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a little blush. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at seaham hall – kirsty & ryan

November 8th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s bride Kirsty, says that the perfect wedding dress took her by surprise by being everything she supposedly didn’t want. The dress in question – a romantic, swishy Justin Alexander creation – was a truly stunning choice from what we can see!

Kirsty also said she wanted her day to be defined by the words “classy” and “romantic”. Well, mission accomplished, just take a look at the stunning photographs!

Ready for some serious pretty? Let’s dive right in…

With images by Leighton Bainbridge Photography.

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kirsty says: Ryan and I got engaged on 1st August 2014 while on holiday in Mexico. Ryan had organised a private, romantic meal on the pier, looking over the ocean where we could watch the sun set. We had a gorgeous meal with champagne. Once we’d finished our meal, Ryan got down on one knee and the waiter presented my ring on a silver plate. It was perfect and the waiter caught it all on camera so I will always be able to look back at that moment. I had no idea, which made it even more special.

We got married on 6th August 2016. We always wanted to get married in the summer and this date worked well around my work. I’m a teacher and wanted to have a few weeks off before the wedding as well as being able to go on our honeymoon before the new term started. Plus, we hoped that in August we’d have sunny weather – which we did!

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We were married at our local church in Houghton-le-Spring and then went onto Seaham Hall in County Durham. I’d always wanted to have my wedding there. The hotel is so beautiful I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Plus, we loved the fact that we could have an exclusive wedding with the whole venue and facilities to ourselves. We booked all 20 of the hotel rooms, which meant our close family and friends could stay over. The hotel boasts a sports room with a pool table, which was ideal for the men, plus there was a quiet lounge for the ‘oldies’.

I’d always wanted a big wedding and Ryan just went along with it! The two words I wanted to define the day were “classy” and “romantic”. When we got engaged the rustic, vintage theme was very popular and I loved the idea of lots of little details. However, I still wanted the overall feel to be contemporary as Seaham Hall is quite modern.

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Making a decision on the colour scheme wasn’t difficult. I’m a girly girl and knew I wanted pink. We decided on a very soft blush; we knew it would suit both bridesmaids as well as the groomsmen. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Mia Sposa in Newcastle; I chose a full-length lace gown in blush pink. They chose their own shoes so that they were comfortable on the day.

The choice of my own dress took me by surprise. It was everything I supposedly didn’t want. I chose a Justin Alexander dress also from Mia Sposa in Newcastle (the girls there are fab!) It had a full skirt, long train and lace straps, creating a ‘v’ shape at the front and back. The lace detail went all the way down the fitted bodice and past my hips where it faded out and then also all around the hem of the skirt. I loved the buttons at the back as they too went all the way down the skirt. When I spun it swished around me; I really felt like a princess! I also wore a veil, which was the full length of my dress and decorated with small crystals.

Mel Hedley did the bridal party’s makeup for the wedding. She was fantastic! Francesca Hair Design in Pelton, then did the bridal party’s hair. We had such a laugh getting ready and they all went beyond the call of duty!

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We hired Ryan’s suit from Just Perfect in Shotton Colliery. He wore a French navy suit with a tweed waistcoat. He had a blush pink tie and tan shoes. The combined effect was gorgeous. The groomsmen wore the same as the groom however their waistcoat was the same French navy as the suit, also from Just Perfect.

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roses & lace. martina liana for a luxurious wedding at lartington hall – stefanie & jason

November 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Brace yourself for some incredible beauty and blooms, as today’s real wedding is among the prettiest that we have ever seen!

The elegant wedding of Stefanie and Jason took place at the incredibly stunning, exclusive-use venue that is Lartington Hall, a beautiful country manor in the Teesdale countryside, where we just so happen to be holding a Winter Chic Luxury Wedding Fair THIS SUNDAY. So if you fancy seeing this splendid venue in all its glory then register here to attend the free entry event, which will feature all the details, including fine art florals, bridal fashion, cakes, photographers, stationers and live music, whilst also showcasing whole of the Hall, including it’s beautiful chapel, bedroom suites and gardens!

As you can see from Stefanie and Jason’s wedding, beautifully captured by photographer Helen Russell, this is a first class venue for a first class big day!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Helen Russell Photography.

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stefanie says: We got engaged on 8th May 2015, which was exactly six years to the day since we met. Jason had booked a surprise trip away to New York, and I only found out where we were going once we arrived at the airport. It was such an emotional moment when I found out!

On the second afternoon there Jason had booked me a surprise massage in the hotel spa. When I returned to the room he was nowhere to be seen! He had left me a note saying I had to be ready for 7pm as a driver would be waiting for me at the hotel reception. The driver took me to a mystery location which turned out to be a private rooftop overlooking Manhattan. Jason was there waiting for me with a bouquet of red roses and his hand behind his back! He then got down on one knee! We celebrated with a bottle of champagne on the rooftop, before heading to a lovely little restaurant nestled underneath Brooklyn Bridge with a view of Manhattan, to continue the celebrations. It really was like fairy tale!

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We got married on 8th October 2016. We chose this date as the venue we had fallen in love with – Lartington Hall – was fully booked up for every Saturday until this date!

Lartington Hall is a beautiful country manor in the Teesdale countryside. We got a good feeling as soon as we drove up to the venue, along the long gravel track through a field of curious sheep! We instantly fell in love when we saw how stunning all the rooms were, it certainly had the wow factor we were looking for. We also loved that the venue offered exclusive use of the hall and gardens for the weekend. Knowing it was just our friends and family there certainly gave it a more intimate feel.

We didn’t have a theme as such however we wanted to create a stylish and luxurious feel that tied in with the style of the venue.

The colour scheme was pale grey/blue with lots of whites/creams and a hint of blush. We also incorporated a lot of gold as Lartington Hall has lots of gold detailing throughout the venue. For example we added gold beaded charger plates from The Whole Sch-bang, to complement the gold chairs and the gold mirrors/candelabras in the dining room where we had our wedding breakfast.

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My wedding dress was a Moroccan silk and lace fitted gown by Martina Liana from Ava Rose Hamilton, in Silsden. The top half of the dress was made from guipure lace, with illusion sleeves and an illusion back. There were buttons right the way down the back of the dress from the top to the bottom of the skirt. I visited a few wedding dress shops first but nowhere seemed to have the style of dress I was after. I then spent hours searching the internet trying to find this style of dress, but struggled to find one that had all the aspects I envisioned! When I finally came across this Martina Liana gown, it was the only dress I got shivers over, I knew it was the one before I even tried it on! Ava Rose Hamilton ordered a sample dress into store for me to try and it was everything I imagined. Terri (the seamstress) did an incredible job at making sure the dress fitted perfectly – it fitted like a glove!

On the morning of the wedding, Lisa Cameron did the hair for the bridal party and Heather-Francesca did our makeup. We would highly recommend both, they were brilliant to have around on the morning and a calming presence as I was extremely nervous the whole morning.

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Jason and his groomsmen wore navy blue suits from Marks & Spencer. Jason originally wanted to go for a designer suit, however with five groomsmen it was getting rather pricey! In the end we came across a really good quality suit in M&S. Jason also wore a Thomas Pink shirt, a navy spotted tie and a grey waistcoat. He completed his look with Ted Baker shoes, Mulberry cufflinks and a Mulberry tie clip.

The groomsmen wore grey bowties and pocket squares from Mrs Bowtie and dark brown shoes from ASOS.

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winter chic: a luxury wedding exclusive at lartington hall

October 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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You know how they always say that you should save the best for last? That’s pretty hard impossible when all of our handpicked venues and Brides Up North events are so super special, but we are closing an absolutely sensational year of over 30 Brides Up North soirees with a pretty spectacular one.

The lovely wedding fairies at Lartington Hall have teamed up with Brides Up North to bring you a Winter Chic Luxury Wedding Fair at the heart-stoppingly beautiful exclusive use venue on Sunday 6th November 2016, 11am till 3pm, and it’s FREE ENTRY.

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Expect stunning styling, perfect interiors, all the details from fine art florals to bridal fashion, cakes, photographers, stationers, live music and more.  The whole of the Hall, including it’s beautiful Chapel, bedroom suites and gardens will be open to explore and enjoy.  If you haven’t found your venue yet (or even if you have and just fancy some serious wedding inspiration) then we would love to see you there for our final event of 2016.  Register now!

Images by Sean Elliott Photography, Lee Scullion and Belle & Beau Photography.

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Lartington Hall has quickly become one of the most sought after country house wedding destinations in the North of England. Having been lovingly restored, the Grade II listed building set amongst 78 acres of romantic parkland is now equally stunning on the outside as within; housing an opulent collection of ceremony and reception rooms, luxurious, boutique style accommodation and its very own private chapel.

The quality of the restoration and attention to detail is nothing short of spectacular; from reclaimed venetian marble floors and regency antiques, to Nina Campbell furnishings and state-of-the-art Bose sound systems, the old and new have been blended together seamlessly.

For weddings, the impressive country house, which combines the glamour of The Great Gatsby with the grandeur of Downton Abbey, becomes couples’ very own rural retreat for their special day, with exclusive use of the entire building for just them and their chosen guests. Helping to bring the perfect package together, a wedding specialist, stylist and, of course, a butler, will be on hand to assist brides and grooms with their every wish.

Find out more about the venue at www.lartingtonhall.co.uk.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (full of treats and glossy mags), simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to Lartington Hall. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE 

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wedding industry professional?

This event is now sold out. We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions next year.

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.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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doing things your way: the biscuit factory

October 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re catching up with the fabulous team at one of our Dream Venues in the wonderful North East, The Biscuit Factory.

An individual and quirky art, craft and design gallery in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, this place is perfect for those of you on the hunt for a big day venue that provides a blank canvas with character, exceptional service and amazing food!

The friendly team encourage its brides and grooms to do things their own way and get a buzz out of making couples’ dream days become reality.

Intrigued? We thought you might be, and so we’re going to hand you over to the guys at the venue to tell us more about The Biscuit Factory’s unique offering…

Images by Jamie Penfold and Sean Elliott.

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Can you give us a brief overview of The Biscuit Factory?

the biscuit factory say: The venue is a contemporary art, craft and design gallery – the largest of its kind in the UK – located in the Ouseburn Valley, dubbed the cultural quarter of Newcastle. The gallery is housed in a beautiful Victorian warehouse (think wooden beams and exposed brickwork) – and yes, biscuits were manufactured on-site back in the 1800s!

Adjoining the main gallery is our purpose-built function space, The Biscuit Room, which is one of the largest venues in Newcastle.

The Biscuit Factory prides itself on being a unique and quality venue. Can you tell us what sets the venue a part from others and how it provides good quality service to its brides and grooms?

Earlier this year, we were shortlisted for ‘Best City Venue’ in the UK Wedding Awards – and we were the only venue in the North East listed in our category. This was a huge achievement for us, highlighting what makes us unique as a wedding venue, not just here in Newcastle, but on a regional and national scale, too.

We say to all our clients, “Do it your way”, offering couples a stylish and cultural backdrop to host their big day, set within an unconventional urban location. As for our service – our team are highly experienced and every couple is assigned their very own wedding coordinator to ensure a seamless and personalised service from the outset right through to their wedding day.

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The venue also puts an emphasis on individuality – in what ways does The Biscuit Factory tick boxes for those looking for something a bit different?

We don’t offer any standard packages at The Biscuit Factory – we work with every couple to create something that’s unique to them. And when it comes to our food, devised by our award-winning chefs, we can create a menu to fit any theme, whether it’s a traditional roast, Latin American street food or laid-back barbecue you’re after.

And how can couples make the space their own?

We often describe The Biscuit Room as a blank canvas because essentially, that’s what it is – a large, versatile space which can be completely transformed to bring a couple’s dream wedding to life. The backdrop is minimalist and understated, which means it can accommodate all types of themes, props and tables settings – the space is whatever you make of it!

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coastline colour: a styled bridal shoot at marsden rock

October 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re heading to the beautiful north east coastline for styled shoot that is both bold and beautiful.

Styled and shot by fine art photographer Kimberley Waterson, the concept of the shoot was to steer clear of obvious nautical themes and instead inject some warm colour to contrast with the cool and stark surroundings.

To help bring her vision to life Kimberley teamed up with a talented group of north east suppliers who took care of everything from the attire and décor to the cakes and flowers.

Here to give us more details of the day is the lady that captured the team’s wonderful efforts. Over to you Kimberley…

With images by Kimberley Waterson Fine Art Photography. Models Kayleigh Falcus and Chris Sewell.

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kimberley says: Living in the beautiful north of England we sometimes overlook the beauty spots so very accessible to us and it was having this in mind that inspired this styled shoot.

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Surrounded by miles of breath-taking coastline I started my journey scouting locations. I knew I wanted to view Marsden Rock first as this iconic location brings in people from all around the world and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the north east.

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Owned by the National Trust and overlooked by the Marsden Grotto (a pub/restaurant and soon to be wedding venue) we knew Marsden Rock would be a busy place to shoot and so decided to do the shoot on a Monday, though the unpredictable British weather certainly kept us on our toes.

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let’s get this party started: it’s wed-toberfest at hardwick hall hotel!

September 30th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have seen that our jam packed series of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs are bigger and more beautiful than ever this season.

With our portfolio at it’s very best, every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait for another weekend of the finest wedding inspiration and welcoming you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel for our wedtoberfest Autumn Indoor Wedding Festival on Sunday 9th October 2016, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND REGISTER FOR ANY EVENT

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run the largest and most exciting free entry bridal exhibitions in the North East.  Hardwick Hall is a special one too. It’s going to be packed to the rafters – and it’s twinkling crystal chandeliers – with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.

Watch out for our tipi tents, cool cars & campers, the “WEDFEST Edit” designer catwalk shows, prosecco bar & glossy media packs, sponsored by Unveiled Magazine, for each visiting bride.

For this event, we are filling the whole of the Coleman Suite – and it’s going to be spectacular! We don’t just squash in any old exhibitors either! Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, we can promise you the very best choice of the best bridal experts in the region.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented.

If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We adore hearing your love stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person. I just love saying hello to my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday. Who wouldn’t love this job?

Well then, what are you waiting for? Grab your girls or your groom, and we’ll see you there!

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 250 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 goody bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND REGISTER FOR ANY EVENT

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want to exhibit with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details and pricing. 
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