Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

next sunday: it’s a pop-up mini wedding festival at the bowdon rooms!

February 24th, 2017 | Julia Braime


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We’re so excited to introduce another event in our so-far so-fabulous spring 2017 calendar! *Does dance*

The finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our Mini POP-UP Wedding Festival Bridal Show at this unique & authentic vintage venue next Sunday 26th February 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added pizazz, it’s your lucky day.

We’ve added the very best floral designers, bridal boutiques, stationers, vintage cars , venue stylists, photographers, cakes, diamonds (and more!) that the area has to offer – plus a festival styling twist and lots of live music – to make sure that every detail of your big day is covered with individual style.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like a bit of a party…

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (83)

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is register.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

While stocks last only.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (40)

fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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magic in the air. diane legrand for an elegant fairy-tale wedding at peckforton castle – charlotte & tom

February 24th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Luxury Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c)Agam Riley Photography (41)

Today’s bride and groom visited Peckforton Castle and fell hard for the venue’s vintage, other-worldly charm – so much so that they introduced a subtle fairy-tale theme as they planned their wedding. Everything from the ornate script of their stationery, to the blossom trees lining the aisle, is a nod to the romance of a perfect storybook.

Charlotte looked every inch the perfect princess bride in her Diane Legrand gown and blue Manolo Blahniks, and she’s a girl after our own hearts – her advice to brides-to-be touring venues and bridal boutiques is, “Enjoy all of the free champagne”. We totally agree.

With photography by Adam Riley Photography

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charlotte says: We got engaged on 18th June 2015 on a quiet beach in Portugal exactly nine years after we officially became a couple. Tom had set up his camera to record the whole proposal but told me that he wanted get some nice shots of us together using the self-timer on the camera. I had no idea that he would propose and instantly burst into tears (after saying yes, of course)!

We originally wanted the wedding to take place on 18th June 2016 (exactly one year after the proposal and ten years of being together) – however, when we found our dream venue they had no availability for that date. We tried to get it as close as we could and chose 7th July 2016.

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We got married at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. It was the first venue we looked at and before we had even walked into the main grounds I was in tears – so were our mums! It just felt so magical and enchanting. When we walked into the Great Hall there were even more tears and we all knew that was the place where we wanted to make our promises to each other. We made a provisional booking there and then!

A Luxury Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c)Agam Riley Photography (40)

When we first started planning our day we didn’t have a theme in mind. We were getting married in a castle and thought vaguely about having a subtle fairy-tale theme. It wasn’t until we started thinking about our stationery and flowers that we really started to entertain the idea. Our invites were in the style of a vintage fairy-tale book complete with a drawing of the castle and a poem that we wrote ourselves which wouldn’t be out of place in a Dr Seuss book. Instead of table numbers we chose to write chapters of a book with each table having a chapter number and a short story of our relationship at that time. We called our top table ‘The Next Chapter…’

Colour-wise, we wanted to keep everything neutral and all our flowers were white with green accents. The bridesmaid’s dresses were a very soft pink and the boys’ morning suits were navy which provided a nice contrast.

A Luxury Wedding at Peckforton Castle (c)Agam Riley Photography (44)

My dress was by German designer Diane Legrand and purchased at Society Brides in Liverpool. When I originally set out to find the perfect dress I thought I wanted a simple fishtail – how wrong I was. After trying on a few dresses in this style I wasn’t really feeling like a ‘bride’ and decided to try on a princess style gown. I instantly fell in love with the style and quickly narrowed down my specifications: namely, lace bodice, detailing at the waist and a huge train! I then decided to go for a long double layer veil with lace detailing. I then finished my look with blue Manolo Blanhik shoes: my ‘something blue’.

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tulle love. an engagement styled shoot in manchester

February 23rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (25)

Ever reminiscent of those opening credits to Sex and the City, nothing quite makes a feminine fashion statement like a tulle skirt (or tutu in Sarah Jessica Parker’s case).

So, when we clapped eyes on this beautiful Manchester styled shoot, complete with dreamy grey tulle A-line skirt, we just knew that we had to share it on the wedding blog.

Directed and captured by American-based photographer, Elina Rose, the shoot, which features a real engaged couple, is aimed at inspiring brides and grooms to use the stunning spaces around them to create beautiful photographic memories that last a lifetime.

With images by Elina Rose Photography

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (11)

elina says: I fell in love with England’s green parks and countryside as well as the historic beautiful buildings. I felt the combination of the two would help to create a romantic story for an engagement inspired shoot. The reason for doing the shoot was to show couples everywhere that you can utilize the places around you to create beautiful backdrops for your engagement, bridal, or wedding photos.

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (40)

Our couple, being local, suggested this location based off my vision for the shoot. I wanted to incorporate gorgeous green fields and romantic sunlight as well as beautiful buildings. Heaton Park turned out to be the perfect place!

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (38)

To complement the romantic feel of the session, we felt that the full tulle skirt was a perfect touch. As the outfits were quite neutral in terms of colour we wanted the gorgeous bouquet to give a pop of vibrancy. This was created by Manchester-based Venus Flowers, using blooms that would give a beautiful range of texture and colour.

For a subtle touch of sparkle, we added some stunning jewellery from Bellarissa Boutique, which completed our bride-to-be’s look perfectly.

A Styled Engagement Shoot (c) Elina Rose Photography (3)

The day of the shoot turned out perfect! While it rained most of the day, the moment we started the sun came out giving us beautiful light.

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tiaras at the ready: you’re invited to allerton castle!

February 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We are motoring through an absolutely gorgeous month of #wedspo at our Brides Up North live events (*waves* to all our visitors, suppliers and new readers!) but if you’ve not put one of our pretty bridal shows this season in your diaries – or if you have and would very sensibly like to join us more than once (each of our events is completely bespoke and entirely different from the rest) then you need to pop this date on the calendar in red pen.  Because this show is special…

We’ll be quick stepping it to Allerton Castle on Sunday 5th March, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY to bring more Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (1)

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North.  As an extra treat, each Media Pack comes with a free pair of tickets for The National Wedding Show, worth a cool £40! As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

want to exhibit?

Email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.

A Water Inspired Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (50)

Set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade I listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.

We’ve handpicked a selection of the most brilliant wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire. Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, pose in our photo booths, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

an elegant wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Insight Photography (25)

One of our very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury.  Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  Trust us, you will not be disappointed!

Who wants to play at princesses?!

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (45)

Images by Laura Calderwood Photography and Insight Photography.  See the real weddings in full by clicking here, here and here.

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honest love: introducing sarah boulton photography

February 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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This morning we’re thrilled to be welcoming another fabulous wedding photographer to our growing list of talented Brides Up North Sponsors – it’s the lovely Sarah, of Sarah Boulton Photography.

Photographing weddings throughout the North West and beyond, Sarah describes her style of photography as “honest” capturing the magic of the day as it unfolds to compile a full story of a bride and groom’s big day.

As a special welcome gift to Brides Up North readers, Sarah is offering a fabulous 10% discount and an 8×8 album for all bookings made up until the end of May 2017. If you like what you see, just quote “Northern Soul” when enquiring.

So, let’s waste no time in handing over to the lady herself to tell us more about her passion for, and approach to, photographing weddings.

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Can you tell us a little about your background? How long you have been in wedding photography for?

sarah says: I fell in love with photography when I was a bridesmaid for my sister about a decade ago. I only had a basic camera but I took pictures of everything, and from that day I was genuinely hooked. I upgraded my camera shortly after, trained, second shot for other photographers and soaked up everything that I could to do with photography. All different types of photography inspire me.

What was it that attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

As sad as it probably sounds, I suppose the little girl inside me who always wanted to find love. I always think that the outside world stops on your wedding day, you’re in a lovely bubble with your nearest and dearest. Everyone deserves that.

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And what is it about your job that you love?

It really is an honour to photograph the start of a marriage. When you listen to the promises to love and support each other through whatever life is going to throw your way, it genuinely gets me every time. It’s the feeling that you’re witnessing such a special part of someone’s life as they’re about to start a new chapter.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

I’d describe my imagery as honest. I love eyes-screwed-up, mouth-open-wide laughter, photo bombs, kids having an inevitable tantrum, confetti being picked out of the bride’s hair, tears, tissues and a bit of dancefloor mayhem. I just believe in everyday beautiful – if that’s even a phrase!

What is the feedback like from your clients? What do they love about your approach, service and images?

I think my couples are always surprised when they get their images – in a good way! I work as more of a quiet observer and I really want people to enjoy their day. So when couples receive their images and see things that they’ve missed or forgotten, it surprises them.

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How do you help couples to relax in front of the lens?

When I nab couples away for ten to twenty minutes, I tell them to take that time just to be together and have a breather. Your wedding day goes so quickly and it is lovely just to have that peaceful moment – whether for a short walk, sneaky kiss or shared drink – before going back to your guests. Sometimes I play a few daft games, which makes people relax and laugh, but most couples are that focussed on one another that they soon forget about the camera.

Are there any weddings in particular that you’ve shot that stand out to you?

Good question – and that’s quite hard to answer because people’s days stand out for different reasons. I second shot a wedding last year in France, which was so beautiful and rustic. The bride and groom were married outside, after the bridal party had spent their morning making the bouquets. It was a real family affair. During the wedding breakfast there was a regional power cut and took them over an hour to get the main course out. But it just didn’t phase the bride and groom, or any of the guests. Everyone was together and that was all that mattered.

I would personally love the opportunity to shoot a proposal and a surprise wedding, that would be amazing!

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If you could shoot a celebrity’s wedding who’s would it be and why?

There’s two that spring to mind. The first would be Helena Bonham Carter because I love how she is unashamedly herself. She doesn’t pretend to be anyone else and is comfortable in her own skin. The second is Miranda Hart. I’ve often been compared to her by my friends and she really makes me laugh so that would be a great day.

And where would be your dream location to shoot?

Absolute dream location for me would be Tuscany. One of my first photography holidays was there and we shot at a small abandoned chapel. It was breath-taking and so tranquil. I could imagine a wedding there with family, lots of food and twinkly lights as the sun goes down.

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lookbook: romantic ruffles

February 22nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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If the 2017 bridal runways are anything to go by, ruffles are all the rage – so we thought it was about time we revisited this recurring trend, and show you how best to rock this romantic look.

Perfect for adding dimension to a slim silhouette and creating extra movement, ruffles are ultra-feminine and can serve up a hint of drama, too. Fluted layers, stiff waves, cascading skirts and voluminous frills – what we love is that there are so many different styles to choose from.

This isn’t for the faint-hearted though – the best way to carry off this playful trend is to go all out for a high-end twist to your bridal look. It’s a style, we think, best suited to modern fashionista brides seeking something alternative and chic.

Main images: Monique Lhuillier

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Focusing on current collections, Persy’s new Le Tresure collection offers a sweet twist on the ruffle trend with its head-to-toe layers crafting a figure-flattering silhouette. The Lily and Perla dresses are our particular faves – we can only imagine how wonderful it would be to swish around in these bohemian designs.

For the more contemporary and demure bride, look to Monique Lhuillier for inspiration. The Tresor strapless gown is one of our personal highlights from the AW17 collection, with its abundance of soft spiraling ruffles. By contrast, the Beatrix dress serves up a whimsical fashion moment with its cascading layers of beautiful lace, finished with a cute bow.

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If you’re seeking something a touch more understated with a vintage edge, look no further than Sachin & Babi’s new collection, delivering tight ruffles in all the right places to really accentuate your figure.

Princess wannabes will no doubt fall in love with the Ines Di Santo Souffle ball gown, which combines an illusion bodice and back with pretty appliques and a tumbling tulle skirt for a subtle and dreamy take on the trend.

You’ll also find ruffles of all shapes and sizes in the 2017 couture collection from Yolan Cris. Delicate and ethereal, these angelic dresses offer brides-to-be an alluring mix of fabrics and cuts, from pleated organza and Chantilly lace to tulle skirts and open boat necklines. In a word: adore.

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