October 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
We do like to spoil you, don’t we?
It’s a super sunday weekend at wedding blog HQ as we bring you not one but two fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions across the regions. Brides Up North is on tour in Cheshire and the North East this Sunday 4th October 2015, with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired, VIP Media Pack in hand.
First up, the finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our sixth Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique & authentic vintage venue. Like everything vintage-y, these events just get better and better with age. It’s going to be even fabulous this time around! You need to be there.
the bowdon rooms
Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition
The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
Sunday 4th October 2015
11am till 3pm
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 period pizazz, it’s your lucky day.
And for you North East ladies, get ready for another of our epic bridal party events: you are invited to a Bridal Ballroom Grand Wedding Exhibition at the rather lovely Hardwick Hall Hotel.
a bridal ballroom
Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 2EH
Sunday 4th October 2015
11am till 3pm, with bridal catwalks at 12noon and 1:30pm
We are very proud to run the largest and most exciting free entry bridal exhibitions in the North East and Sunday is a special one. It’s going to be packed to the rafters – and it’s twinkling crystal chandeliers – with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.
Watch out for the all new “Brides Up North Edit” designer catwalk shows, a champagne bar, wedding hair and beauty advice sessions & demos & glossy media packs for each visiting bride… oh and a couple of resident tipis!
For this event, we are filling the whole of the Coleman Suite – and it’s going to be spectacular! We don’t just squash in any old exhibitors either! Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, we can promise you the very best choice of the best bridal experts in the region. Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented.
We’ll be following up each event with an interactive show newsletter packed full of exhibitor discounts and links, meaning that the inspiration – and savings – continue after the main event.
We’re also giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.
While stocks last.
October 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
For Friday’s real wedding we’re heading North East, to the lovely Newton Hall to relive Nicola and Richard’s big day.
Both elegant and pretty, this wedding features dreamy blush pink touches in the wedding party’s attire, floral arrangements and decorations, to fit in with the couple’s chosen vintage garden party theme.
The clear blue skies meant the bride, groom and their guests could take full advantage of the venue’s gorgeous gardens for photo opportunities and cocktails before the evening party, complete with live music, got underway.
With images by Paul Liddement.
nicola says: We got engaged at Rockliffe Hall Hotel and Spa. Richy surprised me with an overnight spa day with evening meal and overnight stay.
The date of the wedding was 17th April 2015 as this was would’ve been my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately my father passed away 14 years ago.
Our chosen venue was Newton Hall, Newton-by-the-Sea. We chose that venue as it is quite ‘quirky’ and different from your more traditional wedding venues. We were both looking for something a little different and Newton Hall was perfect.
The theme was ‘vintage garden party’, which I picked as it went perfectly with the venue. To complement the theme we chose a colour scheme of blush pink, creams and gold. The wedding stationery, which we sourced from various suppliers online, also followed a vintage theme which helped to tie everything together.
My dress was ivory lace by a designer called Olvi’s Lace. I found it in Kathryn S Trueman bridal boutique, based in Morpeth. On the day of the wedding my hair was styled by Kara Scott and Irene MUA, both of whom I would highly recommend as they were fantastic.
Paul Liddement was our photographer. He was my friend’s wedding photographer and I loved her photos so I booked him for our wedding too. His photographs tell a story, which I love. Paul takes very natural photos and is quite discreet when photographing but captures the best reactions in his images because of this.
Paul was absolutely fantastic on the day and my initial response when we received our photographs was ‘wow’! The photos are all amazing and our experience with Paul was ten out of ten. We would definitely recommend him to other couples.
All the flower were supplied by Bels Flowers, Jesmond. I carried a gorgeous bouquet of cream roses while the bridesmaids had bouquets of cream and pink roses and the groomsmen had pink rose button holes.
We provided many of the decorative items ourselves, which we sourced from various suppliers to help set the scene of our vintage garden party theme. Our favours were white chocolate Jazzie sweets presented in a little jar.
The wedding cake was a four tier creation with cream icing and blush pink roses made by Burnett4cakes. Each of the tiers were a different flavour, including lemon and chocolate velvet.
Before the wedding breakfast we served welcome drinks of mojitos, strawberry mojitos and cherry drop cocktails and mocktails for the children and non-drinkers. Our starter was a sharing platter of Northumbrian meats followed by a traditional lamb roast dinner. For dessert we served up our wedding cake.
To keep guests entertained we hired Jess Avison, a singer and acoustic guitar player, from AMV Live, to perform during the ceremony. In the evening we had a band called Redwings to provide the entertainment. We chose both acts because we had seen them before and loved what they did so asked them to play at our wedding. For some extra fun we also hired a photo booth and some love lights for the evening reception.
Following our wedding, we would most definitely recommend Newton Hall to other wedding couples –it’s an amazing venue!
Looking back I would have to say that the speeches were my favourite part of the day – so emotional!
After the wedding we jetted off on honeymoon to Florida for two weeks with the family. My top tip to other Brides Up North would simply be to enjoy every second – the day goes so fast!
October 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry
It’s been a very pretty week indeed on the Brides Up North pages – and it’s not over just yet, as this afternoon’s real wedding is yet another beauty.
Taking place in Yorkshire, Kate and Luke’s big day is brimming with style & romance thanks to a pretty blush pink colour scheme, a well-dressed wedding party and lots of twinkling fairy lights.
With images by MJ Holding Photography.
kate says: We got engaged on 22nd June 2014, at an Eric Clapton concert in Leeds. Luke picked it because the first present I ever bought him was tickets to Eric Clapton. He proposed during the song, Wonderful Tonight. It was a really special moment and the song will provide us with a lifelong reminder.
We got married on 10th July 2015. It was actual only one of the few dates left at our venue – East Riddlesden Hall – for 2015 and happens to also be my dad’s birthday so it was extra special. It was meant to be!
Having lived in Australia for a few years, when we moved home we decided that we would like a local wedding surrounded by all our family and friends. We got married at Bingley Parish Church, as it is a picturesque church with a great local feel, and then went onto East Riddlesden Hall.
We didn’t really have a theme as such apart from I wanted it to be a very pretty wedding, lots of blush colours, lots of flowers and lots of candles.
We decided on a navy blue and blush colour scheme as I didn’t want lots of bright colours and wanted it to look very classic.
I went for a Justin Alexander sweetheart neck strapless dress with lots of ruffles, which I wore a lace jacket over the top as I wanted to put my own touch on the dress. I took the jacket off at night and added a belt and a diamante clip in my hair. I tried lots of dresses on until I found my dress at Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. I didn’t want a dress that I could die black and it be used as a cocktail dress but I didn’t want a big princess gown either so mine was perfect in that it was big but it had some structure and detail to it without being ‘blingy’ as I didn’t want a lot of beading. I absolutely loved it!
We found the style of Luke’s wedding suit when visiting Rome and asked George Lilley, a Leeds tailor to recreate the design. Luke wore a double breasted pale pink waistcoat with a navy blue suit which had some pink detailing on the jacket to match the waistcoat. We teamed it with a navy tie. All the boys wore pale pink socks, which looked fab too.
Our bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses and they all picked their individual styles which all really suited them as they are different ages and have different tastes. The groomsmen wore TM Lewin slim fitting suits with a matching pink tie and dark brown shoes.
Fir transport, we hired a traditional wedding car from Halifax Wedding Cars – it looked amazing as we were able to take the roof down when we travelled from the church to the venue.
Our photographer was one of our best friends and groomsmen – Mike Holding. Mike has been a photographer for a long time and just recently turned professional so it was an obvious choice! He was absolutely incredible in making everyone feel relaxed, he didn’t seem phased by anything and we couldn’t have been happier with the photos we received. We would recommend Mike to everyone!
I carried a soft, natural, handtied bouquet of soft vintage pink sandstorm roses, scented white O’Hara roses with majolica spray roses, sweet peas and pink peonies. We used Stems Design, from the minute I met Lynne I knew she had to be the person to do my flowers. Lynne took all my ideas and brought them together to give the reception barn the perfect look. As the barn is quite a blank canvas it was really important to get the décor right and the flowers just made it. We had candelabras on every table filled with flowers and in all the windowsills we had flowers and candle lanterns.
We wanted favours that could be enjoyed on the day and so our family helped us to create them with Luke’s grandma Annie making Sloe Gin for the Ladies, and my uncle Andrew making Bramble for the men.
We had a five tier cake made by Charlotte at Sugar Therapy who is actually Luke’s Step Auntie. We had five different flavours: vanilla and raspberry, Belgian chocolate, passionfruit, Himalayan salt and caramel and white chocolate and raspberry. Instead of icing we had white chocolate covering the cakes and a waterfall of roses coming down.
The food and wine for the day were really important to us as we wanted to create our own menu. We chose James Brown Catering as his personal approach, passion and enthusiasm set him apart from the other caterers we spoke to. The food and service we received was absolutely incredible, we had so many comments on the food being of restaurant quality rather than mass catering.
When it came to the entertainment, we had our own playlist for during the meal and the band – Psychoslinkys for the evening. They were a band who we used to watch when we were first dating and we remembered them being fantastic – they didn’t disappoint! They even played the song we got engaged to – Wonderful Tonight!
There were a few extra special touches to the day which included having our own Instagram hashtag #thelaverys2015 which was great and everyone used it! We also hired a huge ‘love’ sign which I was debating about for a long time as they are quite costly but I am so glad we got it as it looked great on the dancefloor – especially in pictures. I did a lot of the outside decorations myself, pompoms and hearts hanging from the trees, a ladder with a love sign and flowers on it. Basket in the ladies toilets with lots of handy items to spruce yourselves up with. We also purchased Polaroid cameras and asked guests to create a ‘memory’ book.
We would absolutely recommend East Riddlesden Hall to other couples, particularly those that want to really make the day their own. The venue is very idyllic with a lake at the front and picturesque gardens and scenery at the back. You can make it as unique as you like. As it is basically a blank canvas, this was great for us as we didn’t want a “package wedding” we wanted to make it our own. It is harder work than a hotel wedding where everything is included but absolutely worth it. The staff there couldn’t have been more helpful, and from the minute we looked around to the day itself, they were so helpful.
It’s hard to pick a favourite part of the wedding that stood out more than the rest. There are lots of special parts that I still look back on and smile about weeks later. The whole day was perfect from start to finish and it really was the happiest day of our lives. Being able to celebrate with all our friends and family and seeing how happy everyone was on the day made it extra special.
For our honeymoon we went the California and Las Vegas – we did San Diego, Orange County, LA, San Francisco and Las Vegas over three weeks. It was amazing, I had never been to America before and it certainly didn’t disappoint! We did lots of travelling and saw absolutely loads, some of our highlights included the baseball in San Diego, dinner at The Ivy in Beverly Hills, cycling the Golden Gate Bridge and The Beatles show in Las Vegas.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is – enjoy it! Don’t let anything get stressful and enjoy all the planning and run up as that all part of creating your perfect day. Also, don’t always go for big companies and rely on reputation when choosing suppliers. We went with people who took a genuine interest in our wedding and were as passionate about making the day a success as we were. The results were fantastic!
October 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Over time we’re seeing bridal gowns that are less virginal and pure as designers become much bolder with their designs, chopping and changing the traditional wedding dress as we know it.
We’ve witnessed the hemline of some dresses get higher, necklines get lower, backs on full show, and more recently, cutaway detailing which exposes various areas of brides’ physiques, from their arms to their abs.
And it looks like brides will continue to bare all, as this year’s designer catwalks have been awash with striking sheer gowns.
Though bridal dresses with see-through detailing are nothing new, the most recent take on the translucent look sees the sexiness taken up a notch – with some gowns leaving very little to the imagination.
That said, similar to the cutaway trend, brides can opt to be as coy or confident as they like with the look, be it donning a barely there gown to show off their figure from top to toe, or choosing a dress with subtle sheer detailing on just the arms or across the chest.
For brave brides Reem Acra has some fabulous sheer showstoppers. Most expose the arms, chest and torso area though the necessities are covered by decorative embroidery and lace detail that’s so delicate it appears to have been etched onto the skin. Though revealing the dresses are both soft and romantic, and in most cases follow the rule of only exposing one half of the body.
Heightening the risqué factor further are designers such as Anna Romysh Haute Couture, who showcased daring and distinctively different dresses on the 2015 White Gallery catwalks. Though some of the gowns did offer full body cover, in the sense that they were floor length, long sleeved and high necked, flesh was still flashed though beautifully detailed sheer fabrics. Other dresses meanwhile flaunted either the pins or upper half of the body. The Romysh dresses also stood out in terms of colour, with metallics and even black designs getting runway time.
Fortunately, there are much more toned down options available for those who like the idea of showing just a little skin, or at least giving the impression that they are doing so. While some sheer fabrics do expose the bare skin beneath, others are cleverly placed over nude slips to give the illusion of exposure. Anna Kara has some particularly pretty options along these lines within her collection, which is classic and elegant but with a modern edge.
Tamer still are dress designs with just small or subtle elements of transparency. Such designs can be found within numerous designers’ collections, including Augusta Jones, Naeem Khan, Simone Carvalli and Sharon Elle Design. Some of our favourites however, come from Monique Lhuillier and Claire Pettibone, which show that there is no need for brides to fear the sheer!
Main images by Reem Acra, visit our Gallery for more inspiration.
September 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today we’re spoiling you with a double dose of fabulous real wedding inspiration, and this afternoon’s helping is yet another beauty!
We love the theme for Jody & Jodene’s big day – rustic glamour – which incorporates both the groom’s hobby of shooting and the bride’s love for things sparkly, showing that a country styled wedding doesn’t have to be all gingham and bunting.
Cue twinkling fairy lights, decorative antlers, a shimmering dress, log centrepieces and a pint of beer (or two!).
With images by Atken Photography.
jodene says: Jody always said he would never ask me to marry him on a special occasion so I was really surprised when he asked me on my birthday. He was in the front room on one knee with both our daughters (one at each side of him) on their knees too. It was so special that he involved them too.
We got married on Saturday 23rd May 2015. We chose that date as it was the day we met five years previous.
Our ceremony was at St Cuthbert’s church in Burton Fleming, this village church is beautiful and is in the middle of our home towns, mine is Scarborough and Jody’s is Bridlington. We then had our reception at Wold Top Brewery, this is five minutes away from the church and is amazing. It is set in the wolds and has amazing views. There is a rustic bar and a barn that we put a marquee up inside. It has secret gardens and lots of open space for the kids to play. We looked at lots of other venues but nothing compared to Wold Top. It’s so rustic and beautiful.
Jody is into shooting so we decided on a rustic but glamorous theme. There were slices of trees that the centre pieces sat on and we had a rustic pudding table where the cakes sat upon logs. The marquee was supplied by Florida Marquees and had fairy lights all over the ceiling with a white dance floor with a starlit canopy. The guys at Florida helped us create the perfect setting.
Our colour scheme was quite neutral really to fit in with the rustic feel. The adult bridesmaids wore a mocha colour and flower girls wore white. The groom, groomsmen and page boys meanwhile were all in brown tweed waistcoats.
I had an amazing dress by Justin Alexander. It was a fitted strapless sweetheart dress in ivory (although looks white). It had large embroidered lace which had sequins underneath so it sparkled in the sun and when I moved. I chose this dress as I felt amazing in it and I love a bit of sparkle. I wore it with a full length veil that had gems sorted through it. I wore my hair up and sleek as I didn’t want to take away from the dress. I had been to a lot of dress shops and tried on loads of dress and never got that feeling. I chose the dress I felt the best in. I got it form The Wedding Room in Scarborough – they were amazing!
Jody wore a brown tweed waist coat and matching jacket from Suits Direct, white shirt from Next and brown suit trousers also from Next. The brown ties were from a tie shop in Scarborough and his brown brogues were from River Island. It was important for him to look and feel comfortable and I don’t think a formal wedding suit would have been right.
The groomsmen wore the same as Jody but no jacket. The page boys wore the same waistcoats with white shirts, cream chinos and brown brogues. Our bridesmaids wore a full length mocha coloured dress by designer Jacques Vert. The dress had a one-shoulder twist detail and was in chiffon. All six flower girls wore white dresses from Monsoon that had sequin detail at the top.
I stayed at Wold Top the night before the wedding and so was a short distance from the church. Jody’s friend John drove me to the church in his Merc on the day. As a surprise Jody had arranged a camouflage mule to take us back to the venue. The mule is usually used for collecting pheasant, it had white ribbon on the front. It was really different.
Atken photography captured our day. Shane and Kelly are married and I have known Shane for years as we used to work together. They have done pictures for us in the past and are amazing. I wouldn’t have anyone else taking our wedding pictures. They are professional, laid back and know their stuff.
My and my bridesmaids’ flowers were gypsophila with a few peach flowers in too. The groom and groomsmen had a button hole of a gold bullet with gyp coming out. Rosebud Flowers provided these and also did our centre pieces – we had two different ones alternating each table. One was a tall white case with a ball of gypsophila at the top with fairy lights in the gyp. The other one was a deer’s antler on a ring on gyp with fairy lights in the flowers.
Other décor included lace and hessian chair bows, wooden love hearts on the tables saying ‘Mr & Mrs Chapman’, and letters in the bar on the brick wall saying ‘Mr & Mrs Chapman 23 May’.
As favours we had beer brewed by the brewery which we named and put a picture of us and our wedding date on the label. It was called ‘Two Jodes Are Better Than One’
Our wedding cake, which was made by Jody’s cousin Heather, was a white and cream design with a sparkly top tier. The other two tiers had lace on to match my dress. We then had cupcakes some in camouflage cases and some in lace ones. Some had deer’s antlers on and others had sparkles. The cake was sat on a beer barrel and the cupcakes on a wooden ladder. She also did a groom’s cake with real antlers on and camouflage sponge.
For our meal during the daytime we had a hog roast as we didn’t want anything too formal. In the evening we had bacon, sausage and black pudding sandwiches as well as a big, rustic dessert table.
One of Jody’s friends is a DJ so he did the entertainment for us. He has his own bar in Bridlington and DJ’s all over the world so really knows how to make a party.
Our venue was truly magical – we would recommend it to anyone. You can do pretty much want you want up there and Anne is amazing. Each wedding there is different as it’s a blank canvas so each bride and groom can have their wedding day just as they want it.
The ceremony was my favourite part of the wedding. Seeing all my friends and family watching me marry the man I love (I have waited a long time to get married).
We haven’t yet gone on our honeymoon as we have decided to take our girls Ella and Ava away next year on a ‘familymoon’ instead.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – try not to stress too much as it will all be perfect anyway. And try and make time to see your groom as the day goes so fast it’s easy to get caught up and not even see your new husband!
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