’s a clue – you might want to save Sunday 9th September in your diaries now!

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A little Snaparazzi action with the boys from AMV

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After a few glasses of bubbly and a twelve hour sleep, it was time to boogie all my cares away.  In the week following the Super Showcase I moved back into my old bedroom at my parents’ house for a few days and awaited the eagerly anticipated AMV Live Music and Brides Up North Battle of The Wedding Bands at As You Like It Jesmond.  The first event of it’s kind and oh what a night it was!  The whole of the downstairs venue was packed to the rafters with lovely couples looking to book their wedding band whilst six amazing acts performed some classic party hits and more contemporary tunes.  AMV Live Music were flooded with bookings and I just drank some vino, bopped about chatting to brides and grooms and had the time of my life.  It was so much fun to let off some much needed steam but also to take the time to get excited with my readers about their forthcoming weddings.  When can we do it all over again?

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It’s been back to the desk since then, catching up on admin – all the boring bits about running your own business – plus planning the next two Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives in Yorkshire in just under a month’s time (have you noticed the new banner at the top of the blog?  You can register for your VIP Goody bags now! GO GO GO!), plotting some really rather fabulous blog content including one SERIOUSLY kick ass competition – coming up very soon – and finalising details for the next set of Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking events.

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I’ve also found the time to attend The British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate, including the twinkling Bridal Buyer Awards where I was thrilled to be part of a panel of “web experts” (who, moi?) judging the Best Retailer Website Award, delivered a webinar and three seminars to the Forward Ladies and The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners on blogging for business and even been nominated for a little award of my own – for Best Wedding Directory at The Bridal Magazine Awards in just under a month.

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Told you that I’d been busy. 

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So one of the most nerve wracking, exciting, thrilling and dynamic periods of my life was wrapped up beautifully this weekend with a break in London with my hubby, and then joining my family and friends to watch my great friend (and honorary little bro) Nick wipe the floor at the Top Model UK competition – winning both the top prize and the public vote.  Nick’s a Brides Up North model, so I’ve been campaigning hard for votes here on the wedding blog and it seems that your votes really did count!  Thanks to each and every person who voted for all of your support.  I can’t wait to see where his career might go, and we discovered him ladies!

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There’s been a fair bit of bubbly consumed this weekend, but I’m starting the week fresh and bursting with new ideas.  I’m never one to rest on my laurels for long, so what’s next for Brides Up North?  Well, just you wait and see…

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A couple of bottles of bubbles later…next year’s winner?  Working it Zoolander Style on the Red Carpet!

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