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Oh What A Day!

22nd April 2013 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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A couple of pints of coffee down my neck and I am finally back in the land of the living!

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In case you hadn’t noticed (ahem), yesterday was the inaugural Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at the National Railway Museum in York.  And what a day it was!

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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I’m always super nervous before any big show.  When something has your name on it you want it to go perfectly – how will it work logistically? – will my exhibitors enjoy the day and find it a success for their businesses? – will the space look aesthetically pleasing? – will I get the mountains of admin that comes with any big event done in time? – will I wake up for my 5am alarm call on the day?… and the big one… will anyone come?!

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I needn’t have worried. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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I love working with all my Yorkshire venues and the latest addition to our schedule didn’t disappoint.  This really is a fabulous space: clean, bright, quirky and oh-so vintage.  The National Railway Museum team are great to work with and every single one of my near 60 fabulous exhibitors (I really do feel very privileged to work with the region’s very best suppliers) went above and beyond to make their luxury and vintage displays some of the prettiest set ups that I have ever seen.  Hat’s off to you Yorkshire!

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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So things were looking pretty sweet by the time the doors opened at 10am (it felt like tea time to me by then!) and I would happily have spent the next seven hours wandering the floor chatting to my lovely friends and admiring their beautiful work, but then…

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You came! 

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And in your hundreds! 

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The brides, grooms and their bridesmaids, page boys, family and friends were out in force.  At the last count we registered 239 brides on the door, and just under 1,000 people in all.  Wow!  I loved meeting you all, hearing your plans and seeing you leave so inspired!

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These are just a few of my hastily snapped shots of the day, but watch out for some gorgeous images coming up on the blog from our roving photographer Peter Boyd Photography soon. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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After falling into bed early last night, I have awoken this morning to an inbox pinging with kind comments from brides and exhibitors alike, and the hard work and planning of the last 12 months all seems worth it.  Thank you all for your constant and unwavering support.

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The Northern Revolution rumbles on…

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Fancy doing it all again this winter? Save the date – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 17th November 2013. 

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I’ll be talking about it lots more nearer the time, obvs, but in the meantime exhibitors can contact me for details at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibiton at The National Railway Museum

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Have you made it to a Brides Up North event this Spring?  If not, you really should!  We have only three events left in the schedule for this season, and VIP Bride-To-Be Registration is open for all of them!

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THORP PERROW SPRING 2013

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer. Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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THE BOWDON ROOMS SPRING 2013

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NORTH WEST: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – The North West’s most fabulous will be joining us for a day of inspiration at this beautiful, authentic space. Our first show in the North West, and one most definitely for the diary.

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RISE HALL SPRING 2013

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EAST YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall – Sunday 9th June 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – Sarah Beeny’s famous “Restoration Nightmare” is now one of Yorkshire’s most gorgeous exclusive use wedding venues.  Don’t miss our closing show of the season at this stunning stately home and gardens.

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For bride to be registration, click here.  Brides Up North welcome packs while stocks last only. 

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Exhibitor bookings all events – email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP to avoid disappointment. 

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comments

  • April 22, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you so much for so warmly welcoming me to your event. I enquired about getting involved as I heard good things about how you organise your events Julia and am very pleased to say they were all true. I’m also impressed you saw 1000 or so folk through the door, that’s such an excellent result. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the opportunity to sell and sign some of my books to readers (many of them had already purchased the book but it was great to chat with them about their wedding plans). I’ll definitely be at the next event – see you there 😉

    Annabel xXx

    • April 22, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Annabel, it was lovely to have you there. Looking forward to getting started on my copy of SWV Weddings! See you very soon and thanks so much for your kind words and support. Lots of love, Julia xxx

  • April 23, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    What a day indeed, seemed like a fun photoshoot! I love the vintage-y bridesmaid dresses! Reminds me of Zooey Deschanel’s style 🙂

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