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Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

oh so luxe: an elegant white wedding at rudding park, harrogate – lauren & andrew

February 23rd, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

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Having gathered plenty of inspiration from the real weddings on this very blog – not to mention a few of our Luxury Wedding Fairs – we’re delighted to be sharing the beautiful wedding of Lauren and Andrew here on our pretty pages today.

They went all out with their white wedding brief, transforming what sounds like a rather simple theme into something deliciously opulent. From the white rose bouquet and beautiful cherry tree, to the white carpet down the aisle, flower wall and dancefloor, the scheme was carried through the entire day to absolute perfection.

Lauren looked every inch the flawless bride in her stunning ruffle detail dress and Louboutins – and we’re delighted to hear that she found both the bridal boutique she sourced her dress from, and also her photographer, within our glossy bridal magazine, UNVEILED. We have just hit print on the latest edition of this gorgeous title, and we have to say – it’s looking like the most stunning issue yet! It lands early March ladies, so watch-this-space!

In the meantime, over to the lovely Lauren for full details on this dreamy big day…

With images by Belle & Beau.

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lauren says: We got engaged on 7th October 2016, the night before we flew to New York. Andrew chose to ask me then, as it would have been his granddad’s birthday. He was planning to ask me at his memorial tree in Golden Acre Park, but it was really heavy rain. We got to the Raddison, Manchester Airport and went to our room. I turned around and he was down on one knee with a bottle of Moet and asked me to marry him.

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Our wedding date was 24th September 2017. This was the only date we could book our venue – Rudding Park in Harrogate – on a weekend in 2017 and we didn’t want to wait too long. Andrew had surprised me with a birthday trip there about three years ago and I knew instantly if he were ever to propose that it would be my dream venue. The grounds and hotel are both stunning and we knew we could create our dream wedding there. I’d definitely recommend Rudding Park to other couples; it was absolutely stunning and we were able to make it our own.

The theme we picked was classic white. We wanted our wedding to feel timeless and elegant, which I think we managed to achieve.

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I saw a feature about YAP in UNVEILED magazine and knew it would be the boutique I’d find my dress in. I initially wanted a fishtail dress with straps but ended up with a strapless ball gown. I knew I wanted a dress with a ‘wow’ factor. It was the third dress I tried on and I had goose bumps; my bridesmaids, mum and mother-in-law all filled up with tears when they saw me in it, which meant it was the one. I loved all of the ruffles on the dress.

My alterations were done by Diva Designs and the lovely Anne made me a veil in the perfect shade of ivory to match my dress. Anne also designed and created my hairpieces. My shoes were by Christian Louboutin.

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Andrew wore a tuxedo from Hugo Boss and Loake shoes. The groomsmen also wore tuxedos from Hugo Boss.

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discover the secret garden: our stylish wedding show at middleton lodge

February 23rd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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If you follow us over on our social networks, you’ll have seen that we’re enjoying the most sensational season of Brides Up North events so far.  Thank you so, so much as always to our visiting brides, grooms and entourages and also to our amazing wedding industry suppliers for making both events extra special. They are really the loveliest of days!

If you’ve missed out on the pretty so far (or if you want the chance to do it all again!) you’ll not have long to wait! Today I’m proud to tell you about our annual Luxury Bridal Show taking place next Sunday 4th March 2018, from 12pm till 3pm, FREE ENTRY at the absolutely stunning, private stately home wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

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We are proud to be working once again with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a beautiful wedding show with a selection of 40 of the region’s best bridal exhibitors at this exclusive venue. And the show’s even better than ever this time around!

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Not only will the sensational Main House and Garden Marquee be open for exploration and inspiration, but we’ll be debuting Middleton’s newest event space – the ever so stunning Fig House and Kitchen Garden!  Trust me when I say that you need to see this for yourself, but in the meantime you can click here to read more.

Even if you’ve already got the venue sorted, with every detail covered from gowns to garters via floral displays and photographers, this should be a day for every soon-to-be-wed’s diary!

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North and exclusive offers from our sponsors, plus complimentary tickets to The National Wedding Show (worth £40) and the very last copies (you lucky things!) of Issue 08 of UNVEILED magazine.  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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding fairs across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Your Name (required)

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What sort of wedding business are you enquiring on behalf of? e.g. Bridal Boutique/ Photographer etc

Please list the events that you are interested in - or tell us which region you work in North East/ North West/ Yorkshire for a general enquiry - discounts are available for block bookings

Alternatively, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

Middleton Lodge for UNVEILED (c) Jo Bradbury (4)

All images from our stunning ‘Vintage Revisited’ creative editorial shot as an exclusive for UNVEILED Magazine by Jo Bradbury. Pick up your copy at the event next Sunday.

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look book: clean lines

February 22nd, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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This afternoon we’re talking about sculpted columns, bold lines and architectural sweeps – but this isn’t a piece about wedding venues, oh no, it’s all about dresses – specifically, simple, fuss free-wedding gowns with clean lines and sleek silhouettes.

There’s something about a minimalist gown that, while timeless, has a simultaneous up-to-the-minute feel perfect for a fashion-forward bride. Here at Brides up North we love the edginess of a dress with less, and we’ve gathered together a whole lovely loot of unadorned beauties for your browsing pleasure.

Main post images by Cortana.

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First up is Spanish designer Cortana, a label which boasts a romantic, boho vibe. We love the luxe factor of the Gala gown; a silk satin bias-cut beauty which looks slinky and effortlessly chic. The attention to detail is just stunning – that diagonal row of silk-covered buttons on the back gives us all the feels – and the thin straps feel bold and youthful and a little bit 90s-Calvin-Klein, which is always a good thing in case you’re wondering.

The Cortana collection also features the stunningly minimalist Grace with daring back and thin crossed strap detail and the silk brocade Linda, made with a touch of lurex to give a super-flattering fit and stretch. There’s also the Valentina which, quite frankly, makes my heart sing – the boat neckline! The sleek drapery! And is a strong contender in my frequent ‘What Would I Wear If I Got Married Again?’ mental debate (don’t mention that to my husband, kaythanks?)

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Onwards to a Brides Up North favourite – the always-opulent Eliza Jane Howell. EJH is known for their decadent vintage designs, and so might not seem a natural bedfellow of the Clean Lines brigade. However, in Gill Harvey’s recent collections, we’re seeing subtlety, simplicity and lots of plain silk alongside the embellishment and embroidery. Belle from the Leading Lady collection is a stunner with a contemporary feel, complete with bold halterneck, textured figure-hugging fabric and a daring sheer back. Daisy from the Legend collection and Clarissa from the Debutante range are unquestionably more vintage in style but still simple and sleek, with Daisy offering the tiniest hint of embellishment and Clarissa’s floaty sleeves a great option for brides less inclined to bare. Luna from the Stardust range gets close to the fussier end of the spectrum with its frothy skirt and mini train, but the long sleeves, close fit and semi-sheer overlay is dreamily clean and sculpted.

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every emotion captured: phil drinkwater photography

February 22nd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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It goes without saying that you want your wedding photographer to produce the most beautiful images of your big day, but it’s also important to select a pro that will fit in with the flow of your day, who will feel like a guest and who will make the process as simple as possible.

Fortunately for you we know a fella that offers all of the above, our talented Sponsor Phil Drinkwater of Phil Drinkwater Photography, who is joining us on the blog today.

Based in the North West, but documenting weddings all over the UK and overseas, Phil loves nothing more than delivering the story of the full day through his gorgeous images. He aims to blend in and promises to capture every emotion, so you can relive the special moments of your day time and time again.

We’ll hand over to Phil now to show off some of his fabulous images while telling us more about his love for all things wedding…

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When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?

[juennaopen]phil says: I started just over a decade ago now. I was originally working in beauty (makeup) and fashion photography, but everything I produced looked too “beautiful” for the fashion industry. It was quipped a few times that I should shoot weddings, so I did! I think I suit the happiness of a wedding day and the accuracy that is required to be a wedding photographer. The different stories in a wedding day really attract me and I love to hang out with happy people at such an amazing occasion.

How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?

I’ve combined the best of different styles, but most of my time is spent beautifully documenting the day. I don’t subscribe to the “dark and moody” style of photography much and I’m always looking to produce bright and beautiful tones which flatter. It’s important for me to be involved in the day – I like to capture the day every emotion at a time, and knowing the personalities allows me to predict where to be and what to be focusing on.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

It’s being at the wedding itself. I love to feel the emotions on the day and it’s exciting to develop the picture-based story in my mind as the day progresses. It’s why I only offer a full day wedding option – I wouldn’t want to miss anything.

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?

It sounds dull, but the most important thing couples are missing at the moment is consideration of image backup policy. Many photographers don’t use dual cards on the day (where their camera is writing to two cards at once at the wedding) and don’t backup the photos when they get home. Outside of that, it’s down to someone whose work and personality you love. It should feel like walking into that perfect new house – something should just feel “right”.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I think I’m the most consistent photographer that I know. Many photographers will put their focus into certain sections of the day, or certain types of photos. For me, nothing is given more attention than anything else. I’ll do everything possible to produce the very best in every single photograph.

What is the feedback like from your couples?

It’s that they loved having me as part of the day, that they hardly knew I was there and feel the photographs really tell the story. One groom also called me a “photographer ninja” because I seem to be everywhere at once! Another commented that my booking system was excellent.

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Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

I like to hang out with the bride and bridesmaids in the morning to experience the various emotions they go through as they approach “the moment”.

What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?

I photograph everywhere! Probably half of my weddings are in the North West, but I’ve photographed London and Scotland and Wales, and been abroad quite a few times. I’d love to photograph a wedding in Morocco because I adore the colours in the country, and the taste of the tagines! I’d also love to do an amazing beach wedding in the Caribbean and I’m sure that’ll happen sometime soon.

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cheshire’s most luxurious bridal show: your 5* day at the chester grosvenor

February 21st, 2018 | Julia Braime

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We’re having a fabulous spring season here at Brides Up North HQ, spreading tulle and confetti covered cheer as our absolutely epic luxury bridal show schedule continues across three regions.

Have you seen this line up? We’ve been working hard to bring your very favourite – or soon to be favourite – suppliers together under the roofs of some of the most celebrated wedding venues across the North.  And we think we’ve done a pretty cracking job of it! Make sure to click the link with your diary on hand to check out the full selection of loveliness coming your way.

For now, we’re delighted to remind you that we’ll be at stunning 5* The Chester Grosvenor in Cheshire on THIS Sunday 25th February 2018, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.  We’re putting on spring’s most luxurious wedding fair at this sensational Chester landmark hotel. Did we mention that you are invited, oh, and did we also mention that it’s completely free?

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This one has the WOW factor and it’s yours exclusively for the whole day. We’ve filled it’s beautiful function spaces with OVER 30 of the region’s best wedding industry suppliers, ready and waiting to turn your dreams into reality.

The award winning Chester Grosvenor combines breathtaking architecture with contemporary yet traditional interiors and Michelin star dining experiences. Steeped in history dating back to the 18th century, the hotel sits elegantly next to the Eastgate Clock, where the pillared entrance and black and white timbered exterior provide the perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding.

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From the first appointment with your dedicated wedding coordinator to the minute you say “I do”, The Chester Grosvenor’s wedding team will be on hand every step of the way to make sure your special day is one of the most memorable for you and your guests.

From the Eaton Suite which overlooks beautiful Eastgate Street to the sleek Westminster Suite, designed by world-renowned manufacturer Porsche and the traditional surroundings of the Drawing Room where the dainty side plates and marble fireplace take you back in time, The Chester Grosvenor can accommodate wedding breakfasts and civil ceremonies from 2 to 240 guests.

The spa, located in the heart of the hotel, has five luxury treatment rooms, herb sauna, crystal steam room, salt grotto and a relaxation area, as well as a manicure and pedicure station for the finishing touches enabling you to completely relax before, during and after the big day.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Bridal Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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want to exhibit with us?

This event is now sold out on supplier space but we would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

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. Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

Images supplied by The Chester Grosvenor.

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gorgeous grandeur. a pretty summer wedding at carlton towers, yorkshire – emily & philip

February 21st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Imagine almost setting fire to your wedding dress while exchanging vows with your hubby-to-be, and imagine being completely unaware that it was happening… Deep breath, readers, as this story has a happy ending! Today’s bride, Emily, thankfully, can laugh about this near-miss incident now. And as you’re about to discover, the rest of her picture-perfect wedding to partner Philip went without a hitch. Hurrah!

In fact, we’re pretty bowled over by the gorgeous details and original ideas incorporated within their special day. There’s Dexter, their dog, who walked down the aisle and even filmed some of the ceremony. Then there’s the elderflower pale ale brewed by the couple in the lead up to the wedding, with the help of the micro-brewery on-site at their fabulous venue, Carlton Towers, in Yorkshire.

Self-confessed foodies, the couple provided their guests with plenty of options for the wedding breakfast and evening buffet, as well as a candy table brimming with sweets. And we haven’t even talked about their dreamy pastel colour scheme and classic theme which featured – as Emily nicely puts it – ‘a touch of grandeur’, tying in wonderfully with the venue’s spectacular, gothic backdrop. We think it’s about time we handed the blog over to the bride and let her delve into all the finer details. Enjoy!

With images by Bloom Weddings.

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emily says: We got engaged in Rome, in February 2016. I booked a weekend break as a surprise for Phil’s birthday, letting him know where we were going only three weeks before – I had no idea the surprise would actually be on me! On the second night of our trip, we went for a lovely romantic meal in a restaurant called That’s Amore. Being a cosy, candlelit restaurant, we were quite warm but I had no idea why Phil wouldn’t take off his jacket! As it happens, he was smuggling a ring in his inside pocket.

After dinner we took a short walk to the Trevi Fountain, which was beautifully lit up. As it was February, the area wasn’t too busy, with around 100 people sat on the steps down to the fountains. Phil insisted we get some pictures beside the fountain, which I thought unusual as he’s never one to insist on photographs! After we’d posed away in front of the fountain, Phil gave me a hug and said “Em…” before getting down on one knee, taking a box out of his pocket and asking, “will you marry me?”. I was taken by such surprise, I thought he was joking, and was absolutely speechless! When I managed to find my words, I said “Yes, of course I will!”. The tourists began to cheer and applaud!

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We got married on Saturday 26th August 2017. We chose this date as we were keen to get married in the summer, and thought, what better time than the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend? This allowed relatives from further afield to spend longer up in Yorkshire too before returning to work, and for guests to properly let their hair down with two days to recover before heading back to work! Plus, it’s the weekend of my birthday.

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We hosted the whole day at Carlton Towers in the Selby District of North Yorkshire. We were seeking a venue where we could host both the ceremony and reception under one roof, and which also had accommodation. Carlton Towers immediately made the shortlist for those practical reasons. And when we viewed the venue, we immediately fell in love with it! Carlton Towers was the first venue we saw, and no other came close to competing.

We loved the gothic grandeur, its history and that it is family owned. We wanted a classic, traditional venue with a wow factor and with just enough grandeur inside for our more formal photographs, in case the August bank holiday weather made the weekend a wash out! Thankfully, we got lucky in that respect.

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Our style was actually very in keeping with the venue – traditional, classic and with a touch of grandeur. We also wanted something timeless, so that in years to come, our wedding wouldn’t look dated.

Our colour scheme centered on summer pastels, think blush pink and a light mint and sage green. Although we chose a formal venue, we wanted the feel of the wedding to be summery, bright, light and relaxed, which is why we chose this palette. Plus, we wanted relaxed floral arrangements, with traditional blooms interspersed with more relaxed flowers and arranged with a touch of wildness. Succulents featured throughout the floral arrangements too, complementing our blush wild roses and, of course, our pastel colour scheme.

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