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#GetSetSparkle… A Few Awards Under Our (Sequinned) Belt & We’re Almost Ready!

June 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography for Brides Up North #GetSetSparkle

Well, hello there!  Happy Monday to you my lovely reader.

So. It’s really very nearly time to unveil the glam new look that I’ve been working on behind the scenes here at Brides Up North since the turn of the year (and procrastinating on since early 2013 – maternity leave can do that to you).  We’re so excited to give these pretty pages a little makeover, add some snazzy new features and bring the whole Brides Up North experience up a notch.

Not to worry though, you won’t suddenly find our head in the clouds and you won’t be needing a map. We’re purposely keeping the layout and functions of the site familiar so that you can still find your way around quickly and easily (the experience should just be glossier and more useful) and you’ll still feel loved – everyone’s welcome at our party! You just need to be Northern, and proud of it…

To celebrate, we’re busy working on a whole host of great new features and seeking the advice of a lauded panel of industry experts – the very best in the business, no less-  who’ll also be taking their places on the inaugural Brides Up North Team Excellent Panel to administer help, advice and inspiration liberally (and sprinkle a few sequins here and there). 

As a blogger and creative events director, I’m used to instant gratification for my efforts.  Curate a pretty feature and boom! – there it is for all to see and share, host an excellent event and voila! – the internet is filled with rave reviews and re-bookings.  This is different.  The site’s makeover has been a real labour of love and has taken longer than I ever imagined.  Functional tweaks (upon tweaks), a dedicated branding shoot – sneak peeks of which I’ve been leaking for the past month or so, a couple of the images here – key image choices, font selection, layout decisions, team selection, features planning, writing, writing, writing and re-writing, self doubt, paranoia and self loathing (ok, not those last two)… but it’s been hard work, and I bet you’ve been wondering what I do all day between event seasons!?

Tear my hair out, mainly.

I just hope you all love the new look as much as I do.  It’s coming really soon, I promise.

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Cat Hepple Photography for Brides Up North #GetSetSparkle

Amongst all the grafting, there are sometimes some nice surprises! Working late on some top secret web stuff last night, inbox pinging away with Sunday submissions (it’s one of our busiest times of the week), I was pleased to find amongst them a happy little email from The Wedding Industry Experts Awards 2014.  Turns out that Brides Up North has picked up a few awards this season – Most Popular Wedding Show or Fair, West Yorkshire & Most Popular Wedding Blog, West Yorkshire (are there any others?!?), and named a top 5 National & Worldwide Finalist in both categories.  Well, thank you very much!  That’s certainly a boost just as I needed it.

We keep banging on about it, but I’ll say it again – our mission is to get you ladies thinking local and to promote the fabulous wedding industry talent that we have right here on our doorstep in the North of the UK.  To take the crown in our home County really is something that I’m very proud of indeed. 

Cat Hepple Photography for Brides Up North #GetSetSparkle

Now whilst the recognition is nice, The Wedding Experts Awards is a huge process, with many categories and spanning the entire wedding industry and (being honest) to win can sometimes feel a little like pot luck.  Lovely – icing on the cake of a lovely Sunday pot luck – but all the same, there is one rather more niche (and very special) awards process that we’d really, really like to do well in again this year.  While we’re on a roll, I’d love it if you could give us a hand.

I’ve already told you all about what a fabulous honour it was to take home a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” in 2013, and we’d love to join the Wedding Magazine winners circle again this year.  Let’s keep this Northern Revolution going!

Brides Up North campaigns tirelessly to encourage brides to think local and support our fabulous regional wedding industry… so lets show the rest of the UK what we can do!

Click here to VOTE for Brides Up NorthWe love you! It literally takes a moment, and would mean so, so much to us.

Nominations close on Thursday 26th June 2014.

Thank you, so much x

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In The Press: Brides Up North In Wedding Magazine – Wedding Blog Awards 2013

March 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North Wins A Wedding Blog Award 2013

If you’re a regular reader of Brides Up North, you’ll know that last autumn I was thrilled to be a recipient of a Wedding Blog Award from the lovely people at Wedding Magazine and voted for by you, my readers. 

The Wedding Blog Awards

As a lot of our “office hours” here at Brides Up North HQ are dedicated to managing our events, business admin, meetings and email enquiries, I spend a lot of long lonely hours working on the actual editorial content for the site (often long into the night when the rest of my young family is finally sleeping!) and the recognition of our contribution to the online wedding world really did mean a lot to me.  In fact, it still gives me a warm fuzzy feeling now!  It’s nice to be appreciated!

We’ve been so busy at Brides Up North with our branded events and other exciting projects for 2014 (watch this space) that we’re a little behind recapping all our great coverage in the industry press in late 2013 and earlier on this year. 

Brides Up North Wins Best Big Day Inspiration Blog

Image: Paul Cahill

I wrote an excited post from my London hotel room the day after the Awards (absolutely no hangover, that’s the high quality Ritz Champagne for you:  I drank a lot of it!) and you can read my recap here, but I wanted to share the official round up of the evening from the hosts themselves and my “Five Minutes With” feature from my interview in the “Winner’s Enclosure” immediately after collecting my prize and a kiss from Mark-Francis (offa Made In Chelsea).

Brides Up North Wins A Wedding Blog Award 2013

So here’s the magazine’s own online recap, and you can read my interview in full – along with those of the other award winners – by clicking here.

Brides Up North Wins A Wedding Blog Award 2013

Once again, a huge thank you to my readers and industry supporters for your votes.  Brides Up North wouldn’t work without you, and I am so grateful for your daily input and love.  In my interview, I say that the ethos behind behind the blog is that “I want to spread the message that the Northern wedding industry is full of inspirational people and make their voices heard”. That will never change.  This is your blog, for your wedding, in your local area.  Think local, be inspired and make the most of the exceptional talent on your doorstep.  That’s the Northern Revolution… and it’s rumbling on!

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The Editorials: “Its All In The Detail”

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography 

It’s time for another online/ offline catch up folks.  The Editorials is a series I run occasionally here on the wedding blog, bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines online. 

“It’s All In The Detail” was a piece penned by moi and first published in National Glossy, Wedding Magazine as a part of my Trend Alert series of columns (although it’s contents have been tweeted a few times since then)!  I hope it inspires you to accessorise wisely…

Its All In The Detail

I said:  No longer content with just the church, dress and swish wheels, trendsetting brides and grooms are thinking outside the box when it comes to the finer details of their big day.

This isn’t about following the crowd and installing a job lot of teacups, typewriters and the prerequisite bird cage table centres, but selecting unique props and decorating details that say something about the your individual tastes and interests and using them as a backdrop to your celebration.

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography  

A plan is essential. It’s all too easy to get carried away at the car boot sales and lose sight of your initial vision. This isn’t an episode of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’. Before the great rummage begins, consider your theming carefully and arm yourself with a wish list to avoid expensive mistakes. Consider enlisting the services of a prop hire or event styling specialist who will help you to bring more ambitious ideas to life.

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Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography  (26)

CG Weddings by The Crawleys

SDS Photography, Helen Russell Photography, CG Weddings by The Crawleys 

A Personal Touch

Whatever decorating details you add to your big day, the most effective schemes will be those that really mean something to you as a couple. Travel mad? Vintage suitcases, picture postcards and grand old maps in place of table runners can add nostalgia and romance to your celebration. Love cycling? How about a bicycle made for two?

Helen Venables Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Helen Venables Photography, Jonny Draper Photography 

Go Large

Some of the more popular grand schemes like festival or circus themed weddings need commitment to work. If in doubt, add bulk and colour – reams of rainbow streamers or paper pompoms en masse are a cheaper alternative to filling the room with flowers, and in some scenarios more definitely is more!

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Cassandra Lane Photography

Richard Wynn Davies, Helen Venables Photography

Chiconomics

Before embarking on a decorating extravaganza, remember to do your sums. Props and detailing should really be somewhere near the bottom of your budget and an optional extra rather than essential expense. Decide what’s more important to you – 100 Greek urns or your Santorini honeymoon (and I’m not judging!) and budget accordingly.

Jonny Draper Photography

Shelley Hughes Photography

Jonny Draper Photography, Shelley Hughes Photography

Nothing For The Sake Of It

Often, the most stylish weddings are the simplest affairs. Don’t feel pressured to over-style your day if a themed celebration just isn’t your bag. You can still add personal touches with your favourite flowers, photographs of loved ones or a carefully chosen playlist.

SDS Photography

SDS Photography

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Online Offline. Recent Press For Brides Up North

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

So.  Recent press for this little wedding blog, eh?  It appears that there’s quite a lot to cover.

2013 has been one busy year. (I wouldn’t have it any other way).

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

“Here Comes The… Bridal Business!” Brides Up North is profiled in Fabulous Magazine’s Careers Issue

(to over 8 million readers no less!)

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

“It’s All In The Detail” – an inspirational three page spread on decor and details in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

“Snap Happy!” A three page guest feature in brand new Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

“Catwalk Queen” – getting excited about the 2014 bridal collections in Loved Up Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Mosaic Brides

“Picture Perfect” – more photography talk in Mosaic Brides

Brides Up North in Belle Bridal Magazine

“Wedding Venues – The Expert Opinions” in Belle Bridal Magazine 

Brides Up North in Etc Magazine

“Bridal Buzz” Catching up on a year’s worth of columns in Etc Magazine 

 

Join the Northern Revolution – or should that be #jointhenorthernrevolution? – over on the Brides Up North Twitter feed and Facebook page now. 

That’s where all the magic happens, first.  Get involved!

 

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We Won! Brides Up North Is Awarded The Wedding Magazine Wedding Blog Award For “Best Big Day Inspiration”!

October 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

I’m waking up this morning in an apartment just off Leicester Square with a slightly tingling head, a huge goody bag (adding to the Christmas morning effect) and a lovely little Wedding Blog Award, courtesy of Wedding Magazine, their gorgeous judging panel – including industry greats Ciara Elliott, Ian Stuart, Emily Johnston and Stephen Moran – and YOU my dear readers and supporters.

Wedding Blog Awards

It was a brilliant day yesterday and to win an Award was really just the icing on what was already a very lovely cake.  We were really just there for a very Ritz-y night out!  After lunching in Covent Garden and getting our Shellac on courtesy of the Spa at the W Hotel, Ellie – who you may have met if you’ve attended one of our luxury bridal exhibitions this Autumn – and I headed back to the apartment to put our glitz on.   A quick taxi ride down the Mall (our heels were too high, darlings!) took us to the famous Ritz Hotel. 

Now, I worked on Old Bond Street in a former life and walked past The Ritz every day on my way to the office, but I’ve never actually been inside.  What a treat!  The hotel’s private dining area had been dressed to the nines and my fellow bloggers, Award sponsors, judges and magazine mavens gathered under the ornate cornicing for delectable canapés and absolute vats of champagne.  

I was concentrating on catching up (hello to the Bespoke Bride lovelies, Kat and Gareth, Wedding Sparrow, Nu Bride, Gemma at Ian Stuart, Sophie from Paradox London, the Sandals girls, Charlie at London Bride, Sonia at Want That Wedding and Editor Ciara and her team at Wedding Magazine – you gals and guys rock) and getting stuck into the bubbly when the Awards ceremony began, so to say that I was surprised when Mark Francis read out my blog’s name as the winner in the Best Big Day Inspiration category was an understatement.  A very lovely surprise indeed. 

After collecting our Award I was whisked off for photographs and interviews to camera, then headed back to the main area to cheer on the rest of my colleagues. 

What followed next is a bit of a blur – far more champagne, goody bag looting and a totter to Whisky Mist where a lack of ID (and at 31, being asked for ID is never a bad thing, even if everyone else was being asked for it too) meant that Ellie and I decided to bail out and find food.  Cue a slap up Chinese, lots of laughs and a happy night’s sleep.  As new mum, I’ll never knock a lie in, either!

London’s been exciting, but I’m off to catch the train back ‘Up North as we’re busy in the office this week planning for our Luxury Bridal Exhibition at Nostell Priory this weekend (click here to pre-register, we’d love to see you there) and I can’t wait for some cuddles from my baby girl too.  Beats a whip around Harrods any day!  

But, before I go – and I’ll be back on these pages later on with more wedding pretty for you – a huge, huge thank you to each and every one of you who voted for Brides Up North.  Your support means so much to me and my little team, as we strive to keep this Northern Revolution marching on.  We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to either.

So, Brides Up North – this one’s for you!

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Back In A Jiffy…We’re Off The The Wedding Blog Awards!

October 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North/ Black Tie Photobooths

Our suitcases are packed full of high heels, sparkle and hot pink lipstick.  We’re laden with the latest issues of all our favourite glossies.  We’ve raided the sandwich section in M&S for Percy Pigs (travel essential). 

Our tickets have been clipped and we’re off on the train to London town for the first ever Wedding Blog Awards hosted by Wedding Magazine

I am so proud that my blog has been nominated for an award at this evening’s ceremony, alongside a bevvy of other beauties, and would like to say a huge thank you to you – our readers and supporters – who voted in your hundreds and made that happen.  I love you. 

With a very hectic schedule of features writing, events co-ordination and spending time with my little family, I didn’t need asking twice when Wedding Magazine’s little golden invitation dropped through our letter box.  Never mind the awards, a night out is a night out!

Brides Up North/ Black Tie Photobooths

But then I read on… it’s only a night out at the bloomin’ Ritz, hosted by Mark Francis (of Made In Chelsea fame, darlings!) and the perfect chance to catch up with my lovely fellow bloggers.  Sold.  I was down the shops outfit hunting quicker than you could say “babysitter”.

In the end, I’ve opted for a little silky number I already had in the back of my wardrobe, but with a blow dry booked, freshly manicured nails, my glam assistant Ellie on my arm and a glass of Champagne in hand, I’ll be ready to celebrate.

Whether we win it or not, we’re definitely going to show them how it’s done, Northern style. Brides Up North/ Black Tie Photobooths

(Maybe not as above). 

That Northern Revolution?  It’s happening people…

 

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The Editorials: Something Blue

June 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It was lovely to wake up this morning to kind emails from suppliers and brides to be congratulating us on another successful Brides Up North event at Rise Hall yesterday and the conclusion of a fabulous Spring season.  I could go on, and on (and on) about how much fun hosting these wedding exhibitions has been and how much I love each and every one of my readers and exhibitors, but all I’ll say is a massive thank you from me and my team for all of your amazing support – you rock! The Northern Revolution really is in full swing.

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When I started the blog back in the dark ages of 2010 my aim was to show other soon-to-be-weds that you  don’t need to head to the smoke to source suppliers for your big day, and to demonstrate the levels of quality available from the wedding industry right on your door step.  These events are doing just that – stepping out from behind the computer screen and showing you exactly what these talented people can do for you.  If you missed our events this Spring, be sure to pop along to an event near you from September 1st.  We’ll be announcing the full line up shortly, but we have another nine events across three regions in the diary already.  Watch this space.  Exhibitors can also contact us for details by emailing contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Another way in which I aim to spread our message is via the plethora of freelance columns that I pen on a monthly basis.  The deadlines here at Brides Up North HQ are always looming, let me tell you!  As well as contributing to many local bridal titles I am also proud to have been recognised as an influential UK wedding blogger and asked to write my own regular column for National glossy Wedding Magazine. This morning I am sharing a column that was published in one of their recent issues in case you missed it offline.

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Girls, get ready to slip on those blue suede shoes… today we are on the hunt for your something blue!

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Dominic Wright Photography

Image © Dominic Wright Photography

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I wrote: You know the words: Something Old, Something New… but when it comes to wedding day luck, style savvy brides are taking no chances by adding cooler colour details to their big day.

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Almost everything looks bright against white, so take care when adding bold blues to your wedding day scheme. Pick an angle and go with it – choose crisp navy to define and formalise your colour palette or the palest pastel powders to soften and prettify the overall look.

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Whichever shade you choose, all you’ll need to add is a silver sixpence for your shoe!

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John Hesford Photography

Image © John Hesford Photography

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Sally Hobson Photography

Image © Sally Hobson Photography

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Blue Blooms

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Never mind green fingers, the natural world is awash with pretty blue petals in varying shades. Add the freshest bluebells to your Spring bouquet or try hand-tied cornflowers for a relaxed Summer look. Towering indigo delphiniums or bleached out hydrangeas look stunning in centrepieces.

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Jess Petrie Photography

Image © Jess Petrie Photography

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Jess Petrie Photography

Image © Jess Petrie Photography

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Razzle Dazzle Em

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Forget diamonds – think royal. Copy the Duchess of Cambridge and sparkle in sapphires instead. Vintage magpies on the hunt for these pretty stones might find that they can cover their Something Old and Something Blue all at once…

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Eyecapture

Image © Eyecapture

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Northwest Photography

Image © NorthWest Photography

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Blue For The Boys

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Most men that I’ve met are afraid of the fuchsia cravat. Win style and brownie points by suggesting that your boy plays it cool in blue. From pale tones, through oxford blue to nearly black navy, 2013’s sharpest wedding suits all seem to have a hint of the hue.

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GASP Photography

Image © GASP Photography

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Chris Chambers Photography

Image © Chris Chambers Photography

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All In The Details

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To add a dash of colour without feeling over committed, pay attention to detail. Try a pale petticoat under shorter frocks, a flash of a blue suede shoe, a pretty periwinkle vintage motor or piles of Parma violets for your guests to take away with them.

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Northwest Photography

Image © NorthWest Photography

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John Hesford Photography

Image © John Hesford Photography

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The Editorials: Maids In Heaven In Wedding Magazine

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog in Wedding Magazine

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Although the blog has been whirring away as usual these last eight weeks, with a small baby it’s harder to get to the shops – so my lovely friends at Wedding Magazine have just sent me a job lot of glossies to catch up on.  Today, we visit their April/ May issue, and my column about keeping your team on side.  After all, you want some friends at the end of it all, don’tcha?

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I wrote: These days, bridesmaid duty doesn’t have to equal sartorial disaster. There are plenty of options out there for dressing your best girls and still staying friends at the end of it all. Not a hoop skirt or Little Bo Peep impersonator in sight, unless you are being intentionally ironic!

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Whilst a strong vintage, alternative or high glamour focus might demand a certain look, there’s nothing worse than overstepping the mark between theming and fancy dress. Once you’ve chosen your own dress, the best bet is a set of bridesmaid frocks that will flatter and contrast with your own styling and suit your chosen venue. And when it comes to adhering to a chosen dress code, the bridal party always should lead by example.

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Consider your wedding day colour choices and inspirations carefully, but don’t feel that every collar and cuff has to match. Think about what will look best in your wedding photographs: bridesmaids’ should help to create a beautiful background to show off their leading lady. Try offsetting an all-white palette with deeper tones in the Winter, choose all over florals for a fresh and contrasting Spring time look or complimentary rosy hues for warmer weather.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Image by Katy Lunsford Photography

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You First

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Pick your own gown first. You might be dead set on a certain style, but tastes are often known to change once shopping starts. That way, you can be sure that your style selections will enhance the overall look. A sash of lace around a bridesmaid’s waist can set off a matching wedding dress beautifully.

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Cat Hepple Photography

Image by Cat Hepple Photography

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Maids To Measure

Image by Maids To Measure

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Would It Work For You?

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Be fair. If you wouldn’t be seen dead in it, why should your best mate? Do show some consideration of their shape, size and usual style. Do they all have to wear exactly the same? Equally, remember that your guests do know you, and how tall you are. Forcing your girls into unflattering flats or sky high heels when they would rather be wearing the opposite is just cruel, and discourages dancing. That’s never a good thing.

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Sarah Gawler

Image by Sarah Gawler

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Shop Around

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Don’t feel pressured to buy for your bridesmaids in the same boutique as your wedding gown. Whilst this can be advantageous in terms of ease and pricing, there is no need to narrow your options if you want to look elsewhere. Gems can be found in independent fashion boutiques, online, via the big name bridal houses and never, ever rule out the Great British High Street.

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Steve Gerrard Photography

Image by Steve Gerrard Photography

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Belle & Beau Photography

Image by Belle & Beau Photography

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Dare To Be Different

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Just because everyone is working rainbow brights, contrasting cuts or pastel pales doesn’t mean that you have to. My favourite bridesmaid styles this year have all been in elegant tones and classic shapes with a quirky twist. Don’t shy away from unexpected colours or a bit of embellishment. After all, everyone loves to sparkle.

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Jonny Draper Photography

Image by Jonny Draper Photography

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The Editorials: Unvintage Rebellion For Wedding Magazine

May 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online.  This is done both for your benefit (in case you missed the original print articles) and mine, in the vain hope that I’m saving my – often painstakingly crafted in the early hours of the morning – words from their ultimate end of being posh chip paper and recording them for time eternal right here on these swirly silver pages.

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Today, I am getting fresh with a piece first published for my regular column in National glossy, Wedding Magazine.  Now I love “vintage” styling as much as the next person – after all we just held a beautiful luxury and vintage exhibition at York’s National Railway Museum, didn’t we? – but only when it’s done properly.  For a while it felt like everyone was just pulling out the birdcages and calling it “vintage”.  So I say – forget the gimmicks, forget the “labels and embrace a return to classic styling drawing influence from bygone ages. If it’s beautiful, it’s in. 

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Unvintage Rebellion in Wedding Magazine

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I wrote:  It’s out with the old and in with the new this season as brides to be are leading the way in a very un-vintage rebellion. Ladies: it seems that bridal styling is having a spring clean!

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The chintz is being stripped back to make way for an altogether cooler and more current celebration. In a return to true elegance, a new style leader is emerging: clean lines, considered colour pops and a distinct lack of fuss.

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Whilst the most beautiful weddings still draw on influences from bygone eras, today it will be a nod in the right direction rather than a swan dive into the dressing up box. In a thoroughly modern twist, today’s bride is bringing glamour bang up to date.

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Image by Phil Drinkwater

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Twee Is Out

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Tasteful is in. It’s time to put away the mismatched tea cups and roll out the fine china. Crisp linen and shining silverware make for the best dressed tables in town.

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Anneli Marinovich Photography

Image by Anneli Marinovich Photography

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Stay True

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If you love retro styling, keep it authentic. A few unique antique details will be far more special than a job lot of imitation pieces.

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Image by Phil Drinkwater

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Pin Up

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Go for a contemporary slick of bright pink on your lips, or a little heavier on the eyes for a refreshing take on bridal beauty.

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Anneli Marinovich Photography

Image by Anneli Marinovich Photography

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Get Fresh

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Your bouquet is a sure fire way to bring a classic look into the 21st Century. Choose zesty greens, plump succulents or bright wildflowers in similar shades to sharpen up the overall effect and add interest.

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No More Matchy Matchy

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We may be seeing a return to simpler schemes, but this doesn’t mean that you should revert to the dark days when your chair covers had to match your knickers! Keep your use of colour strictly complimentary.

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Melissa Kay Photography

Image by Melissa Kay Photography 

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The Editorials: Spring/ Summer Celebrations

March 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you are a regular reader of Brides Up North (well HELLO there!), you will know that The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online.  This is done both for your benefit (in case you missed the original print articles) and mine, in the vain hope that I’m saving my – often painstakingly crafted in the early hours of the morning – words from their ultimate end of being posh chip paper and recording them for time eternal right here on these swirly silver pages.

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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You can catch up on the first two posts in The Editorials series – two features for National glossy Wedding Magazine for whom I am a monthly columnist here: All White Weddings and here: Va-Va Groom! – and ALL of our press features over the years by clicking here.  Enjoy – there’s quite a lot of reading material there!

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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In the meantime, today, we are recycling a piece that I wrote for the recent issue of Darlington Weddings, a very pretty, handbag sized regional glossy in the North East about my love of a seasonal soiree, and why despite our well documented British weather difficulties a Spring or Summer celebration is still on my style forecast for 2013.

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Brides Up North for Darlington Weddings

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I wrote:  It used to be the case that every weekend during the months of May, June and July played host to a Saturday wedding, but in recent years the Summer wedding has become less of a must have on bridal wish lists. It could be the fact that a proper English Summer is about as guaranteed as a lottery win, or that savvy spenders are responding to lower prices in what was traditionally the off-season, but more and more couples are choosing to say I do in the Autumn and Winter months instead. It could be that they are on to something – after all, didn’t we see a scorching March and a clear skied November last year?

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However, I would urge you not to write off a Spring or Summer celebration just yet. A Summer wedding offers so many pretty styling options, and even if the weather is a little unreliable, your wedding really needn’t be a wash out!

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Sarah Gawler Photography

Sarah Gawler Photography for Maids To Measure

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Summer Styling

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Lighter skies and longer days can carry off a real variety of colour palettes and prints, from the bright and vibrant shades of India to the palest pastel pinks and blues of an English country garden. Choose your favourite colour combinations and use these as the basis of your overall look. I love the elegant emerald greens that look set to be a trend for 2013: think a tented lawn in the shadow of a stately home on a balmy day, very “Keira Knightly in Atonement”, and you’re on the right lines.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Katy Lunsford Photography

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Karen McGowran Photography

Karen McGowran

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Damian Hall Photography

Damian Hall Photography

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Get Fresh

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You’ll be happy to find most of your favourite blooms in season during the Summer months so if flowers are your thing, there’s no better time to make a statement. There is nothing more vibrant and significant of new beginnings than a freshly cut bunch of yellow daffodils or if you fancy something more exotic, try exotic cherry blossoms in long vases. Later in the year use beautiful blousy peonies to add romance.

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Joe Dodsworth Photography

Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Plan B

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No matter how many times you check the forecast, no one knows exactly how British Summertime is going to go, so I’d advise against a totally weather dependent celebration. Contingency is key. If you plan to be outdoors, have some easily erectable gazebos on standby. Colour co-ordinated umbrellas also make for some great photographs – look on the sunny side!

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Greyeye Photography

Greyeye Photography

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Pixies In The Cellar

Pixies In The Cellar

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Stephanie Oakes Photography

Stephanie Oakes Photography

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Bring The Outside In

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When choosing a venue for your Spring or Summer wedding, consider lighting carefully. No one wants to leave a sunny drinks reception on the lawn to dine in a dark and heavy panelled ballroom. Look for venues with floor to ceiling windows, large conservatory spaces or pale and cooling decorating schemes. You might even consider sitting down under canvas instead – today’s marquees and tepee options are designed to cope with all weathers.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Katy Lunsford Photography

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