September 25th, 2017 | Julia Braime
If you follow the wedding blog over on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have seen that our jam packed series of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs are bigger and more beautiful than ever this season.
With our portfolio at it’s very best, every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait for another weekend of the finest wedding inspiration and welcoming you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel for our bridal party Luxury Wedding Fair on Sunday 8th October 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.
Other wedding fairs? Pah! What’s the point?! We are very proud to run the largest and most exciting free entry bridal exhibitions in the North East. Hardwick Hall is a special one too. 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 our DESIGNER DRESS SALE, tiny tipi tents, styling showcases, prosecco bar & glossy media packs, sponsored by Unveiled Magazine, for each visiting bride.
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.
If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day! We adore hearing your love stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person. I just love saying hello to my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday. Who wouldn’t love this job?
Well then, what are you waiting for? Grab your girls or your groom, and we’ll see you there!
We’re giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors. As demand is high, to pick up your goody bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.
We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year. 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.
September 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
While the warmer months of the year remain the most popular time to marry, winter weddings are certainly on the rise with some couples preferring to embrace the cooler temperatures rather than rely upon the unpredictable British weather to come good.
Today’s couple tied the knot during the first week of January, giving them and their guests a fabulous celebration to look forward to beyond Christmas and New Year.
Rebecca and Alex’s big day is the epitome of elegance with a stately home setting, chic colour palette, classic blooms and gorgeous attire. We particularly love Rebecca’s Augusta Jones dress, complete with a dreamy ballgown skirt – just perfect for twirling around the dancefloor!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged at home in April 2015, and set the date for Saturday 7th January, 2017. As Alex works abroad and has limited time at home we were forced to have a winter wedding, but we embraced this.
We had both the ceremony and reception at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, which is owned and operated by Dine. We needed somewhere which had enough indoor space to easily accommodate all of guests for the whole day, as we knew with a January wedding time spent outside would be limited.
The general feel of The Mansion is luxurious, grand and special. This is carried over into the food and drinks that they serve, which also played a big part in our venue choice. The team’s attention to detail is exceptional.
We chose dusky lilac, silvers and navy blue as our colour scheme. We wanted the wedding to be traditional in style, and quite wintery.
I chose a gown by Augusta Jones, which I found at The Swanky Bride, Kirkburton, Huddersfield. I tried on approximately 20 dresses, but was struggling to find anything that I thought suited me without looking overly fussy, as I am quite petite, so decided to try a simpler style. My chosen dress was a plain satin strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline. It had a sheer overlay skirt which added a bit of interest without being fussy. I added the lace top later as I wanted to be slightly more covered up for the ceremony.
Catherine Elizabeth of York, did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup. Her team made the morning of the wedding so relaxing and the makeup looked natural. We were ready on time with no stress or worries.
September 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime
We do like to spoil you, don’t we?
It’s a S U P E R S U N D A Y weekend at wedding blog HQ as we bring you not one but two fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Shows! Brides Up North is on tour in Yorkshire and the North East this Sunday 24th September 2017, 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 (including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine, hot off the press!) in hand. All events are, of course, FREE ENTRY.
I think I need a lie down!
brides up north bespoke at allerton castle
We’ll be at Allerton Castle, Yorkshire, this Sunday 24th September 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY to bring more Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.
Set amongst stunning landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade I listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.
For this bespoke, beautiful (and really rather big!) event, we’ve handpicked a selection of the most brilliant wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire. Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, pose in our photo booths, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.
Not only have we over 30 of the region’s very best wedding suppliers in attendance, with every detail covered from cakes to cravats, but The Swanky Bride are also hosting a POP UP DESIGNER DRESS SALE at the event! The boutique is bringing a collection of So Sassi current and sale dresses along with some amazing bargains by Special Day, Kate Walker, Cymbeline, Augusta Jones, Emma Hunt, Stephanie Allin, Lilly and bridesmaids dresses by Ghost.
Dress already sorted? There’ll be shoes, veils and accessories by Rainbow, Charlotte Mills and Miranda Templeton!
One of our very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury. Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers. Trust us, you will not be disappointed!
Who wants to play at princesses?!
the big bridal super show at ramside hall
The North East’s best and most beautiful wedding industry suppliers will gather at of the region’s favourite wedding venue – Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa – on Sunday 24th September 2017, from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.
Once again, we don’t do things by halves here at Brides Up North! We are filling the whole hotel – that’s five huge function areas – and it’s going to be spectacular!
This isn’t your typical wedding fair, it’s a knock-your-socks-off bridal fashion bonanza with all the extra pretty on top! This should most definitely be one for your diaries. Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, I can promise you the very best choice of the best wedding experts in the region. Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented and there’ll be on the day discounts too.
We’ve added a HUGE DESIGNER DRESS SALE, sponsored by The Bridal Collection and The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Quite literally the best you’ll find, with over 100 dresses to try and buy on the day, all at £499 or less. Yes. You read that right: all at £499 or less and from designers like Enzoani, Maggie Sottero, Justin Alexander, Claire Pettibone, Ian Stuart and Raimon Bundo. You do not want to miss this!
As well as getting your dress shopping on, come and see our two Brides Up North designer bridal catwalks (we’re planning some really beautiful shows with the best boutiques in the area – don’t miss them!), meet the Ramside Hall wedding planners, pose in our photo booths, taste our sweet treats, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories (you are going to be spoilt for chose let me tell you!), get lost in our beautiful floral displays, get the hair and make up sorted, find a top photographer and tick off all those last essential details. You name it, we can sort it.
I adore this event – it’s big, it’s busy, it’s exciting but most of all it’s really beautiful.
I can’t wait to see you all there for a day of wedding planning heaven… and lots of fun too.
We’re giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be VIP media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, plus the brand new copy of UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is register using the link below.
While stocks last.
We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2017. 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.
September 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime
If you’re in search of a brand-new venue that’s as cool as it is unique, then you just might be about to love us forever. As this afternoon, we have details of an a-maz-ing (!!) North East venue, set to open its doors to couples in April 2018, offering stylish celebrations like no other!
Set on a 150-acre estate in the heart of Northumberland coastal countryside, Charlton Hall is currently undergoing a huge renovation that will see elements of its heritage mixed with quirky and contemporary touches, resulting in a grand entertaining space made up of show-stopping function rooms, fabulous entertaining areas and incredible bedrooms.
Brought to you by the same people as those behind popular venue Doxford Barns, couples marrying at Charlton can be sure of first-class service, food and drink as standard.
Keen to remain up-to-the-minute with its progress, we’ve invited the team from Charlton Hall to take over the blog with the latest details of seriously stylish venue…
Where is Charlton Hall located?
charlton hall say: Charlton Hall is based just off the A1 at Chathill, eight miles north of Alnwick and is set within a private 150-acre estate overlooking the coast towards Beadnell Bay.
Can you tell us about its history?
Charlton Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian hall by William Newton and formerly the family home of the late Reginald William Tudor Thorp, MBE of Alnwick – Alnwick’s oldest solicitor before he died in 2003.
Charlton Hall was acquired by Richard Shell in May 2017 and included in the sale were many original artefacts from the Hall, including auction notices from 1878, newspaper articles from 1935 and turn of the century antiques (desks, grandfather clocks, chairs) as well as other delightful memoirs, including a school sports trophy dating back to 1890!
We intend to incorporate as many of these artefacts into our upgrade of Charlton Hall to mix tradition with modern twists and eccentric interior design.
What is the building currently like and how will it be transformed?
The building itself is currently under renovation as we upgrade the Hall whilst preserving its heritage and original Georgian features. To balance tradition with modernity, our lead designer Josephine Aynsley is introducing an eclectic mix of bold furniture, fabrics, tapestries and accessories to add even more character to the venue.
The renovation plans include enchanting function and entertaining rooms, a large formal drawing room with marble fireplace and dining room with floor-to-ceiling sash windows that look out towards the coast; our vision here is intended to make the venue ideal for intimate wedding breakfasts.
On the lower ground floor, Charlton Hall has a rare and unique assortment of intimate underground lounges and our plans here are to use the space for a dedicated whisky bar with booths for the after-party.
The menagerie of furniture included with the sale of Charlton Hall has heavily influenced our design team’s interior scheme, by re-claiming many of those pieces to create an authentic yet eclectic interior. Mixed with re-production pieces, the finished look aims to excite and inspire with our indulgent, luxurious and downright decadent taste!
What type of feel will Charlton Hall have and what will its interior styling be like?
At every turn, the unique vision of Charlton Hall is a masterclass in interior design. The decor is adorned with soft furnishings, fabrics and accessories that are intriguingly mismatched, along with vibrant-coloured walls, antique pieces, playful artefacts, a mix of art and decorative lighting fixtures and yesteryear pictures that offer anatomical insights.
As you enter the grounds of Charlton Hall, its long private driveway is enshrouded by luscious English orchards and secret walled gardens to reveal the traditional exterior of Charlton Hall’s Georgian building. Inside, guests are greeted and led to the vibrant inner sanctum of either the drawing room or library, constructed around the central staircase.
Once inside, be prepared for bold interiors, decadent features and daring design as Charlton Hall’s tongue-in-cheek personality takes over with is provocative interiors and flamboyant colour scheme, heavily influenced by creatives – Tim Walker, Tom Dixon, Andrew Martin, Matthew Williamson, House of Hackney and Emma Shipley.
Light installations will cover the hallway including Tom Dixon Pendants, neon signs and flying cherubs levitating down the grand staircase to the hallway. Wallpapers by Pierre Frey and Harlequin feature prominently here.
The Breakfast Room takes inspiration from photographer Tim Walker with its accumulation of shadows and detail. Here the design team brings Harlequin Sumi wallpaper to life by cascading from the ceiling and down to the base of the original hand-painted floor boards. Andrew Martin’s sheers drape the windows to drench the room with sunlight that reflects off the opposing wall of mirrors.
The Library shies away from the “standard” library look by following the Hall’s level of opulence with bespoke accessories, large-scale chandeliers and bright colours. Our love for House of Hackney starts in the Study and climbs the staircase through fabrics, wallpapers and accessories. Having followed the inspirational artist Emma J Shipley for a number of years, we have also included many of her exquisite cushion designs throughout Charlton Hall to complement Josephine Aynsley’s bespoke cushions to suit each room.
At some point throughout your jaunt of the Hall, you will visit our toilets. Eyebrow-raising urinals combined with bespoke designed graffiti from our amazing artist Lynsey Jean Henderson juxtapose with the Pink Powder room for Foxy Ladies.
Throughout Charlton Hall our bespoke crafted bars will be backlit with changeable coloured LEDs and Tom Dixon fade pendants featuring prominently in our function and designated bar rooms.
Taking our handmade and specially hand dyed grand staircase runner upstairs, guests can indulge in the decadence of oversized mirrors that reflect our shimmering chandeliers, sit delicately on our leather conversation sofas in a little hideaway decorated with House of Hackney’s naughty monkey wallpaper, complete with specially designed rugs.
Delving downstairs into our underground vaults, you will find Charlton Hall’s after-hours playground of debauchery, cigars, drinking and where cards are dealt. Our in-house speakeasy plays host to this whisky and card room or if you fancy a dance, you’ll have to mind your head in our den that even Gatsby couldn’t imagine. Rich with silks, velvets, leather and laced with a decadent choice of beverages – who wouldn’t want to finish the night in such style?
September 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime
On Sunday 1st October 2017, 12pm till 4pm, FREE ENTRY we’ll be hosting the another stunning UNVEILED Wedding Wonderland: Luxury Bridal Show, in association with our glossy print product, UNVEILED, The Luxury Wedding Magazine for the North and the sensational Five Red Star wedding venue, Rockliffe Hall.
An immersive experience, we’re transforming the rooms and suites at Rockliffe Hall into a bridal playground, inviting a choice selection of the area’s finest wedding suppliers and encouraging brides and grooms to discover the magic of this beautiful place.
Discuss all things weddings with the dedicated Rockliffe Hall wedding planners and, even if you’ve already got your venue sorted, try, taste, test and talk to our handpicked on-site luxury suppliers.
There’ll be over 35 talented vendors in attendance, with every single detail covered – from diamonds and accessories, to live music and love lights, via cakes, floral displays, photo booths and much, much more!
And if that’s not enough Rockliffe Hall have pulled out all the stops to offer two complimentary Spa Garden Day Passes to one lucky bride (or groom) to be, who successfully completes our 5 Red Star Wedding Wonderland Treasure Map, which you can collect from reception along with your VIP Media Pack sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine, while stocks last.
Yes, you did read that right – it’s completely FREE for you and your whole bridal party to attend – we’d suggest bringing a bridesmaid or two to help with that goody bag!
Allow us to take you on a journey…
Set within 375 acres of picturesque County Durham countryside, Rockliffe Hall caters for weddings of all styles and sizes, with stunning spaces both inside and out. As the North of England’s only AA-rated 5 red star resort, the lavish Hall boasts luxury surroundings, secluded grounds, award-winning food and an outstanding range of facilities and packages for exclusive weddings.
From ceremony to wedding breakfast and into evening celebrations, the team at Rockliffe Hall firmly believe that every wedding should be completely unique, and as such help couples to create a wedding day that is truly theirs.
For those that dream of an alfresco big day, there are several beautiful settings available within the Hall’s perfectly-manicured grounds, which can cater for ceremonies, drinks receptions and marquee celebrations.
Indoors, there is a choice of immaculate rooms where civil ceremonies and receptions can take place. The Rockliffe Suite is an impressive room with outdoor terrace catering for up to 170 guests while the magnificently restored Victorian Orangery can hold up to 110 guests. Finally, for more intimate celebrations, there is The Old Hall, a room of gothic glamour and character that can accommodate between 20 and 80 guests.
Whichever setting couples choose, the Hall’s experienced team will assist in adding special touches and personalised food and drink menus for a truly memorable big day.
To pre-register for a FREE 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.
VIP Bride-To-Be Media Packs available while stocks last only.
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We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017 and beyond. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows across three regions.
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. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
September 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry
B-e-a-utiful is how we would sum up the gorgeous real wedding that we’re sharing with you on the blog today.
With no set theme to fuss around, bride Jen built her and Rich’s big day around her favourite colour (blue) with lots of blossoming blooms and foliage to enhance their already stunning choice of venue.
We love the relaxed simplicity to this wedding – from Jen’s slimline lace detailed gown to the flowing bridesmaid dresses and delicate cake table, all of which results in a classic and timeless celebration.
With images by Helen King Photography.
jen says: We got engaged in Venice. Rich organised a surprise trip and popped the question on our final night in Venice when walking back to our hotel through St Mark’s Square.
We set the date for 28th May 2016. The wedding fell on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend at the end of May. It also happens to be my dad’s birthday. May is a beautiful month to get married in with decent weather and lots of green on the trees!
Our ceremony was at Thornton Dale church followed by a reception at The Orangery in Settrington. The church is very special to Rich’s family. His grandfather was the church warden there for 20 years and is buried there along with Rich’s grandmother. It is also close to where my mum lives.
We didn’t have a theme for the wedding, we just wanted it to be elegant and traditional.
I chose blue as the main colour scheme as it is my favourite colour! The bridesmaids looked beautiful in their cornflower blue dresses.
I wore an ivory Justin Alexander gown, which I purchased from The Wedding Room in Scarborough. I liked the simplicity of the gown and the satin waist band, which was really flattering. I wore the dress with a long cathedral-length veil.
Catherine Elizabeth did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup on the wedding day. She did a great job and the makeup lasted well the whole day.
Rich wore his military uniform for the ceremony and then changed into a morning suit for the reception.
Helen King captured our day and we definitely recommend her to others. She is a brilliant photographer and made us very relaxed on the day and for our engagement shoot. Helen is lovely to work with and she felt like a friend attending the wedding.
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