June 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Last weekend we featured all the official images from #WEDSTIVAL16, our epic Brides Up North Wedding Festival at Capesthorne Hall, and told you about how you can get involved in our events this autumn and next spring. Click here to catch up.
Turns out though, that the fabulous Peace Wedding Photography weren’t the only ones doing a bit of snapping – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know y’see – and super talented friend of the wedding blog, Jonny Draper had been capturing the action on his trusty camera for us too.
We absolutely adore Jonny’s images of our amazing day in full swing (and he even had time for an impromptu photo shoot with LOVE Bridal Boutique’s stunning models too – what a backdrop for wedding photos!) as they remind us what a brilliant party it was! We couldn’t wait to share all the shots with you here.
Images by Jonny Draper Photography.
As a reminder, don’t forget that we’ve already set the dates for our wedding festivals in 2017 – #WEDSTOCK17 will take place at Stockeld Park on Sunday 7th May, 11am till 4pm and #WEDSTIVAL17 will take place at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday 21st May, 11am till 4pm. Get the dates in your diaries (and interested wedding suppliers should get in touch using the contact form below). Watch this space for a couple of other exciting dates too… North East, we mean you…
June 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime
The saying about quality and quantity could not be truer of the lovely real wedding that we are sharing with you on the blog today.
With a modest guest list of 38 day guests and 53 evening guests, Stephanie and Gary wanted their intimate wedding to be a reflection of them as a couple, whilst also being an enjoyable and memorable event for their guests.
Picking a unique venue and prioritising elements such as the photography, food and entertainment, whilst getting stuck into some DIY décor, meant that Stephanie and Gary could have the special day they had dreamt of, whilst remaining still within budget. Excellent work guys!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
stephanie says: We got engaged on the 28th May 2014. I had my suspicions that Gary was going to do it soon as he’d booked for us to go for afternoon tea at the Hilton in Manchester. We were in the process of buying our house and the Wednesday before when we were booked for afternoon tea, we’d had our final meeting with the bank to say the mortgage had been agreed. We went to the pub after to celebrate and then came home. I got my PJs on, put the bins out and put the washing on, just usual things to do on a Wednesday, and turned round to find Gary with two glasses of whiskey. He asked me to come with him into the front room and gave me a glass and then got down on one knee with a ring. It took me by surprise! I never wanted a huge spectacle of an engagement so what he did was perfect. He’d even been on his own to get the ring and got it spot on!
We were married on the 24th March 2016, the Thursday before the bank holiday weekend. We got together on the 27th March 2008 so knew we wanted a date around when we got together and we wanted a weekday wedding. The Thursday was a good choice because most people then had the bank holiday Friday off work to recover!
We got married at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford, Cheshire. It was the only venue that we went to look round and we knew straight away it was the one for us. We wanted somewhere that was unique, intimate and personal. From our first meeting there, all the staff were so incredibly helpful and we loved that it was a family business and not part of a large chain of hotels. We could pick and choose what we wanted for our day and we could stay there the night of the wedding and have breakfast with family the day after. The setup of the venue was ideal too; we loved that each part of the wedding was in a separate room and guests didn’t have to be shipped off somewhere whilst the room was re-organised and that people could sit away from the DJ during the evening do and chat. Generally, it’s an absolutely stunning venue!
Gary and I are self-confessed beer geeks, so beer had to feature heavily in our wedding. I also wanted to still keep it girly and vintage-y too so I guess the theme was ‘Beer and Birds’ Each table was named after one of our favourite breweries and we had a selection of their bottles as table decorations with fake roses in. The men’s buttonholes were made of beer bottle caps and I had beer bottle caps on my bouquet. All the stationery featured vintage birds and we had a birdcage table plan. I got the design from Dollface Design on Etsy. My mum was unsure when I told her my vision but everyone said how unique and ‘us’ is was.
I am quite girly so pink was the colour theme but very subtly! I didn’t make Gary wear anything pink. We just had pink roses in the table decorations and my bridesmaid wore pink. The buttonholes did have small pink rose buttons on, which my bridesmaid and I also had in our bouquets.
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May 31st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
If you’re currently on the hunt for a glamorous wedding venue that’s brimming with history and charm, you might want to pay extra close attention to this morning’s post, as we introduce another of our fabulous Dream Venues.
Situated in the heart of Sheffield’s city centre, Cutlers’ Hall is a truly unique venue that will tick boxes for those of you wanting to stage an opulent big day. Think Great Gatsby/Downtown Abbey style elegance and you’re along the right lines.
But there’s no need to just take our word for it. In October we will be staging one of our popular Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this fabulous venue – and you’re all invited to come along and view the beauty for yourselves.
In the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to Chloe Wood, business development executive at The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, to help set the scene and tell us more about Cutlers’ Hall’s impressive wedding offering…
Images by RJH Photography.
Where is Cutlers’ Hall located and what is the history of the building?
chloe says: Cutlers’ Hall is a Grade II* listed venue situated in the centre of vibrant Sheffield and is home to the Cutlers Company in Hallamshire. The Cutlers’ Company was established by a parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624 and for almost four hundred years has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufactured cutlery and steel products and to promote the name of Sheffield. As manufacturing in the region has changed over the centuries, the company reflects this by highlighting the innovation in the region as well as upholding Sheffield’s proud heritage.
The hall is renowned for hosting weddings, conferences and dinners. Without doubt the history of the venue and its impressive silver collection complements the hall’s natural charm and elegance perfectly.
Tell us about the space available for weddings at Cutlers’ Hall…
The hall has four rooms licensed to hold civil ceremonies and available for receptions of all shapes and sizes. Our Drawing and Reception Room are ideal for smaller weddings for up to 80 guests, while our Old Banqueting Hall can accommodate up to 120 guests, and for larger celebrations our Main Hall can accommodate up to 300 guests.
What makes Cutlers’ Hall a special and sets it apart from other wedding venues?
Cutlers’ Hall is a unique, one-of-a-kind venue. The décor of the hall is absolutely breath-taking and certainly offers the wow factor, plus there is an abundance of glamorous photo opportunities. Our flexible approach allows the wedding day to run exactly how our wedding couples have dreamed of. And while we do have generic packages, we prefer to offer tailor made packages to make celebrations both individual and memorable.
May 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s real wedding is a real treat for all your floral fans out there as it features lots of stunning lavender arrangements put together by talented Brides Up North sponsor and Yorkshire florist BlossEm, which smelt as fabulous as they looked, according to those present.
Bride Jess focused her big day around her love of the pretty plant as well as tea, cake and Yorkshire – as a Sheffield girl myself, it’s no wonder this wedding is right up my street!
Taking place at one of our Luxury Wedding Exhibition venues Nostell Priory, this pretty northern wedding is brimming with fabulous inspiration so be sure to get pinning!
With images by Esme Mai Photography.
jess says: John proposed randomly one night when we were at our home in Manchester. He had taken me to Iceland for my birthday a few weeks previously and we had planned to see the northern lights – this unfortunately was prevented by weather conditions – but I think this was the original engagement plan. It was still romantic and very special though!
We were married on 14th August 2015. There was no special reason for this date but we were moving to New Zealand a few days later and so we were limited by our chosen venue’s availability.
John and I were set on a church wedding and so we decided to tie the knot at St Cuthbert’s Church in Ackworth, which is my local church. It is an absolutely beautiful building.
The reception meanwhile just had to be at Nostell Priory in Wakefield, as it’s one of my all-time favourite places. Brought up in Yorkshire, and living close by to Nostell Priory has meant that it is a special place for me. I just love it! The house, the gardens and the location are just stunning.
The wedding theme came about from different loves and passion of mine. So anyone who knows me knows how much I love lace. I’m also well known for baking a cake, enjoying a good brew and talking about my love of Yorkshire. Finally, lavender is a plant we’ve always had in the garden growing up and the smell is gorgeous, so I wanted to include this too. All put together, this made for a Yorkshire wedding, with a burlap and lace theme, lavender colours and flowers, with a little tea and cake.
May 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy six years, but who’s counting…) as we have brought you our two most exciting events to date, our epic festival wedding fairs: WEDSTOCK’16 at Stockeld Park, Yorkshire last weekend and WEDSTIVAL’16 this coming weekend at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.
If you’re a North West bride to be, Capesthorne Hall is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY 22nd May, open 11am till 4pm, and free entry, as we transform the grand building and it’s grounds into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi village, bell tents, vintage PIMMS tent, street food vendors, live bands, cars and campers, ceremony showcase, 60+ luxury wedding suppliers and so much more.
Capesthorne Hall, Congleton Road, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY
Sunday 22nd May 2016, 11am till 4pm
FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.
Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’16 for you and your party.
We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below. While stocks last.
If the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (but hey, it’s May, let’s look on the bright side!) 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. The beautiful rooms at Capesthorne Hall are all open for viewing too (you can book the Hall itself, one of the stunning marquee sites or even both for your big day), and if you’ve already got your venue sorted, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show on Sunday that you’ll leave with every last detail covered.
Pop in in the diary, why don’t you!? It’s FREE ENTRY (we love to spoil our readers) and such a fabulous day out for you, your other half, your bridal party… and even the future in-laws! Grab a cocktail, stay for lunch courtesy of our street food vendors, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.
To whet your appetite, or if you came, partied and wedding planned at our WEDSTOCK’16 event last week, here are some official photographs to remind you that Brides Up North do wedding fairs differently… and to celebrate what a great day we all had.
Images by our official event photographer Peace Wedding Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!
May 17th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This morning on the blog we’re taking a little trip to the pretty village of Helmsley in North Yorkshire, as we relive the wedding day of Natalie and Bob.
After a surprise proposal 12 years into their relationship, Natalie was in no mood to wait around and got straight to work planning the big day, starting with the venue. Having come across the stunning Black Swan hotel in Helmsley by chance, Natalie fell head over heels in love with its rustic charm and the other elements of the day soon fell into place for a relaxed and personal wedding, complete with shabby chic décor to complement the rural surroundings.
With images by Glix Photography.
natalie says: Bob and I got engaged on the 12th September 2015 in the Lake District on a family holiday. It wasn’t the most romantic proposal but Bob doesn’t do romance. I put on his jacket because I was cold and pulled the box out of the pocket. I was in total shock because after 12 years it’s always been a standing joke that this day would never happen. He looked at me smiling and said “So are you going to then?” We still laugh at it now.
We got married on the 26th March 2016. We didn’t have a date in mind but this was a date that the venue and registrar were available. We knew we didn’t want a long engagement and if we didn’t just do quickly it would never happen. It also fell on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, which was a plus.
We got married at the Black Swan in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, and it was just perfect. We looked at a few venues but as soon as I walked in by chance, I just knew this was the right venue for us. By chance Nicola Boden, the wedding coordinator, was free and talked me through what the venue could offer and all the packages. I booked the venue there and then without Bob and we later went together to have another look.
I never really had a theme or colour scheme in mind for the wedding, I was very open minded. The decisions were made after I fell in love with the antique purple bridesmaid dresses, which suited them perfectly. So from there it turned into a vintage shabby chic theme.
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