October 4th, 2018 | Julia Braime
The lovely wedding fairies at Lartington Hall have teamed up with Brides Up North and UNVEILED Magazine to bring you a Brides With Style, A Luxury Wedding Fair at the heart-stoppingly beautiful, exclusive use venue Sunday 14th October 2018, 11am till 2pm, and it’s FREE ENTRY, everyone welcome!
Expect stunning styling, perfect interiors, all the details from fine art florals to bridal fashion, cakes, photographers, stationers, live music and more. Come along and see what makes Lartington Hall just that extra bit special, from it’s delicious food to every little considered last touch of décor and comfort. This really is one of our very favourite places in the world – when we visit, we never want to leave!
The whole of the Hall, including it’s beautiful Ballroom, 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. Register now!
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.
bride to be?
To pre-register for a free VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (full of treats and glossy mags including the latest issue of our collectable glossy UNVEILED Magazine), 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.
fancy exhibiting with us?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018 and 2019. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year and next.
Click here to view the schedule.
Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Email Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Images supplied by Lartington Hall.
September 18th, 2018 | Julia Braime
On Sunday 30th September 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY we’ll be hosting The Wedding Event, a stylish wedding show in association with our glossy print product, UNVEILED, The Luxury Wedding Magazine and the sensational, newly refurbished Northumberland wedding venue, Matfen Hall.
An immersive experience, we’re transforming the rooms and suites at Matfen Hall into a bridal playground, inviting a huge selection of the area’s finest wedding suppliers and encouraging brides and grooms to discover the magic of this beautiful place.
Matfen Hall is an historic, traditional venue that brims with luxury and style. Built in 1832, the Hall boasts many original features and offers all couples exclusivity of the entire East Wing on their wedding day, so they receive the undivided attention from the dedicated team.
Now even more breath-taking, the entire ground floor of Matfen’s East Wing has been entirely refurbished, including The Great Hall and entrance area, The Terrace Room and Sir Edward’s Bar. The stunning rooms now offer beautifully modern spaces for wedding celebrations, though retain their original features and historic charm.
Discuss all things weddings with the dedicated Matfen Hall wedding planners and, even if you’ve already got your venue sorted, try, taste, test and talk to our handpicked on-site luxury suppliers.
There’ll be up to 40 talented wedding creatives in attendance, with every single detail covered – from bridal fashion, to live music and love lights, via cakes, floral displays, photo booths and much, much more!
Yes, you did read that right – it’s completely FREE for you and your whole bridal party to attend – we’d suggest bringing a bridesmaid or two to help with that goody bag!
To pre-register for a FREE VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags including our stunning UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE, SPEEDY ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Wedding Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups.
VIP Bride-To-Be Media Packs available while stocks last only.
Your data will not be shared with third parties without permission.
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North & UNVEILED family in 2018 and beyond. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows across three regions.
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. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Matfen Hall is unique in that it is still owned by the same family that built it, the Blackett family, giving the building an individual and homely feel. Opened as a hotel in 1999, the Hall has been modernised over the years but has retained many original features that provide extra character and interest.
Earning itself a place in the hearts of many, Matfen Hall has developed a glowing reputation making it a top choice among those looking to marry in the North East. Praised for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, its stunning interiors and exteriors, but most of all its personal approach, the privately-owned hotel, has a family orientated philosophy and enjoys welcoming back its wedding couples beyond the big day for anniversaries, baby showers and birthdays.
Matfen’s wedding team are passionate about every couple’s big day and take great care in ensuring that all details go without a hitch. During the planning they will work closely with brides and grooms to get to know their special story and help them work through every step up to the wedding. The on the day team, led by head master of ceremony, are also meticulous with their attention to detail for seamless celebrations.
The hotel houses 53 comfortable bedrooms for guests to rest and relax. The stunning bridal suite complete with four poster bed and glorious views of the grounds and gardens, is inclusive with all wedding packages. Furthermore, couples receive a preferential rate on a number of the Hall’s bedrooms, which they can also make the most of for the night prior to the wedding.
All guests receive full use of the Hall’s Aqua Vitae Spa facilities as part of their stay, which includes a 16-metre swimming pool, aromatherapy room, sauna, steam and monsoon shower. Discounted golf rates on the 27-hole championship course are also available so guests can experience all elements of the estate.
September 13th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Taking a break from the #wedmin are we? Well, you picked the right time to stop by, because look! It’s the Brides Up North big bridal super show Grand Wedding Exhibition! It’s NEXT WEEKEND! And it’s only the biggest event in our whole North East autumn calendar.
The region’s best and most beautiful wedding industry suppliers will gather at of the North East’s favourite wedding venue – Ramside Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Club – on Sunday 23rd September 2018, from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.
Yep. Free. With a goody bag on top! Judging by our stellar supplier lineup and our pre-registration figures, it’s going to be pretty epic…
Once again, we don’t do things by halves here at Brides Up North! We are filling the whole hotel – that’s five huge function areas – and it’s going to be spectacular!
If there’s one wedding fair to attend this year, this is it. This isn’t your typical wedding fair though, it’s a knock-your-socks-off bridal fashion bonanza with all the extra pretty on top! This should most definitely be one for your diaries.
Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, I can promise you the very best choice of the best wedding experts in the region. Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented and there’ll be on the day discounts too.
And NEW for 2018, the Ballroom at Ramside Hall Hotel has undergone a complete refurbishment. Come and check out this beautiful new light-filled space! (And get it booked before everyone else finds out too…)
As well as our two Brides Up North designer bridal catwalks as standard (we’re planning some really beautiful shows with the best boutiques in the area – don’t miss them!), we’ve also added a bargainous designer dress sale area courtesy of The Wedding Wardrobe!
You can also meet the Ramside Hall wedding planners, pose in our photo booths, taste our sweet treats, kit out your man and bridesmaids, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories (you are going to be spoilt for choice let me tell you!), get lost in our beautiful floral displays, get the hair and make up sorted, source your stationery, find a top photographer and tick off all those last essential details. You name it, we can sort it.
I adore this event – it’s big, it’s busy, it’s exciting but most of all it’s really beautiful. I can’t wait to see you all there for a day of wedding planning heaven… and lots of fun too.
To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, including the hot off the press issue of UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the event. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family. 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. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place. Please email email@example.com for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
Images by Cat Hepple Photography/ provided by Ramside Hall
September 7th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Friday has finally arrived, and we’re totally pumped for today’s pretty – the gorgeous real wedding of Alex and Alex; which could either make things very confusing or could indeed simplify matters with only one name to remember!
Bride Alex chose a Rime Arodaky gown that screams style and elegance with a playful twist – we love the whisper of lace down the front of the dress that peeps out between the layers of silk and the pretty illusion back. It really comes alive during the energetic first dance!
There’s the most fabulous, lush floral centrepiece that, instead of sitting on the top table, is suspended from the ceiling of the tipi over the table for maximum effect. With greenery and fairy lights wound round the vertical beams to frame the scene, the overall look is English country garden at its finest, just as bride Alex hoped it would be. Further gorgeous details, like the marble-effect cake and the modern bridesmaid dresses, bring an extra cool edge to the styling. Pinning fingers at the ready ladies!!
With images by Rachael Fraser Photography.
alex says: We got engaged whilst on holiday in New York around 18 months ago after four years together. We knew we both wanted to get married but had prioritised buying our home first. I, of course, dropped a lot of hints about the sort of ring I liked, including one we saw and tried on whilst on holiday about two years before the proposal; we both loved it. Turns out he had gone back to buy it and had hidden it all that time.
We got married on Saturday 21st July 2018. We were keen to have a summer wedding. The setting at our venue, Brinkburn in Northumberland, is so beautiful that we really wanted our guests and us to be able to spend as much time as possible outside. We had our ceremony in the White Room and wedding breakfast and reception in the tipis. We were incredibly lucky with the weather on the day, so we were able to have the bar and live music set up in the grounds. The wedding day was also a big birthday for my step-mother but she was very happy to share her day with us; it was all cause for extra celebration.
We would absolutely recommend Brinkburn o other brides and grooms. Both Alex and I are very decisive and, as soon as we walked into Brinkburn, we knew it was for us. It’s such a beautiful setting but also has such a calm feeling to it as soon as you arrive; we knew that’s the feeling we wanted on the day (before the party started). The White Room holds up to 80 people, so it meant we could keep it really intimate. We also loved that we could hire the whole venue for the full weekend. The day goes in such a flash, so we loved the fact we could extend it and make a weekend of it. From the setting and accommodation, to the food and drinks, every little detail is so well thought out. Brinkburn hosts significantly fewer weddings than most other venues in the region, which made it feel all that more special. It also helped that we hadn’t been a guest already at a wedding there ourselves.
In terms of a theme, we didn’t have a specific one – we just wanted it to feel like ‘us’. We were keen to create a romantic, relaxed atmosphere that allowed our guests and us to enjoy the day and the surroundings of the venue. We kept our colour scheme very simple with whites, a little grey/pewter and a lot of greenery. We wanted to keep everything classically beautiful rather than follow particular trends and let the venue do the talking.
My dress was by Parisian designer Rime Arodaky and I bought it from The Mews Bridal in Bristol. I went for four dress appointments in all (including a trip to Madrid) but I fell in love with Rime’s dresses and my dress just felt right. I wanted something different to what I had seen before whilst remaining timeless – I fell in love with the flash of the lace skirt underneath the silk gazar. It was also essential that I was comfortable in the dress so I could enjoy plenty of food and dancing.
July 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Groom Tom from today’s real wedding feature scored ultimate points for his proposal – going far beyond just getting down on bended knee, he decorated the house and filmed a proposal video to surprise Natalie when she returned home from work, before whisking her off to Belgium for a minibreak. No wonder she thought he was a keeper!
And Tom continued to earn those brownie points by getting fully involved in the wedding planning too, whipping up a clever easel, cake stand, and confetti stand for the big day; the perfect accessories for the beautifully illustrated table plan, naked cake and cute confetti cones, complete with the couple’s initials and wedding date.
A delicate colour scheme of dusky pinks carried through the flowers and décor creating a pretty and romantic setting for the celebrations. We particularly love the effect of the paper spheres and fairy lights hanging from the marquee ceiling, and the elegant table centres.
Stolen kisses under the blossom trees make for a romantic collection of photographs on what, we’re sure, was a wonderful day to remember.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Helen Russell Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged in our first home together. Tom surprised me on my arrival home from work with a decorated house and a proposal video. It was two days before my birthday and he whisked me off to Bruges for the weekend.
We got married on Saturday 21st April 2018. It was exactly six years that we had been together. Our venue was Middleton Lodge in Richmond, which ticked all of our boxes. We were overwhelmed on our first visit and fell in love with the house and surroundings. It’s a lovely Georgian house that we could have exclusive use of for the weekend and it gave a really relaxed feel to our wedding.
We would absolutely recommend Middleton Lodge as it was a fantastic venue for a weekend of wedding celebrations. From initially visiting on an open day, we were instantly wowed and knew that Middleton Lodge was where we wanted to get married. The wedding team was excellent and no job was too big or too small. On the wedding day, Anna the wedding coordinator put my mind at rest that everything was coming together and asked final questions just to make sure everything was how I would expect it.
We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding. I wanted to have dusky pink elements and Tom wanted to have an input into the overall look and feel of the wedding. He produced wooden boxes for country flowers, which were located at the front of our venue. He also made an easel, cake stand and our confetti stand.
Tom hired his and his groomsmen’s suits from Antich and Sons.
My bridesmaids wore dresses from Elenor Rose, Huddersfield.
July 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Hearts and flowers is the overarching theme for today’s beautiful barn wedding, and we couldn’t imagine a more romantic combination! After exchanging vows at the magnificent Ripon Cathedral, Emma and Martin celebrated with loved ones at the stunning Thief Hall – an exclusive countryside venue in North Yorkshire. In keeping with the rustic theme, the venue was chock full of bunting, garden jugs, jars, pretty fairy lighting, a wooden pallet and pegged pictures aplenty.
Mixing things up a little (would we expect anything else?!) the couple opted for an afternoon tea instead of a traditional wedding breakfast, and in the evening, served up artisan pizzas from a street-food-style van named Hettie, no less.
Keen to find out more? Us too. We think it’s time we pass the blog over to Emma to reveal all the fabulous details…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.
emma says: We got engaged on my birthday two years ago. I was feeling a bit down as it was my last Friday off before going back to teaching full-time again. We were just about to leave the house to go out for tea with our two children but when I walked into the living room I found Martin down on one knee with our children watching. It was perfect as they were involved too. I had the biggest grin on my face for days!
As I’m a teacher, we needed to choose a wedding date during the school holidays so that we could have time before to prepare and some time after the wedding to go away for a few days. We chose Saturday 7th April as it was the middle weekend of the Easter holidays and we love spring.
We got married in Ripon Cathedral which is the most stunning building. We were lucky enough to have our children christened there and wanted to get married there too. After the ceremony we had our reception at Thief Hall, near Northallerton, which is just gorgeous. We wanted a barn venue where we could have a more relaxed reception and plenty of outdoor space for the kids to run around. It ticked all the boxes for us!
Our theme was quite rustic with us having a barn venue. After lots of pins on Pinterest, our theme evolved into ‘hearts and flowers’ with lots of bunting and hessian decorations. I really wanted to decorate the hall ourselves, so it was definitely a labour of love.
In terms of a colour scheme – Martin really wanted a navy suit with tan brogues and after lots of searching on the internet we also decided to have navy for the bridesmaids too.
I chose a fit and flare Stella York gown with an illusion back from Abigail’s Bridal Boutique in Leeds. After a couple of unsuccessful appointments, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted and what suited me. Margaret at Abigail’s was absolutely brilliant, and I tried on lots of different styles. As soon as I tried my dress on, I could picture myself walking down the aisle and knew it was the one! I chose to wear a lace edged Cathedral length veil and shoes by Miss KG.
Martin chose a navy suit from Next with a silver tie and the rest of the groomsmen wore the same suit but with a navy tie. He wore tan brogues from River Island.
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