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win your wedding photography with jemma king!

September 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Sometimes, the best things in life are the things that you didn’t plan for. We love surprises here at Brides Up North (the freebie kind of surprises, rather than the server troubles kind of surprises, of course), so that’s why we’ve collaborated with one of our shiny new Brides Up North Sponsors to run a really rather fabulous competition here on the wedding blog, on this otherwise pretty dull Thursday.

Creative wedding photographer, Jemma King is offering one lucky bride the chance to win your wedding photography for the day! Completely free. Now how about that for a bargain?

A professional photographer since 2011, Jemma says that she loves the fact that each wedding is unique, and to be there to document the story of each couple’s big day unfold is just priceless.  Now, she’s looking to work with one very special, lucky couple to give some love back your way!

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jemma says: Wedding photography is such a huge responsibility, but it’s a responsibility I absolutely love to have. For me, it is the biggest honour to photograph someone’s wedding day, and I am so lucky that I get to call this my job.

Your wedding day is so special, but once the guests have gone home and the cake is eaten, all you have left are the photographs. Years down the line when you look back at those photographs I want you to relive your day over and over again. I want you to feel what you felt in that moment – whether it was excitement, nervousness or just pure happiness.

I am offering one lucky couple the chance to win their wedding photography worth over £1000 completely free!

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up for grabs

– A 1-2 hour pre-wedding engagement shoot in/around the  Yorkshire area;
– A full day of wedding photography (preparations to first dance);
– All final edited high resolution images from both the wedding and engagement shoot with printing and sharing rights.

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in it to win it

You can enter if you’re getting married in 2015 or 2016, and to be in with a chance of winning simply visit Jemma’s site to enter, armed with the following information (simples!):

– Your and your partner’s name;
– a photograph of the two of you together;
– your wedding date;
– your wedding venue(s);
– a little about the type of day you’re planning (plus links to your Pinterest boards if you have them);
– and what makes your wedding plans unique.

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the small print

– The winners will receive an engagement shoot and a full day of wedding photography from Jemma King Photography, with a disk of 300+ high resolution, fully edited wedding images, and  25+ high resolution, fully edited engagement images.
– The closing date for entries is 31st October 2015, winners will be notified by email within 2 weeks after this date.
– The winning wedding must take place before 31st December 2016.
– The wedding can take place anywhere in the world. Reasonable transportation (and accommodation if required) costs from Hull must be covered by the winners.
– Only 1 entry per couple.
– Winners must be willing to be featured on Brides Up North.
– Jemma King reserves the right to use the wedding and engagement images for promotional purposes.
– No purchase necessary.
– No cash alternative will be offered and the judge’s decision is final.

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giveaway: fall in love at the mansion this valentine’s day

February 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime

The Mansion

This morning, I gave you the heads up on some of my very favourite Yorkshire venues, and I’m swinging by this afternoon with a special treat for one lucky couple from my friends at Dine At The Mansion.

I work really closely with award winning event caterers and venue managers Dine at their venues (check out our fantastic exhibition schedule here) and so I’m really proud to help them unveil their beautifully refurbished Garden Room Restaurant at this iconic Leeds venue with this special competition.

I have a feeling that love is in the air

My friends at Dine would love you to join them to celebrate St Valentine’s Day with dinner for two at The Mansion, their beautiful wedding venue in the heart of Roundhay Park.

For one lucky couple, the evening is on them – just like the Dine Facebook page & share their Valentine’s Competition image for your chance to win.

Click here to like, share and win.

Happy St Valentine’s y’all!

Love, julia x

Competition closes at midnight on 09/02/15. No cash alternative. Prize includes dinner for two from set menu. Prize does not include drinks. Dine At The Mansion Ltd’s decision is final.  Winner to be notified via Facebook by Dine At The Mansion Ltd.   


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Competition Time. Win A VIP Experience Money Can’t Buy Prize In Collaboration With Brides Up North & The North West Wedding Fair: I Want To See Your Pins!

February 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North

If you’re a regular reader of the wedding blog, or follow Brides Up North on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have shared my exciting news that I have been invited to act as the Official Blogger for the huge event that is The North West Wedding Fair in a few weeks’ time.

I’ve already been contributing over on their blog – click here to read my thoughts on this season’s bridal fashions and why you really should hire a professional wedding photographer (I don’t care if your mate will do it for free!) – and will be blogging for the team up till the weekend itself, when I’ll be live from the first night of the event on Friday 7th March, giving you a preview of all that lies in store for you lucky visitors (and hosting the official show video – eep!). 

The North West Wedding Fair

When I announced my involvement with the team at The North West Wedding Fair and Mercury Events, I was quite candid in that initially I wasn’t sure if teaming up with (essentially) a competitor was a good idea, but I liked the company’s ethos and attitude – basically, they want to bring you North West brides one hell of a good show and look after their exhibitors whilst doing it – and I also saw the opportunity to further the Northern Revolution that we have going on on these pretty pages and get Brides Up North in front of a lot of new readers.  If you are one of them, hello and welcome.  I hope you’ll stay awhile!

However, right from the word go what (hands up) started out as a bit of a marketing exercise was suddenly an event in my diary that I am very much looking forward to.  I’m swept up in the excitement and super, duper thrilled to be able to write this post today.  You see, I have something pretty special to share with you, my readers, as part of the Official Blogger job!

Read on…

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The North West Wedding Fair and Brides Up North are teaming up to offer one VERY lucky bride to be and her guest a money can’t buy prize!  And all you have to do is show me your pins…

Up for grabs are two VIP Experiences at The North West Wedding Fair at Event City, Manchester on 7th March 2014, plus 5 runner up prizes of a standard pair of tickets worth £30. 

The VIP Experience includes Fast Track Entry, a Luxury Goody Bag, a Complimentary Glass of Champagne, Reserved Catwalk Seating and Complimentary Premium Ice Cream, plus tickets to the show itself, completely free.

And here’s my icing on the rather lovely cake – the prize includes a wedding brainstorming session with the Official North West Wedding Fair Blogger – that’s me! – at the event itself, and follow up sessions by email to help to turn your pins into plans. 

As the editor of Brides Up North,one of the top UK Wedding Blogs and the only blog written for brides in the North of the UK there’s not much that gets past me in this industry.  Whether you are looking for the freshest new ideas, budget advice, supplier introductions, sneaky discounts, insider info and (sometimes) a shoulder to cry on, I’m your woman. 

And after the planning is done and the day arrives?  I’d love to share your wedding with my readers here at Brides Up North in a special Real Wedding feature. 

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So how can you win this one off, never to be repeated prize?  Simple.  You know that wedding mood board you’ve been cultivating on PinterestAll you have to do is share the link to it with me by email at along with 250 words (maximum) introducing yourself, your wedding date and describing your dream wedding.

Don’t worry about sprucing things up either – I want to see what your actual dream wedding would look like! If you are new to Pinterest, it’s really easy to get going too.  Create a board and send it my way.

The competition is open now, the closing date is midnight on 4th March 2014, and my decision is final.  The winner will be notified by email. 


1.  Log onto Pinterest and create your board, or share an existing wedding planning board that you’ve already been curating.

2.  Send the link to your board to me by email at along with 250 words (maximum) introducing yourself, your wedding date and describing your dream wedding.

3.  Win those fabulous prizes if your board is my winner. 

Happy pinning!  I can’t wait to share your planning!

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Terms & Conditions:

Competition closes 11.59pm on 4th March. Promoter: Brides Up North & The Wedding Fairs. Prize excludes travel to and from the venue and personal expenses. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older. Only one entry per person allowed. Email data will be shared with The Wedding Fairs but no other third parties.  No responsibility accepted for lost, delayed, ineligible or fraudulent entries. One winning entry and 5 runners up will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. Winner will be notified on the closing date by email. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. If the winner is unable to be contacted within 24 hours of the closing date, the promoter will offer the prize to a runner-up. Tickets are non-transferrable. Children under 4 enter for free.


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Anything But Pants! Win A Hen Party Knicker Making Master Class With Top Drawer Diva!

December 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Top Drawer Diva

Don’t get your knickers in a twist over the all-important hen party – the Divas’ have it covered for you and it is anything but pants!

To celebrate the start of the festive season and exclusively to Brides Up North, our Featured Supplier Top Drawer Diva are giving away the ultimate in hen party entertainment for one lucky bride and nine of her closest hens.

How does a knicker-making master class sound? it’s a fun filled and fabulous way to spend an afternoon and Top Drawer Diva are giving one lucky Brides Up North reader and her hens the chance to win a bespoke party, completely free of charge!

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As well as your own frilly things, as group you create two bespoke garters for the bride to be – a black one for the hen night and a more traditional one for the wedding day.

The prize includes all materials, the pants to design and create, a glass of pink fizz, a retro sweet fix to nibble as you sew, knickers themed party games with prizes, a best pants award judged by the bride and a photo shoot to showcase everyone’s designs… plus a few extra diva surprises along the way.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of wining is leave a comment on this post describing the bride‘s personality as a pair of knickers – i.e flirty, cheeky, frilly etc. – the more original the better! 

And no, “dirty” isn’t a winner!

Top Drawer Diva

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The winner will be chosen by the girls at Top Drawer Diva, and their decision is final.

The competition will close on 7th January 2014. 

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Terms & Conditions:

1. The party venue must be in a location that Top Drawer Diva cover (see our map) which includes all major Northern cities (York / Sheffield / Manchester / Lincoln / Nottingham / Leeds )

2. Bride to supply venue either own home or be responsible for hiring suitable venue.

3. Date of party to be taken : Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Friday 31st January or 1st February 2014,

4. Judge’s decision is final, no cash alternative.

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Wedding Blog Giveaway: An Evening Of Swing With Glen Roughead

August 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

An Evening Of Swing

Those of you who’ve attended one of our brilliant Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions recently (or our Tweet Ups, or our Christmas Party come to think of it… we can’t get enough of this chap!) will have been wowed by the better-than-Buble tones of Glen Roughead, the New Face of Swing.

Looking for a wedding singer who looks the part, has tons of personality and can do acoustic and swing in his sleep?  Glen’s your man.

Mr Roughead and I have become firm friends since I started inviting him to sing at (seemingly every one!) of our events, and so it was with great excitement that I heard about his Evening of Swing at Newcastle’s Live Theatre on 23rd August 2013.

The event’s a complete sell out, but here at Brides Up North, we’ve got our hands on the very last pair of tickets.  And we’re giving them away!

If you fancy checking Glen out as a potential wedding singer (or just checking Glen out!), a date night with a difference or a way to say thank you to someone who has been invaluable in your wedding planning process (Mum’s love Glen, just ask mine) then this giveaway is for you!

There’s not long till the event, so all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment on this post telling us why you’d like the tickets.  Easy.

The competition will close at 12noon this Friday 16th August 2013 and we’ll pick a winner at random. No cash alternative, judge’s decision is final.

Good Luck!

You can also catch Glen at our Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013.  Click here for all the details and to pre-register for Free Entry as a VIP Bride To Be.

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