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real wedding recap: a colourful & personal wedding at the bowdon rooms – anna & dan

June 30th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

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For any brides out there considering a vintage dress for your big day, today’s real wedding is likely to seal the idea as part of your plans. Just looking at today’s bride Anna in her unique vintage gown makes us go weak at the knees as she radiates such flawless beauty and elegance.

In line with her choice of attire, Anna’s wedding to beau Dan followed a vintage route with the ‘I dos’ and party taking place at one-of-a-kind venue, The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, with homemade décor to match.

Now, on with the pretty…

With images by Eclection Photography.

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anna says: We got engaged in 2013 on a beach in Kefalonia. We’d spent the day sailing over to Ithaca on a little boat and then made a picnic to take down to our local beach. I had no idea it was on the cards until Dan suggested getting some fizz, and then I had an inkling!

We got married on 23rd August 2014. We chose the date because it was a bank holiday weekend and we wanted get the most out of our celebrations with a day-after party at my mum’s house.

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Our wedding took place at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire. We chose it because it’s in the area I grew up, close to my mum’s house, old school and teenage drinking haunts! We really wanted a local feel to our wedding and The Bowdon Rooms really provided that. We actually made the decision to book it when we popped into the Brides Up North wedding fair there and saw how lovely the space could look. The fact we could decorate and personalise the space as much as we wanted was a big deciding factor and the team at The Bowdon Rooms really accommodated this – especially when helping us hang hundreds of paper pom poms!

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We didn’t really have a theme but we knew we wanted to go colourful, instead of traditional white/cream. We also wanted to have seasonal wild flowers on the tables with a vintage, DIY kind of look so I guess that defined our theme. Our wedding invitation also lent itself to this as we worked with an illustrator called Ryn Frank, who specialises in flora and fauna designs, and designed us a beautiful illustrated wedding wreath for our invites.

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more from the wedding festival front line: #wedstival16

June 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Last weekend we featured all the official images from #WEDSTIVAL16, our epic Brides Up North Wedding Festival at Capesthorne Hall, and told you about how you can get involved in our events this autumn and next spring. Click here to catch up.

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Turns out though, that the fabulous Peace Wedding Photography weren’t the only ones doing a bit of snapping – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know y’see – and super talented friend of the wedding blog, Jonny Draper had been capturing the action on his trusty camera for us too.

We absolutely adore Jonny’s images of our amazing day in full swing (and he even had time for an impromptu photo shoot with LOVE Bridal Boutique’s stunning models too – what a backdrop for wedding photos!) as they remind us what a brilliant party it was!  We couldn’t wait to share all the shots with you here.

Images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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As a reminder, don’t forget that we’ve already set the dates for our wedding festivals in 2017 – #WEDSTOCK17 will take place at Stockeld Park on Sunday 7th May, 11am till 4pm and #WEDSTIVAL17 will take place at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday 21st May, 11am till 4pm. Get the dates in your diaries (and interested wedding suppliers should get in touch using the contact form below). Watch this space for a couple of other exciting dates too… North East, we mean you…

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#wedstival16: in pictures

June 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’ve just put our best ever season of Brides Up North events to bed for the summer (someone pop the prosecco!) and Brides Up North HQ is still buzzing from our final shows of the season, our much awaited – and absolutely epic – wedding festivals.

We’ve already shared our official images from #WEDSTOCK16 at Stockeld Park, Harrogate – click here to catch up – and now our official event photographers Peace Wedding Photography are back with all the images from our North West event, #WEDSTIVAL16,  held at the magnificent Capesthorne Hall in collaboration with Shades and Big Chief Tipis.

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If you are new to these pretty pages, let us explain a little… based on a hunch that the world might be ready for some massive, festival themed bridal events (we’d either had a lot of coffee or were smoking something strange that morning in the office!) the Brides Up North team set out on a bit of a mission: to bring the North the UK’s first large scale wedding festivals.  Over a year in the planning, it turns out that the fabulous Northern wedding industry and our brilliant readers (that’s you) were about to get as (naturally!) high on the idea as we were!

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60 plus of the area’s finest wedding industry suppliers at each event, big top wedding tents, tipi villages, bell tent honeymoon suites, arched wedding tents, Party Bales, Baleric inspired chill out areas, street food, a blow up pub (!), a Double Decker Bus bar, vintage caravans and campers, bloom bars, floral selfie backdrops, picnic areas, live bands, trapeze artists… we could go on… each event just felt like one huge wedding planning party. With Pimms.  Pimms by the bucket-load.

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We had such a blast that we’ve already set the dates for 2017 – #WEDSTOCK17 will take place at Stockeld Park on Sunday 7th May, 11am till 4pm and #WEDSTIVAL17 will take place at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday 21st May, 11am till 4pm. Get the dates in your diaries (and interested wedding suppliers should get in touch using the contact form below). Watch this space for a couple of other exciting dates too… North East, we mean you… and accept no imitations!

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exhibitor enquiry

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect demand to be very high.

Discounts are available for block bookings with our other events. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Your Name (required)

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

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If you came, partied and wedding planned at our #WEDSTIVAL16 here are some official photographs to remind you that Brides Up North do wedding fairs differently.

Images by Peace Wedding Photography. Continue reading to view the full gallery.

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dream venue: cutlers’ hall

May 31st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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If you’re currently on the hunt for a glamorous wedding venue that’s brimming with history and charm, you might want to pay extra close attention to this morning’s post, as we introduce another of our fabulous Dream Venues.

Situated in the heart of Sheffield’s city centre, Cutlers’ Hall is a truly unique venue that will tick boxes for those of you wanting to stage an opulent big day. Think Great Gatsby/Downtown Abbey style elegance and you’re along the right lines.

But there’s no need to just take our word for it. In October we will be staging one of our popular Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this fabulous venue – and you’re all invited to come along and view the beauty for yourselves.

In the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to Chloe Wood, business development executive at The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, to help set the scene and tell us more about Cutlers’ Hall’s impressive wedding offering…

Images by RJH Photography.

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Where is Cutlers’ Hall located and what is the history of the building?

chloe says: Cutlers’ Hall is a Grade II* listed venue situated in the centre of vibrant Sheffield and is home to the Cutlers Company in Hallamshire. The Cutlers’ Company was established by a parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624 and for almost four hundred years has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufactured cutlery and steel products and to promote the name of Sheffield. As manufacturing in the region has changed over the centuries, the company reflects this by highlighting the innovation in the region as well as upholding Sheffield’s proud heritage.

The hall is renowned for hosting weddings, conferences and dinners. Without doubt the history of the venue and its impressive silver collection complements the hall’s natural charm and elegance perfectly.

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Tell us about the space available for weddings at Cutlers’ Hall…

The hall has four rooms licensed to hold civil ceremonies and available for receptions of all shapes and sizes. Our Drawing and Reception Room are ideal for smaller weddings for up to 80 guests, while our Old Banqueting Hall can accommodate up to 120 guests, and for larger celebrations our Main Hall can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (3)

What makes Cutlers’ Hall a special and sets it apart from other wedding venues?

Cutlers’ Hall is a unique, one-of-a-kind venue. The décor of the hall is absolutely breath-taking and certainly offers the wow factor, plus there is an abundance of glamorous photo opportunities. Our flexible approach allows the wedding day to run exactly how our wedding couples have dreamed of. And while we do have generic packages, we prefer to offer tailor made packages to make celebrations both individual and memorable.

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this sunday: its wedstival’16!

May 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime

WEDSTIVAL16 Email Flyer

wedstival16: a brides up north wedding festival

Capesthorne Hall, Congleton Road, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY
Sunday 22nd May 2016, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’16 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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Brides Up North in association with Shades, Big Chief Tipis, Capesthorne Hall and Cheshire’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibitions in 2016. With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 22nd May 2016 Capesthorne Hall will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

There’ll be a huge sail cloth tent, tipi hats, a vintage MASH tent, bell tents, an Indian cupola tent, Tahdah! chill out area, a Pimm’s tent, street food – and drink! – vendors (so stay for lunch and a tipple or two!), a Party Bales picnic area, cars and campers, live bands, bridal fashion, a showcase ceremony and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your festival wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures and the grand building itself, come rain or shine, we’ve got your inspiration sorted.

Available to book for your wedding as a marquee site only or in conjunction with the Hall itself, Capesthorne’s beautiful state rooms will also be fully open for viewings and the Capesthorne Hall wedding planners will be on hand to answer any queries.

Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTIVAL16‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

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All images from our WEDSTOCK’16 event at Stockeld Park last Sunday, by Peace Wedding Photography.

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we came, we partied, we wedding planned: and we’re ready to do it all again this sunday! #wedstival16

May 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (106)

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy six years, but who’s counting…) as we have brought you our two most exciting events to date, our epic festival wedding fairs: WEDSTOCK’16 at Stockeld Park, Yorkshire last weekend and WEDSTIVAL’16 this coming weekend at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.

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If you’re a North West bride to be, Capesthorne Hall is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY 22nd May, open 11am till 4pm, and free entry, as we transform the grand building and it’s grounds into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi village, bell tents, vintage PIMMS tent, street food vendors, live bands, cars and campers, ceremony showcase, 60+ luxury wedding suppliers and so much more.

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wedstival16: a brides up north wedding festival

Capesthorne Hall, Congleton Road, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY
Sunday 22nd May 2016, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’16 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (41)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (58)

If the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (but hey, it’s May, let’s look on the bright side!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party.  The beautiful rooms at Capesthorne Hall are all open for viewing too (you can book the Hall itself, one of the stunning marquee sites or even both for your big day), and if you’ve already got your venue sorted, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show on Sunday that you’ll leave with every last detail covered.

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (65)

Pop in in the diary, why don’t you!? It’s FREE ENTRY (we love to spoil our readers) and such a fabulous day out for you, your other half, your bridal party… and even the future in-laws!  Grab a cocktail, stay for lunch courtesy of our street food vendors, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (126)

To whet your appetite, or if you came, partied and wedding planned at our WEDSTOCK’16 event last week, here are some official photographs to remind you that Brides Up North do wedding fairs differently… and to celebrate what a great day we all had.

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (116)

Images by our official event photographer Peace Wedding Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!

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