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Save The (New) Dates! Brides Up North On Tour: Autumn 2014

June 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Save The Dates! Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions: Autumn 2014

We are absolutely over the moon here at Brides Up North to have wrapped up our epic spring season, and to have announced our fabulous schedule for autumn 2014 to much fanfare and excited exhibitor bookings and bridal registrations a few weeks ago.  I think autumn 2014 is our fastest selling season yet.

I’m re-blogging the line up here today as there have been a few shuffles to the itinerary, and I like to keep you discerning readers up to date as things happen (diaries at the ready)! Thanks to a sporting clash with the Great North Run (yes, really!) our beautiful Alnwick Garden event has been moved from it’s original date and will now take place on Sunday 5th October 2014.

We also have another yet-to-be-announced brand spanking new venue to add to the line up that we needed to make some logistical elbow room for.  You’ll have to wait just a touch longer (the ink on the contract is just touch dry) to find out which royal treasure completes our – damn amazing – list of loveliness. Not long though, I promise.

*yay*

We are looking ahead to another beautiful bunch of Brides Up North bridal events – across three regions in autumn 2014 – at painstakingly selected partner venues packed with the very best of each area’s bridal supplier talents. What these people and places can add to YOUR big day is unbelievable, and it’s all there and waiting for you.

It’s all looking very promising indeed…

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Hilltop Country House, Cheshire – Sunday 14th September 2014 – 12pm till 4pm

Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 30 Exhibitors

Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – 21st September 2014 – 12pm till 4pm

Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 Exhibitors

Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham – Sunday 28th September 2014 – 12pm till 4pm

Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 60 Exhibitors

The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 5th October 2014 – 11am till 3pm

Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 Exhibitors

The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland – Sunday 5th October 2014 – 11am till 4pm

Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 Exhibitors

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough – Sunday 12th October 2014 – 11am till 3pm

Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 Exhibitors

Middleton Lodge, Richmond – Sunday 12th October 2014 – 1pm till 4pm

Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 Exhibitors

Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 19th October 2014 – 11am till 3pm

Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 Exhibitors

The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 2nd November 2014 – 12pm till 4pm

Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 30 Exhibitors

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I love meeting our readers in real life – and have so many tips, hints and recommendations up my sleeve to share with you in person – so make sure to diarise at least one of our FREE ENTRY (yep, you read that right) Luxury Wedding Exhibitions for the new season and come along to say hello. 

So guess what? Pre-registration is officially open!

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HILLTOP COUNTRY HOUSE” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.

You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.  VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags available while stocks last only.

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EXHIBITORS: Are you a wedding industry professional? Join the Northern Revolution! We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2014. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all the above fabulous events.

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 with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for these shows to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place. 

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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Sunshine Sunday At Middleton Lodge

May 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

The sun really was shining on our glorious Super Sunday of Brides Up North wedding exhibitions last weekend at our two very lovely outdoor wedding venues – the extraordinary Alnwick Garden in Northumberland and the so very special Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

This is the first time that the Brides Up North team has produced two bridal events on the very same day – and I won’t pretend that I wasn’t a little angst-y – but I’m so proud to say that with a lot of planning, behind the scenes elbow grease and hard, hard, work, everything came together perfectly to make for one bumper day of “real life” wedding inspiration for our readers.  Yay!

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

The team was split on Sunday, so whilst Kate and the girls hosted our beautiful exhibition in sunny Alnwick, I was in Richmond, getting busy with the pretty and trying my very best not to stop for a sneaky sunbathe (I may have snuck in a few cheeky ice creams). 

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Any brand new event (this was our first show at Middleton) is always more tricky than a tried and tested formula, but our amazing exhibitors and the practically perfect (oh, go on them, completely perfect) events team at the venue stepped things up to make this one of our loveliest days yet. 

As luck would have it, friend of the wedding blog Hayley Baxter Photography popped in with her trusty Canon to take some shots of our gorgeous set up and this stunning venue bathed in sunshine.  Divine.

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Did you come and see us and our fabulous, hand picked selection of wedding industry talents at these or any of our nine spring events this season?  I’d love to hear what you thought! Any feedback is very much appreciated – these shows are all about you – what you want, what you need, your big day – and anything we can do to make them even better for you, we most certainly will!  Get in touch.

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Hayley Baxter Photography Middleton Lodge

Did you miss this event?  Want to be at our next one?  You might just want to mark Sunday 12th October 2014 in your diaries… more news soon!

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SUPER SUNDAY!

May 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge SPRING 2014

TODAY: Sunday 18th May 2014.

To end an absolutely killer season:

Two amazing Brides Up North events.

Two to-die-for venues.

The very best wedding industry talent in the vicinity.

‘Nuff said. Let’s DO this!

Alnwick Garden Spring 2014

Can I get a whoop whoop?!

VIP Bride To Be Registration – entitling you to FREE ENTRY for you and your guests, plus a VIP welcome pack filled with treats, glossy mags and exhibitor discounts – is open!  What are you waiting for?

To register for free entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack sponsored by House Of Fraser and Molton Brown fill in your details below, marking “MIDDLETON LODGE OR ALNWICK GARDEN” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Offer:

Middleton Lodge – Free Entry for Bride & All Guests/ £2pp on the day

Alnwick Garden – Free Garden Admission for Bride + 1/ Usual Alnwick Garden prices & concessions apply

You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.

Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy!

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Lots Of Lovely. It’s The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At Middleton Lodge

May 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Did you catch our big announcement yesterday?  The Brides Up North team is growing! And just as well, because we’ve three fabulous bridal exhibitions to prepare, produce and present in one short week!

Eek.

As I said yesterday, hot on the heels of our closing event in the North West this Sunday 11th May (at the stunning Hilltop Country House no less, is it in your diaries? Click here), we’ll be quick stepping it to both Northumberland (The Alnwick Garden) and North Yorkshire (Middleton Lodge) on Sunday 18th May 2014, to bring more Brides Up North readers than ever before one huge dose of wedding inspiration at two of the most beautiful venues around, all in one go!

And boy are we closing the spring season with two belters!

Yesterday, I told you all about our extraordinary event at The Alnwick Garden – click here for all the details – and today it’s over to Yorkshire, as I present our beautiful – brand new – event at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At Middleton Lodge

Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6NJ

Sunday 18th May 2014

1pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY for pre-registered brides & their guests, £2pp on the day

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

We are proud to be working with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a big and beautiful wedding show with a large, handpicked selection of the region’s best bridal exhibitors at this exclusive venue.  The house, gardens and grand marquee will be open for exploration and inspiration! With every detail covered from gowns to garters, this should be a day for every soon-to-be-weds diary.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

VIP Bride To Be Registration – entitling you to FREE ENTRY for you and your guests, plus a VIP welcome pack filled with treats, glossy mags and exhibitor discounts – is open!  What are you waiting for?

To register for free entry for the bride and her guests (£2pp on the day) and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack sponsored by House Of Fraser and Molton Brown fill in your details below, marking “MIDDLETON LODGE” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

All images taken from Samantha & Dan’s beautiful wedding day at Middleton Lodge, by Helen Russell Photography.  To see their full celebration, click here.

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Something Extraordinary! The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Alnwick Garden

May 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Alnwick Garden Luxury Wedding Exhibition

It’s unchartered waters… but the Brides Up North team is growing!  More on that later, but for the first time ever we have capacity to be in two places at once!  Who’d have thought it?

Hot on the heels of our closing event in the North West this Sunday 11th May (at the stunning Hilltop Country House no less, is it in your diaries? Click here), we’ll be quick stepping it to both Northumberland (The Alnwick Garden) and North Yorkshire (Middleton Lodge) on Sunday 18th May 2014, to bring more Brides Up North readers than ever before one huge dose of wedding inspiration at two of the most beautiful venues around, all in one go!

Three big and beautiful bridal events, three regions, seven days.  Sleep is clearly not a priority.  So, wherever you are over the next fortnight, there’s a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition near you. 

So, let’s start at the top (or most Northerly!) and turn our attention to the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden

Images by Adamskii Photography.

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU

Sunday 18th May 2014

11am till 4pm

FREE ENTRY for Registered Bride +1 Guest

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

I’ve just closed exhibitor bookings and started planning my (very fabulous!) layouts for this sparkling event, and let me tell you, you are in for a real treat!  The selection of 40 exhibitors we have with us on Sunday 18th May 2014 really is stellar – from bridal gowns and menswear to cakes, stationery, event hire, accessories, beauty, lingerie, entertainment… we’ve got it all, and these are the best in the area.  No need to look anywhere else, seriously.

This is a super special event, as not only is it packed to those bunting laced rafters with wedding inspiration, but it’s also in one of the prettiest settings I know – the extraordinary contemporary gardens and atriums of The Alnwick Garden.

The pretty shoot you see here took place in January.  Imagine how pretty it’s going to look in mid May!  Come and see it for yourselves, and get all your wedding planning sorted at the same time!

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

VIP Bride To Be Registration - entitling you and a guest to entry to the glorious gardens for the whole day, completely FREE (so why not make a day of it?) plus a VIP welcome pack filled with treats, glossy mags and exhibitor discounts – is open!  What are you waiting for?

To register for free entry for the bride plus one guest (usual admission prices and concessions for the Garden apply to additional guests) and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack sponsored by House Of Fraser and Molton Brown fill in your details below, marking “ALNWICK GARDEN” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store…

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

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Next Sunday! The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At Hilltop Country House!

May 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Hilltop Country House

Cheshire, I love you.

We’ve just wrapped a pretty damn fabulous Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms last Sunday, and guess what?  We’re doing it all over again at our brand new venue, the sensational Hilltop Country House this Sunday 11th May 2014.  Whoop!

Lee Brown Photography

Hilltop Country House Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Flash Lane, Prestbury, Cheshire, SK10 4ED

Sunday 11th May 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

Lee Brown Photography

If you missed out last Sunday (or if you loved it so much that you want to do it all over again!) get this date in your diaries, pronto.

Hilltop’s just a little bit a lot special.  A unique and 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 30 of the region’s very best wedding supplier stars and we’ve a recipe for another crazy beautiful day.  Are you in?

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 150 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors.  Just because we love you.  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 only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “HILLTOP in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

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

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

Lee Brown Photography

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EXHIBITORS: Are you a wedding industry professional? Join the Northern Revolution! We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2014. 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 with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for our shows to be very high. Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events that you are interested in.

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This Very Sunday! The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

April 25th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Bowdon Rooms Spring 2014

It’s here!  It’s here! *Does dance* The finest North West vintage wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our third Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique and authentic vintage venue this Sunday!  Wahoop!

The Bowdon Rooms Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ

Sunday 27th April 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

We had such a fantastic time at our Brides Up North spring and autumn events back in 2013 – these images were snapped at both by Martin Hambleton Photography – and can’t wait to do it all again, with a host of great suppliers ready to make your big day into the stuff of your dreams.

Like everything vintage, these events just get better and better with age.  It’s going to be even fabulous this time around. You need to be there. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

The venue’s helpful team will be on hand to answer your queries and take bookings (form an orderly queue please!) and I’ll be there to talk wedding pretty till I’m hoarse.  I genuinely love this venue and am really excited to see my gorgeous readers there.  Please do seek me out and say hello, I adore hearing about your plans. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors.  Just because we love you.  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 only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “BOWDON ROOMS in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

Your Name (required)

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

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

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Very Vintage! A Real Wedding At The Bowdon Rooms – Ellie & David

April 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We’re so excited for our return to The Bowdon Rooms this coming Sunday 27th April 2014 for our third Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this stunning venue.  You can’t beat a sunny April day in Altrincham (here’s hoping!) and a unique and authentic vintage wedding venue packed full of lovely local suppliers and wedding pretty.  Seriously, you need to see our stellar exhibitor line up!

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Is the date in your diary?  You can pre-register here.  Go, go, go!

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If you’ve picked up one of our leaflets in the area (it’s been blanketed!) or received one of our subscriber emails about the event, you’ll recognise our lovely bride & groom from today’s Real Wedding. Ellie and David’s wedding day shows off exactly what can be made of this stunning venue and their celebration, full of love, music, excitement, humour and delectable vintage details, is an absolute corker! 

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I rarely re-blog content on these pages (I prefer to keep things fresh, y’know?) but I wanted to revisit their big day ahead of the weekend’s festivities because, well, you’ll see.

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Enjoy!  And see you on Sunday…

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With images by Foley Photography

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Ellie says: This was not an ordinary proposal. it being leap year and all!

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David took me to Paris in February 2012 and everyone thought he would propose.  On our return (no proposal had been made) which was Valentine’s Day I suggested we stay in London overnight, although we will just stay in a Travel lodge as we had just come back from Paris. Little did David know that I had booked a 5 star hotel called ‘The Corinthia’ off Whitehall for us to stay in all as part of my master plan proposal. I had already contact the hotel and told them my plan and they provided an upgrade and other goodies!

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David was overwhelmed by the hotel and thought it was a lovely thing to do on Valentine’s day. We went to our room and unpacked, then I pulled out his valentine’s present – a shirt from Zara. I then gave a him a little package and said these are to wear with it. 

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Inside were silver heart shaped cufflinks my sister had made and engraved on were the words ‘David will you’ on one and ‘Marry me?’ on the other.  Now David being David couldn’t read them properly and didn’t have his glasses on, he thought one said David and the other Ellie – a bit cheesy he thought, then he said “This shirt doesn’t have cufflink holes” so I said “Put your glasses on and read them”!

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He did and was overwhelmed and said yes! He wore the cufflinks on our wedding day.  The hotel then brought a bottle of Champagne and a congratulations cake to the room.  We can’t wait to go back next year for our anniversary!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We were married on Saturday 25th May 2013 at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, Cheshire.   We loved the space inside and the sprung wooden floor for dancing, it was a great Edwardian building that had so much character and history, plus Karen and the team were so open to all the ideas I had that we didn’t want to get married anywhere else!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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The theme was very vintage!  With homemade bunting, we had bought all our own vintage mismatched china for cups, saucers and side plates, plus sugar bowls and milk jugs. We also scoured car boots and charity shops for tea pots as these were our centre pieces with flowers in them.

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The wedding colour scheme only came about after we had chosen the bridesmaids’ dresses and we chose blue floral for my sister who was matron of honour and pink floral for the other seven bridesmaids.  So the colour scheme ended up being blue and pink.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I tried on so many dresses and always had in my mind I would like a short one and I did. I went for a strapless ballerina length 1950′s dress. It was by the designer Enzoani in the Blue range. I bought it from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The customer service was fantastic and everyone was so helpful!

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I bought my Benjamin Adams shoes from the same shop and they dyed them blue to match my sister’s bridesmaid dress. I also bought a sash from there by Sash & Co.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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My bridesmaid dresses (all eight of them) were from Vivien of Holloway as were the petticoats. Everyone had a white petticoat underneath apart from my sister who had pink, which went perfectly with her blue dress.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We didn’t really use many suppliers as we did a lot ourselves, but our food was supplied by Herb and Spice and our photography by Foley Photography, Scott captured the day perfectly! Our wedding video was by www.wedding-productions.com and it was fantastic!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I had two bouquets.  One was a brooch bouquet that i made myself, comprising of all different brooches i had collected over the years which meant something to me, I loved making this and I look at it every day on my dressing table. 

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We made all the bouquets and centre pieces ourselves and just bought them from a wholesaler, this was so cost effective and as I had made a brooch bouquet i didn’t think I would want a flower one, but as my family and David’s cousin Lesley were making the bridesmaids, I thought it might be nice for photos to have one. Luckily we had some flowers left over and made mine out of all the bits leftover. It was beautiful, my sister made mine and did an amazing job!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I think my favourite part of the day was seeing David at the end of the aisle when I started dancing down, as he was so overwhelmed and happy I knew he was the one for me!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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I travelled in an open top Beetle called Suzi provided by Little Limos. They were fantastic and it was so lovely to drive through my Village with everyone waving. My Dad loved the car and it went perfectly with our day!

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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To make the day more personal, I made and sewed pink floral and blue floral napkins for everyone. We also used the same material to make over 60 metres of bunting which decorated the room.

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Our table names were David’s favourite Coronation Street characters, the head table being Steve McDonald!

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Our favours were white chocolate coconut covered truffles that u had made for everyone and came in a floral handkerchief for the ladies and white handkerchief for the men. I love using handkerchiefs and wanted to bring it back.

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We had an American styled buffet with burgers and chicken wings and hotdogs! It was delicious. 

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David and I are not big fans of traditional wedding cakes so we asked my Mum to make us a three tiered Rice Krispie cake. this was my favourite treat as a child and it meant so much that my mum had made it, plus it didn’t cost the earth!

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We also asked our guests to make and bring a cake as part of the desert. This proved a great idea and I couldn’t believe how many gorgeous cakes there were.  There was definitely plenty of food for everyone!

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Being a Drama Teacher, entertainment was high on my list of priorities. We had several pieces of entertainment during the service, provided by my students from school. Two girls Samantha Jabangwe and Nicole Hodson sang a song each and then also wrote and played a song they had written especially for me.

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I also provided some entertainment at the start of the service by having by bridesmaids dancing down the aisle followed by me dancing down with my Dad to a song I had pre-recorded for David, I changed to words to ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars to ‘Hey David I think I Want To Marry You’. This was all a complete to surprise for everyone including David.  I also sang and played the Ukulele for David during my speech.

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The main Entertainment was provided by a band a found at a vintage wedding fair in Liverpool called ‘Vintage Blossom’.  They were amazing, no one stopped dancing whilst they were playing and they also happened to be local to Manchester.

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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Foley Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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We are going to America for three weeks at the end of July, starting in New York for a few days, then flying over to San Francisco for a few days then picking up a car and driving down the coast stopping off at Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara – where we stay in a horse ranch – Santa Monica, San Diego, Palm Springs and finally Vegas!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try and do as much of the wedding prep together as you can as we had so much fun making the bunting and searching car boots and also not to get too drunk, then you can remember the best day of your lives!

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Congratulations Ellie & David!

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory!

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nostell Priory Spring 2014

After a week or so’s break from our Luxury Wedding Exhibition schedule, the Brides Up North team are ready to bring on the pretty!  We’ll be reprising our popular event – packed with the area’s most fabulous exhibitors (completely sold out on exhibitor space, in fact!) – at the stunning exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory this Sunday!

Sunday 6th April 2014

The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time 12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

This is your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Wakefield’s most desirable and newly refurbished wedding venue: Nostell Priory.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too, only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors House Of Fraser and Love Hearts.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “NOSTELL PRIORY in the subject line and quoting “VIP.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.the form below.  While stocks last only.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.  VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Images of real weddings at Nostell Priory by Created By Karl Photography, Red 5 Studios and Peter Boyd Photography as tagged. 

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Trust me when I say this is one not to be missed.  This season we’ve got all the details covered – and more, all under one very beautiful roof.  There’s bridal fashion galore, with some of Yorkshire’s best boutiques in attendance – as well as some up and coming new designer – bespoke stationery, live music, flowers, event dressers, menswear, flash motors, photographers, photo booths, diamonds… you name it!

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Red 5 Studios

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You can also meet with the venue managers, Dine, and enjoy tours of the stunning ceremony room and rose gardens before returning to the refurbished riding school event space to get your wedding inspiration on!

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This show is a personal favourite of mine, the space is divine and our exhibitors are a friendly and fabulous bunch, but the visiting brides are always so lovely at Nostell Priory.  It’s a happy job we do here at Brides Up North.

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So, is the date in your diary yet?  It should be. 

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EXHIBITORS: Are you a wedding industry professional? Join the Northern Revolution! We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2014. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all our 2014 events.

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 with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for these shows to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information.

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#OfficialBlogger Signing Off… For Now…

April 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North at The North West Wedding Fair

Made you look?  Don’t worry, Brides Up North isn’t going anywhere!

If you’re a regular reader of the wedding blog, you’ll know that I recently took on a special assignment as Official Blogger to the North West Wedding Fair.

We run our own beautifully crafted Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the Cheshire area – yes, these ones… do you have them in your diaries yet (you can pre-register for your VIP goody bag here)?

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But when Mercury Events invited me along to their huge event at the start of March, I wasn’t going to turn down an opportunity to meet so many lovely North West readers and wedding industry suppliers, or get my brand in front of so many new brides to be either (crafty eh?).  If – as a consequence – you are one of my brand new readers, HELLO you!

In the run up to the show I guest blogged over at their website once a week (catch up on what I was talking about here), and shouted about the upcoming event on the Brides Up North Facebook and Twitter pages.  I also hosted a very special Pinterest competition in conjunction with the North West Wedding Fair, which will see me lend my industry knowledge and sympathetic wedding planning ear to our lucky winner, Steph, who I was thrilled to meet for an initial chat at the event itself.

Brides Up North at The North West Wedding Fair

So, talking of the event, how was it?  Were you a visiting bride to be or an exhibitor?  What did you think?

Me? I loved every minute:  hosting the show’s visitor video (scrambling up onto the raised catwalk in my 4 inch heels and pink mini dress to film a segment must have been a sight to see!); catching up with my industry friends; sitting FROW at the beautiful bridal catwalks; tasting cake; trying on tiaras;getting excited over glittery things; trying a spot of crafting, and meeting so many lovely, lovely brides to be and their future husbands, friends and families. 

Brides Up North at The North West Wedding Fair

The highlight for me?  Meeting my Pinterest competition winner Steph and her lovely Mum, and hearing all about her nautical themed wedding plans.  Steph’s winning entry stood out for it’s originality, but also because despite being heavily themed, it was also very beautiful.  I’m looking forward to helping Steph out on her journey to “I do!”. 

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

Official feedback from the Mercury Events office looked good too, with over 2,000 brides and 6,000 visitors through the doors and 122 exhibitors already rebooking for next season. 

Mercury Events continue to invest heavily in establishing this show as a true ‘destination’ event for the whole wedding market across Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. This season they added the Garden Restaurant, the Vintage Crafts feature, Inspired Bakes: A Wedding Cake Showcase, an improved Catwalk build and show and a more fabulous VIP ticket package than ever before.  I can’t wait to work with the team again going forwards.  Just watch this space for more details soon…

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

The North West Wedding Fair

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