April 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime
The eternal winter back a the start of March scuppered some very pretty plans, but we’re nothing if not resilient! Let’s try this again shall we!?
On Sunday 29th April 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY we’ll be hosting The Luxe Launch UNVEILED Stylish Wedding Show in association with our glossy print product, UNVEILED, The Luxury Wedding Magazine for the North 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 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 almost 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.
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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.
April 10th, 2018 | Julia Braime
North East readers, we have one sensational date for your diaries, SUNDAY 22rd April 2018, from 11am till 2pm, we’ll be bringing the most lovely Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show your way. In the diary once a year only, this one is all sorts of lovely. Don’t miss it.
We’ll be filling the gorgeous Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden with 30 of the region’s most wonderful wedding exhibitors, plus, this time, popping up a tipi tent too, courtesy of our friends at Tipi Chic. Even if you’ve already got your venue in the bag, the setting and the suppliers are so bloomin’ amazing (literally) that you’ll leave feeling super inspired to create your own dream day.
Its free to enter the event – and the Garden for the day, BONUS! – for registered brides (or grooms, we’re not fussy!) plus one guest. So grab that wedding planning folder, and we’ll see you there!
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.
Ceremonies take place in a light and contemporary space overlooking one of the world’s most exciting gardens. With its glass walls and high ceiling, you can enjoy the panoramic views and beautiful colours of The Garden in bloom.
The Pavilion Room can hold civil marriages and civil partnerships for up to 150 guests, with celebratory drinks served on terraces with captivating views. Up to 500 guests can join the party, with dinner overlooking the Grand Cascade followed by dancing under the stars and above thousands of twinkling lights on The Pavilion’s terrace.
The Alnwick Garden team is dedicated to making your day perfect and unique, and they can’t wait to meet you on Sunday!
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.
fancy exhibiting with us?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. 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 for 2018 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
April 3rd, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
Chocolate hangover and intense back to work dread anyone? We hear you.
We know what you need: chilled festival vibes, rustic homespun details and bride on a zipwire! We’re picking up the blog after the Bank Holiday with a real wedding which ticks all the inspiration boxes.
Adele and Michele were married last summer at Northside Farm, Northumberland, home to a beautiful converted barn and some stunning rural views. The couple paid homage to Michele’s Italian heritage with live ‘pop-up’ accordion music sessions and a sumptuous menu featuring Parma ham, mozzarella and Prosecco (obvs). Food wasn’t the only priority, though – fun was also top of the agenda with an appearance from a magician, a table plan featuring cringeworthy snaps of guests and a photobooth guestbook.
Our favourite features, however, have to be Adele’s floaty boho-meets-Grecian-style lace dress, literally last-minute bouquet and showstopper of a flower crown, which result in a laidback earthy look with bags of originality. We likey – and we suspect you might, too!
With images by DPR Photography.
adele says: We got engaged on 13th May 2015, which was also our little boy’s first birthday. I was changing Enzo and discovered he was wearing a babygro saying “Daddy has something to ask you downstairs”. Even then I didn’t guess what was about to happen! When we came down, Michele was on one knee holding my ring with candles and rose petals on the floor. I had to walk back out the door and back in again, so he could actually ask the question because he was crying so much!
Our wedding date was Saturday 15th July 2017. We knew we wanted to get married on a Saturday in the summer, so we went ahead and booked the wedding – and found out afterwards that I was pregnant and my due date was 15th July 2016! Our little girl Alba arrived five days early but in the run-up we thought we might end up preparing for a wedding and a first birthday!
We got married at Northside Farm, Northumberland. We visited the barn when it was only a lot of bricks and a shell. We sat down with Ralph and Olivia and looked over their vision and instantly fell in love with the place. I always wanted a barn wedding and this place was a hidden gem. Ralph and Olivia tested it out themselves by getting married there first.
We had exclusive use of the venue and the wigwams for the whole weekend. Michele and his groomsmen stayed in the wigwams on the Friday and had a takeaway and drinks. We then had a barbecue on the Sunday after the wedding, which was so chilled. We absolutely loved the fact that we turned our celebrations into a weekend party rather than just one day.
Michele’s family are Italian so we wanted to add our own little Italian touches; not in-your-face-Italian but more of a subtle nod to his ancestry. We also wanted everyone to feel relaxed and enjoy themselves. Our guests were able to camp on site so we ended up with tents, campervans and teepees everywhere – exactly the vibe we wanted!
We didn’t have a colour scheme but we kept everything very rustic, using wildflowers and a lot of personal handmade touches throughout the venue. The venue décor was already very much to my taste so not a lot needed doing.
Dress-wise, I tried on a few different styles, but I just couldn’t find ‘the one’. However, I eventually came across Bex and her amazing shop Bexbrides, and I’m so glad I did. I knew I’d find my dress as soon as I walked in! I ended up going with Bex’s own design, which was an amazing white lace dress and we worked together on adding my own touches including a very long train. I was over the moon with the finished dress knowing it was completely bespoke and unique to me.
On the wedding day, a local makeup artist called Carla Donnan MUA did mine and my bridesmaids’ makeup; she arrived bright and early and fitted in effortlessly.
Tiffany V Hair did the bridesmaids’ hair and my older sister/bridesmaid created my wavy do. I didn’t want anything out of the ordinary and wanted my headpiece to take the attention instead.
March 19th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
It might be Monday (and still bloomin’ freezing!) but how could we be feeling blue with a gorgeous real wedding such as this to kick off the week? Bride and groom, Melanie and Rory, were one of the first couples to book their wedding at Le Petit Chateau – a truly gorgeous French-inspired country manor hotel in the heart of beautiful Northumberland; instantly falling in love with its summer holiday feels.
After getting engaged in the Big Apple, it seemed only fitting that there would be a subtle nod to this special location; and this came in the form of their table names. Keeping things simple though, no other theme was needed. But this doesn’t mean the wedding was lacking in personality or special touches – far from it!
As well as writing their own vows, Rory’s mum aka ‘Crafty Crofty’ stepped in to create some truly wonderful favours, table centrepieces, invitations and decorations for the couple, re-imagining their ideas and bringing them to life. She even baked their elegant white cake. (We’re wondering if we can steal her away for our special occasions too?) We’ll let Melanie tell us more about this quirky DIY approach though – prepare to soak up those Mediterranean vibes!
With images by Kristos Kabiotis Photography.
melanie says: We got engaged on 12th February 2015, in New York. We were in an extremely cold Central Park and Rory was attempting to get me to walk out onto one of the lakes, which had frozen over – I flat out refused as I was scared we’d both end up cracking it and falling through into the freezing water! Instead, we went to see the Alice in Wonderland statue and it was just along from here – on a bank called Cedar Hill – that he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
I was completely taken by surprise and just to make the moment even more magical, it started to snow! He had managed to find possibly one of the few secluded spots in one of the busiest cities in the world where it felt like it was just the two of us. He later told me he wanted to propose on the frozen lake but I’d scuppered that plan!
We always wanted a summer wedding as we love going on holiday and our venue – Le Petit Chateau – definitely provided that Mediterranean vibe. We were one of the first couples to book the venue on its first open day, so were lucky enough to have our pick of the dates available. We ended up choosing a date almost a year from the day we booked!
I’d been interested in the venue since The Apartment Group announced the plans to build a new venue in Otterburn, and we fell in love with Le Petit Chateau the moment we saw its Belle Époque on the open day. We loved the idea of being in one venue for the entire day, so we wouldn’t have to travel between the ceremony and reception.
We had no specific theme for the day, but I loved the idea of naming the tables after places we’d visited on our trip to New York, where we got engaged. We used Central Park as the top table.
I knew I wanted to have a neutral/pastel colour scheme, which would contrast with the venue and its colourful gardens during the summer.
I searched for hours online looking at different wedding dress designers and visited around seven bridal shops trying on almost every style of dress, but nothing was exactly what I wanted. I eventually went to Wed2B at Gateshead, after it was recommended by a colleague and tried on even more dresses…until I found the one! It had everything I had envisioned, and I knew straight away that this was what I wanted to walk down the aisle in.
Rory didn’t want to go for something conventional and had his heart set on a dark tweed suit. We heard about Master Debonair in Boldon from a friend, so Rory and his dad (who was also his best man) went to try on some suits, along with my dad. The guys in the shop were great and allowed Rory, and both dads to try on several suits whilst enjoying a couple of beers (I arrived after work and was delighted to find a glass of prosecco on arrival). Rory eventually decided on a dark blue slim cut suit – he looked very dapper! Rory also selected a skeleton pocket watch and a champagne coloured tie and pocket square.
March 14th, 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 THIS WEEKEND! And it’s only the biggest event in our whole North East spring 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 18th March 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 this season, 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.
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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.
March 7th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
With the snowy weather finally clearing we can set our sights on the warmer seasons to come, and an abundance of gorgeous spring & summer weddings.
The utterly gorgeous August wedding that we’re sharing on the blog today is certainly whetting or appetite, with blue skies, a stunning strappy gown and delicate detailing.
Real bride Chloe, is a loyal Brides Up North reader *waves* and we’re thrilled that our daily inspiration helped to shape her and Simon’s big day. Keen on all things “glamorous and girly”, Chloe picked a soft, pretty colour scheme of gold and blush pink for their romantic celebrations at the very grand Beamish Hall.
With beautiful, high-impact flower centrepieces to echo the tall ceilings of the hall, festoon lighting swagging from the ceiling, fairy lights climbing the pillars between the tables and a curtain of twinkling lights behind the top table – not to mention an elegant string quartet – Chloe and Simon went all out with sophisticated glamour and achieved the look to a tee.
With images by Beneath The Pines.
chloe says: Simon and I got engaged on 4th October 2015, in Central Park, New York. He took me by complete surprise a couple of days into our trip when he popped the question by the boating lake.
We got married on Saturday 26th August 2017. We chose this date as we wanted a summer wedding. I had envisioned everyone enjoying the beautiful grounds of Beamish Hall in the sunshine and that is what we got. We married at Beamish Hall, County Durham, with the ceremony held in the Shafto Hall, and the reception in the Winter Gardens. I immediately fell in love with the Winter Gardens the first time we went to have a look around the venue – it was just everything we wanted and more. I would recommend Beamish Hall to anyone who is looking for a luxurious wedding. The staff are amazing, the service was second to none all day and everything went perfectly.
For our theme, we chose to go for a modern, romantic-styled wedding. I love anything glamorous and girly. I chose blush pink and gold for our colour scheme, as it went with our theme and I think the colours look so beautiful together. While I was planning our wedding I read (and still do!) the Brides Up North real weddings, as I love reading about how other people style their weddings and what elements they have added in their day to make it unique.
When it came to my dress, I first saw it on an Instagram image of a wedding dress store and I told my mum that was the dress I wanted. Designed by Anna Sorrano, it was only the second dress I tried on and, as soon as I looked in the mirror, I knew it was the dress I wanted to walk down the aisle in – fishtail in style with a low back and lace strap detailing. I bought it from Wed2b in Gateshead. My shoes were Ted Baker.
Simon wanted to wear a navy suit and wanted all of his groomsmen to wear the same, as well as my father and his. We bought each suit from Next. Simon wore a gold tie and the rest wore blush pink.
I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in their dresses and also for each one to feel as though they suited it. That’s why we went for multi-way dresses, so they could wear it in whichever style they wanted to and they still all matched. We bought the bridesmaid dresses in Debenhams. Two of them wore a champagne gold dress and one a blush pink dress. Our flower girl wore a dress by John Rocha, which was blush pink on the bottom and gold on the top.
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