Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017
Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

this sunday: join us for our luxury bridal show at the hepworth wakefield

April 28th, 2017 | Julia Braime


We’re so excited to finish off an April packed with #wedspo with our brand new and gorgeous show at the super stylish The Hepworth Wakefield this Sunday 30th April 2017, from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!  We’re celebrating the extended weekend extremely beautifully and jam packed with wedding inspiration at our pretty and perfect ‘urban luxe’ wedding show.

Come and see ‘The Calder’ space dressed in its best! You should see this luxurious line up – and even if you’ve already got the venue sorted – we’ve everything covered from cakes to cars, stationery to styling, via love light letters and photobooths. And, wait and see… some seriously, seriously beautiful bridal gowns!

Did we mention that you are invited? Oh, and did we also mention that it’s completely free?


Whether you are having a civil ceremony or reception these multi award-winning galleries and function spaces combine stylish design with world class 20th century modern British art and contemporary exhibitions, making The Hepworth Wakefield the perfect location for the modern wedding.

bride to be?

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


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fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017. 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. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Please email for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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fine romance. a luxurious styled wedding inspiration shoot in the peak district

April 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (33)

Thursday evening’s don’t come much better than this! It’s very nearly the beginning of a bank holiday weekend and to top that, we’ve got an uber-gorgeous styled shoot packed with wedding inspiration to share with you. Ladies, it’s time to let down your hair, fill up your glass (with bubbles, we hope) and feast your eyes on this bridal beauty.

Lead by award-winning Sheffield florist Tracey Campbell, of Campbell’s Flowers, this shoot is the work of a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers who relished in the opulent ‘fine romance’ brief.

True to form, Tracey created some truly breath-taking designs, which were complemented by the stunning choice of bridal attire, hair, makeup and details.

The backdrop of the misty Peak District hills adds to the romantic tale, and we are thrilled to see a little cameo appearance from some rather gorgeous greyhounds.

With images by Shelley Richmond Photography. Models: Jessica Fletcher and Jessica Leatherday.

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (22)

tracey says: The big idea behind the shoot was to really visually explore the growing trend of floral wedding designs moving away from the meadowy, just-picked look so dominant in recent years, and towards a very opulent, luxe look. It’s an incredibly romantic look, so we worked with the shoot title ‘A Fine Romance’.

To create that style, I used lots of textures when crafting the floral designs, and maximised contrasts, by juxtaposing more traditional blooms, like amaryllis with exotic flora, such as King Protea.

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (19)

Much of the inspiration came from the wonderful Marilyn gown by Sassi Holford, particularly in terms of the colour palette, which featured silvery grey eucalyptus and pinks in a range of hues from soft, baby blushes through to some magnificently vivid magenta. The stunning gowns for the shoot, including Marilyn, were provided by Sheffield-based bridal boutique, The White Room.

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (16)

When it came to the shoot location, we decided on Losehill House Hotel and Spa. We’ve long been fans of this superb venue, and as preferred suppliers we adore working with them. For us, its incredible location is hard to beat as the rolling hills of the beautiful Peak District will always hold a very special place in our hearts; constantly inspiring us and drawing us back.

Losehill also perfectly matched our theme, as the whole place is brimming with luxury details and feels very special. We also love to collaborate with other businesses who share our ethos, and Losehill really does, particularly when it comes to insisting on quality and supporting local artisans and suppliers, for example, the lounge and restaurant furniture was all hand crafted to their design by a nearby company.

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (34)

To create our romantic, high-end look with our flowers for the shoot, we focused on a contemporary classic look that was all refined elegance with a muted, soft and incredibly feminine colour palette, which we then contrasted with vivid colour pops like cerise. We also incorporated rich colours that were reminiscent of oil paintings, such as a deep emerald green as seen in the simple ivy crowns.

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contemporary class. monsoon for a stylish autumn wedding – rachael & jay

April 26th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Stylish Autumn Wedding (c) Sally Eaves Photography (26)

Today’s real wedding is a stunner, with plenty of personal details in the planning. The beautiful bride tried on her dress for the first time in her mum’s bedroom, ordered her bouquet from the florist where she had a Saturday job as a teenager and incorporated lots of wood as a nod to Jay’s work as a carpenter.

Aiming for modern timelessness? Look no further than Rachael’s chiffon beaded Monsoon gown. Love neutrals? This subtle grey and lilac colour scheme is elegant, modern and fresh. Rachael gives us all the pretty details…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Sally Eaves Weddings.

A Stylish Autumn Wedding (c) Sally Eaves Photography (29)

rachael says: We got engaged on 21st June 2012 – I was visiting Jay in London where he was working for the weekend.  He’d booked a sunset champagne ride on the London Eye where he planned to pop the question, but somebody else in the pod proposed to his partner and stole Jay’s thunder!  He ended up proposing at the Oxo Tower restaurant where we ate later.

We were married on 2nd October 2016. We booked the wedding almost a year to the day beforehand – we sat outside with a glass of wine on an unusually warm day in October 2015, and hoped the weather would repeat itself a year later. It did!

A Stylish Autumn Wedding (c) Sally Eaves Photography (34)

We had our civil ceremony and reception at Peak Edge Hotel at The Red Lion in Derbyshire. I had seen the venue’s lovely website and brochure when we first got engaged, but didn’t go to see it until we got around to planning in 2015. The venue is gorgeous – a country pub meets luxury hotel.  It’s modern and fresh, the wedding team and all the staff were lovely and it just felt perfect for us. We were really keen to have the whole day in one place and the venue allowed us to do exactly that.

We didn’t really plan to have a theme, however lots of wood crept into the day. I made our invitations and they featured a woodgrain design and our centrepieces were decorated logs. Jay is a carpenter so that was quite nice, really!  We decided to name our tables after superheroes – Jay is a big kid at heart (and my hero!), and I spray-painted little superhero figures to sit on each centrepiece. Jay’s mum, Tina, helped us to turn them into gorgeous features with her creative flair.

A Stylish Autumn Wedding (c) Sally Eaves Photography (39)

The colour-scheme was all a bit grey!  Our home is decorated very neutrally and neither of us are fans of bold colours. We chose lavender and lilac as accompanying colours for ties, flowers etc.

A Stylish Autumn Wedding (c) Sally Eaves Photography (47)

I loved my dress!  It was a long, chiffon beaded dress and was from the high street – Monsoon, in fact. I went to lots of local boutiques and loved the experience but didn’t find any dresses I really loved.  I wanted something that was definitely a wedding dress, but a simple shape, without much of a train. I saw this one online, ordered it and took it round to my mum’s to try on in her bedroom! The shopping experience was a little different (no bucks fizz!), but when I tried it on, I absolutely loved it.

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diary date: wedding open day at the biscuit factory

April 26th, 2017 | Julia Braime

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (5)

On the hunt for a cool, quirky and individual city centre wedding venue? Then it’s time to sit up and pay attention as our fabulous Sponsor, The Biscuit Factory, is opening its doors to brides and grooms-to-be for its first wedding open day of the year – and we have all the details!

Situated at the centre of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the unique venue – which was the only North East-based venue shortlisted for “Best City Venue” in the 2016 UK Wedding Awards – will be hosting its wedding open day on Saturday 6th May 2017, between 12pm and 3pm.

The event is an opportunity to see the gallery’s dedicated events space, The Biscuit Room laid out for a ceremony and reception. This purpose-built function room is one of the largest in the city, accommodating up to 150 guests for a ceremony and 250 seated guests for a meal and party.

Throughout the afternoon, The Biscuit Factory’s events team will be on hand to talk to guests, one-to-one, about the venue’s unique portfolio of services, The Wedding Collection. Couples looking to tie the knot in 2018 can take advantage of an exclusive 10% off offer, for a minimum of 80 guests*. Plus, for brides and grooms keen to tie the knot this summer, The Biscuit Factory is offering its full Wedding Collection for 80 guests, for only £5,000* (inc VAT), with additional guests charged at £62.50 per person.

Guests can also enjoy a selection of handpicked canapés and home churned ice creams as a little taster of the in-house catering; accompanied by a complimentary glass of fizz.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (10)

Events Coordinator, katie says: Our open day is the perfect opportunity for couples to explore our beautiful venue and sample our catering first-hand. It’s always exciting to meet with couples face to face and find out more about the ideas they have for their special day – and how we can then make that vision become a reality.

Located within the Ouseburn valley, The Biscuit Factory is an award-winning art, craft and design gallery housed within a former Victorian warehouse, providing weddings with an inspiring, culturally-infused backdrop that’s characterised by contemporary art collections, wooden beams and original brickwork.

For more information about the wedding open day, visit The Biscuit Factory website. To book your free space, RSVP to

*Terms and conditions apply. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

** Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability – July to September 2017. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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look book: bows & blooms

April 26th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Oscar de la Renta - Hayden

Oscar De La Renta

We at Brides Up North have seen the future, and it looks like detail. While sleek and simple silhouettes are still on the up; a lot of the line-up for 2017 is all about the fuss. It seems designers can’t get enough of frippery – in the form of embellishment, ruffles, statement backs and shoulders, creative high-low hemlines and, my ultimate favourite, bows and blooms.

Charlotte Balbier - Jayde

Charlotte Balbier

Banish dated ideas of Margaret Thatcher’s pussy-bow blouses or cutesy, little girl headbands – bows are incredibly versatile and can create an exciting focal point for a bridal gown. If you’re trying to create a fairy-tale feel for your big day, bow detailing can be dreamy and romantic – exhibit A: the whimsical organza bow on Caroline Herrera’s Andie – but, think outside of the box. Bows can also be fashion-forward, origami-esque, cleancut; the Radnor by Charlie Brear, is a perfect example. There’s also the pseudo-bow; more architectural than a ruffle, more formal than a flounce – think fabric tucked and twisted into the suggestion of a bow. Oscar de la Renta is all over this look, with the ballerina-esque Hayden or the statement Hunter gown.

Caroline Herrera - Angeline

Caroline Herrera

Positioning is also key – bridal runways saw bows placed at the nape of the back, as a classic waist-cincher, or even at the neck and shoulder; Halfpenny London’s daring Christabelle skirt and Irene top is a bold example.

Sassi Holford Marilyn

Sassi Holford

Blooms are also making a striking statement on the bridal catwalks in the form of floral prints, flower embroidery and lace patterns. Sounds a bit girly, you say? Well, it certainly can be. BHLDN’s Tulley or Tahlia tops sport flowers AND sequins, and are a super-sweet option if you’re set on separates. Brides Up North Lead Sponsor Charlotte Balbier, is also all over the floral trend with the deliciously sweet Posy from the Untamed Love collection and the ah-maz-ing Jayde from her latest Bohemian Blush collection. The Posy floral skirt and cropped top scores edgy fashion points, and it boasts pockets – perfect for ticking off three trends in one. Oh, and Jayde has blooms and a bow!

Halfpenny - Bumble skirt & Laura top

Kate Halfpenny

Sassi Holford’s Blossom is a full-on interpretation of the floral trend with its use of bright colour, whereas Halfpenny London go in a different direction with the 3D flowers on the Ebony gown. Too much? Needle & Thread’s Rosette dress is a feminine classic with its slim sleeves and tulle skirt, but the embroidered petals in pink and ivory threads are a subtle nod to the floral fad. The laser-cut floral lace of Rolling in Roses’ Violet achieves a similar result of subtle floral gorgeousness.

So, will you be flirting with bows and blooms for your big day?

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our love story: lauren & ashley

April 25th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (21)

Today on the blog, we’re headed to Fletcher Moss in Didsbury, to share the scenic pre-wedding shoot of newlywed couple, Lauren and Ashley.

Both wanted to avoid anxieties about having their photograph taken on the big day itself, and so a relaxed engagement session was the order of the day. These stunning pictures don’t betray any nerves, though – just a beautiful, coy intimacy between two people madly in love.

We particularly love the muted autumnal palette of woodland greens and browns and the way Amy has created ‘couple interrupted’ shots as they embrace and whisper to each other. Tender, loving, perfect.

With images by Amy Louise Photography.

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (3)

lauren says: We got engaged in November 2014. We were going on a family break to Windermere in the Lake District. Suddenly more and more family members were booking lodges at the site and I was none the wiser. Little did I know that everyone else knew Ashley was going to propose…

After we’d arrived, Ashley wanted us to go on a boat trip alone. Still having no idea, we went. It was raining, yet Ashley wanted us to go out onto the deck. I didn’t want to get my hair wet, ha! Eventually, I followed him up the stairs and, to my surprise, Ashley got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. After I said yes (or rather, “YES!”) we went to meet the rest of the family who were all waiting with party poppers, champagne and tears. It was magical.

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (15)

We originally met through mutual friends on a night out in Sale and our first date was to the cinema to watch What Happens in Vegas. We got on really well.

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (29)

The moment Ashley first told me he loved me I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him and never let him go. We got married at Etrop Grange on 20th January 2017.

Our Love Story Ashley & Lauren (c) Amy Louise Photography (28)

What’s special about our relationship is the fact we’re best friends. No one can make us laugh the way we laugh with each other. We can be completely ourselves around each other and never feel silly. We bring out the best in each other and, when we’re in each other’s company, we’re constantly smiling.

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