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Pearls v Polka Dots! A 1950’s Inspired Wedding Inspiration Shoot At The Bowdon Rooms

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m extremely excited about our first ever luxury and vintage wedding exhibition in the North West – more specifically at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire – this coming Sunday 19th May 2013.

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Last year, when sourcing a venue for our first North West show (it had to be perfect – something new to add to our portfolio of diverse venues, not too big, not too small, not too clichéd, and something a little bit unique).  I featured these images on the wedding blog as part of a styled shoot and knew that I had to get across to The Bowdon Rooms to talk to the team and see it for myself.  A castle venue this is not, but if you are looking for an authentic and friendly venue with a real vintage vibe, yet big enough to hold a proper party – this is for you.

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THE BOWDON ROOMS SPRING 2013

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Come along and see Brides Up North and our fabulous exhibitors (plus a few exciting surprises – wait and see!) this Sunday 19th May 2013.  Some of the team behind this photo shoot will be there to meet you and show off their talents in person as well as a hand picked selection of the regions’ finest wedding suppliers.   We are open from 12pm – 4pm and entry is FREE!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THE BOWDON ROOMS” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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The team say: Have you ever thought you’d been born in the wrong era?  Do you love the post war formal wear of the 40s, the fun and froth of Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, Biba and the swinging 60s, and what about the psychedelic 70s?

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Photo shoots are always an interesting proposition, but to make them different means moving away from the norm and searching for something new.  To do that, we thought we’d go back in time using the nostalgia of the late 50s and early 60s for inspiration – Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn et al : full of pearls and bling, versus the new trend from across the pond of  American kitsch, all juke boxes and polka dots.

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Gathering together the right group of like minded fabulous professionals was easy – all ready to create a time gone by at The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire.  An Edwardian dance hall full of history and atmosphere and an ideal venue for a wedding celebration with stylish ‘Downton Abbey’ era architecture and beautiful original features, to enhance any decorative theme.

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On a bright sunny spring day Alex Davies Photography – our talented photographer – got to work  with our models : Suzi Sequin, who’s unique style was perfect for our ‘kitch’ look, and Gemma Davy, whose height and poise fitted perfectly with our glamour theme. Once the hair and makeup had been beautifully executed by the talented Fatima Vadia of Make Up Base, we started the marathon shoot of eight gorgeous dresses by Nicole at Pearl Bridal Boutique. These were wonderfully complemented by the accessories: feather fans, birdcage veils, hairpieces and corsages all by the extremely creative Laura Simpson at Laurel Weddings.

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We began in the  upstairs Jazz Club of The Bowdon Rooms – ‘The Cinnamon Club’, where the dark walls, and cosy corners were a great backdrop for the dining table and chairs and ceremony area, which was dressed by Karen Finkill of Perfection On Linen.  Karen can accessorise and complement most colours with her choice chair covers, bows and fabulous table dressing.   To further enhance the atmosphere of the room, Swing and Jazz band, Dominic Halpin and the Honey B’s joined in the fun whilst Naomi Koop, Solo violinist wowed us with her skills, entering into the spirit of the shoot wearing her very own 1950s designed polka dot dress.

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With each new look came the opportunity to introduce beautiful bouquets designed by Sarah of Barkers the Florist. Rich reds, pearly ivory and such pretty pinks.  Not forgetting the added delight of the wedding cakes , cupcakes and novel ice cream cakes, in many colours befitting each theme by Francesca at The Cheshire Cat Cake Company.

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Moving downstairs to the more formal area, with tables again dressed to delight:  tall elegant table centres draped with pearls and orchids.  The sparkle of silver bows and the diamanté detail of the cakes added to the glamour. More fabulous dresses see the music stage come alive and the warm glow of the fireplace completes our inside shoot.

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A quick peek outside, before the sun departs, sees a picnic ensue – with tea and cake, along with garden shots to end the day with the best of the afternoon sunlight.

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All in all an fabulous fun day, with lots of clever and talented people creating beautiful photos to inspire, in a venue worthy of a fabulous wedding day.

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Alex Davies Photography – photographer                               

Barkers The Florist – florist                                               

Pearl Bridal UK – dresses                                                    

Laurel Weddings  – accessories                                             

Perfection On Linen -  venue dressing                             

The Cheshire Cat Cake Company – cakes                                  

The Bowdon Rooms – wedding and music venue                

Dominic Halpin and the HoneyB’s – band                                      

Naomi Koop – solo violinist and 50s dress designer            

Fatimah Vadia – hair and make up                              

Suzi Sequin – model
Gemma Davy – model

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  – Images © 2012 Alex Davies Photography 

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Big Tops, Bunting, VW Bugs & A Pretty Piggy! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Lysette & Michael

December 30th, 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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Am I spoiling you this week or what?! I have another beautiful Real Wedding to share with you this morning sent to me by Shelly of Toast and real bride Lysette.  Now I see a lot of DIY weddings, but Lysette and her family have some serious skills in this department.  Just check out the cake, table decorations and sweetie table!  Professional standard stuff.

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Watch out for all the delectable details in this fabulous affair, not least the appearance of one perfectly groomed little piggy!

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Lysette says:  Michael asked me to marry his on holiday in Turkey in 2009, and we tied the knot on 26th May 2012.  Our Ceremony was held at Cusworth Hall and after drinks, photos and playing with a baby pig on a lead we went on to Fishlake Mill.

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We actually chose our reception venue first, Fishlake Mill. The setting was perfect with picturesque rolling fields that go on for miles. It is a beautiful venue that’s both sophisticated yet relaxed. We were eager to be able to put our own stamp on a venue and at the Mill we were able to do that. Graham and Sheena pretty much gave us a free rein to decorate and really welcomed us making us feel at home. As well as the beautiful setting, the windmill itself is truly awesome- a beautiful place to spend our first night as husband and wife. Another bonus for me personal was the presence of animals; horses, peacocks, ducks and even a goat.

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Cusworth Hall was also an easy choice as it is by far the best place in the area for a non religious wedding. As it is simple the most amazing backdrop for photographs.

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We had a bit of an English tea party theme: teapots, teacups and tons of bunting, with purple and florals as our colour scheme. 

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I bought my dress from Jaynes of Doncaster- It’s an amazing dramatic fishtail style dress. I loved it because of the unusual colour and the masses of detail.

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My mum made my beautiful crystal & pearl bouquet which included family heirlooms, buttons and brooches. I love that I can keep it forever and if I wanted to in the future I could make it back into jewellery.

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I love my bridesmaids dresses almost as much as my own dress. I sourced the material and explained the 50’s style I wanted and then Kelly at Be Envied Bridal Wear made them.

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I travelled to the ceremony in a 1979 convertible VW beetle in white. I kept the roof up on the way there. Although after the ceremony I was persuaded to through caution to the wind, forget about my hair and have the roof down. Which was loads of fun and totally worth the mess it made of my hair. The bridesmaids went in a 1967 VW split screen campervan which was fabbo. Both were supplied by Chris at Timeless Classic. 

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Confetti Cones filled with real delphinium petals handed out by the bridesmaids after ceremony.

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As I am a girl that loves to be in control and hates surprises, I am amazed to say that my two of my favourite parts of my wedding day were surprises. The moment I saw the amazing little pig Lara, that had come to see me on my special day. I love pigs and always have, as a surprise, my mum and Aunty had arranged for a baby pig on a lead to be there after the ceremony. A little bizarre, I know, but it made me (and some of my guests), smile.

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Receiving a surprise gift from my husband- beautiful purple floral Irregular Choice shoes that he had begged to be made for my giant size 9 feet years ago, they finally have started making them!

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All decorations were sourced and created by my mum, my sister and I. Everything from flowers and favours to name cards and table decorations.

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Our Fingerprint Tree guest book was made by my sister, the guests seemed to like their getting the hands dirty to contribute towards a keepsake for us.

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We set out lots of garden games including, Jenga, Connect Four and Skittles which was fun for all during the quiet times in between the formal parts of the day.

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Mike’s Father made a red post box for any cards to be deposited into. This received endless compliments and was perfect for us as I was a post lady when Mike and I got together.

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Everyone from the flower girls to the grandparents enjoyed our sweetie table! Mis-matched jars were collected which we filled with various treats for our guests to help themselves.

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I made my own cake in various shades of purple, with vintage buttons and a giant teapot to top it off. It was made of brandy soaked fruit cake, victoria sponge and chocolate cake.  Being real foodies, to ensure no one went hungry, Mike insisted we had a three tier pork pie cake consisting of three different flavours.

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Madison are a three piece band from Liverpool (madisonparty.co.uk) they kept the dance floor full all night and really made the evening perfect. They even let my sister sing with them, one of my favourite songs “Ironic” by Alanis Morisette, which really meant a lot to me and my family. To keep people dancing when in between the band’s sets, we had one of Mike’s close friends who is a nightclub DJ- Matt Goodwin, who really worked hard to keep everything running smoothly.

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We have to give a mention to our photographer – Shelly from Toast – she came along all day and “blended in” so well.  So many people mentioned how good she was, and the photo booth she brought along was great fun!

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After the wedding, we went on a mini tour of Italy starting in Venice and moving south to Rome, Naples, Sorrento and Capri. It was truly amazing and we did not want to come home.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan well ahead and delegate to bridesmaids, family and friends so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. 

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My vintage tea party style wedding was very DIY which enabled me to get exactly what I wanted within budget. It also gave me an immense sense of pride to see everything we’ve done come together so beautifully. I’d definitely recommend brides have a go at a bit of DIY, but don’t forget to stop and relax the day/morning before your wedding.

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Congratulations Lysette & Mike!

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Toast

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Wednesday Wed-spiration: Peacock Paradise

July 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wednesday Wed-spiration Peacock Paradise

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1. Bowtie Flats 2. Coloured Bouquet 3. Pashona Dress 4. Name Place Baubles 5. Marchesa Bridal Gown 6. Moroccan Glass Lantern 7. Peacock Aisle Swag 8. Plaid Ring Pillow 9. Peacock Button Hole

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Getting the day off to a gorgeous start, our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next is back with a peacock inspired Wednesday Wed-spiration mood board that has got our feathers all of a flutter here at Brides Up North HQ. 

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Katy says: Bride Fiona contacted me and requested possibly one of the hardest boards I have put together yet! Fiona marries in November and is having Indian and Scottish influences with peacock blue as a main colour with flashes of hot pink and lime! Not one to pass up a challenge, I have created a jewel toned affair with subtle Scottish hints and luxurious pops of peacock…

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With the beautiful colour palette Fiona provided I leaned towards intricate Indian detailing using coloured glass lanterns which would make amazing centrepieces. Alternatively you could have a chilled out seating area for your guests with the soft lighting of hanging lanterns and colourful cocktails. The gorgeous name place baubles from Cox and Cox flow with the theme perfectly and are priced at £12.50 for a pack of 10.

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Taking away the colour but carrying on the pattern is the Marchesa bridal gown which could be brightened up with coloured statement earrings and beautiful peacock B

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Fiona is having hot pink roses and lime lilies in her bouquet – to reflect the peacock blue you could frame the bouquet with peacock feathers! As a nod to the Scottish theme why not add a few purple thistles? I also added a  fun ring pillow with a lime and hot pink tartan ribbon! The pillow is handmade so you could even ask the designer to use peacock blue fabric in place of the white.

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I hope I have managed to make your theme work, I had a lot of fun and look forward to the next challenge! Keep your requests coming in!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Prima Ballerina

July 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s wedding blog instalment comes to you a little later than planned – at least this globetrotter is back home at last (!) – but it is no less beautiful for the delay. 

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Brides Up North reader Francesca writes: “I used to dance a lot and I would like to incorporate this into my wedding somehow.  I am thinking ballerina styling, soft pinks… but I don’t know how to do this without it looking overly girly and kitsh? Can you help me with some inspiration?”

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Francesca, your wish is our command, with a Wednesday Wed-spiration mood board by Brides Up North guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next.  We hope that you love it as much as we do.  Pink doesn’t have to mean sickly sweet. 

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1. Ballerina Bun 2. Lusan Mandongus Gown 3. Ballerina Louboutins 4. Hydrangea Bouquet 5. Peonies Table Decor 6. Lingerie by Annette / Headwear by What Katy Did Next 7. Ruched Dress 8. Music Sheet Button Hole 9. Ruffle Cake

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Katy says: As requested by Brides Up North reader Francesca, I have incorporated ‘dance’ into this week’s moodboard. Hints of ballerina styling and soft pinks were a must, but our reader wanted the theme to stay away from kitsch and overly girly decor. I avoided the obvious tutu style wedding dress and went for a classic and elegant wedding gown that still resembled ballerina attire, I love the draping chiffon. Slightly pricey but very fun heeled ballet shoe Louboutins would look amazing with the dress and a beautiful swept up bun, which could be styled very neatly or with loose tendrils depending on your wedding mood.

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I do think little flower girls in tutus would be very cute – keep them stylish by adding a wrap around cardigan in true ballet style. A beautiful soft pink bridesmaid dress like the ruched beauty pictured. There are lots of beautiful ballerina style dresses out at the moment that are maybe a little too short for bridesmaids. If there is a style you like why not take images to a local dress designer and talk about altering or designing your own dresses?

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I picked gorgeous tutu-like flowers such as hydrangeas and peonies for your bouquet and centrepieces, and tissue pom pom flowers would also make a great alternative centrepiece. You could make some yourself out of sheet music like that fabulous Groom’s button hole. To keep the pink from being too girly, mix it with grey shades or a contrasting black – it will break up the candy coloured pink and white and look stylish too. Over all when I think ballerina, I picture ruffles, floaty fabric, ribbons and pearls. All perfect for creating a beautiful and ethereal theme.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2012 as credited, supplied by What Katy Did Next

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Arabian Nights! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

May 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get the week off to a running start with a fabulous Eastern influenced wedding inspiration shoot over in the North West, coordinated by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andrea of Fabulous Day and Caroline White Photography.  When these lovely ladies work to a theme they don’t do things by halves, do they?

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A Styled Shoot at Chirk Castle by Caroline White Photography

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Andrea of Fabulous Day says: I really wanted the second part of the shoot at Chirk Castle to be a complete contrast to the first! {Editor’s note: Click here to see the beautiful first part of the shoot}.   

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Initially Caroline and I had thought of a Mad Hatter’s tea party, but as the ideas developed and we got the amazing Raj Tent Club involved, we fell in love with the idea of an Arabian Nights theme.

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This would give us the perfect excuse to use all the wonderful, rich jewel colours that Raj can use in their tents, plus go for a more decadent feel with the gorgeous Indian style stationery from Pink Sherbet Designs and amazing cupcakes from Cupcake Revolution (honestly they looked too good to eat –but we managed it!).  We also wanted a much more moody feel to the shoot and Lizzie, our make artist, enjoyed being given a bit more dramatic licence, in creating the fab look on our model Fallon!

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I was also rather taken by the Jaguar three wheel trike that I came across completely by chance. Very quirky and unusual and handily based only a few miles from the Castle – funnily enough Ashley (our male model) rather enjoyed his time on the trike!

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As you will see from the pictures we also went with a different style dress and some fabulous Benjamin Adams shoes, the groom we dressed down a bit – all supplied by the fabulous Wendy at Boda Bridal!

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Frog Flowers had created a wonderfully exotic bouquet and we used some of the flowers in Fallon’s hair, as the colours were spot on, as well as some of the accessories from Rocks for Frocks.

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Throughout the day Tony and Sara from Marry Me Films (another Brides Up North Featured Supplier) were filming us all, and used some great time lapse filming to show the pavilion being put up and of course Caroline White Photography was working her magic, making full use of the wind and clouds!

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It was great to be able to contrast this shoot with the first and show another side to Chirk, plus showcase some more amazing suppliers –they were all fantastic and a joy to work with and the good news is that Raj Tent Club are now one of the preferred marquee suppliers at Chirk. 

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I also need to give a mention to the wonderful Serena, who is the wedding manager at Chirk, who allowed us to use this beautiful venue and who arranged a cream tea for us all! Contact Serena Moore if you are interested in hiring Chirk for your wedding.  

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Venue – Chirk Castle, North Wales

Photographer – Caroline White Photography

Wedding Planner – Fabulous Day 

Video – Marry Me Films 

Tent – Raj Tent Club (Manchester)

Wardrobe – Boda Bridal 

Hair and makeup – Liz Griffiths 

Trike – DG Wedding Cars

Stationery – Pink Sherbet Designs 

Cupcakes – Cupcake Revolution 

Florist – Frog Flowers  

Accessories – Rocks for Frocks 

Canapés – Fine Dining Company 

Models: – Fallon Robinson and Ashley Lucas

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Are You Ready North West? It’s Time For A Tweet Up!

May 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog on Facebook or Twitter (and if you don’t, you should!), you’ll know that the date and location for the third and final Brides Up North Tweet Up of the season with Wedding Ideas Magazine has been announced!

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The Brides Up North Tweet Ups are events for the wedding industry, rather than brides (you ladies will get your turn very shortly – watch this space), and are a chance for professionals to come together, have a laugh and a few drinks and get their networking on!  I purposefully pick friendly yet gorgeous venues with great catering and easy to reach locations, then throw some good music and a few treats into the mix too.

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The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West

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Thursday June 21st 2012

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Belle Epoque, Knutsford

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Tickets for the North West event are already selling out fast, so if you would like to join the fun (and it’s not scary in the slightest!) email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for your invitation.  Entry strictly by invitation only – we run a guest list.

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I can’t wait to see you all there.

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Other regional events:

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North East

Wednesday 9th June 2012 – NEXT WEEK!

7:30pm – 10:30pm

As You Like It, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Yorkshire

Wednesday 20th June 2012

7:30pm – 10:30pm

The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds

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Click here to see all the images and videos from the last set of Tweet Ups in 2011.

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Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for an invitation to any of the three events.

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Glam Garden – Fresh Greens, Whites & Pinks

April 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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After seeing my call for personalised inspiration boards in this regular Wednesday Wed-spiration slot, Brides Up North reader Ellie got in touch to see if we could “fix it for her” to have a glamorous garden wedding, without a hint of vintage in sight.  Of course we could!

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Ellie said:

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“I have the problem at the moment that I want a ‘country garden’ theme but a lot of them tend to incorporate vintage into them like birdcages and tea-cups but that’s not my style either… I’m wanting a glamorous country garden with lots of whites, greens, pale pinks and sparkly ribbon with possibly some LED lights tastefully thrown in.  It’s hard to describe but I’m finding it hard to find what I want because I either fall into the ‘boho chic’ or ‘vintage teacups’ camps and I’m not either of them!  Help!”

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Ellie – you ask and we deliver!  Here is Katy from What Katy Did Next’s take on your style. 

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1. Twist Front Gown 2. Bright White Table Setting 3. Lightplay Sash 4. Pale Lanterns 5. Jazz Hands Heels 6. Bouquet Image 7. Pink Bridesmaids 8. Ruffle Chair Ribbons 9. Green Apple Wedding Cake

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Katy says: Ellie set me quite a challenge when requesting her Mood Board theme – a ‘Country Garden’ theme without a trace of boho, shabby chic or vintage. Ellie wants a glamorous garden affair full of fresh whites, pale pinks and greens with a little added glitz.

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The colours alone in this board make it great for a fresh outdoorsy wedding. The touches of green in the table display look fabulous against the stark white table cloth and you can soften the contrast with soft pink blooms too. Shabby chic and boho weddings tend to use a lot of props in their displays but keeping it simple with florals and plain crockery is a great way to stick with the elegant feel that Ellie wants. As an alternative you could use pale candelabras – the candles don’t have to be lit and you could speak with your florist about using the candelabra as a way to display flowers. The green apple on the cake could also spread to the table using apples as place cards in your seating plan.

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When planning, you don’t have to restrict yourself to looking at past garden weddings, I used a lot of inspiration from indoors too. The lanterns could hang from trees, or – if the photobooth and props isn’t your cup of tea – hang them along the top of a pale fabric back drop for some gorgeous photographs of you and your guests.

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My favourite part of the board is a tie between the beautiful wedding gown by Reem Acra and the ruffled chair ribbons. The flattering dress design is classic glamour, and although I should have picked a shorter style to avoid grass stains, the train isn’t too fussy and adds to the elegance of the dress. The ribbons are easily customised to match your colour scheme and style and would look fabulous blowing in the breeze of a country garden wedding.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, the creative Katy or a guest blogger- and that guest blogger could be you:  get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards!  We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers.  Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme. 

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A Vintage Style Moroccan Love Story – A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North East

February 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Monday Brides Up North! With temperatures set to soar this week (after this cold snap a predicted 15 degrees Celsius is going to feel totally tropical!) I thought it was time for a burst of Moorish sunshine here on the wedding blog too!  This styled wedding inspiration shoot from wedding stationery designer Poppy of Papaver Designs and a group of very talented North East wedding industry suppliers took place in Durham in mid January, but you might just as easily be on location in Marrakech!

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Poppy says: Both Vintage and Middle Eastern patterns play a huge part in my influences and always end up in my work somewhere. From posy florals to henna inspired designs, I love the patterns and colours from both. The contrast of the bright Moroccan colours against the soft pastels of vintage really works well together.

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The Moroccan meets vintage photo shoot was to launch a new range of lanterns from Papaver Designs and to introduce a new mini sized lantern for place names. The lanterns have multiple uses including hanging from trees, place settings, table decoration and venue decoration but can also be used as gifts for any special occasion.

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2012 has been the start of lots of new ideas for Papaver Designs and I wanted to start it off with an amazing photo shoot and a re-vamp of the website too. The Papaver Designs blog has been increasingly popular with each week bringing a new paper make called ‘Wednesday’s Wonders’ and has proved very popular with ideas for DIY brides.

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The photo shoot took place on a very cold Tuesday morning on top of a hill outside The Black Horse, Beamish (the location for the first Brides Up North Tweet Up North East!). The Black Horse is situated in picturesque grounds and hosts wedding receptions as well as being famous for its gastro bar menu.

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The shoot was not only about Papaver Designs, I wanted to show that the North East is full of talented business owners and really wanted to show off what we can do. They not only donated their products and services but gave props and their time to help out on the day.  I was in awe, and have spent the last few weeks being overwhelmed at the generosity of people.

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The day of the shoot was amazing fun and was a great laugh even if the weather was in minus numbers! You would never have believed it from the photos but Laura (the gorgeous model) was frozen.

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I am so pleased with how the photos have turned out and could not have asked for a more perfect team to work with. The photos really do speak for themselves.

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Papaver Designs – Wedding stationery and lanterns

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Poppy made all the paper lanterns, tissue paper pom poms, gift tags, paper flower ball (pomander) and wedding menus for the shoot.

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Website: www.papaver-designs.co.uk

Blog: poppylee.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PapaverDesigns

Twitter: @PapaverDesigns

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Wedding Planner and Fairy Godmother! Kerry also does Candy Buffets, chair cover hire and vintage china hire.

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Website: www.daisychainevents.com

Blog: www.daisychainevents.com/blog

Facebook: www. facebook.com/ daisychainevents

Twitter: @daisychainevent

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Blog: xtraordphoto.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000472522368

Twitter: @XtraORDPhoto

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Wedding cake (gutted this wasn’t a real cake, it did look delicious).  

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Website: www.littletownbakery.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/littletownbakery

Twitter: @littletownbaker

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/miasposa.bridal

Twitter: @Miasposa_Bridal

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All flowers including the beautiful bouquet, 3 pomanders and lots of loose flowers to go in vases.

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Facebook: Flower Fever

Twitter: @FlowerFever1

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Blog: what-katy-did-next.co.uk/blog/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/What-Katy-Did-Next/134193259958547

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Cushions and framed picture ‘All you need is love’.

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blog: laurenecrawford.blogspot.com/

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Bundles-Bunting/158347864189925

Twitter: @LittleBBunting

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Mairi donated bird cages, Moroccan lanterns, wooden hearts.

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Event-Diva/250759014429?ref=ts

Twitter: @divaemporium

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Tracey is a make-up artist extraordinaire.

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Blog: http://www.beautifulbridemakeovers.com/apps/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beautifulbridemakeovers/127296127319036

Twitter: @BBMakeovers

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Let Them Eat Cake! A Marie Antoinette Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

January 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Er… WOW!  Lets get this week off to a mighty fine start on the wedding blog, with this fabulous Marie Antoinette styled wedding inspiration shoot by a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers on location at The Belle Époque and sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Laurel Weddings and her photographer friend Alex Davies Photography

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If you like your pearls, ribbons and lace – you, my friend, are in the right place!

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Lets hear from Alex Davies: Laura (of Laurel Weddings) & I met back in October at a social evening and chatted about collaborating on a shoot together. We wanted to do something innovative and involve quite a few different suppliers. We decided on a Marie Antoinette theme, which would have lots of fresh flowers and the pastel colours would be perfect for Spring. It would also allow our make-up artist to be really creative.

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Almost at the same time I got in touch with Collette at The Belle Époque in Knutsford. I had always wanted to shoot there and never had the pleasure. We thought that the French theme and décor would go perfectly with what we had chosen to do. I was totally over the moon when Collette agreed that we could shoot there.

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Laura knew Nicole from Pearl Bridal Boutique and asked if we could borrow some dresses to which she very kindly agreed. I knew the hair and make-up artist I wanted to use as I had met Fatimah Vadia for MakeupBase at a wedding last year. She works for MAC so she really knows her stuff and is very creative. Laura also asked Francesca from the Cheshire Cat Cake Company to get involved, as we couldn’t have a Marie Antoinette without cake!

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I cast for two models on Model Mayhem and we got the lovely Steph and Darcy on board.  Whilst searching for models, Eleanor from Elouise Designs approached me about doing some stationary which I thought would be fantastic.

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Now it was just a case of organizing for the big day and making sure everyone knew what they were doing!

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We shot for most of the day and I was just amazed at all the beautiful flowers, cakes, stationary & dresses. Fatimah did an outstanding job on the models’ hair and make-up. We had an amazing day shooting, everyone worked so hard and it all came together beautifully and worked in so well with the venue. We are looking forward to more collaborations in the future as it really gets our creative juices flowing!

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Photography – Alex Davies Photography

Florist – Laurel Weddings

Cakes – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Make-up & Hair – Fatimah Vadia for MakeupBase

Stationary – Elouise Designs

Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Venue – The Belle Époque

Models – Steph Owens and Darcy Jaq

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The Saturday Sessions: The Glitz & The Glamour

January 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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www.hellofotobooths.co.ukHello !  I hope that you lovelies are having an excellent Saturday afternoon!  Its been work, work, work for this as I prepare for the first of the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive exhibitions at Allerton Castle, Sunday 12th February 2012.

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It’s a SELL OUT with nearly 40 exhibitors in attendance, so if you are a Yorkshire bride looking for a beautiful venue or just some inspiration from the crème de la crème of the region’s wedding industry, make sure to pre-register for your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag by clicking here. 

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Save for my events, meetings and Tweet Ups, the life of a wedding blogger and event organiser is actually a pretty secular one, albeit extremely busy.  Waking up to over 150 emails a day (pretty much minimum) from brides to be, newlyweds, wedding industry contacts and other interested parties as well as arranging fabulous shows for regional brides to be, networking events for the fabulous Northern talent that we have up here, styling bridal shoots, freelance writing … oh and JUST A TEENSY BIT of wedding blogging to do (!)… means that I have a solid marriage to my computer and a raging love affair with my iPad. 

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I have been known to be tied to my screen from 8am until 3am recently, and sometimes it’s just nice to switch it off… and do something glitzy and glamorous instead.  In a dress!  With properly styled hair!  And make up! Whoot!

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So when two really rather fabulous events occurred in one week, I was sold.  Two return tickets to the smoke sil vous plait!

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Enter The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2012 and The Wedding Industry Awards 2012!

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Two fabulous events in one fabulous week, c’est moi dahlings! In floor length eggplant with gold accents and multi-coloured vintage Cacharel (notice the tactical switch from white wine to Red Bull!!)

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Both required the special journey, both supported some fabulously talented members of the Northern wedding industry and both were a huge amount of fun. 

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With some very talented wedding industry friends at The Wedding Ideas Awards: Cute Maps, Stems Design, The Whimsical Cake Company, The Social Butterfly and me!

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First up, The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards, hosted by a fab little magazine bursting with the best wedding ideas (it’s all in the name!).  This title has been so supportive to my journey as a and freelance writer and I was so happy to go along to support them on their big night, clap for the winners and even take on a few Sambucas!  All in the name of duty, mind!  Good food, good music, good wine, good company and a celebration of fantastic talent in our industry. 

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Best Wedding Venue – sponsored by hitched.co.uk
Winner – Clearwell Castle

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Best Destination Choice – sponsored by Shoot it Yourself
Winner – Sandals

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Best Wedding Videographer – sponsored by The Brewery
Winner – Ido Wedding Films

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Best Wedding Photographer – sponsored by For Your Eyes Only
Winner – Emma Case

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Best Gift List – sponsored by Thomson
Winner – Notonthehighstreet.com

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Best Special Touches – sponsored by Couples Resorts
Winner – Giddy Kipper

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Best Wedding Cake – sponsored by Madeline Isaac-James
Winner – The English Cheesecake Company

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Best Stationery – sponsored by Wedding Week at Bluewater
Winner – Lucy Ledger

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Best Shoes – sponsored by Elegant Steps
Winner – Rachel Simpson Shoes

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Best Accessories – sponsored by Benjamin Roberts
Winner – Chez Bec

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Best Bridal Retailer – sponsored by The National Wedding Show
Winner – Ellie Sanderson

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Best Mother of the Bride Collection – sponsored by Essentially You
Winner – Ian Stuart

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Best Groomswear – sponsored by 88Connect
Winner – Hugh Harris

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Best Bridesmaids Collection
Winner – Dessy

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Best Plus Size Collection – sponsored by Bridal Buyer Magazine
Winner – Sonsie

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Best Dress Collection – sponsored by Country House Weddings
Winner – Alfred Angelo

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… What?  Another party?  Oh go on then…

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A mere five days later, at a jam packed Cafe De Paris, it was time for The Wedding Industry Awards.  I was honoured to be asked to be a regional judge for this inaugural event, so awaited the final results with eager anticipation.  After cheering each winner, it was time to catch up with friends old and new… and, thanks to the venue’s proximity to Chinatown, duck out at last orders for a sneaky slap up Chinese to send me back to the laptop with a smile on my face!

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Best Wedding Accessory Designer – Jo Barnes Vintage

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Best Wedding Cake Designer – Rosalind Miller Cakes

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Best Wedding Caterer (independent) – Mogans Catering

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Best Wedding Co-ordinator (venue) – Michele Jetzer of Riverstation

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Best Wedding Dress Designer – No 9 Bridal Couture

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Best Wedding Dress Retailer – Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique

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Best Wedding Entertainment (Bands, DJs etc) – Hip Operation

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Best Wedding Florist – Sonning Flowers Ltd

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Best Wedding Hair Stylist – James White Hair

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Best Wedding Make-Up Artist – Kaz Fernando Make Up

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Best Wedding Marquee Provider – World Inspired Tents

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Best Wedding Menswear Supplier – Sensational Formal Hire

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Best Wedding Photographer – Marianne Taylor Photography

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Best Wedding Planner (independent) – Planned for Perfection

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Best Wedding Special Touch – Artfull Splodgers

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Best Wedding Transport Supplier – Dennisson Classic Cars

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Best Wedding Venue – Gaynes Park

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Best Wedding Videographer – Philip White

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Best Newcomer – Maids to Measure

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Noticeboard: Speaking of glitz… Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damselle Tiaras would like me to let you know that they will be exhibiting at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate – Next Saturday from 11-4pm with canapés, sparkling wine, local exhibitors and luxury gift bags.  PLUS every bride to be who makes a purchase from Damselle Tiaras until 31st March 2012 will be entered in to the competition to win their money back!  Sounds like a plan to me…

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