Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

don’t look now, it’s a super sunday!

March 3rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We do like to spoil you, don’t we?

It’s a  S U P E R   S U N D A Y  weekend at wedding blog HQ as we bring you not one but two fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Shows across the regions.  Brides Up North is on tour in Yorkshire this Sunday 5th March 2017, with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired, VIP Media Pack (including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine, hot off the press!) in hand.

allerton castle

First up, we’ll be descending upon Allerton Castle and filling this beautiful, exclusive use venue to to the turret tops with wedding inspiration. It’s going to be fabulous! You need to be there.

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Set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade I listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.

We’ve handpicked a selection of the most brilliant wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire. Come and see this spectacular venue and be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, pose with our magic mirrors, try on some diamonds, see our pretty paper, 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 our very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show 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 us, you will not be disappointed!

Who wants to play at princesses?!

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middleton lodge

And if that’s not enough pretty for you, we’ll also be at the sensational Middleton Lodge this Sunday too, at the slightly later start time of 12 noon till 3pm. This absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue will be dressed to the nines and full of brilliant exhibitors.  Let’s get that wedmin ticked off!

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We are proud to be working once again with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a beautiful wedding show with a large and 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 (and then some!) covered from gowns to garters, this should be a day for every soon-to-be-wed’s diary.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW 

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, a pair of complimentary tickets to The National Wedding Show (worth £40) for the first 100 registered brides and the brand new copy of UNVEILED Magazine.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is register using the link below.

While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE

fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding fairs across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch with julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place. Click here to view our list of events. 

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your exclusive invitation: join us at stunning middleton lodge this sunday!

February 27th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (1)

If you follow us over on our social networks, you’ll have seen that we’re enjoying the most sensational season of Brides Up North events so far.  Thank you so, so much as always to our visiting brides, grooms and entourages and also to our amazing wedding industry suppliers for making both events extra special. They are really the loveliest of days!

If you’ve missed out on the pretty so far (or if you want the chance to do it all again!) you’ll not have long to wait! Today I’m proud to tell you about our annual Luxury Bridal Show taking place this Sunday 5th March 2017, from 12pm till 3pm at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

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We are proud to be working once again with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a beautiful wedding show with a 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-wed’s diary.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (2)

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North and exclusive offers from our sponsors, plus complimentary tickets to The National Wedding Show (worth £40) and the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED magazine.  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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW 

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (3)

wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding fairs across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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

Your Name (required)

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

Please list the events that you are interested in - or tell us which region you work in North East/ North West/ Yorkshire for a general enquiry - discounts are available for block bookings

Alternatively, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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tiaras at the ready: you’re invited to allerton castle!

February 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We are motoring through an absolutely gorgeous month of #wedspo at our Brides Up North live events (*waves* to all our visitors, suppliers and new readers!) but if you’ve not put one of our pretty bridal shows this season in your diaries – or if you have and would very sensibly like to join us more than once (each of our events is completely bespoke and entirely different from the rest) then you need to pop this date on the calendar in red pen.  Because this show is special…

We’ll be quick stepping it to Allerton Castle on Sunday 5th March, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY to bring more Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.

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

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North.  As an extra treat, each Media Pack comes with a free pair of tickets for The National Wedding Show, worth a cool £40! As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

want to exhibit?

Email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.

A Water Inspired Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (50)

Set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade I listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.

We’ve handpicked a selection of the most brilliant wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire. Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: 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.

an elegant wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Insight Photography (25)

One of our 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 us, you will not be disappointed!

Who wants to play at princesses?!

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

Images by Laura Calderwood Photography and Insight Photography.  See the real weddings in full by clicking here, here and here.

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pretty in pink. stella york for a romantic wedding at newton hall – samantha & mark

February 20th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Prepare yourself for some Monday afternoon swooning ladies, as this real wedding at Newton Hall has all the necessary elements to make you go completely weak at the knees.

From the picture-perfect venue, to the dreamy colour palette, and the bride’s show-stopping dress – we are 100% in love!

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

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samantha says: We got engaged in November 2010. We had talked about getting engaged in the past and when we found out we were expecting our first child, Mark suggested we make it official and bought me a beautiful engagement ring.

We got married on Friday 4th November 2016 – we had been together for eight years to the date.  We both wanted an autumn/winter wedding, something that didn’t rely on the weather being beautiful.  However, we were lucky enough to be blessed with some gorgeous winter sunshine.

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We got married at Newton Hall in Northumberland. The venue is quirky and beautifully decorated and offers exclusive hire, which was something that was particularly important to us. It has the perfect mix of luxury with an intimate, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It was the first venue that we visited and we fell in love immediately, each room is decorated so elegantly. We did visit one other venue, but nothing compared; we already had made our minds up.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, we just chose finishing touches that complemented the style of Newton Hall.  We chose a mix of vintage and rustic accessories to add to the already quirky detail within the hall.

We chose a pale pink colour scheme as I wanted a soft colour which added to my vintage theme.

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We booked our wedding back in June 2014 and I couldn’t wait to go dress shopping. I managed to hold off until one year before the wedding as I was afraid I would change my mind. I am quite an indecisive person, and couldn’t believe how easy I had been making decisions leading up to our wedding, surely my dress was going to be the most difficult decision yet.

I booked an appointment at The Wedding Dress Company in Corbridge, as they were holding a Stella York event and I had become really fond of the designer after scrolling through wedding dresses for a number of months. The ladies in the shop were extremely helpful. I explained that I wanted something with a detailed back which was a fit and flare style. With each dress I tried on, I found less things to dislike. Then they handed me ‘my’ dress, it was a Stella York fit and flare dress in champagne with ivory lace overlay. It had beautiful detail and had the most amazing illusion back; it fastened with beautiful buttons. Surely, I couldn’t buy my dress in the first shop I went to? But I did, and it was perfect!

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fairy lights & flamingoes. a magical wedding at as you like it in newcastle – jess & stephen

February 16th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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If a bucket load of quirkiness is your thing, then you’re going to love this afternoon’s third installment of gorgeous – one beauty of a real wedding, set in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Jess and Stephen tied the knot at As You Like It in Jesmond last year, transforming the intimate city venue into a hullabaloo of rainbow-bright colours, gorgeous flowers, fairy lights, flamingoes and even Prosecco gummy bears!

We don’t want to spoil it for you though, so scroll down for all the oh-so-pretty pictures and wonderful details…

With images by Bennett Media

Jess & Stephen | Wedding Film from Bennett Media on Vimeo.

jess says: We got engaged in Italy. We were at Marina Grande in Sorrento, which is a local fishing harbour where Sophia Loren starred in Italian cinema. The local fishermen bring in their catch of the day and take it straight to the restaurants to dish up on your plate. Stephen drank lots and lots of Chianti and proposed, down on one knee, on the beach by the harbour. It was a complete surprise…

“Jess my darling on this Italian night

I hope that you will think it’s right,

To take this ring a gift for life

To honour me and be my wife”

I jumped up and down in the sand screaming yes then it was off for Champagne and gelato.

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We got married on 12th August 2016. Summer is our favourite time of year as everyone is in good spirits because it’s the best chance of sunshine and, luckily for us, the sun had his hat on that day!

We only ever looked at one venue  – As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle. It’s cool, quirky and has fairy lights – what more could anyone want? It suited us and our vibe, and we are both big cocktail fans (well, one of us more than the other!).

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There was no religious element to our wedding, just tears of laughter, joy and happiness. It really was the best day of our lives.

The style was vintage meets quirky, weird, wacky and wonderful. My mum and me collected all sorts of quirky weird wonderfulness ranging from pink flamingoes to gold parrots. We had a full vintage tea set, old records, black and white postcards, hibiscus flowers for the Prosecco, along with Prosecco gummy bears. There were cocktails, magicians and a whole tropical rainforest – it was the best vintage mish mash ever!

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My colour scheme was every colour under the rainbow! (Seriously, it was!)

The bridesmaids were in pastels, meanwhile the groom was in burgundy red tweed, and the ushers and best man wore dogtooth tweed and burgundy braces with vintage badges.

My flowers were breathtaking – boho gypsy style with lots of peonies. Some of the flowers were even imported especially; they were so unusual.

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My hair was like Rapunzel and plaited with flowers and gold feathers. I wanted to look like Downton Abbey meets boho bride, so I went with a dress from The Wedding Dress Company in Corbridge. It was ivory lace over cafe latte silk encrusted with old-fashioned antique jewels. It was divine! Stella York made it and I got Alexander McQueen shoes to match, and finished off the look with a Swarovski veil.

Stephen wore a burgundy tweed skinny fit suit from Next along with a shirt and cravat from Woven in Durham paired with brown brogues. The groomsmen wore summer tweed from Woven in Durham and the bridesmaids wore pastel 1950’s style dresses with petticoats from ASOS.

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very berry. a glorious woodland wedding at healey barn – emma & ben

February 16th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Emma and Ben’s wonderful woodland wedding at Healey Barn combined an autumnal colour scheme with gorgeous grey neutrals. Their big day was alive with berry purples, burnt oranges and zingy reds and the resulting photographs are phenomenal.

This beautiful couple wanted trees, woodland and fields as far as the eye could see, and so Healey Barn in Northumberland was the perfect venue. Warmth, cosiness and a whole lotta love – this wedding really has it all.

With images by Willow and Hare.

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emma says: My engagement ring was bought by Ben’s father as a gift to his mother when Ben was born. She‘d worn it since the day Ben was born until the day he asked her for it in 2014. On a sunny Saturday in September we decided to go for a drive into the countryside, as we often do. I still had no idea anything was going on. Pulling over near a secluded footpath with beautiful views over the Derwent Reservoir at Edmundbyers, Ben suggested we stretch our legs. We headed up into the hills, taking silly photographs and enjoying the sunshine. As we were standing at the top of a hill a Red Kite flew overhead. As a bird-lover, I got very excited and said, “This day couldn’t get any better.” Ben replied, “I can think of a way to make it better,” put his hand into his pocket and pulled out the ring.

We were married on 15th October 2016. I’d always dreamed of an autumn wedding as it’s my favourite season with all the colours and leaves. Both my parents and grandparents had been married in the autumn and had beautiful weather so we took a chance and it definitely paid off.

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Our venue was Healey Barn, Riding Mill. We knew we wanted a relaxed, natural wedding and after seeing a few photos of the recently-opened venue we knew we had to go visit it. As we drove to the venue we were stunned at the surrounding area. Our one condition was that we wanted plenty of trees for our photographs and to guarantee the autumnal theme and Healey was surrounded by woodland and beautiful fields. We knew it was the place; the whole layout felt right and we could imagine immediately our wedding taking place there. We put the deposit down on the spot.

Everything about the wedding was inspired by autumn. For the suits and bridesmaids we chose grey with burgundy accents. We really wanted the flowers and foliage to be the main feature.

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My dress was a Mori Lee 6788 from Elizabeth George Bridal in Middlesbrough. It was a beautiful ivory ball gown with a dropped waist. I’d originally been looking at lace fitted dresses but not found anything that really felt right until my aunty suggested I try something totally different on and pulled this one out. The second I came out of the changing room my mother, sister and aunty all burst into tears which, of course, set me off too. The girls at Elizabeth George were amazing – they made the whole experience truly special.

An Autumn Wedding at Healey Barn (c) Willow & Hare (25)

Ben and his groomsmen wore grey suits from Occasions at Debenhams. As everyone was so scattered across the world (two groomsmen in Devon, his brother in Australia, father in Thailand) we needed to find a suit that we could quickly change if they didn’t fit.

Ben teamed his suit with a burgundy paisley tie and tan brogues from Schuh.

My bridesmaids wore dresses from For Her and For Him. I was initially dubious about ordering dresses online but again, as my bridesmaids were scattered across the globe, I needed to get them made to their measurements and not off the peg. I chose three shades of grey to complement the suits and to act as a neutral against the flowers. I was so impressed with the quality of the dresses: they fit each of my bridesmaids perfectly and were great value.

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