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it’s gin o’clock somewhere! time for wedstival’18 people!

May 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy eight years, but who’s counting…) as we prepare to bring you the final date in our epic, epic, EPIC(and that’s a lot of epics we know) festival wedding fairs wedfest’18 tour finishing in the North West with the glorious WEDSTIVAL’18 at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire this coming Sunday 20th May 2018, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY*

*yes, you’re not seeing things, these EPIC events are FREE for you and your entire bridal party to attend (just make sure someone else is the designated driver for this one!)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (106)

To us, the WEDFEST’18 TOUR is like all our Christmases coming at once… but kicking off the start of summer, with Pimms, and tents, and gorgeous gowns… and ALL the wedding inspiration!

If you’re a North West bride to be, Capesthorne Hall is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY 20th May, as we transform the popular stately home into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi tops, stretch tents, PIMMS Bar, street food vendors, live music, cars and campers, 70+ luxury wedding suppliers and so much more. It’s one for every bride, whether your style is breezy boho or super chic.  We’ve just made the planning process so much more fun – a real day out, rather than just ticking a box on your planning checklist. And grooms always seem to enjoy this one too…

These events are big, beautiful and brilliantly useful too… don’t miss it! It’s your last chance this year!

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (20)

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’18 for you and your party.

As well as fast track, free entry, we’re giving away free Bride To Be goody packs, sponsored by UNVEILED magazine, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to all you need to do is select the show that you want to attend via the link below and register.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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fancy exhibiting with us?

We create events that are fun, friendly and affordable events for wedding suppliers too! 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.

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. 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.

exhibitor enquiry

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

Please list the events that you are interested in - or tell us which region you work in North East/ North West/ Yorkshire for a general enquiry - discounts are available for block bookings

Alternatively, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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The forecast looks great right now, but, if the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (hey, it’s the North West!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party. And what a party it’s going to be!

As well as our street food vendors, live music and entertainment, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show that you’ll leave with every last detail covered. Any supplier worth their sequins will be at one of our WEDSTIVAL’18, many offering on the day discounts too, and the Hall itself will also be open for viewings!

Order a cocktail, stay for lunch, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (27)

Grab your groom, your girl squad (and even your gran!) and get yourself to the bridal event that everyone’s been talking about. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… and we’ll see you on the field for the WEDSTIVAL’18!

Images by Jonny Draper Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!

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medieval magic. a romantic winter wedding at the priests house – victoria & matthew

May 11th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Barden Tower (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (35)

The atmospheric venue where today’s real wedding between Victoria and Matthew takes place, is set against the resplendent backdrop of 13th century Barden Tower, nestled in the glorious Yorkshire Dales landscape. With open log fires, candlelight and dark oak beamed ceilings, it was the perfect place for Victoria and Matthew to exchange their vows on a cool January day.

Wearing a gorgeous Justin Alexander dress with illusion sleeves and a full skirt, Victoria married Matthew on her late father’s birthday, to create new and wonderful memories of that date. With their young son William in attendance, dressed in an adorable combination of waistcoat, smart trousers and white converse trainers, this family affair was brimming with love and happiness!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Barden Tower (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (15)

victoria says: We got engaged at Bamburgh Castle. We were away on a family holiday for my mum’s birthday and visiting the castle. Matthew proposed in front of all my family (and everyone visiting Bamburgh Castle at that time!) so I quickly said yes to stop everyone looking!

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Barden Tower (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (31)

We got married on 5th January 2018. We chose this date as it is my late father’s birthday. We had both always wanted a winter wedding and decided it would be good to make a nice memory on my dad’s birthday. We also managed to spread out Christmas a little longer than usual!

We got married at The Priests House right next to Bolton Abbey. We fell in love with this venue the moment we saw it and knew we had to get married there. The venue has the most beautiful surroundings whatever the weather, which was important to us considering the high chances of getting married on a wet and windy day.

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Barden Tower (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (38)

We loved our venue. They took the stress out of a lot of the day and definitely knew what they were doing. They weren’t afraid to let us know if they thought one of our ideas wouldn’t work and also suggested things they thought we would like. They didn’t complain when I started emailing them a lot in the run-up to the wedding and nothing seemed too much bother. All our wedding guests complimented us on our venue and how stunning it was. We couldn’t have chosen anywhere much prettier.

We had a rustic wedding theme to match the wedding venue. For our colour scheme, we chose red and white and complemented this with lots of rustic/wooden decorations. We worked backwards with the colour scheme for the wedding as the bridesmaid’s dress had been chosen before a colour scheme, so we matched our colour scheme to the dress.

A Romantic Winter Wedding at Barden Tower (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (43)

I chose an A-line wedding dress by Justin Alexander from the Sweetheart Collection. I got it from The Bridal Affair in Boroughbridge, after a friend had recommended them. It wasn’t the dress I originally thought I would get but as soon as I tried it on I didn’t want to take it off.

My bridesmaid wore the same dress I had worn as a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding. My niece, who was my only bridesmaid, had asked if she could wear it as she really liked it.

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life thru a lens: kristian leven photography

May 8th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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If there’s one element of our job that we adore, it’s getting lost in the beauty of couples’ wedding images with some photographers able to make us feel that we were actually present at the celebrations for ourselves as we share in the emotions. One such professional who embodies this skill is our wonderful Sponsor, Kristian Leven.

With a true passion for documenting weddings, Kristian likes to blend into the background and capture the magic as it happens, framing not only the connection between the newlyweds but also the emotions and reactions of their guests resulting in a set of truly special images.

He promises that his photos have the power to transport his couples back to that treasured moment in time and looking at his work here, it’s clear to see that he is a man of his word.

So, let’s find out what makes this fine photographer tick while viewing some more of his fabulous imagery…

With images by Kristian Leven.

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When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?

kristian says: Eight years ago now! For me it was an opportunity to do something I love, but also in a style I enjoyed. I was very fortunate to start at a time when documentary wedding photography was really taking off.

How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?

I’m all about creating very natural and emotive imagery. I just let everyone enjoy their day, but behind my calm exterior I’m constantly looking and observing for moments, and quirks, and things that a lot of people would not ordinarily notice.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

Probably the email I receive after the couple have seen their wedding gallery for the first time. I put so much work and effort into this, so it’s incredibly special to then to hear how much the pictures mean to them.

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?

Sounds a little obvious, but the photography! There are so many different styles of wedding photography now – some photographer’s concentrate on the details, or the bride and groom portraits – so they need to ask themselves, what do I really want? If it’s to spend as much time with their family and friends and to have the relationship between them captured, then I’m your guy!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

Being able to see things differently to other photographers and capturing those moments in a unique way.

What is the feedback like from your couples?

I received this recently, and it blows me away every time I read it:

“I spent the day yesterday waiting eagerly for these and when they arrived I had to pause Eastenders and settle down with Corey and a glass of wine to look at them and we were still viewing them come midnight. We both felt so emotional; you managed to transport us straight back to the day with the power of your imagery. We never imagined our photos would be anything like that. They make us laugh, cry and smile, and we love EVERY single one of them. We cannot thank you enough, we wanted timeless photos to last us a lifetime and that is exactly what you provided. You listened to us and made us feel so relaxed on the day, we both agreed that we didnt even know youd taken the majority of these pictures and we love how natural they all are, and the emotion and personality each photograph conveys. We would recommend you a hundred times over and if we are ever in need of photography again, we know who to call.”

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Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

To be honest I love the reception, as that’s the part I can get stuck into, and capture the really original stuff. Plus, people are relaxed then, and can let their guard down, which results in some great moments.

What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that youve not yet had the opportunity to do?

Originally all my weddings were in London or the South East, but since my referral network has grown, I travel all over the UK, and internationally now. I had two places I really wanted to shoot, the Big Sur and the Amalfi Coast, and in 2016 my dream came true.

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diamonds & pearls. a luxe winter wedding at mottram hall – jane & sam

April 30th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

A Winter Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (70)

Jane and Sam’s sumptuous winter wedding has us all aquiver here at Brides Up North HQ. With more than a touch of decadent luxury – in Jane’s words, they had “candles, roses, crystals, pearls and diamonds… and flowers everywhere!” – these photographs are truly a feast for the eyes.

And a very special mention goes to Sam, who raised the bar for all husbands-to-be by organising a surprise champagne breakfast for Jane and her best girls. Not only that, but he also arranged for personalised present boxes containing pjs, slippers, dressing gowns and perfume to be delivered to their room. Talk about #mangoals!

This one is all about the dazzle, we think you’ll agree.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lee Brown Photography.

A Winter Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (55)

jane says: We got engaged in London on the 30th October 2016. The trip was a total surprise: I woke up to a packed suitcase and was presented with some train tickets and an outfit to wear for the day. After a first class train ride, we went to Buckingham Palace and walked through the gardens. Sam led me under a huge, ancient oak tree, then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was a total shock – but I immediately said yes! We then went back to our hotel, the Mondrian on Southbank, where there was a bottle of champagne waiting and the bed had been decorated with a large heart-shaped collage of photos from our five years together. To top the day off, Sam revealed he’d named a star after us and had booked a table at The Savoy that evening where we enjoyed an amazing meal and cocktails. We had a magical few days and I felt like the luckiest woman in the world!

A Winter Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (39)

Our wedding date was 9th December 2017 – we wanted something different to all the traditional summer weddings.

For our venue, we chose the magnificent Mottram Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Sam had previously booked a surprise weekend stay there after we’d seen it on an episode of The Real Housewives of Cheshire. We got a really good vibe from the venue and staff and were totally blown away by their Christmas trees! Funnily enough, the trees were decorated by a company called Lasting Memories who ended up dressing Mottram Hall for our the day. The whole place was utterly amazing and we thought even at that early stage that it would be the perfect place for us to get married.

A Winter Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (78)

Our wedding theme was timeless, romantic chic. We went with soft colours along with lots of candles, roses, crystals, pearls and diamonds. We had fabulous rose arches and drapes from the ceiling to keep things elegant and neutral. Alison at Lasting Memories did an incredible job, creating an absolute masterpiece of a setting for us with flowers everywhere!

A Winter Wedding at Mottram Hall (c) Lee Brown Photography (91)

I wore a beautiful beaded Jasmine Couture gown with ruffled skirt from Elegance Bridal. I added a fur capelet to keep me warm in the snow and a birdcage veil from Richard Designs. I attached a back necklace to my dress, also from Elegance Bridal, to add a little extra sparkle and another dimension to my dress; everyone commented on how beautiful it was! I also wore crystal drop earrings with a matching choker and bracelet made by Rosie Wilson. I’d kept my dress a secret from everyone and did a grand reveal to my friends and family on the wedding morning; it was such a special moment.

My hair and makeup was my favourite accessory, though; I couldn’t have asked for a more professional, flawless finish. My makeup artist was Amy Yeomans and my hair stylist was Zoe from Trim Hairdressing.

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authentic emotion: amanda balmain photography

April 26th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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If you have your heart set on a wedding photographer that will capture your day in a relaxed and natural manner, documenting all the emotions as they unfold then we know just the lady for you – our fabulous North-West based Sponsor, Amanda Balmain, who we are catching up with on the blog today.

As a regional finalist in last year’s Wedding Industry Awards, Amanda’s couples are keen to praise her for the utterly gorgeous and highly emotive images that she delivers from the big day. Blending into the background and putting her brides and grooms above all else, it is Amanda’s main priority to make sure that her couples have “the best day ever”.

A self-confessed hopeless romantic, Amanda’s images are filled with love, energy and joy that brings the special day back to life in an instant.

So, if you too are all heart-shaped eyes over her images be sure to read on for all the details on how this lovely lady works and also take note, as Amanda is kindly offering a free engagement shoot to Brides Up North readers who book her for their wedding. How amazing!

With images by Amanda Balmain Photography.

Amanda Balmain (14)

When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?

amanda says: Back in 2012 I was photographing children and babies. My only experience of wedding photography was a bride in 2000 when my wedding was shot on film in a classic style. A friend dragged me along on a wedding photography course that I thought would just be good photography experience and a bit of fun. It was so much more than that! Wedding photography has changed so much since switching to digital and the more I learnt, the more I fell in love. Digital technology has allowed wedding photographers to become so much more creative and diverse in their styles.

How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?

My style is somewhere in between documentary and modern creative. Some would call it lifestyle. I shoot mostly candidly with minimal direction focusing on authentic emotion and connection. I love all the details that make up the story of a wedding day but its the people and their emotions that matter the most.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

Simply getting to go to so many weddings and hearing people’s stories. I nearly always cry at the speeches. I’m a bit of hopeless romantic at heart, don’t tell anyone!

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?

What do they want to see when they look back at their photographs in ten years’ time? What pictures will be most important to them? What style of pictures do they really like? What do they like about them? Check that the photographer they are looking at has those sorts of images throughout their portfolio not just once. Also think about the experience of the wedding day. Do they want a photographer who is quiet in the background or the life and soul of the party?

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I put the wedding day experience for my couples above all else. I work with them to make a plan and we discuss how much time to a-lot for photography depending on their requirements. But on the day, I always go with the flow and work around how they are feeling at the time. I do whatever I can to make sure my couples have the best day ever.

What is the feedback like from your couples?

My couples are often surprised at the shots I get without making any fuss. They love the natural looking images and moments that they may have missed on the day. They like the fact that I fit into their day, that I will chat with their guests and that I’m generally very calm and relaxed.

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Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

One of my favourite moments is straight after the ceremony when the bride and groom get those first moments alone. They look at each other and the reactions are amazing. They’ve done it, they are married and the happiness on their faces says it all.

What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?

All of UK and I’d love to do some destinations. Iceland is on my wish list and I’d love to shoot more in Scotland. But I also love my home county of Cheshire. There are some amazing venues here and it’s always great to be near home.

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razzle dazzle ’em. pronovias for a vintage wedding at the grand hotel, york – charlotte & matthew

April 20th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

A Glam Wedding in York (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (42)

With the warm weather set to last into the weekend (yessssssssssss!), we’re dusting down the barbecue and putting the prosecco on chill, but before we head off to find a sunny beer garden for the obligatory Friday after-work drinks, we’re leaving you with this diamond of a real wedding!

Transporting us to the 50s – a magical era of Hollywood glamour and jukebox easy listening, jazz and swing – bride Charlotte had her heart set on a glitzy style wedding of this bygone time from the very beginning, and her vision determined everything; from the choice of venue (opulent York hotel The Grand) to the striking black and gold colour-scheme.

Charlotte initially thought her dress would be subtle and slinky, but one look at the beaded bodice of this (Brides Up North headline sponsor, dontcha know?) Pronovias beauty and it was love at first sight. And what a dress it was – delicate pearls, ornate beading and tulle, tulle, tulle for days. The father of the bride’s reaction – tearful, in the best possible way – says it all.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.

A Glam Wedding in York (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (6)

[jennaope]charlotte says: We got engaged in October 2016 while in Dubai. Matthew had arranged for us to stay in a room overlooking the Burj Al Arab. On our first night I came out of the bathroom to a bedroom in darkness other than a small light reflecting onto a beautiful diamond ring and two glasses of champagne next to it. It was so magical – the light was reflecting off the ring and all around the room! He then finally popped the question and we burst into tears of joy. It was a moment we’ll remember forever.

A Glam Wedding in York (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (43)

Our wedding was on 30th September 2017, as we wanted to get married fairly quickly. We’d been together nearly seven years by the time we were engaged!

I’d always wanted a vintage glamour themed wedding – I love anything glitzy and Rat Pack-related – so we needed a venue to match. The Grand Hotel & Spa in York, was the perfect choice for us: it was quickly apparent that venue was very glamorous and opulent but also so central for everyone – we also lived only five minutes away, which was particularly handy!

In keeping with the theme, our colour scheme was black and gold. This worked pretty perfectly with our venue as the room had gold curtains and chandeliers.

A Glam Wedding in York (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (46)

I’d always sworn I’d be wearing a simple, slimline dress on my wedding day but I (rather unexpectedly) fell in love with a very big princess-style dress! My Pronovias gown was strapless and had a fully beaded bodice, adding some real 50s glamour. It was the second dress I tried and I knew straight away I loved it. Bridal Rogue Gallery in York, where I found the dress were great at every stage of the process.

We bought Matthew, the best man and our dads a simple black suit, white shirt, champagne-coloured waistcoat and a gold tie from Dobell – we needed a style to fit all heights (and widths)!

A Glam Wedding in York (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (52)

For our transport, we borrowed my dad’s black Mercedes and dressed it with gold ribbon, staying true to the colour scheme.

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