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Festival Wedding Exhibitions

its another double the inspiration #supersunday!

April 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North

Now we really are spoiling you.

It’ll be double the #APRILinspo again THIS Sunday 24th April 2016, 11am till 3pm at our beautiful venues, Allerton Castle, Knaresborough and The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland.

Finishing the month on a high, these are two of the loveliest events in our spring calendar: make sure to pop in and see us and soak up all the wedding pretty. We’ve got every detail covered from wedding dresses to cakes to your finishing touches, and a handpicked selection of both regions’ very best wedding suppliers at both. And if you’re still venue hunting then, well… look no further.

We’ll see you there!

Allerton Castle Luxury Wedding Exhibition April 2016

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Allerton Castle, Allerton Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG5 0SE

Sunday 24th April 2016

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

Set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade 1 listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.

We’ve put together a stellar 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.

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 me, you will not be disappointed!

Who wants to play at princesses?!

The Alnwick Garden Spring 2016

the alnwick garden

The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1NQ

Sunday 24th April 2016

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY for Bride or Groom +1 Guest 

Each wedding at The Alnwick Garden is an original.

Whether for an intimate and relaxed event or a more formal and lavish affair, The Alnwick Garden is a truly unique setting for the most wonderful wedding day: a light and contemporary space overlooking one of the world’s most exciting gardens.

We’ll be filling the gorgeous Pavilion with over 35 of the region’s most wonderful wedding exhibitors.  Even if you’ve already got your venue in the bag, the setting and the suppliers are so bloomin’ amazing that you’ll leave feeling super inspired to create your own dream day.

The Alnwick Garden team is dedicated to making your day perfect and unique, and they can’t wait to meet you on Sunday!

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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 little treats from Brides Up North.  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 FOR EITHER EVENT 

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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).

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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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heavenly heather. ronald joyce for a classic wedding at the vermont hotel – janine & david

April 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant City Wedding at The Vermont Hotel (c) Lucie Watson Photography (32)

This morning’s real wedding had us from the moment it landed in the Brides Up North inbox.

Talk about beautiful! The big day of Janine and David has it all and is brilliantly styled throughout – from the wedding party’s attire to ceremony and reception décor.

We particularly love Janine’s stunning lace-detailed gown and also her dreamy bouquet, which picks up on the elegant heather-coloured dresses worn by her leading ladies!

With images by Lucie Watson Photography.

An Elegant City Wedding at The Vermont Hotel (c) Lucie Watson Photography (3)

An Elegant City Wedding at The Vermont Hotel (c) Lucie Watson Photography (21)

janine says: David proposed on 27th July 2014 – after us being together for seven years I never thought it would happen. However David surprised me one evening at home by turning an ordinary night into something special by getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. Mainly because once he decided to do it he couldn’t wait any longer!

We got married on 27th March 2016. We had always liked the idea of a winter wedding but Easter fell early this year and my birthday was soon after so it seemed like a nice idea to have it around this time of year.

An Elegant City Wedding at The Vermont Hotel (c) Lucie Watson Photography (43)

Our chosen venue was The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle. We always wanted something in central Newcastle as we had a lot of family coming from Scotland so didn’t want them to travel to Newcastle then onto Northumberland.

Once we visited The Vermont we fell in love with the venue and, in particular, the amazing views! We thought it would be a lovely way to show our family the city.

An Elegant City Wedding at The Vermont Hotel (c) Lucie Watson Photography (52)

We didn’t have a definite theme, we just picked things that were elegant and classic. However as Dave is Scottish it was important for him to wear a kilt, as did all of the male bridal party. I also included a nod to Scotland into my flowers by having thistles.

For the colour scheme we mainly chose ivory, silver, sequin and glitter with the odd touch of heather, which the bridesmaids were wearing. I chose the bridesmaids’ dresses first as I really liked the colour. However it was a unique shade so I found it hard to match it perfectly, so decided to go quite neutral for the rest of the colours and the silver tones worked well with the décor of The Vermont.

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

April 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Allerton Castle Luxury Wedding Exhibition April 2016
We are nearing the end of an absolutely gorgeous month of #APRILinspo at our Brides Up North live events (*waves* to all our visitors, suppliers and new readers!) but if  you haven’t made it to one of our pretty events this season – or if you have and would like to do it all again (each of our events is completely bespoke and entirely different from the rest) then you need to put this date in your diaries.  Because this show is special…

We’ll be quick stepping it to Allerton Castle this Sunday 24th April 2016, 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)

allerton castle

Allerton Castle, Allerton Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG5 0SE

Sunday 24th April 2016

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North.  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

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 1 listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.

We’ve a handpicked 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 me, 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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timeless beauty. pronovias for classic wedding at eshott hall – steph & nick

April 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (22)

This morning’s real wedding features a serious dress crush for us! Steph’s lace Pronovias gown is what wedding dreams are made of as far as we’re concerned, with its gorgeous detailing and elegant high-neck.

There’s lots more stunning features to this classic wedding too including the venue, styling and groom’s attire, all picked to stand the test of time. Mission accomplished we say!

With images by Focal Point Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (13)

steph says: We got engaged at The Samling Hotel near Lake Windemere. We had stayed at a different location in the lakes for a couple of nights to celebrate Nick’s birthday. On the day I assumed we were leaving, we were about to pass The Samling and Nick turned in to its approach. The head concierge met us at the car and Nick explained we had a room booked, much to my surprise. We spent the afternoon exploring the grounds and had a picnic in the garden overlooking the lake. It was a lovely hot day. Later that evening, we had an amazing meal in the hotel restaurant. I didn’t know, but Nick could see the staff setting up the alcove where he had planned to propose. After the meal, I wanted a cup of tea but Nick suggested we go for a walk first. We got to the alcove and it was lit with candles and decorated with petals. Nick got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – and I said yes!

We were married on the 25th July 2015. We chose that date as we wanted a summer wedding and it coincided with the start of the summer holidays as Nick is a teacher.

An Elegant Wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (46)

Our ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church in Ponteland, which we chose as Nick’s family is from the area and we enjoy spending time there. We had our reception at Eshott Hall, just north of Morpeth. Eshott was the first venue we looked at and we immediately fell in love with it. It is a very intimate setting, surrounded by gorgeous grounds and we could instantly imagine our friends and family liking it too.

We had a classic theme as we felt it represented our tastes and fitted with Eshott Hall nicely. The colour scheme was champagne gold, to enhance the theme.

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

April 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (1)

If you follow us over on our social networks, you’ll have seen that we wrapped up an absolutely sensational day of wedding inspiration yesterday at both Hilltop Country House in Cheshire and Newby Hall in North Yorkshire.  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.  It really was the loveliest of days all round!

If you missed out on the pretty yesterday (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 Wedding Exhibition taking place this Sunday 10th April 2016, from 1pm till 4pm at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

Middleton Lodge Luxury Wedding Exhibition Spring 2016

We are proud to be working once again with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a big and beautiful wedding show with a large, 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.

Why not make a special day of it? The Coach House Restaurant is open for Sunday Lunch, advance bookings only. Please call 01325 377 977 to make your booking directly.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (2)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (3)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (4)

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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6NJ

Sunday 10th April 2016

1pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY for pre-registered brides & their guests

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 .  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 (5)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (6)

wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions 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.

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

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Telephone No

Your Website (begin web address with http://www.)

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

Select the event that you are interested in (required)

If you wish to attend more than one event, please list all here - discounts are available for block bookings

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

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (7)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (8)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (9)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (10)

All images from one of our previous beautiful events at Middleton Lodge, courtesy of Hayley Baxter Photography.

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