Charlotte Balbier
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snowflakes & lilies. a winter wedding at peckforton castle – lorna & dave

October 21st, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth


Today’s elegant real wedding was arranged in just six months and perfectly illustrates the beauty of tying the knot in the winter season.

The couple, Lorna and Dave, had been together for more than five years before getting engaged. Briefly contemplating a beach wedding in the Caribbean sunshine, the couple couldn’t resist the allure of staying close to home and celebrating their big day at the magnificent Peckforton Castle.

Dressed in an off-the-shoulder, fluted fishtail gown, Lorna was every bit the fairy-tale princess.

With images from Jonny Draper Photography.


lorna says: We got engaged on 23rd May 2015, at Tre-Ysgawen Hall, Anglesey, Wales. At this point we had been together for more than five years, so I’d pretty much given up hope, but it turns out he was waiting for me to stop hinting so that it would come as a surprise. Dave had taken me away for the weekend and chosen Wales because of my Welsh roots. We enjoyed spa treatments on the Saturday and even joked in the Jacuzzi that Dave was rubbish at keeping secrets! Later that day, he got down on one knee in a lovely little meadow in the grounds of the hotel. I was so stunned he had to prompt me for a response as his knee was getting wet from the grass!


We tied the knot on Thursday 17th December 2015. We both wanted a winter wedding and weren’t concerned about the weather. We love Christmas time, so thought we could make the most of the gorgeous festive decorations at our venue, Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. We also first met on 17th January so there was certain symmetry to the date.

We got married in the Great Hall at Peckforton. Dave wanted to either wed on a beach in the Caribbean or in a castle. As I’m red head and not a huge fan of sand – the decision was quickly made! We looked at a number of other locations in and around Cheshire, but Peckforton was by far the most magical and perfect venue.


We both love to travel so our table names were places we had visited together and our table plan was a map of the world. We also had a vintage suitcase for our cards. For us, this signified that we had already been on many adventures, and that we are now embarking on another big adventure together into married life.

We tried to keep a personal touch throughout the wedding, with my sister designing our wedding invitations and other stationery, and my mum making the most fabulous snowflake wedding cake. Overall, we were going for an understated but elegant look.

Our colour scheme was dark purple. It’s a rich shade that stands out for a winter wedding and it also complemented the decor in the castle – and we both love the colour!

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wedding stationery with style: project pretty

October 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Happy Fri-yay – the weekend is in sight! But before we head off to The Wedding Blog Awards in swanky London town tonight (did we mention that we’ve been nominated for three awards – Best Regional Blog, Best Blogging Team and Best Social Media… does this mean we get to drink three times as much bubbly!?) we’re revisiting our fabulous Sponsor Project Pretty, for an exclusive first look at their gorgeous new stationery collection.

Not matter what theme or colour scheme you’re opting for, chances are that Project Pretty will have a design that’s right up your street, with the latest designs featuring beautiful, bold florals and botanical prints as well as sugary sweet typography.

So while we go and get all dolled up, we’ll leave you in the safe and talented hands of the duo behind Project Pretty, Kerry and Becky…


How many designs make up the new collection?

project pretty say: We have four fabulous new designs, which we are excited to introduce. They are called Alice, Charlie, Harlow and Louisa.

Is there a particular theme to the collection and where did the inspiration from the new designs come from?

Our new collection is based around botanicals/florals and bold typographical lead design. We have recently moved to a lovely new studio in the Cheshire countryside, and our new surroundings have influenced our latest creations.

What colour palettes feature in the new collection?

Our designs are available in a wide range of colours (with exception of our watercolour Harlow design). Our new Charlie collection, for example, is available in a whopping 2,556 colour combinations!


What type of bride do you think the new collection will appeal to?

We hope the new collection has something for everyone; from the classic and traditional bride, to the modern and quirky.

Are the new designs available in stationery bundle options as well as individual save the dates, invites, menu cards etc?

Each design is available as a full suite, so we can style your wedding from start to finish. From Save the date, through to your ‘on the day’ stationery, and finally thank you cards.

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a very big house in the country. it’s our denton hall luxury wedding exhibition!

October 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime


We’ve got our Wedding Barn knees up this weekend at Hornington Manor (click here to find out more), before bringing our sensational Yorkshire autumn season of events to a close next Sunday 30th October 2016, 11am till 3pm, with a very special date for the diary: our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Denton Hall, Ilkley, FREE entry. 

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (40)

As your very own exclusive-use country house for the weekend, the team at Denton Hall pride themselves on meeting your needs with a personal touch. Denton Hall blends its rich history with a bespoke, flexible modern-day service – including a Michelin-starred fine dining experience courtesy of award winning Box Tree Events – to ensure that your special day is as successful, enjoyable and memorable as possible.

Next Sunday, we’ve enlisted the help of 30+ luxury wedding exhibitors who plan to fill it’s stately rooms with wedding inspiration to help make your day even more perfect.

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (36)

The Hall is set in the heart of 2,500 acres of colourful, secluded, landscaped grounds and the exquisite interior of the Hall itself complements these beautiful surroundings. Featuring two magnificent reception rooms full of stately grandeur, with smaller, more intimate areas including an oak-panelled library and a charming period dining room you are truly Lord and Lady of the Manor at Denton.

Watch out for the Hall’s many charming features including a spiral staircase, hand-crafted genuine vintage Mouseman oak furniture, Adam style fireplaces and ceilings and crystal chandeliers. There are also 24 newly-refurbished bedrooms and two luxury suites – including an elegant bridal suite.

Come and see it all for yourselves…

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (57)

bride to be?

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


An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (46)

wedding industry professional?

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 next 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 for details.

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (56)

Images from Katie & Ben’s wedding at Denton Hall as featured on Brides Up North by Bethany Clarke Photographyclick here to see the whole day in full.

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inspiring designs: introducing so sassi

October 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime



Engaged or not, looking at beautiful bridal wear is one of our very favourite pastimes and so we’re excited and honoured to be adding another fabulous designer to our list of Sponsors. Ladies, prepare to swoon as we welcome So Sassi to the blog.

As its name suggests, this label is all about brides showing their own unique style through their bridal attire choices, whether they are looking to achieve a pretty and timeless look or to make a real style statement.

Inspired by both designer and high-street fashions, So Sassi also enables brides to think outside the bridal box, with striking separates, big playful bows and even cute caped designs, all forming part of the latest collection.



Can you give us a little background on So Sassi and how the label came to fruition?

so sassi say: So Sassi was created in 2012 as the esprit label from Sassi Holford. The gowns are designed for the fashion forward bride looking for a twist on tradition. The gowns are designed and handmade by a team of talented fashion graduates at the Sassi Holford studios in Somerset.

What is the ethos behind So Sassi dresses and what type of brides do the designs appeal to?

The ethos behind the label is about having fun – we wanted to create a collection that is fashionably stylish but that also keeps the light hearted aspect of bridal. Our ideal bride has her own unique style.

Tell us a little about the latest So Sassi collection?

The 2017 collection has a playful yet romantic vibe! We have gorgeous romantic gowns like Pixie which feature soft tulle, subtle sparkle bodice and diamante waist detail, but then we have Daisy which is a really pretty hi-lo, 3D floral lace gown – it’s so cute!



Where did the inspiration for the collection come from?

Our inspiration comes from many sources; the runway, cool accessories and high street styles. These themes are then developed and combined with shapes and fabrics, it all comes together from there. The collection was really exciting to put together this year and we feel it definitely shows in the dresses!

What types of fabrics feature in the collection?

We experimented with a few fabrics and fabric combinations this year, putting together beautiful soft tulles, stunning spot organza, soft crepe and illusion laces with bold checked fabric and 3D florals. There is also a gorgeous new leaf lace detailed fabric that we’re hoping to see a lot more of!

Similarly, what types of detailing feature in the collection?

We’ve really focussed in on ensuring that the details are just as important as the overall look of the dress. We’ve created a few more accessories for brides, to help transform their looks by simply adding or taking a way an accessory. For example our Jasmine jacket can be removed and replaced with the Crystal belt for the evening!

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in full bloom. an elegant spring wedding in north wales – vicky & richard

October 19th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth


The Isle of Anglesey on the Menai Strait provides the stunning and dramatic backdrop to the beautiful real wedding that we’re sharing with you on the blog today.

After a 12-month engagement, Vicky and Richard tied the knot on Easter Sunday in the picturesque Grade II-listed Chateau Rhianfa in North Wales.

Complete with striking turrets, exquisite grounds and stunning views of Snowdonia, we can see why the couple fell in love with this enchanting venue.

Newly sprung daffodils and white roses added a springtime-inspired splash of colour to the wedding, and as a lovely nod to Easter, guests were even treated to a little chocolate.

With images by Andrew Keher Photography.


vicky says: We got engaged on 7th March 2015. Richard took me away for a surprise weekend and proposed to me at Conwy on the north coast of Wales, overlooking the water. Shortly after his proposal, he took me to The Quay Hotel & Spa, where he had pre-booked lots of pampering treatments!

We got married the following year on 27th March 2016. There was limited availability at our chosen wedding venue, Chateau Rhianfa in Anglesey, North Wales. The Easter weekend was free though, so we chose Easter Sunday as our wedding day.


While on holiday in North Wales the previous summer, we called into Chateau Rhianfa on our way home and fell in love with it straight away. It was actually a venue Richard had considered for the proposal, too!

We had a non-religious civil ceremony at Chateau Rhianfa and chose a yellow and grey colour scheme. Yellow to symbolise spring and Easter, with the grey complementing this beautifully.


We had an Easter theme, too. For our wedding favours we filled jars with mini eggs and attached a Welsh love spoon pewter keyring. As for the flowers, we chose yellow daffodils – a traditional Welsh flower which also ties in with Easter and spring – and white roses, as we are both from Yorkshire, which were supplied by Acacia Flowers in North Wales.


My wedding dress was a fairly simple design by Justin Alexander, purchased from The Bridal Path in Childwall, Liverpool. It had decorative diamanté detailing around the waistline, across my chest and the top of my back. Richard, meanwhile, wore a three-piece charcoal grey suit from Ted Baker.

I picked grey dresses from To Have & To Hold Bridal Wear in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, for my bridesmaids, and my flower girls wore ivory dresses with a yellow sash, bought from Etsy.

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be our guest: autumn wedding high street haul

October 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Smoke Velvet Maxi Slip Dress, £109, Mint Velvet

The season is changing that’s for sure, with the dark nights drawing further in and the cooler conditions causing us to bring the thicker layers out of hibernation.

This ‘in-between’ time of year can make wardrobe choices that little bit more tricky as we question if it’s time for tights and trench coats, or whether we can style out bare forearms and shins for that bit longer.

Whatever you decide, we’re offering inspiration on what you could wear to a fall wedding if you’re fortunate to have received an invite to somebody else’s wedding this season.

So prepare to indulge in rich fabrics, fabulous patterns and metallic accessories that may well lead to a spontaneous Wednesday morning purchase. And if you don’t have an autumn wedding in the diary surely there’s another special occasion coming up that requires a new outfit – go on, treat yourself!

the threads


Winter Floral Silk Maxi Dress, £115, Warehouse – keen to become known for their patterns, Warehouse has some jaw-droppingly gorgeous pieces in their latest collection that are guaranteed to get you noticed. We adore the bright colour on this pretty silk dress, perfect for adding a pop of vibrancy to dull autumn days.

Cecilia Lace Top, £79, Coast – so simple yet so striking. This gorgeous lace top with scalloped-edge detailing, is the perfect accompaniment to a long flowing skirt or cigarette style pants for a wedding, and will be a wardrobe go-to all through the autumn/winter season too!

Lavato Jaquard Trousers, £89, Coast – because you don’t have to wear a dress or a skirt to a wedding, luxurious-looking trousers like these can be just as striking. We love the metallic detailing and feel these would easily come into play again for the Christmas party period.

Velvet Pleat Chain Dress, Topshop, £85 – as well as patterns, prepare to see a lot of velvet hanging from the rails this season. We think this elegant Topshop dress is the business, with its ladylike pleats, sexy plunge neck and dainty chain detail straps.

Katz Plissé Silk-Blend Lamé Maxi Skirt, Oliva + Alice at Net-A-Porter, £485 – at the other end of the new outfit budget we have this rather special number. Ok, we know that you could buy a new TV, or even a designer handbag, for that price – but look how shiny and shimmery it is!

Printed Velvet Dress, Zara, £49.99 – yes, it’s another velvet number, but this time we have pattern too, and it’s in the most beautiful autumnal shades. While this would look stunning for a wedding with a pair of heels we think it would serve you well after the occasion too, by dressing it down with tights, flat boots and a cool leather jacket.

Snowdrop Embellished Embroidered Georgette Mini Dress, Needle & Thread, £325 – us Brides Up North gals are huge fans of Needle & Thread, which offers the most stunning patterned and embellished designs. For us this above-the-knee nude dress strikes just the right balance between sexy and sophisticated.

Marissa Faux Fur Coat, French Connection, £195 – as the temperatures continue to drop a cosy cover-up is a must, and they don’t come much cosier than this opulent outerwear.

the finishing touches


Premium Leather Clutch Bag, Warehouse, £39 – if you go for a plain, rather than patterned outfit, we suggest adding a little extra shine to your attire with metallic accessories, such as this super-soft clutch bag.

Contrast Faux Fur Stole, Oasis, £25 – if you think a full faux fur coat will leave you a little too hot and flustered, why not bring a touch of autumn/winter opulence to your overall look with an elegant faux fur stole?

Aamaya by Priyanka Pop Velvet, Rose Gold-Plated and Crystal Choker, Net-A-Porter, £255 – resurrected from the 1990s, chockers are well and truly back on the fashion hit list. This one we have to admit is quite a splurge, but if it’s good enough for Rachel Green and The Spice Girls, we’re prepared to dig deep!

Raphael Sandals, Topshop, £49 – despite the dip in temperatures, strappy skyscrapers will continue into the autumn/winter season and are an elegant way to finish off your wedding guest attire. We suggest hitting the dancefloor early to keep those feet warm!

Small Print Metallic Effect Hankerchief Scarf, Zara, £9.99 – attention-grabbing and affordable, this skinny gold scarf will add instant interest to dark, solid block colour garments.

Vanda Ball Triple Bracelet, Coast, £15 – because arm candy doesn’t stop at your bag, why not add a bangle or two to the party as well?

Edena Clutch Bag, Ted Baker, £69 – a statement bag is one of our very favourite fashion items. Perfect for those not brave enough to wear the embroidered detailing trend in their clothing or footwear choices, this cute clutch is a high-impact accessory that will leave others green with envy.

Maggie Flared Heel Boots, Topshop, £75 – ankle boots are absolutely everywhere this season, in almost every colour and style imaginable. Metallic boots are among the most striking and provide an edgy finish to those gorgeous wedding guest threads.

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