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party on. madeline gardner for a fun-filled wedding at crewe hall – emily & david

April 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Fun-filled Wedding at Crewe Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (269)

What we love most about today’s real wedding is the expressions of happiness, excitement and joy on the faces of the bride and groom – and their (200 plus!) guests.

A wedding day, of course, involves some very serious commitments, but we think it should also be a fun occasion filled with laughter, love and emotions, which Emily and David’s big day certainly was.

From their traditional ceremony and breakfast to their ‘party style’ evening reception, it’s clear to see that everyone is having an amazing time! Throw in the fabulous styling, attire and venue and you’ve got one pretty perfect wedding!

With images by brilliant Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

A Fun-filled Wedding at Crewe Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (145)

emily says: We got engaged on 19th April 2014, in New York City. David had arranged a private experience for us in our hotel’s rooftop bar that overlooked Times Square. To keep the surprise, David had told me that we had won this in a Facebook competition, but of course it was all a set up!

Our wedding was on Sunday 29th November 2015. As we had a Jewish wedding, this impacted the days of the week that were open to us and explains why we chose a Sunday. We decided on a winter wedding because David’s profession means that he is particularly busy with work in the summer months and also because we felt that our venue looked that little bit more magical in the winter.

A Fun-filled Wedding at Crewe Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (272)

We got married at Crewe Hall. We chose the venue because it was perfect for us. We loved that it had the traditional ‘Downton Abbey’ part of the building but also had a modern wing to the hotel. This meant that we were able to have a picturesque wedding ceremony and breakfast in the older parts of the hotel and then move to the modern part for the reception.

We had a reform Jewish wedding. This meant that we had tisch and bedeken ceremonies before the wedding ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was officiated by a Rabbi and took place under a Chuppah. We also took part in some traditional Israeli dancing in the evening.

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diary date: totem tipi launch

April 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime


We’ve just concluded an absolutely fabulous month of #AprilINSPO here at Brides Up North HQ, hosting our branded events across three regions.  We’ve met so many beautiful brides and gorgeous grooms and packed venue upon venue full of sensational styling inspiration.  All eyes in the office are firmly on May now, and our epic wedding festival events, WEDSTOCK’16 in Yorkshire and WEDSTIVAL’16 in Cheshire, that will round off what’s been a stunning season.  You can find out more about those huge shows by clicking on the pretty banner above, and bride to be registration is now open. Whoop!

For now though – and if you can’t wait till next month to get your planning fix, we’re bringing you news of a local event that our Sponsor totem tipi are running on Saturday 30th April at County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AE from 11am – 3pm.

Totem Tipi was born in 2015 and was developed by the Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) team which is part of North Yorkshire County Council. Totem is a business with a social purpose and proceeds from Totem feedback into the delivery of vital services across North Yorkshire.


totem tipi say: Our event tipis are Stratus 72 tipis, also known as a Kata tipi or Giant hat. The stratus 72 is based on a traditional Scandinavian design. Due to their unique interlocking features, the kata tipis make stunning intimate venues for a small wedding party or can be joined together to create larger scale structures to cater for the largest of wedding parties. The structures are built to withstand harsh weathers. With strong sustainable timbers and waterproof fabrics, we can cater for all events in all seasons. So… whether you want to create a summer celebration with the sides up, or you fancy a winter wonderland with an open fire pit, indoors heaters and warm blankets then the tents can accommodate all ideas, seasons and tastes!

Totem Tipi wedding fair invitation

As well as launching Totem Tipi‘s lovely tipi tents, local wedding suppliers will be at the event to showcase a range of products,  including cake decorators, videographers, photographers, bridal gowns and more.

Totem will also be using the event to kickstart their new competition: Win A Tipi Wedding. The free wedding giveaway will include the use of 2 kata tipis, flooring, tables and benches for up to 80 guests, fire pit and a dance floor. Pop along and sign up to be in with a chance to win the perfect outdoor wedding venue!



For more information contact Totem at or 01609 535758. 

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sugar, spice & everything nice. mori lee for a vintage wedding at the bowdon rooms – nicola & jonathan

April 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (41)

We’re getting Monday off to an incredibly pretty start with this stunning Cheshire real wedding.

As huge fans of pastels so we’re totally in love with all the sweet & sugary tones incorporated into the décor, blooms and attire.

The bride and groom certainly steal the show (as they should!) with Jonathan opting for an alternative light blue suit and peach tie, while Nicola looks every inch the model bride in a fitted fishtail gown #hot!

With images by Steve Grogan Photography.

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (36)

nicola says: We got engaged at home in June 2014. The proposal came just before we were leaving for the airport to go on holiday to Egypt.

We set the date for 15th August 2015 as it would fall in the school holidays. We were also hoping that we would be in with a chance of sunshine at that time of year and we were keen to go on honeymoon in September.

Our venue was The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire. We really liked the style, size and location of the building. The wedding planner there was also amazing from start to finish.

A Sweet Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Steve Grogan Photography (44)

We chose a vintage theme for the wedding in line with the stunning venue and incorporated lots of flowers into the décor. Our colour scheme was pastels of peach, mint, powder blue and blush pink, which again went nice with the venue and also suited the time of year.

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please don’t stop the music: wedding entertainment from bandtube

April 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again – for us a wedding just isn’t complete with an element of live entertainment.

Whether it be a string quartet playing during the drinks reception, a pianist performing during the wedding breakfast or a band encouraging guests to get on to (and never leave) the dance floor at the  evening do, professional musicians not only help to set the desired ambience and tone, but they also make a big day much more memorable.

As such, today on the blog we’re quizzing Brides Up North Sponsor and online entertainment agency Bandtube, on what type of music options are available to wedding couples and how these performers can enhance the big day.

Founder of the company and lead singer of band The RUSH, Gavin Jones, also explains how brides and grooms can book reliable and hugely talented acts at the simple click of a button. Take it away Gavin…

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Tell us about Bandtube and the services it offers to wedding couples?

gavin says: Bandtube was set up in January 2016, though I have been in this industry for 15 years, and owned a music agency for weddings for ten of those years, previously whilst also singing in my band The RUSH.

In some ways, it’s similar to a lot of agencies out there, you are looking for top quality entertainment for your wedding, you come to me, and I have all the contacts to find the perfect act(s) for your big day. The way I’ve tried to differentiate with this business is by embracing video. Video is an amazing way for people to communicate online nowadays, and many agencies show band videos, but quite often they are buried on a page behind pictures and other information. On Bandtube, video takes centre stage, it’s the first thing you see, and I only include acts who have quality videos, this increases the couple’s chances of making a more informed decision.

The other thing I wanted was ease of use, so with one click, you have a page of wedding bands and their videos all on the same page, and it’s so easy! I’m very conscious that I try to make the wedding planning process, from the entertainment point of view easy, fun and stress-free. It’s one of the sexy bits of a wedding! As far as I’m aware, there is no other website that you can view band video’s side-by-side making it easier to compare and contrast their merits before making a decision, and when you want to find out more, then you go into their full profile page. Simple!

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What types of bands do you have listed?

The website is still growing, it will never be finished because there will always be new acts to upload! Regardless of what is on the website, I still have hundreds of contacts from my years of experience, so I can actually supply any style of entertainment, from mainstream general cover acts, soul, pop etc, to much more quirky niche acts, like reggae or steel drums.

Of course I also have solo acts, string quartets and the like, so pretty much a one-stop-shop. I have also just agreed deals with two companies who I will work together closely with for other acts, one for DJs ran by a multi-award winning DJ, and one for vintage and retro acts. These guys know their market so well, so I think a wedding couple can benefit from their experience and expertise through Bandtube.

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catwalk crush: amanda wyatt, 2017 collection, she walks with beauty

April 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Amanda Wyatt She Walks With Beauty (c) Craig Fleming (33)

There are certain dates in the Brides Up North calendar that we look forward to every year and the annual launch of Amanda Wyatt’s latest bridal collection is most certainly one of them.

As well as knowing all about designing beautiful and wearable wedding gowns, Miss Wyatt (and her daughter, fellow bridal designer Charlotte Balbier) certainly know all there is to know about putting on a glittering event, as we were treated to a fabulous catwalk show, informative talk and delicious lunch!

Amanda Wyatt She Walks With Beauty (c) Craig Fleming (43)

Now into her 23rd year as a leading name in British bridal fashion, boutique owners and press invited to the launch of Amanda’s 2017 she walks with beauty collection show were exceptionally eager to see what pretty creations the talented lady would be pulling out of the bag next.

The answer? More than 35 gorgeous gowns inspired by old Hollywood glamour that prompted a fair few gasps, “ahhs” and “ooos” from us onlookers as the dreamy designs were showcased on the catwalk for the first time.

Amanda Wyatt She Walks With Beauty (c) Craig Fleming (77)

Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to give you a sneak peek of the collection on the blog, but in today’s post you can see it in its entirety, complete with fabulous finishing touches in veils and accessories, and even bridesmaid designs for your leading ladies. Talking of which, with the exception of Amanda herself, there was a certain someone who stole the limelight of the show (despite only being hip-high) by modelling the adorable Wyatt flower girl dresses whilst blowing kisses to those in the front row #toosweet!

Amanda Wyatt She Walks With Beauty (c) Craig Fleming (144)

But back to those stunning wedding gowns! The runway was awash with glamorous and graceful gowns featuring fabulous attention to detail, illusion backs, elegant sleeves, jewelled accents and beautiful buttons, making She Walks With Beauty Amanda’s most intricate and opulent collection to date.

As we’ve come to expect from Amanda, the collection also featured a varied and inspirational colour palette, from rich shades of ivory and champagne, to dove grey and blush pinks.

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ready for your close up? stan seaton photography talks pre-wedding shoots

April 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Wedding Photography North Yorkshire

From speaking to wedding couples day in day out we know the volume of brides and grooms that suffer pre-wedding photography nerves – and trust us, there’s a lot!

The case is often that individual doesn’t like having their photograph taken full stop, never mind during a ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion that will be looked back on for many years to come. As a solution to this common fear, many wedding photographers now offer couples the opportunity to have a pre-wedding shoot, providing a practise run in front of the camera, ready for the big day to come.

For those photo phobes out there what’s important to remember is that the guys capturing your wedding day are professionals – it’s not your mum or dad behind the camera with a shaky hand and bad lighting, these guys know all the tricks in the book to make you look and feel amazing on your big day, leading to both stunning and natural photos.

Two photographers who are big believers in the power of a pre-wedding shoot to calm any camera-shy couples’ nerves are Stan and Jane of Stan Seaton Photography. And so to find out exactly what’s involved and how couples can get the most out of such shoots, were putting our pre-wed questions to the pros…

With images by Stan Seaton Photography.

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Can you explain what a pre-wedding shoot is?

jane says: A pre wedding shoot is an opportunity for us as photographers to meet with our brides and grooms prior to the wedding day and see how they interact together. At our first couple of meetings the discussion is usually geared towards nitty gritty things like pricing, albums and coverage, so it’s really lovely to get to know a couple as people (after all that is what we are going to see and capture on their wedding day).


Where and when do you advise couples to have their pre-wedding shoot?

We usually recommend that couples choose a location that is special and personal to them, often this is the place where they got engaged or somewhere that they like to go regularly. We have covered shoots in Paris, London, Oxford, as well as many local beauty spots such as Fountains Abbey and Seaham beach. Once we have decided on location we fix a date and time, usually six months prior to the wedding day.

There isn’t really such a place as the perfect location for a shoot, many contributing factors can make a good shoot, this could be good lighting/sunlight, a foggy day or fresh untouched snow and as the shoot date is usually arranged well in advance we really don’t know what we are going to get. However, we always say to couples that living in Britain the same could be said for their wedding day, so if we can get some great shots of them on a  beach, on a blustery February day then their minds are at rest that we will get some amazing photos on their wedding day.

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What about styling? What outfits should couples where and is this a good time for brides-to-be to have their hair and makeup trial?

We usually recommend that couples wear toning complimentary outfits, scarves and hats usually work well and wellies are good, if appropriate. All black isn’t good as this can have a tendency to look like two shadows in the pictures.

Some girls do choose to have hair and makeup done prior to the shoot and while there can be benefits of this, often it’s lovely to have a set of images which are of the bride and groom in their relaxed natural environment and not necessarily with full makeup and styled hair.

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