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#bridesquad: you’re invited to cheshire’s prettiest wedding fair at hilltop country house!

August 30th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’re too excited to be launching our extremely beautiful season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions for autumn 2016 at the exceptionally pretty Hilltop Country House! Is this the loveliest, most friendly and personal wedding venue we’ve come across?  Just maybe!

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Hilltop’s just a little bit a lot special.  A stunning, exclusive use, family home with seriously gorgeous gardens, a pristine permanent marquee, rooms on site and a civil license, book nothing till you’ve seen it! Add the region’s very best wedding supplier stars – this line up is an absolute knockout – and we’ve a recipe for another crazy beautiful day.  Are you in?

Read our Dream Venue feature on Hilltop Country House by clicking here. 

As you know we don’t sit still for long at Brides Up North HQ and our Hilltop Country House event is just the first in an absolutely sensational (as ever!) selection of beautiful bridal events that we have planned for you.  We take pride in the variety and diversity of our venue portfolio – you can see our full schedule of nine dates and venues by clicking here – and we’re sure that there’s something to inspire every one of our readers.

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As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 150 FREE Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only.

Only the bride need register for larger groups.

Your Name (required)

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Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Media packs are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy.

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EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES: For all our forthcoming events please email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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in full bloom. stewart parvin for a spring wedding at statham lodge – laura & mike

August 30th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Spring Wedding at Statham Lodge (c) Jonny Draper Photography (62)

Spring has official sprung in today’s real wedding, which features beautiful blooms in abundance!

Centring the styling of their wedding round their favourite season, Laura and Mike went to town on sensational spring arrangements with their centrepieces among the most impressive we have ever seen!

We love the fresh, pretty colour scheme that brings the whole look together and have to mention Laura’s gorgeous long-sleeved lace detailed dress – just stunning!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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laura says: We got engaged at the summit of Win Hill in the Peak District on my birthday, October 13th 2014. Mike had planned a romantic walk and picnic, but the weather turned and it became a battle against the autumn elements. Despite this, we had the most beautiful views into Ladybower and Hope. Mike produced a diamond ring after the picnic, but lost his composure and forgot to actually ask me ‘the question’…or even get down on one knee. After a few minutes of awkward suspense, Mike managed to ask me and I said yes.

When we first met, we discovered our mutual love for the outdoors. We would always plan days together out walking, cycling or running. Spring is our favourite time of year when the days get longer and we start to plan our summer days out. So for us, it was always going to be a spring wedding. We chose the spring bank holiday weekend to allow our guests a much-needed day off before heading back to work after the wedding.

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A Spring Wedding at Statham Lodge (c) Jonny Draper Photography (93)

We made a big move together over the Pennines from Leeds to Manchester for work and family reasons in 2014. We decided to live in Lymm for its easy access to open countryside, canal paths and woodland. We fell in love with the area and plan to lay down our roots and start a family here so it seemed right to marry in the area too. We had our ceremony at St Peter’s, our local church in Oughtrington, which sit sits rather majestically on the Cheshire skyline in Lymm. We always wanted a church wedding, as we believe it adds real meaning to our vows and to our marriage as a whole.

For the reception we chose Statham Lodge, a large Georgian country house near Lymm. We chose it following a meeting with their wedding coordinator, Andy Ball. He impressed us with his professionalism and warmness and we immediately entrusted him with our big day with no reservations.

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Our theme was simplistic, in that the majority of the work was done by the beautiful spring scenery and weather on the day. Our flowers, decorations and outfits were chosen to complement the theme of the spring outdoors.

We chose a sky blue and lemon colour scheme with the aim of recreating a scene of daffodils, tulips and daises on a crisp sunny blue sky.

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keepin’ it real: say hello to squashed apple photography and film – plus an amazing gift for our readers!

August 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we’re introducing you to a new Sponsor of ours that offers the most important keepsakes from a wedding day – photography and videography.

That’s right, the fabulously talented team at Manchester-based Squashed Apple can capture the real essence and emotion of a couple’s big day both in images and footage, providing memories that last a lifetime and with the power to transport brides and grooms back to that very moment in time.

If this sounds right up your street you might be interested to know that Squashed Apple will throw in £1,300 worth of albums and presentation for free for every Brides Up North reader that books their full day photography and full wedding film packages.

Now to tell us more about their style of shooting, we’ll hand over the blog to one of the Squashed Apple team. Take it away Carlo…

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Tell us a little about your background ? 

carlo says: I have been in this industry for around nine years and fell into photography by accident really. A friend needed a hand on a wedding and simply passed me a camera, well that was it – I was sold – and filming was a natural progression. I wanted to create a brand, which was not only affordable but offered fantastic value for money. I’m a believer that every couple should have access to our services and it’s this customer focus that has seen us sustain more than 100 weddings for the last seven consecutive years.

Intro – Goodbyes are not forever from SquashedApple Pro on Vimeo.

What attracted you to the wedding industry specifically? 

I love weddings, in fact if I wasn’t doing this I would be a wedding planner. It’s an amazing life event that has everything; they are fun, sad, joyful and emotional. I find there is so much going on in a wedding day that can make you an amazing creator.

And what is it about your job that you love? 

Well apart from being your own boss, it gives you the freedom to create, plus tonnes of family time.

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How would you describe your style of wedding photography/videography?

Squashed Apple brings collectively everything to the table. We’ve never had a set style, but I believe it’s important to be able to adapt and present something that suits the couple. I believe it’s important to engage with a brides of all ages, therefore I don’t really believe in styled shoots or using models. I want to keep it real. We can have just as much fun with a bride approaching 60-years-old as a bride in her twenties. Our oldest bride last year was 72 – so cute!

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ruffles & roses. pretty pastels for a relaxed garden party wedding in liverpool – cecilia & philip

August 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We’re getting Monday off to a very pretty start here on the blog by heading North West to relive the gorgeous wedding of Cecilia and Philip.

Deciding on a chilled-out garden party wedding theme to complement their chosen venue, Cecilia and Philip styled their day with lots of flourishing florals and paper pompoms in sugary pastel tones.

As well as the setting, we love Cecilia’s choice of voluminous ruffle wedding gown, topped off with a cute pink flower crown. B-e-a-u-tiful!

With images by Tim Simpson Photography.

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cecilia says: We’ve been together for almost ten years so it was about time we got engaged. It happened whilst we were watching the sunset on a summer’s evening after dinner at Bon Ton overlooking over the lagoon on a holiday in Langkawi.

Once engaged we set the wedding date for 31st May 2015. We thought the end of spring/beginning of summer would be a lovely time of year to marry and it’s also a great time for lots of blossoming flowers.

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When deciding where the wedding should take place Liverpool sprang to our minds as it was the city in which we first met. Grade II* listed Sefton Park Palm House was our venue of choice. We loved the crisp white architecture of the glass house and surrounding beauty of greenery. Also the aromas from the glass house flower as soon as you walk into the venue. We had both our ceremony and reception there.

For the wedding theme we agreed on a relaxed garden party vibe with lots of floral décor. The colour scheme meanwhile was light shades of pinks, with splashes of blue and lime green. I thought that these would be easy on the eye but also pop out well against the white linen tables whilst blending in well with the floral green house.

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I had two wedding day outfits: my white wedding gown and then a little red dress for the tea ceremony. It is the Chinese tradition to wear red on the special day with the lucky meaning. My wedding gown was a princess bell shape with long train, which after trying various styles of gowns, is the shape that suited me most. The ‘dome’ was formed by multi layers of lightweight fabrics so even though the train was quite long, wasn’t that heavy to stop me from moving freely. I ordered by wedding dress from an online shop on Taobao (China’s equivalent of eBay), which was custom made to fit my size. The red dress I wore was from another shop on Taobao which turned out to be a bit of a headache – I later wished that I had ordered it from the same shop as where I got my wedding dress from. If brides do fancy getting a nice outfit from Taobao, my advice would be to make sure they find those with an excellent reputation, and ideally with high street store. Oh and allow plenty of time for ordering and delivery.

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#bridesquad at the ready!

August 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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2016 is by far our busiest and most exciting year yet (the team have like, one Sunday off each out of 52) and we’d love to help you and your #bridesquad get your wedding inspo on and see you at one of our very special wedding shows this autumn.

We are proud to be working with some stunning new partner venues this season – watch out for dates at Lartington Hall, Saltmarshe Hall, Chester Grosvenor, Adlington Hall, The Belle Epoque, Hornington Manor, Newby Hall, Cutlers’ Hall and Worsley Park Marriott, to name a few – as well as some well established Brides Up North favourites, like Capesthorne Hall, Denton Hall, Ramside Hall, Hardwick Hall, The Bowdon Rooms, Hilltop Country House, Allerton Castle, The Alnwick Garden, Nostell Priory, Wentworth Woodhouse, The Mansion… the list goes on…

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For those Brides Up North readers who are new around these parts, we have a loyal and local following both on these pretty pages and off, and have hosted over 80 gorgeous wedding exhibitions and soirees since 2012!  We’ve amassed a fair bit a ridiculous amount of experience in this time, and are always tweaking our events and offering (every single event at every single one of our beautiful partner venues is completely bespoke and meticulously planned from scratch each season, we’re fussy like that). We generally hate blowing our own trumpet (modest? us? noooo!) but we really do think that our shows are the very best in the business, and pride ourselves on delivering an amazing and inspiring experience to both our visiting brides and exhibitors alike.

Watch out for new features (like our amazing WHITEHOT designer catwalks at Ramside Hall, tipi village at Hardwick Hall and debuting the brand new Orangery at Newby Hall), plus all the Brides Up North magic and sparkle and sensational exhibitor mix that comes as standard.

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We’re also looking ahead to 2018, when we’ll be hosting a designer wedding experience for brides UK wide in collaboration with glossy Unveiled Magazine. brides/UNVEILED, The Luxury Wedding Show For The North, will now debut spring 2018 at Harrogate International Centre. As an immersive luxury bridal experience spanning two days in this celebrated, accessible exhibition space in the heart of the UK, brides/UNVEILED will aim to bring the stylish pages of our popular media products to life. With bespoke spaces, creative concepts and luxe visual displays like no other, this high end consumer bridal event aims to connect the inspiration gathering process with the professionals who can deliver sensational results. To find out more about attending or to contact us as an exhibitor visit www.brides-unveiled.co.uk.

So, there’s just a bit going on backstage right now, and we can’t wait to share all the fun with you lovely lot. Whilst we sweat over staging and floor management, why don’t you take a moment to have a browse of our jam packed schedule and start blocking out a few Sundays… things are about to get very, very pretty.

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bride to be?

At all of our events this autumn, we’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be media packs, 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 for the show (or shows!) that you want to attend using the link below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

are you a wedding industry professional?

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.

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. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space. We expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

exhibitor enquiry

Your Name (required)

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

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If you wish to attend more than one event, please list all here - discounts are available for block bookings

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

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lookbook: new capes on the block

August 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a peppering of capes on the bridal catwalks, but the 2017 runways have experienced a much stronger surge of the statement topper as it fast becomes a top industry trend.

For it seems that where Solange Knowles once went, others are keen to follow as the rise of the cape was undoubtedly boosted by Miss Knowles fashion-forward bridal attire back in 2014, with killer capes an accessory for both her elegant gown and edgy jumpsuit.

Providing a sleek and stylish alternative to a veil, designers are offering capes of all shapes and sizes; from those that just cover the shoulders and very tops of the arms, to more cloak-like cover-ups that billow all the way down to the floor.

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Some may wonder why a bride would want to detract attention from, or even worse, hide, their dress, but many designers use light, sheer fabrics to create their capes, and finish pretty applique or beaded detail to match the gown below. Other capes meanwhile are an extension of the dress, designed to add an element of movement and drama. Then there are those that are detachable, and though these may indeed cover-up more of the dress than others, they allow for a ‘big reveal’ moment later in the day when the cape is removed.

Similar to the growing trend of bridal separates, a cape can help a bride to switch up her look from day to night and is also a particularly useful option for ladies wanting to cover up their arms for the ceremony.

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Some of our very favourite capes to have been flaunted on recent catwalks include dreamy transparent options from designers such as Monique Lhuillier and Mira Zwillinger, with Sassi Holford’s Savannah cape worn over the elegant Sienna slip dress sending us particularly weak at the knees.

Meanwhile for a more high-fashion look we adore Houghton’s flowing Jetta cape, which would be sure to achieve maximum head-turning impact on the aisle (though just be sure to wear something underneath, unlike the model). Statement-setters out there might also fall for the highly stylish yet beautifully simple look of Lela Rose’s The Yacht, with its sophisticated shirt fasten detail and on-point collar.

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