April 19th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
For those on the hunt for a blank canvas style venue with a hint of rustic charm, we’d highly recommended putting our stunning Sponsor venue Hornington Manor, on your must-visit list. Set within rural Yorkshire, this homely venue invites brides, grooms and their guests to enjoy a full weekend of celebrations with fabulous accommodation, ceremony and reception spaces, all on site.
We know just how special this place is and are so excited invite brides to be to our epic evening event at this stunning venue! THIS EVENING, Thursday 19th April 2018, 6pm till 9pm, FREE ENTRY, we’re transforming the already gorgeous Hornington Manor Wedding Barn into a twinkling wedding inspiration paradise! And you are all invited…
Joe Stenson Photography
Even if you’re venue is already sorted, the inspo at this event is out of this world! We’d love to see you and your bridal party there!
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North and UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.
While stocks last.
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT ON EXHIBITOR SPACE.
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We’ve invited the lovely Hannah from Hornington Manor to get the party started and tell us more…!
Where is Hornington Manor located?
hornington manor say: Our venue located in the picturesque village of Bolton Percy, nestled into the rolling North Yorkshire countryside. It is approximately ten miles from the historic city of York, and less than 20 miles from the bustling city of Leeds. With easy access from the A1 and M1 motorways – great for travelling guests.
Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?
Hornington Manor was built in 1770 and is set on a beautiful 300-acre working farm. The Grade II listed farm house was lovingly restored when farm was brought back to life in 2009 by local bed-makers Harrison Spinks, with the aim of growing some of its own natural mattress fillings. The 18th century Hornington Manor wedding barn was, until very recently, nothing more than a lambing barn.
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Is Hornington Manor licensed for civil ceremonies and, if so, what areas of the venue are available for weddings and what capacity can they cater for?
Hornington Manor is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of remarkable locations around its grounds to suit couples’ individual preference. Hornington Gallery has huge floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the sheep grazing in the fields outside and is wonderfully bright and airy, holding 120 guests.
Our most popular place to hold wedding ceremonies is in the infamous Hornington Wedding Barn. The original 18th Century rustic barn can comfortably house up to 150 guests and is beautifully decorated with huge external doors opening onto the Manor courtyard.
For more intimate ceremonies, the lavish ballroom in the West Wing of the Manor could be perfect. Alternatively, couples may wish to take advantage of the stunning surroundings and hold their ceremony outside. Saying their vows under the charming Lych Gate in the Manor Courtyard, or facing the gentle fields on the Manor Lawn.
And what areas are available for the reception?
The beautiful wedding barn is available for wedding receptions, and can seat 150 guests comfortably. Other than boasting a stunning bar and relaxing snug areas, the wood panelled walls and exposed brick is a blank canvas for brides and grooms to style as they wish.
How would you describe the look and feel of Hornington Manor?
The Manor has a rustic feel to it whilst also being the perfect untouched setting. Brides and grooms can choose to draw on the organic features of the venue, or alternatively use the blank backdrop for a more glamorous theme – anything goes! We’ve seen some amazing ideas; some of which can be seen on the blog section of our website.
What makes Hornington Manor a special wedding venue?
Hornington Manor is so special due to its unique surroundings and its magical element of exclusivity. Not many people can say they’ve married with a flock of sheep as members of the audience! If you’re lucky enough to wed during lambing season, some guests have the extra bonus of feeding pet lambs before the wedding begins! Our team endeavour to do all they can to make each wedding day special, unique and seamless.
What sort of bride would be a Hornington Manor bride?
A Hornington Manor bride is excited by the chance to create their very own dream wedding – brides can be as creative as they wish. A Hornington Manor bride also appreciates the time before and after their wedding – being able to spend the whole weekend with their family in the house and grounds of the Manor.
How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?
Our wedding co-ordinator Jo and her assistant Hayley will be on hand from the moment you have your first viewing, to the moment you leave Hornington Manor as a married couple. Their nothing-is-too-much attitude means our brides and grooms can plan their wedding with peace of mind that everything will run smoothly. On call throughout the big day and in the lead up to a wedding, they will go the extra mile to make sure every couple has the wedding day of their dreams. We also have a number of trusted and recommended suppliers, many of which are regulars at Hornington weddings; and are featured on our website under Recommended Suppliers.
March 21st, 2018 | Julia Braime
Things are pretty crazy behind the scenes here at Brides Up North Towers as we find ourselves in the full swing of our wonderful wedding fair season. It feels like there might be confetti and canapés in every orifice right now, and we’re not stopping yet! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
In a few short weeks, we are returning to our favourite new wedding venue to the Cheshire scene: the beautiful Stock Farm Wedding Barn. Box fresh, this brilliant barn wedding venue that forms part of the famous Tatton Estate is one not to be missed from your location low down. We are so excited to show it off!
We’ll be putting on a pop up mini wedding festival on Sunday 8th April 2018 from 11am till 2pm. As always, the event is free entry (we like spoiling you!) and packed to the rafters with 30 of the area’s best wedding day suppliers, from dream dresses to cute cakes. Whether you’ve got your venue sorted or not, this is a day full of fun and inspiration, with a distinctly boho vibe.
So, flower crowns at the ready once more, and we’ll see you at Stock!
With a stunning 2000 sqft of indoor space to play with at Stock Farm’s magnificent wedding barn it is an incredible opportunity to make a truly bespoke event tailored to you. Civil ceremonies can be held inside the barn or outside in our private garden under the apple tree. Stock Farm offers extensive acreage of open rural space exclusively for you and your guests to enjoy as well as onsite farmhouse accomodation. This will be no ordinary experience.
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at the event, filled with glossy magazines – including the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine – and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag – and for FREE ENTRY – all you need to do is pre-register using the form for your venue of choice (you can register for more than one) found by clicking below. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
Images by Chiascuro, shot at Stock Farm during our last Brides Up North event.
March 20th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
Believe us, it’s tricky task to deliver one gorgeous styled photoshoot in just one day, which is why we were so impressed when a dynamic group of industry suppliers from the North West upped the ante recently and pulled off what was essentially four different styled shoots – yes, you heard us, four – in 12 hours.
The backdrop for the shoot is the stunning Stock Farm on the Tatton Estate in Cheshire, where we will be hosting a Pop Up Wedding Festival on Sunday 8th April, 11am to 3pm, FREE ENTRY. We will be joined there by a collection of the area’s top wedding suppliers, including a few that feature in this very shoot, to help inspire your big day while giving you chance to view this gorgeous venue first-hand.
Falling in love with the venue’s country charm, the creatives behind today’s shoot were on a mission to prove that choosing a farm or barn as your wedding location doesn’t automatically equate to a rustic theme. And with looks and styling as diverse as ultra-glam makeup, edgy bridal separates, urban-style neon lighting and luxe candelabra floral arrangements, we’ve got to say – we’re in agreement.
The professionalism and skills of the team involved here is quite simply phenomenal and if you’re planning a wedding in the North West, we think you’d be incredibly lucky to have any of these guys on board! Over to the lovely Jacklyn now from Precious Things Event Styling to tell us more.
Images by Stephen McGowan Photography.
jacklyn says: As a new venue, Stock Farm were keen to show the versatility of their barn, and so the idea for a ‘Wedding For All Seasons’ shoot was formed. It’s such a beautiful new venue and has been deliberately designed as a blank canvas. We worked in the big barn but also in the outside areas and another smaller barn. We wanted to illustrate how the setting could suit each season and how it could be adapted for any style and theme; from rustic to glamorous.
We used different flowers and styling approaches for the different seasons, of course, to create a range of completely different looks. The summer colour scheme was soft golds, ivories and blush pinks, complemented by avalanche roses and lisianthus nestled at the centre of a gold candelabra, set against a background of eucalyptus nicholii, pink grevillea and gold-dusted eucalyptus cinerea. We dressed the chairs with ivory sashes and gold tulle flowers, used an ivory carpet and positioned ivory lanterns to dress the aisle. Love Lights The Way‘s rustic neon heart finished off the ‘relaxed glamour’ look perfectly. Hattie, our model from Boss Model Management, carried a hand tied posy bouquet of roses, hydrangeas and lisianthus and James, our groom, wore a pink rose buttonhole detailed with lisianthus and gold wire around the stem. The beautiful five-tier cake by Marie Antoinette Cakes complemented this colour scheme perfectly with its soft pink and gold detailing.
Hattie wore a gorgeous boho dress – the Lea by St Patrick – with a chiffon skirt, an open back and an overall light and airy look. 7th Heaven Bridal provided all of the dresses for the shoot and they were real beauties. James wore an Italian stretch fabric jacket by Circolo, a blue shirt, navy Jacob Cohen jeans and shoes from Joseph Cheaney & Sons, all provided by Stephen Muldoon Bespoke.
The menu, created by Top Table Wedding and Event Catering, was dreamy – prosecco, plus canapes of slithers of rare Angus beef on rocket crostinis, lobster mac n cheese, tiger tail king prawns with a Pina Colada dip and strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake.
For our spring photoshoot, seasonal flowers dominated (obviously!) Mixed tulips, anemones and ranunculus were set against a background of sword fern, eucalyptus nicholii and asparagus fern. Hattie carried an elongated bouquet and wore an asymmetrical flower crown while James sported a parrot tulip buttonhole detailed with an oversized bow. The spring table setting was a tulip tree with an abundance of sword fern and rainbow tulips, which were simply gorgeous on their own. Dusky pink chiffon ruffles transformed the chairs and the subtle, elegant table stationery by Inspired by Lisa had just the right amount of sparkle.
For this shoot, Hattie wore some super-cool separates by Charlotte Balbier – the Lyric topper and the River skirt – provided by 7th Heaven. Her makeup, created by Gemma and Amy at Dollface Makeup, was soft and fresh with subtle pink and lilac hues on the eyes and bold matte pink lips. They styled Hattie’s hair in natural, soft and textured boho curls, providing the perfect base for the flower crown. James donned a blue check suit and silk tie by Pal Zileri and a white shirt from Eton.
The canapes were heavenly: mini vegetable garden filo baskets with a red pepper hummus and pine nut pesto, broccoli and Gruyere soufflé tartlets, ham hock and cheddar cheese terrine and lemon and lime panna cotta garnished with a chocolate shard.
Autumn was unanimously our favourite season to shoot – and the mix of burgundy anthuriums, trailing red amaranthus, plum astrantia, blue eryngium, dusky pink cymbidium orchids, dusky pink chrysanthemum blooms, green hellebores and blush pink spray roses set against a background of mixed, berried foliages was just stunning. Pheasant feathers and hydrangeas also featured. We shot autumn in the outside barn area and lit the archway with vintage Edison bulbs and rustic love letters. Hattie carried a relaxed, unstructured trailing bouquet and wore a headpiece of hydrangeas, feathers, leucadendron and skimmia. James wore a boutonniere of spray rose, astrantia, hellebores, berried eucalyptus and feathers dressed with raffia as well as a very elaborate bow tie made of pheasant feathers! The stag-themed, rustic table plan fitted perfectly with this look with its hessian backing and vintage embroidery circles and the stunning hand-painted cake – another of Marie Antoinette Cakes’ creations – beautifully captured the warmth and depth of this beautiful season.
Hattie wore Justin Alexander 8925 with its adorable sweetheart neckline and lace applique. The makeup was bold, with deep burnt orange and bronze shades, black smudged eyeliner and fuller lashes. Matte skin and defined brows were finished off with a dark plum matte lip. Dollface Makeup styled her hair in a lightly structured side bun and some textured curls, while feathers and flowers created a statement feature to complete the look.
Top Table served mini toffee apples, fish and chips with tartare sauce, crispy duck spring rolls and quail scotch eggs with black pudding and homemade piccalilli – divine!
January 5th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe we are welcoming a shiny new year already? Welcome, one and all, new readers and old, to what looks set to be a very exciting 2018 for Brides Up North, our readers, sponsors and friends.
I think a few of you might have a shiny new diamond on your ring finger to match the sparkly new start, so I thought I’d take a moment – in this updated, annual welcome post – to say hi there, and tell you what our little corner of the internets (and beyond) is all about. As we say over on our ‘about’ page, if you’re planning a wedding Up North, you’ve come to the right place.
Brides Up North stands out because it encourages its readers to think local and to support the fabulous wedding industry suppliers on their own doorstep. Every single featured supplier, styled shoot, real wedding or industry expert we feature on the blog took place or is based in the North of England.
The Brides Up North brand has become extremely well known away from the pages of the blog too. We have a loyal and local offline following and Brides Up North have hosted well over 100 luxury bridal events under our brand name since 2012, and have almost 40 planned in 2018 alone. We’d love to see you at one (or all… there’s a challenge!) of them!
2017 was an amazing year here at wedding blog HQ, and I still have to pinch myself when I think how far we’ve come from the first few tentative posts tapped out in my spare room during the summer of 2010. We “launched” – and I use those inverted commas very seriously indeed – on the day of the Royal Engagement that November to almost overnight success (ever the opportunist!), and I’ve never looked back. After leaving my job as a lawyer the following autumn to concentrate on expanding the blog and brand on a full time basis, our first events season swiftly followed in the spring of 2012. Now seven years, fourteen seasons, a couple of industry awards (including the gong for “Best Social Media” at the Wedding Blog Awards in late 2016, and “Best Wedding Blog” at The Northern Blog Awards in September last year – those ones we are really proud of), over 100 events, 3000 blog posts and well over 100,000 social media followers and blog subscribers on, I’m happy to welcome you to our very pretty party.
Usually, when people look back, they say things like “It’s flown by!” or “It seems like just yesterday that…”. Well, this is absolutely not the case for me. I’ve (we’ve, for I’ve a fabulous little team around me now, not least our brilliant Features Editor Rachel and our contributing writers Alexis, Aislinn and Laura, plus Kate managing all our admin and our events days A-team headed up by Robin) have packed so much into the last seven plus years that it feels like seventy. It’s been hard work. Writing, sourcing, editing, styling, planning, selling, promoting, producing, managing, directing (not to mention our work over on super glossy print product UNVEILED Magazine)… it’s been busy. But it’s been epic!
I’m so grateful for the way in which this industry and our brides have supported what we’re all about here at Brides Up North. We love stylish weddings. In fact, stylish weddings are pretty much all that we’re about here, but, as I said earlier, we like them to be local too. We strive to support and promote the amazing local suppliers right there on our readers’ doorsteps, show off what they can do, and make them available to you for your wedding day. A wedding day that looks set to be very special indeed.
Every year at this time, I take a while to reflect at how far we’ve come, and every year I’m astounded to see the progress from the last. There are times when I’ve thought that it couldn’t get any better, but it does. I love my job, my team and my brand, and I love you, my readers (whether you’ve been with us for years or a matter of minutes, I hope that you’ll keep coming back!), who make what we’re doing possible, and make it count.
Now, if we know you lot, you’re going to want something exciting in your diaries to face the post-Christmas January gloom. In a month usually filled with rain, non alcoholic beverages and hopeful new gym memberships that you’ve forgotten by February, we think you need a little added sparkle (yes, in addition to that diamond)! So here at wedding blog HQ we are making the perfect plans for an absolutely sensational year of Brides Up North bridal events.
We 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). Whilst – in true Northern style – we generally hate blowing our own trumpet, 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.
2018 is by far our most bespoke, but busiest and most exciting year yet and we’d love to help you and your #bridesquad to get your wedding inspo on and see you at one of our very special wedding shows.
We are proud to be working with some stunning new partner venues this year – including Matfen Hall and Howsham Hall, with more to be revealed shortly – as well as some well-established Brides Up North favourites, like Middleton Lodge, Ramside Hall, Holmes Mill, The Chester Grosvenor, Hornington Manor, Stock Farm, The Bowdon Rooms, Hilltop Country House, Lartington Hall, The Alnwick Garden, The Mansion, Capesthorne Hall, Saltmarshe Hall, Denton Hall and Worsley Park Marriott… the list goes on…
We’re also reprising our super popular WEDFEST’18 Tour! In 2018 we’ll be hosting the the UK’s leading dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibitions in collaboration with Stockeld Park, Ormesby Hall, Victoria Warehouse and Capesthorne Hall. Just like in 2016 and 17, these outdoor venues will be transformed into a boho wedding wonderland! This year we are going bigger than ever! There’ll be huge sail cloth tents, chill out areas, tipi villages, vintage Pimm’s tents, street food vendors, live bands and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers at each to make all your festival themed wedding planning ideas a reality. Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… these are set to be events to remember. Watch this space for more news and “line-up” announcements, coming soon!
We’ve also been working hard behind the scenes on a big blog refresh (coming VERY shortly) to make the site sleeker, slicker, even more user friendly, inspirational and connecting you directly with the Suppliers We Love, and who we know you are just going to adore, for your big day.
And all this excitement is not to mention our beautiful glossy print product, UNVEILED Magazine. That product too has been having a bit of a makeover, and we’re just days away from launching our brand new, super chic digital space. We’re also knee deep in creative shoot planning for Issue 09 (out in March) which I think it going to be our most innovative and most gorgeous edition yet. I’ll be popping back in in a few days to show you what we’ve been up to over at UNVEILED digital, and you’ll probably be needing a new cup of tea by now, but let me just say that I think 2018 might just be the year we see UNVEILED really fly!
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. Why don’t you take a moment to have a browse of our jam packed schedule and start reserving a few Sundays… things are about to get very, very pretty, starting with our very first real wedding of 2018 on Monday morning.
Julia & the team x
p.s If you are a wedding industry professional who would like to work with us you can drop us a line via our contact form here, or see our full schedule of events here. We love welcoming new talent to our Brides Up North family.
p.p.s Big congrats to our Features Editor Rachel and her new fiancé Andy, who put a ring on it just before Christmas! About time too! Now sporting a sparkler to match her smile, Rachel can’t wait to get stuck into her own wedding planning journey and share every step of the way with you!
October 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Our featured bride Anneka sings from the same hymn sheet as us Brides Up North girls it would seem, as keeping things local was a key factor to her and beau Gareth’s big day.
Planning a pretty pink and ivory themed wedding, Anneka and Gareth agreed on the Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, to stage their celebrations and then looked to skilful suppliers in close proximity to help deliver their dream day. Just what we like to see!
Roses too seem a continuing theme throughout the day, featuring in the bride’s bouquet and also the venue décor, including dainty bundles of blooms in clear jars and delicate paper petal roses made by Anneka’s own fair hands, demonstrating her own creative skills!
With images by Kate Gosney.
anneka says: We set our wedding date for Monday 29th May 2017, after getting engaged on my 28th birthday in March 2016.
Our day took place at Hyde Bank Farm in Romiley, Stockport. We chose this venue as it’s set in a beautiful, peaceful countryside setting and has superb character and atmosphere, with oak beams and charming stonewalls.
We wanted the wedding to be classy and traditional with nods to the surrounding countryside. We also wanted to keep things local to the area, using suppliers from nearby.
The colour scheme was ivory and light pink.
My dress was an ivory satin, strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline and chapel train, which I wore with an ivory elbow-length, two-tiered veil with satin trim. I purchased my dress from Isabella Bridal in Underbank, Stockport.
Gareth and his groomsmen wore blue suits with ivory paisley tuxedo and cravat from Best Man Hire in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
My bridesmaids wore Briar-Rose navy lace tea dresses from Monsoon.
October 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We’re now nearing the end of our autumn season of Luxury Wedding Fairs across the north of the country (though five still remain, check them out here!) and we have to hand it to the suppliers that have exhibited with us – they rock!
Keen to introduce brides-to-be the very best talent in the north, we always encourage our exhibitors to pull out all the stops on their stands to showcase their talents and inspire visiting couples – it’s amazing what’s possible through hard work, skills and creativity!
We were therefore thrilled to hear that a group of suppliers at our debut Stock Farm wedding fair in September, had seized the opportunity to style up a shoot onsite at this fabulous Cheshire venue, which really made the most of their incredible efforts.
Prepare for some crazily cool dresses, a to-die-for ceremony backdrop and delectable details as we let Emmylou Kelly, owner of Manchester-based photography and styling company Chiascuro, take over the blog to tell how she and the team achieved these truly stunning images
Diary Date: Our next Pop Up Wedding Festival Fair at Stock Farm takes place on Sunday 8th April 2018! We’ll see you there then!
With images by Chiascuro.
emmylou says: As Stock Farm is a brand-new wedding venue, the team involved in the shoot were all eager to work in partnership with the venue on future weddings.
The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair presented an ideal opportunity to arrange a styled shoot (at the end of the event as the day was so busy!) as we would all be in the same place at the same time and so could collaborate on a joint project.
When arranging such shoots, I like to ask suppliers to showcase their best pieces or to bring/create something that is true to their company and their own style which allows the shoot to look versatile, whilst still flowing as a collective.
The shoot was based around the dresses supplied by Wilderness Bride and Ghost Orchid Bride, which were a mix of ultra-stylish and discreetly modern designs. Our model, Stephanie, who is also owner of Wilderness Bride, had a cool rock vibe going on, so we went with this look for the styling. We then mixed things up a little with leather jackets and veils to give the look an alternative vibe.
Having the beautiful and stylish flowers from Sassflower to work with made it easy to create a look that will be the envy of 2018 and 2019 brides. I tried to envision what Stock Farm’s future brides would choose for the wedding. A little bit of country rock chic?
The venue is situated next to a wheat field which couples are able to use for photos. Even though the field had been harvested, I knew it would be a beautiful backdrop to photos and would show off the venue’s beautiful farming landscapes and surroundings. The backdrop also complemented Sassflowers’ stunning ceremony backdrop.
The ceremony arch was dressed with pampas grass, nude Sahara roses, white gladioli, vanda orchids, chrysanthemums, acacia and eucalyptus spray as well as spray roses. The bouquet complemented the backdrop and was made up of vanda orchids, quick sand carnations, astrantia, grasses, spray roses, scabiosa and black seedheads.
Overall the shoot went really well and we were delighted with the results! It had been raining on and off all day but the Cheshire sun came out for us at 4pm and gave us that beautiful golden light that I love so much. We utilised various spots around the farm as the wedding fair was still taking place so we were able to showcase different looks, themes and styles as the venue offers so much will appeal to so many different types of brides.
With big thanks to Brides Up North for bringing us all together!
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