Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

a friday podcast!

April 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime


A few weeks ago I was honoured to be asked to record a podcast for broadcast on the fantastic industry resource Evolve Your Wedding Business.

In this hour long episode with the website’s founder and host Heidi I discuss what you should know about working with bloggers, how to get the most out of blog advertising, how to get more engagement on social media and how to manage a busy workload.  If you are one of our lovely industry readers (or just curious about how this whole blog thang works behind the scenes!) then why not stick the kettle on, cosy up for an hour and have a listen.

You can listen to our podcast by clicking on the link here. Enjoy!

Before you start, if you are interested in finding out more about Brides Up North, just click here.

I’d love to hear from you with any comments!

what’s covered?

  • What you need to know before submitting a wedding to a blogger
  • The best way to reach out to wedding bloggers
  • How to follow up with a blogger after submitting a wedding
  • How we get such fantastic social media engagement
  • The common threads between wedding professionals who do well with blog advertising
  • Blog advertising best practices & mistakes people make
  • What you should have in place before advertising on a blog
  • How to get the most out of your next wedding fair
  • How to start making connections with wedding bloggers
  • Why you shouldn’t putting wedding bloggers on a pedestal
  • How I juggle the blog, writing, running wedding fairs, and a whole lot more without going nuts
  • How to start building a team

…happy listening!


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the power of posing. cat hepple photography

February 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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It’s no secret that these pretty pages are a big source of inspiration, not only to our bride to be readers (who we love very much) but also to our wedding industry followers.  I love that this creative industry of ours is – in general – such a fabulously supportive environment in which to work.  I know that I owe a lot to the wedding industry friends who have championed my blog and brand over the years, so I hope you’ll take a break from the wedding planning (get some work done!) as I direct this morning’s feature squarely their way.

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One such friend, and someone who is always prepared to give so much back to others in our field is the beautiful Cat of Cat Hepple Photography.  Always one of my favourite ladies to work with (she created the stunning set of images for our rebrand back in April of 2014) and on my personal speed dial for advice on making things look really, really pretty, she certainly is one clever Cat.

I’d like to welcome Cat to the pages of the wedding blog today as she shares her latest achievement with us: she’s only gone and published a book! “The Power of Posing: win clients, create perfect poses and boost your business” is a guide for photographers, written to help them boost their skills and book more clients. This 28,000 word downloadable guide is designed to show photographers all the steps they need to take to put their clients at ease and to teach them to trust, so they take direction and the result is gorgeous images full of emotion.

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I know that our photographer friends (*waves!*) will be reading with interest, as might any enthustiatic amateurs and anyone who just wants to take better personal pictures, so I’ll hand you over to the lovely Ms. Hepple.

Take it from someone who has been “posed” by Cat and loved the results: this is a tome that everyone needs in their creative library.

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cat says: In the four years I’ve been a professional photographer, there’s one question I get asked more than any other by people in the industry: “How DO you get people to look so magazine worthy and yet so natural?”

To me it’s always seemed to be a strange question because posing my clients and getting them to look sensational has been one of my favourite parts of being a photographer, right from the start. I can’t imagine having it any other way. I’ve never done it any other way.

I’m not saying I’ve always known exactly what to do with them, how to guide and direct them but I have been certain from the very beginning of how I want them to look and feel and I’ve worked very hard to create techniques and routines which really help me achieve that.

I love posing people. I know that puts me in the minority in the world of photographers ( a bit like how much I love public speaking, again I know that probably makes me a bit odd!) but I get enormous satisfaction from creating a beautiful image which not only looks fabulous but captures a mood too. Because without emotion, your photographs are just poses, and nothing more. Emotion and mood are critical to connect an image with someone’s soul. So many photographers worry that by focusing on posing the emotion will be lost. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

So I’ve studied hard, not just how to pose someone by moving their arms and legs, hands and feet, but the psychology of working with people. I’ve learnt a lot about trust, building a client’s confidence in me and how to make that work on a shoot. I’ve studied people, considered ways to work with different body shapes and confidence levels and I’ve applied what I’ve learnt to my work. And now it’s all in a new book I’ve written for photographers.

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The chances are you currently:

  • feel nervous about posing people
  • don’t have time to think about posing on a shoot
  • feel you always get clients who look nervous and won’t take direction from you
  • sometimes have no idea on a shoot what you are going to do next
  • lack confidence in taking the lead and directing
  • struggle to pose people you don’t think are typically beautiful
  • don’t ever get enough emotion into your shots


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My book will help you to:


A simple process you can rely on.

A way to gain confidence.

Trust from your clients so they do what you ask them to do.


The art of winning people around.

The ways to guide people into poses.

The secrets to getting natural images.


Yourself as a posing expert.

Build a reputation for incredibly natural images.

Be in demand and get more bookings, because you make people look and feel amazing.

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In addition to the book, Cat is now available for one to one mentoring sessions to help you develop even further and look in depth at your own specific business needs.

Visit her new website to buy the book and for more details of Cat’s mentoring offering.

And if you’re a bride to be reader who stuck around and has liked what you’ve seen, you can book Cat for your own wedding by getting in touch here.

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the circle: be a wedding industry insider

September 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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A glittering press party at Media City, Manchester this Wednesday night saw the launch of The Circle – a brand new concept in creativity, training and connectivity for wedding and lifestyle businesses.

I’m so proud to stand along my industry friends (who also just happen to be the very best entrepreneurs in the business), Charlotte Balbier, Jonny Draper and Howard Wing, as we launch our new concept.

Finally… I’m allowed to talk about it! (It’s been killing me).

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Just so you know who you are dealing with here, Charlotte Balbier is one of the UK’s leading bridal gown designers; Jonny Draper is an award winning photographer and boutique owner; Howard Wing is the most in-demand wedding entertainer in the UK and I’m the Editor In Chief of one rather lovely wedding blog… all four of us have won numerous coveted awards and are recognised for excellence and experience in our specialisms within the industry. (*blush*)

Over the years (and over the odd cocktail or ten!) we’ve discussed the need for a club or collective – an inspiring and exciting space, comprising a combination of special events, practical training and online membership – where wedding industry suppliers can meet to exchange insider ideas, secrets and knowledge with the aim of boosting business and raising standards, profiles, contacts and turnover.

Our answer?

The Circle. Founded 10th September 2014.

Following Wednesday’s big reveal (an exciting and nail biting evening explaining the scope of our plans to assembled press luminaries like editors from Brides Magazine, Perfect Wedding Magazine… and other industry big wigs – official photos and lots of thank yous coming soon!) The Circle are now proud to announce our exclusive inaugural event, strictly limited to just 100 initial The Circle members.

Attendees should forget anything they ever knew about training days and get ready to transform or refresh the way in which they do business.

The first ever full day event is suitable for experienced industry professionals and start-ups alike and sessions packed full of insider tips and strategy will tackle topics such as brand evolution, blogging, social media wizardry, killer sales, effective networking and management, before ending the day with a VIP After Show Party.  More in-depth info about the event, The Circle’s founders and pricing info can be found over at our brand spanking new website, just live:

Inspiration is guaranteed, and surprises come as standard.

As an attendee at the February event, delegates will automatically become a year-long member of The Circle’s essential online support networks, gaining exclusive access to an immediate, priceless forum in a private space to share ideas, make referrals, win business, solve problems and generate goodwill.

When you’re in The Circle, you’re one of us.

We’d love to see wedding businesses old and new, fresh and familiar faces at our first event, strictly limited to just 100 places. Since the website went live yesterday our inbox has been pinging with booking confirmations, so we’d urge you to move quickly to avoid disappointment.

This is going to get epic, and quickly…


the 100 club

Tuesday 10th February 2015

Styal Lodge, Cheshire

9:30am till 5pm

Then After Show Party

One day to transform your wedding business.
Inspire. Apply. Connect. Elevate

Book now at


Images by Hayley Baxter Photography

Film by Silk Wedding Films

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#WeddingHourLive… By Booth Revolution

November 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Do you follow Brides Up North on Twitter or like our pretty Facebook page?  If you do (and if you don’t, click the links to get that sorted) then you’ll have seen some sneak peeks from the brilliant night we had at our recent wedding industry networking party #WeddingHourLive, which we co-hosted with our friends at The Wedding Affair.  If you didn’t get your ticket in time, make sure to keep watching these pages (or those social media feeds) for details of our next big event.   

If you came along to help to bring our Twitter feed to life this Halloween, then another huge thank you for your support.  Unfortunately, this is how I choose to repay you.

Did you consume enough candy/ cocktails* or disguise yourself adequately enough to feel confident stepping into our photo booth courtesy of the fabulous Booth Revolution?  If you think you did, you might like to look away now.  It isn’t very pretty…

*delete as appropriate

Trick or Treat?! There are some absolute crackers here.

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Frightfully Fabulous. Did You Get Spooky At #WeddingHourLive? A First Look

October 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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My recovery rate isn’t what it used to be.  It’s taken me the best part of a week to shake off the fug following a frightfully good night at our first ever #WeddingHourLive. 

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Lisa of The Wedding Affair and I have been wanting to collaborate for a while – and we wanted to do it in style – so we decided to get together to bring the wedding industry’s Twitter feed to life for a spooky Halloween soiree.  This was an entirely not for profit event, and our way of saying thank you to an industry that is so supportive of our businesses.  Plus, being in the events game, we like to show off what we can do! 

And what a night it was

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Whenever you throw a party, there’s always that 12 year old girl inside shrieking “Oh my god!  Will anyone come?!  Does anyone like me?!  Will there be enough cake?!  Will people dress up?!”. The party bags were packed, but we needed a crowd. 

We weren’t disappointed!

They came.  They costumed (beyond all expectation).  They cocktailed.  They casino’ed.  And they teared up the dance floor. 

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

We really do love you all.  A huge thank you for your amazing support and making this event so much fun.  Thanks-not-so-much for the week long hangover. 

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If you follow this blog on Facebook and Twitter (ahem!) then you’ll have already seen some candid and photo booth shots from the night (thank you Peter and Susie at Booth Revolution), but here’s a first look at what went down from behind our roving photographers’ lenses.  There’s more to come… no one’s safe (!)… but here are a few of our favourites so far!

Images by Peter Boyd Photography.  

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Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Watch this space for more updates and maybe, just maybe, news of another event soon…

Big love to our team of supporters, without whom this event would have been absolutely rubbish:

Zoe and The Cedar Court Hotel

Lucy of Lucy MacNicoll Flowers 

Phil & Jennie from Phil Lyons & The Swingettes

Susie from Booth Revolution

Mike & Michelle from MissDeal Fun Casino

Mark Waddington Yorkshire Wedding Magician

Sarah from Cake!

Ryan from Mulhern Media

Peter & Kelly from Peter Boyd Photography

Jo from Sprae PR

Event Prop Hire

Black Event Furniture Hire

Molton Brown for the Best Dressed Prize (yes, it went to Teen Wolf aka Joel Skingle Photography)

Alex & Lisa of 2 People 1 Life, for their help in stuffing 150 goody bags (honestly, I’d still be there now!)

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Peter Boyd Photography

This was a Brides Up North / The Wedding Affair Event

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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The Morning (Afternoon) After The Night Before…

October 24th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Booth Revolution at #weddinghourlive

Booth Revolution at #weddinghourlive

If you follow the blog on Twitter and Facebook you’ll know that last night’s #weddinghourlive was an absolute smash! Photographs are beginning to surface, and they’re confirming that today’s headache is well deserved.

Normal blog scheduling will resume tomorrow. 

Booth Revolution at #weddinghourlive


Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Image © 2013 James Jebson/ Booth Revolution 

#weddinghourlive was a Brides Up North Event

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier 

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