February 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Ah Friday, how we love you! To kick-start the weekend (and give you a lovely distraction from your ‘to-do’ list) we’re sharing the stunning wedding of Sarah and Bryan on the blog today.
Having found the perfect venue in Northumberland’s Ellingham Hall, Sarah had her heart set on a relaxed wedding day that was both simple and elegant.
Looking at the images below, we’d say she most certainly achieved it. From Sarah’s gorgeous Stephanie Allin structured gown, to the regal wedding transport and pale blooms, everything about this beautiful big day says ‘class’.
So while you await wine-o’clock, pour a cuppa and enjoy the pretty…
With images by Barry Forshaw Photography.
sarah says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014 on Gwithian beach in Cornwall. We had both done the Great North Run the day before and then driven down to Cornwall to our family’s holiday chalet on the beach. It’s a very special place for us with lots of happy memories of family holidays. One of our traditions when we are there is to go down into the sand dunes and watch the sun set. On this occasion we were both pretty sore from the run and feeling a bit tired and grumpy but still went to watch the sunset. When we got to our usual spot, Bry called out my name and as I turned round he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. When we returned to the chalet we opened a bottle of fizz and rang our friends and family to tell them the happy news.
We got married on 24th September 2015, the day after my birthday. We didn’t intentionally pick the date for that reason, but it worked out lovely as it meant I got to see all my friends and family the night before the wedding for my birthday.
Our venue was Ellingham Hall in Northumberland. We knew we wanted a really relaxed wedding but not in a hotel – as soon as we arrived at Ellingham we just knew it was the venue for us. The house is stunning and set in beautiful grounds, with the reception room being just perfect for a relaxed family wedding. Our ceremony was at St Maurice’s Church, in Ellingham village, which meant guests were able to walk through the grounds of the hall and down the lane to the church. Luckily we had the most perfect weather and it all worked out exactly as we planned!
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January 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
And breathe, for Friday has arrived once again! To celebrate the impending weekend we’re starting the day in style with the gorgeous real wedding of Jayne and Keith.
Picking Newcastle’s iconic Baltic Flour Mill building as the venue for their big day celebrations, the happy couple kept things modern & minimalistic in terms of their colour scheme and styling, which worked a treat with the artistic surroundings.
We just love a city centre wedding and we have to say, this one is a real beauty!
With images by Andy Hudson Photography.
jayne says: We got engaged on 31st August 2014, while in Pefkos, Rhodes. Pefkos was the place that Keith and I had our very first holiday just the two of us. After a few years of visiting other places Keith was adamant that he wanted to go back, so we did. On our first night of the holiday Keith took me to our favourite restaurant, a celebration he said that we hadn’t been on holiday for a year or two and to start the holiday the way we meant to go on.
We sat down at what was possibly the nicest table in the restaurant, overlooking the beach with the sun setting, still I didn’t suspect a thing. After ordering drinks and our meal, out of nowhere Keith was down on one knee with the most gorgeous ring I could have ever imagined. Not being a particularly quiet and shy person, I think this was the one and only time I have ever been totally speechless. But then burst in to tears. It was all I had ever hoped when thinking of someone asking me to marry them, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. The rest of the night and holiday we celebrated!
Our wedding was on 17th October 2015. We knew that we didn’t want to drag the engagement out as we had already been together seven years and when we found the venue, it all fell into place. Weather was naturally a concern for October but we were really lucky and it was sunny for the majority of the day.
We had our ceremony at St Andrews Church, Lamesley, followed by a reception at Six Restaurant at The Baltic in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
We had a few venues in mind for our wedding but on visiting they weren’t quite right for a number of reasons. The Baltic was suggested to us by a work colleague of mine, which at first we weren’t so keen on. One Saturday we went to visit and instantly fell in love with the place, both leaving with ear-to-ear grins. It really reflected us as a couple, it was in the city that we love and had views to die for.
January 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime
We are fortunate to hold our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at some of the finest venues in the north, from historic castles and fascinating manor houses to gorgeous boutique hotels, which means we’re pretty clued up when it comes to finding the perfect place to say those all-important ‘I dos’.
One such venue that features highly on our list is the stunning Middleton Lodge tucked away in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. With a magnificent manor house, stylish accommodation, heavenly Treatment Rooms and to-die-for-food, this is one of those venues that has something to offer to all. Shh! We’ve also heard that there may be a few very limited, select dates still available at the venue in 2016 – info that you might be wanting to keep to yourselves!
On Sunday 10th April 2016, we will be staging one of our fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this super chic venue giving brides and grooms the opportunity to see its amazing big day offering for themselves, but in the meantime we’ve asked Anna Russell, Middleton Lodge’s wedding and events manager, to give us a taste of what couples can expect…
Where is Middleton Lodge located?
anna says: Middleton Lodge is situated in a stunning location just on the outskirts of Richmond in North Yorkshire. It’s a gorgeous Georgian country estate, nestled within 200 acres of grounds, with views across the Yorkshire Dales and Cleveland Hills.
Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?
Middleton Lodge was built for Leonard Hartley, a local mining family, in 1780 and designed by renowned architect John Carr of York.
The main house remains a family home and is available for exclusive private hire, whilst the Coach House is an award-winning restaurant with rooms.
The house has a stunning main atrium and reception rooms with vistas across parkland towards the North Yorkshire Moors. There are 17 guest bedrooms along with a snooker room, library bar, drawing room, dining room, guest kitchen and cellar bar.
The Allison family bought the estate in 1980 and over the last 30 years have sensitively restored the estate to its former glory. Couples now have the choice of the beautiful 17th century reception rooms in the main house, with space for up to 80 guests, or for those looking for something bigger we have our marquee. This canvas can hold up to 200 guests, providing a large space to decorate with your own spectacular touches, creating an event that is truly personal and unique to your wedding.
Launched in 2014, The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is located in the 200 acres grounds of Middleton Lodge. The boutique hotel and restaurant is a fresh take on a country retreat, offering an authentic and contemporary setting for guests to relax and enjoy.
Full of original character, The Coach House has been sensitively restored to create an original space, with 14 bedrooms altogether, five of which are part of the Scandinavian inspired Farmhouse, all located only a few footsteps from the bar and restaurant.
Each bedroom has been personalised and designed to reflect the style and spirit of the restaurant and hotel. Carefully selected quirky antiques and unique pieces from local craftsman create a unique ambience for each room.
Does Middleton Lodge cater for weddings?
Yes. Couples have the chance to host family and friends in their own private mansion for their exclusive wedding, with personal staff, private chefs, 17 bedrooms and the freedom to have the day exactly the way they want it.
Guests can hide away late into the evening in the atmospheric Cellar Bar at Middleton Lodge. With exposed bricks and vaulted ceilings, you can dance the night away, enjoy the late license bar or relax and toast the morning sunrise across the stunning hills that surround the country estate.
Is Middleton Lodge licensed for civil ceremonies?
Yes, we are fully licensed in three different areas of the Lodge. The Inner Hall, which seats up to 75 and up to 130 additional guests standing on the balcony. The Drawing Room, which seats up to 75, and the Outside Pavilion (weather dependent) which is available for 100 seated on gravel area, more if lawn is dry.
The Treatment Rooms are a recent addition to Middleton Lodge, can you tell us about the facilities?
The Treatment Rooms offer a variety of facials and massages, using the most organic and natural products from exclusive brands REN and VOYA. Derived from plants and minerals, REN’s core principle focus on purity, pleasure and high performance. VOYA is a completely organic seaweed based product range that’s hand harvested in Ireland by the same family-run business.
Located just footsteps from the main house, the therapists at The Treatment Room offer everything from wedding make up to blissful massages and luxurious manicures, all perfect for the bridal party and guests to indulge and relax ahead of the big day.
January 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This evening on the wedding blog, we are thrilled to introduce you to one of our very favourite North East venues – recently shortlisted as ‘Best City Venue’ at the inaugural UK Wedding Awards – the biscuit factory, the UK’s largest arts, craft and design gallery and, quite possibly, the location for your own perfect wedding day. Located in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, in the Ouseburn Valley, we quiz this stunning space about what makes their offering unique and special.
Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?
the biscuit factory say: Housed within a former Victorian warehouse, The Biscuit Factory was established in 2002 and is the UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery. The venue boasts a beautiful and inspiring setting for a wedding, characterised by features such as exposed wooden beams and original brickwork. It’s unlike any other city centre wedding venue in Newcastle.
What facilities does it have?
The Biscuit Factory is set over two floors, displaying an exciting collection of contemporary fine art. It also has an in-house café, The Factory Kitchen, and an adjoining à la carte restaurant, artisan, headed up by North East Chef of the Year winner Andrew Wilkinson.
Does The Biscuit Factory cater for weddings?
Our purpose-built Biscuit Room is one of the largest venues in the city, accommodating up to 150 guests for a civil ceremony (our venue is fully licensed) and 280 guests for a meal and party. This versatile space can be tailored to your desires, and has played host to a variety of vintage, decadent and stylish themes since it opened 16 months ago.
Couples can also say their vows in the gallery (which accommodates up to 100 guests) surrounded by beautiful, contemporary artwork.
Alternatively – for smaller ceremonies – The Glass House is a more intimate space with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city.
What makes The Biscuit Factory a special wedding venue?
The Biscuit Factory is the venue of choice for discerning couples who are seeking an alternative experience for their big day. With an urban setting in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter and an emphasis on individuality and quality, The Biscuit Factory provides a contemporary and stylish backdrop for a wedding, with exquisite food and drinks to match.
January 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime
We shared Amanei and Erik’s love story on the blog last summer, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to return to our pages to show off their stunning autumnal wedding at one of our very favourite North East Wedding venues, The Alnwick Garden.
The couple’s dutch inspired Delft blue colour scheme is striking and beautiful in the golden setting of the gorgeous winter gardens.
Images by Julie Barron Photography.
amanei says: Erik proposed just before midnight on October 25th 2014, at Oblix Restaurant at the Shard, during an amazing weekend away in London. As a surprise he’d also arranged for some of my family to be there the following day for a meal together to celebrate before travelling home. It was a surprise, however as he’d had the ring since August, I knew it was on the cards!
We chose 22nd November 2015 for our wedding date as we really wanted a winter wedding, but didn’t want it to be too close to Christmas (no Santa at our reception please!).
Our ceremony was held at our local and gorgeous parish Church in Gosforth, The Sacred Heart, and after a lot of searching we found the perfect winter reception venue, The Alnwick Garden. The outside festive garden lighting and the magical treehouse were exactly what we were looking for, and more.
The theme was Winter Woodland simply due to the time of the year and as it matched the venue so well. The colour scheme we chose was Delft, as my husband is Dutch we thought it was a lovely touch to have this as our colour scheme.
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January 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon on the blog we’re bringing you another glorious helping of real wedding inspiration in the form of Natalie and Richard’s beautiful big day at Middleton Hall.
To match the fine setting, bride Natalie came up with a simple and elegant theme comprising of romantic candlelight and white and green blooms.
The style stakes were kept high in terms of attire too, with Natalie looking picture perfect in a lace Pronovias gown and Richard a dapper groom in a textured navy suit and dicky bow!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jamie Penfold Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged at the top of a rock in Monserrat, Barcelona, on 29th September 2013. It was a really beautiful day!
Our wedding took place on 3rd October 2015, at Middleton Hall in Belford, Northumberland. We loved how elegant Middleton Hall was and that we could have the venue for the weekend with our friends and family being able to stay for the duration. It was perfect.
We didn’t have a theme as such, but we just knew that we wanted an elegant and chic wedding with plenty of candles and all white flowers with some green foliage. As such, we went for a simple white colour scheme with mint and pale green touches.
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