we love local.  and we love stylish weddings.

Since its launch in 2010, Brides Up North has skyrocketed in popularity and profile to become one of the most visited wedding blogs in the UK, and is the only top bridal blog especially for northern couples.

If you’re planning a wedding Up North, you’ve come to the right place.

Brides Up North encourages its readers to think local and to support the wedding creatives on their own doorsteps. Every single real wedding, styled shoot or industry expert we feature on the blog took place or is based in the North of the UK.

The Brides Up North brand has become extremely well known away from the pages of the blog too. We have a loyal and local offline following having hosted hundreds of luxury bridal events under our brand name since 2012.  Brides Up North’s epic wedding shows and industry parties across Yorkshire, the North West and North East have become famous for our innovative and fun-filled signature style and are loved by both our visiting couples and exhibiting suppliers.

but don’t take our word for it…

Brides Up North has been named “Best Blog for Northern Brides” by Channel 4; crowned “Best Big Day Inspiration” and “Best Social Media” blog in the Wedding Magazine Awards and highly commended in the “Best City Blog” category; listed in Vuelio’s Top 5 UK Wedding blogs; listed in Easy Wedding Search’s Top 100 UK Wedding Blogs and in Bride Tide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs in The World. Brides Up North was also a finalist in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards (“Best Wedding Blog”) and in Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards (“Best Wedding Blog”).

Brides Up North’s founder, Julia Braime, is a respected industry expert and has been profiled in or contributed to almost every National wedding magazine title, as well featuring extensively in regional bridal titles, national news and lifestyle press. Brides Up North was headline sponsor for and hosted the first North of England Wedding Awards and has been a judge in the Bridal Buyer Awards 2012 and to date. Brides Up North has also been a judge for The Wedding Industry Awards since their inception and to date.

Julia was headhunted as editor of print title UNVEILED Magazine – the luxury wedding magazine for the North – in January 2015 with the aim of further developing this bridal title to build on the quality and creativity that the team achieved in their inaugural issues. The UNVEILED title is now owned and managed by Brides Up North Ltd and goes from strength to strength.

meet our editorial team

Julia Braime

editor in chief

Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North with a chip on her shoulder.  Frustrated by the poor northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself.

With a background in fashion journalism before law – yes, she is the real life Elle Woods – Julia put her media & marketing skills to work to create a dedicated blog especially for Northern brides.

Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside our busy wedding show portfolio, UNVEILED magazine and related freelance styling and consultancy commissions.

julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

@bridesupnorth

Rachel Hirst

features editor

Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial desk as full time Features Editor in February 2015 and now manages our talented writing team.

Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies.

rachel@bridesupnorth.co.uk

@rachel_upnorth

Georgia Pick

Account Manager

Georgia joined the Brides up North team as an Account Manager in October 2018 having previously spent over 8 years’ working in the bridal fashion world, organising leading trade events and awards ceremonies.

Having spent many years looking at beautiful bridal gowns, she’s loving discovering more about the wedding industry and meeting fantastic suppliers from across the North, and the timing is perfect as she gets married in October 2019!

georgia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

Alexis Forsyth

Features Writer

Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie.

A qualified journalist, Alexis has written for Brides Up North since 2016 .

Alexis also edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics.

Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue…

Sarah Symonds

Features Writer

Sarah joins the Brides Up North team with a wealth of varied experience under her belt. Her career thus far spans veterinary nursing, lifestyle blogging, art teaching, copywriting, and digital account management. But, the two things that have consistently made her heart happiest are writing and weddings.

As a small child, Sarah’s passion for bridal couture was ignited by playing dress-up after closing time at her aunt’s bridal boutique. She spent evenings after school designing better wedding dresses for Cinderella.

These days Sarah can usually be found wherever the wifi signal and coffee are strongest; being a freelance copywriter ensures she can fit her busy workload around her even busier homelife, with a small boy and dog in tow.

Katie Byrne

Features Writer

As a former bridal magazine and website editor, journalist Katie Byrne knows a thing or two about getting hitched. Which is fortunate, really, as she’s currently planning her own ‘I do’ moment – she’s marrying her amazing fiancé Mike in October 2019 and cannot wait.

Having worked in the industry for over seven years Katie is always on the prowl for new and exciting W-day trends and ideas, from something brilliantly bonkers she’s spotted on Instagram through to the latest bridal gown designs as they sashay down the catwalk.

When not writing, Katie loves reading, curling up with a new Netflix series and searching for the perfect flat white – oh, and thinking about going for a run…

Sarah Carlton

Designer

Sarah Carlton joined the team in early 2016. She runs a creative studio alongside her husband where they specialise in design for print.

Away from her beloved iMac, Sarah spends her time chasing her little boy around train museums and hunting for the best afternoon teas.

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