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in the navy. ian stuart for a glamorous wedding at allerton castle – kathryn & kelechi

June 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (45)

Here at Brides Up North we just love a glam wedding and today’s has it all – a striking gown, opulent colour scheme and men in uniform!

Kathryn and Kelechi chose the grand Allerton Castle as the setting for their dream wedding, which was then styled in keeping with the historic venue’s décor and to suit the couple’s personal taste.

Posh transport, sparkling stationery and lavish centrepieces all help to create a wedding day as alluring as the bride and groom’s attire. Glam to a tee.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (1)

kathryn says: We got engaged in Sydney, Australia, my hometown at the time. After meeting three years prior, Kelechi came over on a two-week holiday from the US Navy. Palm Beach is a favourite spot of mine so on day one of the trip we decided to go there and climb to the lighthouse, little did we know it wasn’t a pleasant stroll up but a hike! At the top and covered in sweat, I looked around and said “just think, this may be the last time we come here” – then turned back to Kelechi who said “we better make sure we remember it then” – he was down on one knee!

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (4)

Our wedding date was 18th April 2015. We chose this date mainly due to Kelechi’s work schedule. Spring in the UK is a beautiful time, so that helped too!

We got married at Allerton Castle, which we chose due to the grandness of the building, its Great Hall and the beautiful countryside location. As a lot of our guests were coming from overseas, we needed the wow factor!

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (2)

We didn’t really have a theme but kept everything very glamorous. We used a lot of candles, fairy lights and crystals. I picked this style due to the castle’s decor and so that it would be in keeping with what Kelechi and I like.

Black and Gold was the colour scheme. We choose this combination to match with Kelechi’s military uniform – dinner dress blues. Although the tux is actually black!

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (16)

I chose a dress that was the complete opposite of what I thought I’d choose! The dress was called Amalfi by Ian Stuart, which I bought from Limelight Occasions in Huddersfield. I was drawn to the dress due to its uniqueness. It was two colours and had beautiful detailing. It was like nothing I’d seen anyone wear before. As soon as I put the dress on, I knew I had to have it!

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (20)

Kelechi wore his military US Dinner Dress Blues uniform and the groomsmen who weren’t in uniform also wore black tuxedos.

My bridesmaids wore black maxi dresses with gold detailing around the top half of the dress, from Quiz. They were very flattering on all shapes and the girls looked fabulous whilst feeling comfortable at the same time. My ‘Mate of Honour’ wore a black tuxedo, hired from Greenwoods. He also invested in some gold shoes which looked amazing!

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (26)

As I was getting ready at the castle, I decided to drive my little white Fiat 500 there in the morning with some of my bridesmaids. I decorated the car and we had a great laugh on the way! I organised an Aston Martin as a surprise wedding present for Kelechi. The car picked him up in York and took him and his best man to the castle. We then organised a vintage double decker bus to bring our guests to the venue from York.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (28)

Laura Calderwood was our photographer. She’s an absolute gem and was very patient with some of our more demanding guests. Nothing was too much trouble and the pictures taken speak for themselves and how great Laura’s work really is.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (32)

Joanna at Twisted Willow provided all our flowers, centrepieces and dressed the Great Hall for our ceremony – it looked magical.

My flowers were a mixed white bouquet with crystal detailing. For the wedding reception we had tall candelabras on each table surrounded by candles and draped in crystals. I had a vase on our sweetheart table for my flowers to be shown off in.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (35)

Another great supplier was Katie from Tigerlily Creations. Katie made all our stationery for our day from the invitations to the wishing well. Everyone commented on the quality and luxury feel she gave to our day.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (42)

Our wedding cake was wheels of cheese and therefore our favours were jars of chutneys with the words ‘Spread the Love’ on. We also gave little red double decker bus key rings to all our guests as a lot of them were visiting from abroad.

We had a dessert included in our menu, which is why we chose a cake made of cheese. It was something different for a lot of people and we loved it! Matt at The Cheese & Chutney Co couldn’t have been nicer either.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (49)

I wanted a fun cake topper so searched online and found Feats of Clay. Sarah is amazing and made both myself and Kelechi out of clay. A great talking point for guests and a great souvenir for us to keep.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (56)

We used the Dine for the food, who are provided through the Castle. They were fabulous!

We had champagne and canapés of mini Yorkshire puddings, chicken skewers and goats cheese tarts, during the drinks reception. For the wedding breakfast we had fishcakes to start, followed by a sirloin of beef, rounded off with a glorious sticky toffee pudding. Everyone commented on the quality of the food. We organised cheeseburger and chips for the evening reception – it made our guests’ night!

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (54)

Entertainment wise, we had a string quartet playing for the guests’ arrival and during the drinks reception. It made for an elegant start to our day. For the evening entertainment we used Alive Network and booked the band Munch. Kelechi and I love live music so a band was a must. They played a whole host of music and catered for all ages.

During the band’s break we surprised our guests with a five-minute firework display. At first I was reluctant to do this but Kelechi pushed for it – I’m now so glad we did, it was magical and the guests loved it.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (59)

My favourite part of the day was the build-up and then finally seeing Kelechi as I stood at the top of the stairs before walking down the aisle. They are two moments that will stay with me forever. The dancing during the evening was pretty great too!  Kelechi literally burnt the stitching off the bottom of his shoes!

For our honeymoon we went to a Sandals resort in St Lucia. It was fantastic, they couldn’t do enough for us and helped make the week very romantic and assisted Kelechi is organising lots of little surprises along the way. One thing to note though – everyone there is on their honeymoon so bear that in mind.

My top tip for other Brides Up North is a tip that everyone gave me – make sure you take a step back, look around and enjoy the day so you can remember it. I made a conscious effort to do this and I’m glad I did. Kelechi and I also chose to have a sweetheart top table to make sure we got some time to just sit down with each other and take it all in – a great decision.

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this weekend… it’s our final #supersunday!

April 25th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Allerton Castle Spring 2015We are nearing the end of an absolutely fantastic season of Brides Up North events (*waves* to all our visitors, suppliers and new readers!) but we’ve one last sensational #supersunday of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions for you to enjoy before bidding you adieu till the autumn.

If you haven’t made it to one of our pretty events this season – or if you have and would like to do it all again (each of our events is completely bespoke and entirely different from the rest) then you need to put this last-chance-date in your diaries.  Because these shows are special…

We’ll be quick stepping it to both Northumberland (The Alnwick Garden) and North Yorkshire (Allerton Castle) this Sunday 26th April 2015, 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!

First up, we’re off to play at princesses at the gorgeous Allerton Castle:

allerton castle

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Allerton Castle, Allerton Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire,HG5 0SE

Sunday 26th April 2015

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: meet the Dine wedding planners and their award winning catering teams, have a good look around, 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.

One of my very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition 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 me, you will not be disappointed!

The Alnwick Garden Spring 2015

And for readers even further Up North, you’ll want to grab your groom and head to the The Alnwick Garden:

the alnwick garden

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

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

Sunday 26th April 2015

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY for Registered Bride +1 Guest

Usual prices and concessions apply for additional guests.

Let me tell you, you are in for a real treat!  The selection of exhibitors we have with us this Sunday 26th April really is stellar – from bridal gowns to cakes, event hire, accessories, love lights, music, 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.

Come and see it for yourselves, and get all your wedding planning sorted at the same time!

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 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 VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

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Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

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it’s another #supersunday weekend!

April 8th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge Spring 2015

Excitement levels are at a near all time high in the Brides Up North office this week (and its not due to over consumption of Easter sugar either) for this weekend we have another epic #supersunday instalment of fabulous wedding events to bring to our readers across the regions.

This Sunday its another double whammy of wedding pretty with two of our most brilliant venues packed to the rafters with the most sensational exhibitors in your area.  Our supplier places are limited, varied and sell out months in advance, and there’s a reason for that: we work with the best.  If you are looking for the most special locations with the highest quality suppliers for your wedding day – you need to keep this Sunday free.

First up, the doors open early at,

nostell priory

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Sunday 12th April 2015

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

11am – 3pm

FREE ENTRY

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 all you need to get your man suited and booted – live music, flowers, event dressers, flash motors, photographers, photo booths, diamonds (who doesn’t want those?!)… you name it!

You can also meet with the amazing and inspirational 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!

Nostell Priory Spring 2015

Then, a little further north, and a little later in the day,

middleton lodge

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Sunday 12th April 2015

1pm till 4pm

Middleton Lodge, Richmond

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

We are proud to be working once again 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.

If you are interested in hosting your special day at Middleton Lodge, we have a limited number of VIP appointments to view the whole house, Coach House Boutique Hotel and facilities with Middleton Lodge’s wedding team.  If you would like to reserve a time slot, please select YES in the box below.  We will allocate a mutually convenient time for your exclusive appointment.

Why not make a special day of it? The Coach House Restaurant is open for Sunday Lunch, advance bookings only. Please call 01325 377 977 to make your booking directly.

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags at each event, 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 VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last only.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

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an exclusive invitation…

April 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge Spring 2015

On Tuesday, I told you all about our fairy-tale event at Nostell Priory in just over a week – click here for all the details – and today I’m proud to tell you about our second event also happening next Sunday 12th April 2015 (double the inspiration! #supersunday) at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (1)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (2)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (3)

We are proud to be working once again 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 (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (4)

middleton lodge

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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

Sunday 12th April 2015

1pm till 4pm

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

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 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 VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

If you are interested in hosting your special day at Middleton Lodge, we have a limited number of VIP appointments to view the whole house, Coach House Boutique Hotel and facilities with Middleton Lodge’s wedding team.  If you would like to reserve a time slot, please select YES in the box below.  We will allocate a mutually convenient time for your exclusive appointment.

Why not make a special day of it? The Coach House Restaurant is open for Sunday Lunch, advance bookings only. Please call 01325 377 977 to make your booking directly.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (5)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (6)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (7)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (8)

All images from our last gorgeous event at Middleton Lodge, courtesy of Hayley Baxter Photography.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (9)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (10)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (11)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (12)

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move over downton abbey…

March 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Nostell Priory Spring 2015

…and welcome to Nostell.

After five straight weeks of brilliant bridal events (and double the inspiration with two events in a day last weekend) you’d think we’d be flagging.  Of course not.  We’ve got Northern stamina and the Brides Up North team are ready to bring on even more pretty!

We’ll be reprising our popular event – packed with the area’s most fabulous exhibitors – at the stunning exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory in just under a fortnight’s time!

Nostell Priory (c) Peter Boyd Photography

Image by Peter Boyd Photography

nostell priory

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Sunday 12th April 2015

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

11am – 3pm

FREE ENTRY

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 all you need to get your man suited and booted – live music, flowers, event dressers, flash motors, photographers, photo booths, diamonds (who doesn’t want those?!)… you name it!

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!

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

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

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 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 VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last only.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

(And no, you’re not seeing double!  We’re also at the stunning Middleton Lodge on Sunday 12th April too – more on that later – and we’d love to see you at either one of these brilliant events!)

wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2015. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 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 2015 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

exhibitor enquiry

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Telephone No

Your Website (begin web address with http://www.)

What sort of wedding business are you enquiring on behalf of? e.g. Bridal Boutique/ Photographer etc

Select the event that you are interested in (required)

If you wish to attend more than one event, please list all here - discounts are available for block bookings

Alternatively, 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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