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dream venue: tanfield house

February 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime


Tanfield House is occupied and run by Allanah & Neil Bourne-Arton, whose family have lived in West Tanfield for 130 years. They have a passion for the heritage of the house and the area, and take great pride in sharing Tanfield House and it’s very special setting with those who want to design a unique and memorable wedding day.

We love a stunning setting here at Brides Up North, so have made it our business to find out more (and especially about some incredible special offers that are up for grabs due to the popularity of the venue)!

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Tell Brides Up North about Tanfield House, what is its history?

Now part of the Tanfield Lodge Estate,Tanfield House was originally developed from two Georgian cottages in the Victorian era by Reverend John Clarke, for his daughter and son-in-law, Colonel and Mrs Crompton in the late 19 Century.

While living in Tanfield House, Colonel Crompton was influential in the early development of electricity, including the development of a water turbine which illuminated Tanfield House, using the River Ure at the foot of the garden. As such, Tanfield House was one of the first houses in the UK with electricity. His electricity inventions were also influential in the illumination of the Milan Opera House in 1883.

Height etchings of the Crompton children dating from 1881 can still be found in the house.

Does Tanfield House cater for weddings?

Tanfield House is a very intimate wedding venue with an idyllic English country garden, riverside setting. We offer exclusive use, full use of the hosue and grounds and total flexibility, meaning that you have your day your way!

The venue’s capacity is from 20-140 people, with a maximum of 50 dining in the house and 50+ in Riverside Garden Marquee (additional hire).  We are fully licensed for civil ceremonies in our Period Drawing Room and Riverside Pavillion and offer accommodation for up to 9 on site (including our beautiful Cromton Suite bridal suite) with additional accommodation readily available in the village, plus space for camping.

We offer extremely competitive venue hire rates, and the best thing is that we have a no corkage charge policy!


What makes Tanfield House a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

Tanfield House offers couples an entirely exclusive and bespoke experience. They simply hire the venue and curate their day their way. They enjoy use of the house and grounds for two full days around their wedding, exclusively for them and their wedding party only. We want all our couples to feel very at home at Tanfield House.

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leafy chic. an autumn wedding with a nod to halloween at hilltop country house – joanne & chris

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (113)

Monday comes around quick, don’t you think? But to get you through what always feels like the longest day of the week, we’re sharing this gorgeous real wedding.

We absolutely love Joanne and Chris’s big day, not only because it took place during one of our favourite seasons (the other being spring), but also because it was held at a venue that we adore too!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Hilltop Country House provides a stunning setting combined with first class service, exclusivity and delicious menus.

And how do we know all this? Because we’re fortunate enough to stage our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the romantic gardens of this charming venue twice a year – the next one is coming up on 3rd April 2016, so put it in your dairies!

In the meantime we’ll leave you to admire the pretty via Joanne and Chris’s wonderful wedding photos.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (20)

joanne says: We got engaged at midnight on 11th October 2014, while we were at home. We’d just got home from a trip to Matlock Bath to see the illuminations so were in high spirits.

Following the engagement we set the date of wedding for 31st October 2015. We wanted an autumnal wedding, but practically speaking, it had to fall in with school holidays as I’m a teacher and Chris is training to be one. The fact that it was Halloween was a nice extra touch.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (116)

Our chosen venue was Hilltop Country House, in Prestbury, Cheshire. It’s close to where we were both brought up; I was brought up in Rainow and a lot of my family are from Bollington; Chris is from Disley.

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dream venue: middleton lodge

January 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We are fortunate to hold our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at some of the finest venues in the north, from historic castles and fascinating manor houses to gorgeous boutique hotels, which means we’re pretty clued up when it comes to finding the perfect place to say those all-important ‘I dos’.

One such venue that features highly on our list is the stunning Middleton Lodge tucked away in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. With a magnificent manor house, stylish accommodation, heavenly Treatment Rooms and to-die-for-food, this is one of those venues that has something to offer to all.  Shh! We’ve also heard that there may be a few very limited, select dates still available at the venue in 2016 – info that you might be wanting to keep to yourselves!

On Sunday 10th April 2016, we will be staging one of our fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this super chic venue giving brides and grooms the opportunity to see its amazing big day offering for themselves, but in the meantime we’ve asked Anna Russell, Middleton Lodge’s wedding and events manager, to give us a taste of what couples can expect…

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Where is Middleton Lodge located?

anna says: Middleton Lodge is situated in a stunning location just on the outskirts of Richmond in North Yorkshire. It’s a gorgeous Georgian country estate, nestled within 200 acres of grounds, with views across the Yorkshire Dales and Cleveland Hills.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

Middleton Lodge was built for Leonard Hartley, a local mining family, in 1780 and designed by renowned architect John Carr of York.

The main house remains a family home and is available for exclusive private hire, whilst the Coach House is an award-winning restaurant with rooms.

The house has a stunning main atrium and reception rooms with vistas across parkland towards the North Yorkshire Moors. There are 17 guest bedrooms along with a snooker room, library bar, drawing room, dining room, guest kitchen and cellar bar.

The Allison family bought the estate in 1980 and over the last 30 years have sensitively restored the estate to its former glory. Couples now have the choice of the beautiful 17th century reception rooms in the main house, with space for up to 80 guests, or for those looking for something bigger we have our marquee. This canvas can hold up to 200 guests, providing a large space to decorate with your own spectacular touches, creating an event that is truly personal and unique to your wedding.

Launched in 2014, The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is located in the 200 acres grounds of Middleton Lodge. The boutique hotel and restaurant is a fresh take on a country retreat, offering an authentic and contemporary setting for guests to relax and enjoy.

Full of original character, The Coach House has been sensitively restored to create an original space, with 14 bedrooms altogether, five of which are part of the Scandinavian inspired Farmhouse, all located only a few footsteps from the bar and restaurant.

Each bedroom has been personalised and designed to reflect the style and spirit of the restaurant and hotel. Carefully selected quirky antiques and unique pieces from local craftsman create a unique ambience for each room.

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Does Middleton Lodge cater for weddings?

Yes. Couples have the chance to host family and friends in their own private mansion for their exclusive wedding, with personal staff, private chefs, 17 bedrooms and the freedom to have the day exactly the way they want it.

Guests can hide away late into the evening in the atmospheric Cellar Bar at Middleton Lodge. With exposed bricks and vaulted ceilings, you can dance the night away, enjoy the late license bar or relax and toast the morning sunrise across the stunning hills that surround the country estate.

Is Middleton Lodge licensed for civil ceremonies?

Yes, we are fully licensed in three different areas of the Lodge. The Inner Hall, which seats up to 75 and up to 130 additional guests standing on the balcony. The Drawing Room, which seats up to 75, and the Outside Pavilion (weather dependent) which is available for 100 seated on gravel area, more if lawn is dry.


The Treatment Rooms are a recent addition to Middleton Lodge, can you tell us about the facilities?

The Treatment Rooms offer a variety of facials and massages, using the most organic and natural products from exclusive brands REN and VOYA. Derived from plants and minerals, REN’s core principle focus on purity, pleasure and high performance. VOYA is a completely organic seaweed based product range that’s hand harvested in Ireland by the same family-run business.

Located just footsteps from the main house, the therapists at The Treatment Room offer everything from wedding make up to blissful massages and luxurious manicures, all perfect for the bridal party and guests to indulge and relax ahead of the big day.

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dream venue: the belle epoque

January 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North is on tour on Sunday 31st January 2016 with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired, VIP Media Pack in hand.

As well as hosting a fabulous Bridal Party event at Worsley Park Marriott (click here for all the info on that event) this Sunday, a choice selection of the finest North West wedding industry talent will also be descending upon The Belle Epoque, Knutsford for a super gorgeous Bridal Soiree.

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The Belle Epoque, 60 King St, Knutsford, WA16 6DT
Sunday 31st January 2016, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

This chocolate-box-perfect, foodie gem of a wedding venue, The Belle Epoque in the heart of beautiful Knutsford is the perfect destination for your intimate wedding day. We’ve filled its stunning spaces with 20 of the area’s finest exhibitors, and we’re set for a day to perfect all the details! You can click here to register now. 

In today’s feature, we speak to our beautiful host venue to find out more about their unique wedding day offering and stellar service.  But hey, come along and find out for yourself this Sunday…

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Where is The Belle Époque located?

We are located in the heart of the stunning market town of Knutsford, Cheshire with lots of parking and accommodation surrounding us.

Tell Brides Up North about your beautiful venue?

The Belle Époque is a family owned business and has been in the Mooney family for the last 43 years.  We are a unique intimate venue with the personal touch.

From the warmest of welcomes in an incredibly dramatic bar – think Italian glass mosaic floor, original copper Art Nouveau fireplaces, sumptuous red leather upholstery or in the warmer months our incredible Mediterranean roof garden – hosting a wedding or special event has never been more stylish and relaxing than at The Belle Époque. In addition, we have seven beautiful hotel rooms and stunning civil ceremony rooms. We are fully licensed for civil ceremonies including our outdoor area.


What makes The Belle Époque a special wedding venue?

The Belle Époque is the perfect location for your stylish and individual wedding day. The ceremony room is the most romantic setting, with the option to have the room candle lit. The beautiful dining rooms come ready dressed with stunning table centre pieces, or you may choose to dress the venue in your own style.

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dream venue: the biscuit factory

January 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This evening on the wedding blog, we are thrilled to introduce you to one of our very favourite North East venues – recently shortlisted as ‘Best City Venue’ at the inaugural UK Wedding Awards – the biscuit factory, the UK’s largest arts, craft and design gallery and, quite possibly, the location for your own perfect wedding day. Located in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, in the Ouseburn Valley, we quiz this stunning space about what makes their offering unique and special.

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Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

the biscuit factory say: Housed within a former Victorian warehouse, The Biscuit Factory was established in 2002 and is the UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery. The venue boasts a beautiful and inspiring setting for a wedding, characterised by features such as exposed wooden beams and original brickwork. It’s unlike any other city centre wedding venue in Newcastle.

What facilities does it have? 

The Biscuit Factory is set over two floors, displaying an exciting collection of contemporary fine art. It also has an in-house café, The Factory Kitchen, and an adjoining à la carte restaurant, artisan, headed up by North East Chef of the Year winner Andrew Wilkinson.

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Does The Biscuit Factory cater for weddings? 

Our purpose-built Biscuit Room is one of the largest venues in the city, accommodating up to 150 guests for a civil ceremony (our venue is fully licensed) and 280 guests for a meal and party. This versatile space can be tailored to your desires, and has played host to a variety of vintage, decadent and stylish themes since it opened 16 months ago.

Couples can also say their vows in the gallery (which accommodates up to 100 guests) surrounded by beautiful, contemporary artwork.

Alternatively – for smaller ceremonies – The Glass House is a more intimate space with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city.

What makes The Biscuit Factory a special wedding venue?

The Biscuit Factory is the venue of choice for discerning couples who are seeking an alternative experience for their big day. With an urban setting in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter and an emphasis on individuality and quality, The Biscuit Factory provides a contemporary and stylish backdrop for a wedding, with exquisite food and drinks to match.

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double dutch. a pretty autumn wedding at the alnwick garden – amanei & erik

January 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Autumn Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography (40)

We shared Amanei and Erik’s love story on the blog last summer, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to return to our pages to show off their stunning autumnal wedding at one of our very favourite North East Wedding venues, The Alnwick Garden.

The couple’s dutch inspired Delft blue colour scheme is striking and beautiful in the golden setting of the gorgeous winter gardens.

Images by Julie Barron Photography.

A Pretty Autumn Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography (20)

amanei says: Erik proposed just before midnight on October 25th 2014, at Oblix Restaurant at the Shard, during an amazing weekend away in London. As a surprise he’d also arranged for some of my family to be there the following day for a meal together to celebrate before travelling home. It was a surprise, however as he’d had the ring since August, I knew it was on the cards!

We chose 22nd November 2015 for our wedding date as we really wanted a winter wedding, but didn’t want it to be too close to Christmas (no Santa at our reception please!).

A Pretty Autumn Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Julie Barron Photography (38)

Our ceremony was held at our local and gorgeous parish Church in Gosforth, The Sacred Heart, and after a lot of searching we found the perfect winter reception venue, The Alnwick Garden. The outside festive garden lighting and the magical treehouse were exactly what we were looking for, and more.

The theme was Winter Woodland simply due to the time of the year and as it matched the venue so well. The colour scheme we chose was Delft, as my husband is Dutch we thought it was a lovely touch to have this as our colour scheme.

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