October 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry
It’s been a very pretty week indeed on the Brides Up North pages – and it’s not over just yet, as this afternoon’s real wedding is yet another beauty.
Taking place in Yorkshire, Kate and Luke’s big day is brimming with style & romance thanks to a pretty blush pink colour scheme, a well-dressed wedding party and lots of twinkling fairy lights.
With images by MJ Holding Photography.
kate says: We got engaged on 22nd June 2014, at an Eric Clapton concert in Leeds. Luke picked it because the first present I ever bought him was tickets to Eric Clapton. He proposed during the song, Wonderful Tonight. It was a really special moment and the song will provide us with a lifelong reminder.
We got married on 10th July 2015. It was actual only one of the few dates left at our venue – East Riddlesden Hall – for 2015 and happens to also be my dad’s birthday so it was extra special. It was meant to be!
Having lived in Australia for a few years, when we moved home we decided that we would like a local wedding surrounded by all our family and friends. We got married at Bingley Parish Church, as it is a picturesque church with a great local feel, and then went onto East Riddlesden Hall.
We didn’t really have a theme as such apart from I wanted it to be a very pretty wedding, lots of blush colours, lots of flowers and lots of candles.
We decided on a navy blue and blush colour scheme as I didn’t want lots of bright colours and wanted it to look very classic.
I went for a Justin Alexander sweetheart neck strapless dress with lots of ruffles, which I wore a lace jacket over the top as I wanted to put my own touch on the dress. I took the jacket off at night and added a belt and a diamante clip in my hair. I tried lots of dresses on until I found my dress at Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. I didn’t want a dress that I could die black and it be used as a cocktail dress but I didn’t want a big princess gown either so mine was perfect in that it was big but it had some structure and detail to it without being ‘blingy’ as I didn’t want a lot of beading. I absolutely loved it!
We found the style of Luke’s wedding suit when visiting Rome and asked George Lilley, a Leeds tailor to recreate the design. Luke wore a double breasted pale pink waistcoat with a navy blue suit which had some pink detailing on the jacket to match the waistcoat. We teamed it with a navy tie. All the boys wore pale pink socks, which looked fab too.
Our bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses and they all picked their individual styles which all really suited them as they are different ages and have different tastes. The groomsmen wore TM Lewin slim fitting suits with a matching pink tie and dark brown shoes.
Fir transport, we hired a traditional wedding car from Halifax Wedding Cars – it looked amazing as we were able to take the roof down when we travelled from the church to the venue.
Our photographer was one of our best friends and groomsmen – Mike Holding. Mike has been a photographer for a long time and just recently turned professional so it was an obvious choice! He was absolutely incredible in making everyone feel relaxed, he didn’t seem phased by anything and we couldn’t have been happier with the photos we received. We would recommend Mike to everyone!
I carried a soft, natural, handtied bouquet of soft vintage pink sandstorm roses, scented white O’Hara roses with majolica spray roses, sweet peas and pink peonies. We used Stems Design, from the minute I met Lynne I knew she had to be the person to do my flowers. Lynne took all my ideas and brought them together to give the reception barn the perfect look. As the barn is quite a blank canvas it was really important to get the décor right and the flowers just made it. We had candelabras on every table filled with flowers and in all the windowsills we had flowers and candle lanterns.
We wanted favours that could be enjoyed on the day and so our family helped us to create them with Luke’s grandma Annie making Sloe Gin for the Ladies, and my uncle Andrew making Bramble for the men.
We had a five tier cake made by Charlotte at Sugar Therapy who is actually Luke’s Step Auntie. We had five different flavours: vanilla and raspberry, Belgian chocolate, passionfruit, Himalayan salt and caramel and white chocolate and raspberry. Instead of icing we had white chocolate covering the cakes and a waterfall of roses coming down.
The food and wine for the day were really important to us as we wanted to create our own menu. We chose James Brown Catering as his personal approach, passion and enthusiasm set him apart from the other caterers we spoke to. The food and service we received was absolutely incredible, we had so many comments on the food being of restaurant quality rather than mass catering.
When it came to the entertainment, we had our own playlist for during the meal and the band – Psychoslinkys for the evening. They were a band who we used to watch when we were first dating and we remembered them being fantastic – they didn’t disappoint! They even played the song we got engaged to – Wonderful Tonight!
There were a few extra special touches to the day which included having our own Instagram hashtag #thelaverys2015 which was great and everyone used it! We also hired a huge ‘love’ sign which I was debating about for a long time as they are quite costly but I am so glad we got it as it looked great on the dancefloor – especially in pictures. I did a lot of the outside decorations myself, pompoms and hearts hanging from the trees, a ladder with a love sign and flowers on it. Basket in the ladies toilets with lots of handy items to spruce yourselves up with. We also purchased Polaroid cameras and asked guests to create a ‘memory’ book.
We would absolutely recommend East Riddlesden Hall to other couples, particularly those that want to really make the day their own. The venue is very idyllic with a lake at the front and picturesque gardens and scenery at the back. You can make it as unique as you like. As it is basically a blank canvas, this was great for us as we didn’t want a “package wedding” we wanted to make it our own. It is harder work than a hotel wedding where everything is included but absolutely worth it. The staff there couldn’t have been more helpful, and from the minute we looked around to the day itself, they were so helpful.
It’s hard to pick a favourite part of the wedding that stood out more than the rest. There are lots of special parts that I still look back on and smile about weeks later. The whole day was perfect from start to finish and it really was the happiest day of our lives. Being able to celebrate with all our friends and family and seeing how happy everyone was on the day made it extra special.
For our honeymoon we went the California and Las Vegas – we did San Diego, Orange County, LA, San Francisco and Las Vegas over three weeks. It was amazing, I had never been to America before and it certainly didn’t disappoint! We did lots of travelling and saw absolutely loads, some of our highlights included the baseball in San Diego, dinner at The Ivy in Beverly Hills, cycling the Golden Gate Bridge and The Beatles show in Las Vegas.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is – enjoy it! Don’t let anything get stressful and enjoy all the planning and run up as that all part of creating your perfect day. Also, don’t always go for big companies and rely on reputation when choosing suppliers. We went with people who took a genuine interest in our wedding and were as passionate about making the day a success as we were. The results were fantastic!
September 25th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Move over Downton Abbey…and welcome to Nostell.
You know the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on when the Dowager Countess returns, don’t you?
If you love Downton just as much as I do and are looking for a little period drama for your own big day, look no further than one of our very favourite Yorkshire venues. All you really need to add is your own leading man or lady.
Annnnnnd, it just so happens that we’ll be reprising our popular Luxury Wedding Exhibition, set in it’s own secret walled garden – packed with the area’s most fabulous exhibitors – at the stunning exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory THIS SUNDAY!
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition
Sunday 27th September 2015
11am – 3pm
Trust me when I say this is one not to be missed. This season we’ve got all the details covered – and more, all under one very beautiful roof. There’s bridal fashion galore, with some of Yorkshire’s best boutiques in attendance – as well as all you need to get your man suited and booted – live music, flowers, event dressers, photographers, photo booths, diamonds (who doesn’t want those?!)… you name it!
You can also meet with the venue managers, Dine, and enjoy tours of the stunning ceremony room and rose gardens before returning to the refurbished Riding School event space to get your wedding inspiration on!
This show is a personal favourite of mine, the space is divine and our exhibitors are a friendly and fabulous bunch, but most of all the visiting brides are always so lovely at Nostell Priory. It’s a happy job we do here at Brides Up North.
So, is the date in your diary yet? It should be.
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.
While stocks last only.
September 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
We’re so excited to introduce another event in our so-far so-fabulous autumn 2015 calendar with more than a good sprinkle of vintage sparkle! *Does dance* The finest North West vintage wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique & authentic vintage venue next Sunday 4th October 2015!
Like everything vintage-y, these events just get better and better with age. It’s going to be even fabulous this time around. You need to be there.
This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor. Dancing shoes at the ready! If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like a bit of a party…
the bowdon rooms
Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition
The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
Sunday 4th October 2015
11am till 3pm
bride to be?
We’re giving away up to 150 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 pre-register using
While stocks last only.
wedding industry professional?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2015. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.
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 with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Email Julia at email@example.com for details.
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September 9th, 2015 | Julia Braime
We are really excited to be able to share exclusive news of a brand new wedding and event venue launching in Yorkshire this month… and you are invited to see it for yourselves, before anyone else gets there first!
Brides Up North are excited to attend Tanfield House’s Open Event on Thursday 17th September 2015, 6pm till 9pm, and hope to see lots of our wedding industry friends and bride to be readers there. There is also a second Open Event on Saturday 19th September 2015 from 12pm till 3pm, if you can’t make the first date.
Contact Allanah for further information or an appointment at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07768 121 966.
tanfield house is home to Allanah and Neil Bourne-Arton of Riverside Events Yorkshire and their family. With combined backgrounds in hospitality and project management, and a passion for people (and fun!), Neil and Allanah delight in creating the perfect event and sharing their much loved home. The couple will be on hand throughout your planning, preparation and run-up to your event.
Located in the scenic village of West Tanfield and situated on the edge of both the Yorkshire Dales and the Vale of York. The market towns of Ripon, Masham, Bedale and Thirsk are all within easy reach.
The sensationally pretty space aims to offer a personal and refreshing approach to venue hire. Situated in the most tranquil English country garden setting, amongst the weeping willows on the banks of the River Ure, Tanfield House delivers a very personal and flexible ‘at home’ experience, allowing you to tailor your event, so you can have your day your way!
The house retains the character and warmth of a family home, whilst retaining its sophistication and charm. In this romantic setting – which will be exclusive use only for your event – you will have access to the stunning Riverside Garden Marquee and use of the main house for your drinks reception, civil ceremony, dining and accommodation. The site is fully licensed for civil ceremonies, which can take place in the period Drawing Room or Riverside Pavillion.
There is accommodation for up to nine on site with additional accommodation in the village, or the use of camping space. The luxurious Crompton Suite has plenty of room for your make up artist, hairdresser and bridesmaids to help you get ready, whilst relaxing with a glass of champagne, or two!
Better still, there’s absolutely no corkage charge!
For those of you planning an intimate celebration with close friends and family, at a venue you can make your own, Tanfield House may just be the place for you.
For more information about Riverside Event’s launch events contact:
07768 121 966
August 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to introduce you to another of our dream venues, hilltop country house, situated in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.
As a family run business, Hilltop Country House aims to make each wedding as individual as the bride and groom themselves, while providing a stunning setting, first class service, exclusivity and to-die-for menus. What more could you want?
Here at Brides Up North we’re more than familiar with how fabulous this charming country house is as we stage our luxury wedding exhibitions in its romantic gardens twice a year (the next one is coming up on 13th September 2015, so put it in your dairies!)
But rather than us harp on, we thought we’d hand over to those who know Hilltop best to give more details on its wonderful wedding offering…
With images by Lee Brown Photography.
Tell Brides Up North about Hilltop Country House, what is its history?
hilltop country house say: Hilltop, located in Prestbury, Cheshire, is a 17th century house set within 15 acres of its own land and surrounded by fields. It has been home to the Gardner family since 1985 and has been a wedding venue since 2008.
What facilities does it have?
Hilltop is purely a wedding venue and offers private and exclusive use to our clients. The ground floor of the house is used for both ceremonies and drinks receptions and we have a large marquee and dance room for larger ceremonies, the wedding breakfast and the evening party. Our guests are free to wander throughout our spectacular gardens. The many different parts of the garden offer countless enchanting locations for wedding photography. In addition to the main formal garden, there is a parterre with a lovely gazebo, the herb garden and nooks and crannies galore!
What types of weddings can Hilltop Country House cater for?
Civil ceremonies for up to 66 guests are offered in the house. We can accommodate up to 160 guests for a civil ceremony and wedding breakfast in the marquee, and up to 100 guests for an outside ceremony on the terrace overlooking our beautiful gardens.
What makes Hilltop Country House a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?
Hilltop is unique. There is no other venue in Cheshire that offers quite the same variety and choice. Our business is family run and the same team has been together since the very first wedding was held at Hilltop. Our attention to detail is exceptional and we offer an unlimited number of appointments to our brides and grooms as they make their way through the planning process.
What sort of bride would be a Hilltop Country House bride?
A Hilltop bride is someone who wants to feel at home and very special on her wedding day. She is a girl who has the confidence in her own ideas and wants to work with our team to make her day completely personal to her and her groom. A standard package is certainly not for this type of bride!
How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?
We offer an outstanding service during the planning process. Our couples can visit as often as they wish and there is no limit to the number of appointments they may have during this period. We offer a food and wine tasting and we keep an eye on each couple’s progress and are always ready to remind them to attend to any outstanding matters – not only ones connected with the venue, but also in the wider sense, such as dresses, holidays etc.
We do all our own catering at Hilltop using locally sourced produce. We grow our own herbs and tons of mint for the mojitos! Our bar is run by Thirst Aid Limited. They are professional, knowledgeable and always ready to help and advise our couples. We have a list of recommended suppliers but we never take fees for any bookings they get through us. When we recommend someone, it is because we feel their excellent product or service will reach the same high standards as we expect of ourselves, and we feel that the lack of financial recompense emphasises our integrity.
Can guests stay over at your venue?
We have four ensuite bedrooms at Hilltop and there is a huge variety of accommodation within five to ten minutes of the venue. We supply our couples with a comprehensive information document that includes a list of accommodation.
Tell us about your catering services? What makes them special?
As previously mentioned, we do all our own catering at Hilltop using locally sourced produce. Our lamb is grazed on our own fields and all our meat is free-range and comes from within five miles of the venue. We grow our own herbs and source Cheshire vegetables and salads. We have no fixed menus at Hilltop and we are more than happy to prepare a meal or a style of cuisine that is not on our lists of starters, main courses and desserts. We can do hog roasts and barbecues, buffets and tapas. You name it and we can do it. We offer a food tasting free of charge.
Any really memorable weddings at the venue?
That is the whole ethos at Hilltop – each of our weddings is memorable, particularly to each bride and groom, as their day will have been exactly as they wished and will have been created especially for them.
Where can readers get more information/ contact the venue?
Do you have any bridal events or open days coming up shortly that my readers should know about?
Brides Up North are the only company allowed to organise wedding fairs at Hilltop and our next fair is on Sunday 13th September 2016. As we feel that we are the best, so we like to work with the best.
Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?
Yes, that we think you are brilliant!
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