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the insider: Hodsock Priory

November 12th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Hodsock Priory

When Brides Up North got a stylish new look we promised some fab new content to match. One of the new features we will be bringing to our pretty pages is the insider, a series focused on the all important venue hunt, where we will go through the doors and over the thresholds of some of the finest wedding venues in the North.

Within these posts, brides on the lookout for a stunning location to tie the knot can discover what hidden gems lay nearby whilst finding out, from those who know it best, exactly what the venue has to offer wedding couples and what sets it apart from all the rest.

Today we are starting with the gorgeous Hodsock Priory in North Nottinghamshire. Having grown-up just a stone throw away from this venue, I know firsthand just how truly magical it is.

Set with 800 acres of wonderful countryside, the historic country house is famous for its Snowdrop Garden but Hodsock holds a lot of beauty within as well. So at this point I will hand over to Helen Leach, who looks after the marketing of Hodsock Priory, to reveal more about that beauty I speak off.

Image by Andy Hook Photography (2)

Image by Andy Hook Photography

Where is Hodsock Priory located?

Helen says: On the border of South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, two miles from the A1 at Blyth, near Worksop.

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

Lived in by the same family since 1765, as you walk through the archway of our Tudor gatehouse, you enter a truly peaceful place and will see why so many couples immediately fall in love with Hodsock. We’re a family-run wedding venue, following the tradition of the great family weddings held here over the centuries. The garden, which was landscaped in 1820s, is lovingly tended to daily and surrounds the Priory, which has an impressive 36 chimneys.

What facilities does it have and do you cater for weddings?

Yes – we actually only offer weddings and each one has exclusive use of the house and gardens. There is a bridal suite and two guest rooms in the main house, ten bed and breakfast rooms, a 120-capacity dining room with a dance floor, bar, library and floodlit gardens.

 Is Hodsock Priory licensed for civil ceremonies?

It most certainly is.

Image by Andrew Fletcher (2)

Image by Andrew Fletcher

What makes Hodsock Priory a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

Couples love the history, peace and privacy of Hodsock Priory. Also that fact that it’s family-run and we specialise in weddings – it’s all we do!

What sort of bride would be a Hodsock Priory Bride?

A Hodsock bride enjoys affordable luxury, has an eye for detail and wouldn’t say no to a glass of champagne on the floodlit Italian terrace.

Image by Barnaby Aldrick (3)

Image by Barnaby Aldrick

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing? Do you work with trusted suppliers?

We have fine-tuned our trusted suppliers to the ones who offer the same personal service as us and know how to pull off a show-stopping wedding without breaking the bank. Our weddings manager, Lynda Pepper, is always showered with thank you cards from newlyweds and their families after the care and attention she gives each Hodsock couple and puts into the smooth running of their wedding. She’s there for our couples from their first viewing to the day after their – see what they say about her here.

Can guests stay over at your venue?  If not, can you recommend accommodation nearby?

Both – we have 13 amazing rooms on site, plus five good local hotels we recommend. Inside Hodsock Priory the sumptuous bridal suite and two guest rooms (the Blue Room and the Green Room) are located at the top of the grand staircase. Further bridal party accommodation can be found in the Courtyard B&B, a former dairy, which has ten apartment-style rooms with ensuite bathrooms, kitchenette and living areas.

Image by Andrew Fletcher (3)

Image by Andrew Fletcher

Any really memorable weddings at the venue?

Check out Hodsock Wow Weddings .

Just the other day a couple named Sami and Chris tied the knot here. It was one of the most truly magical and romantic weddings we’ve ever had the pleasure of hosting – you could really feel the love.

We also had a lovely couple called Will and Sarah’s whose Narnia-themed 1940′s wedding was so memorable. It was a brilliantly playful theme and they were deeply creative using everything, from decorative lampposts and fur-filled wardrobes, to ration books as their order of service. The autumn colours in the gardens complemented the theme and the house was transformed, we felt like we had gone back in time.

 Any funny stories to share?

Playing the Jaws theme tune as a bride’s entrance music.

Image by Barnaby Aldrick (2)

Image by Barnaby Aldrick

Tell us about your catering services?  What makes them special? 

We have three of the best local caterers lined up to provide the best service and food for our couples. What grub you choose for your wedding is one of the most important decisions – we arrange a personal meeting with the caterer, florist, cake maker and DJ for each couple. We have a carefully selected wine list we have put together with our caterers so you know you’re in good hands. Our bar is open throughout each wedding as part of our service – it’s a beautiful room and our staff are friendly and relaxed with everyone they meet.

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price or any special packages available?

Our all-inclusive Grand Wedding Package for £15,500 includes exclusive venue hire, a drinks reception, three course wedding breakfast with wine and toasts for 60 guests (£60 per head thereafter to max 120), your flowers, wedding cake, seating plan, place names, DJ with mood lighting and a night’s stay in our bridal suite.

Where can we get more information/ contact the venue?

Website: www.hodsockpriory.com

Telephone: 01909 591 204

Email: weddings@hodsockpriory.com

Plus Facebook, Twitter and Our Wedding Blog

Do you have any bridal/ special events or open days coming up shortly that my readers should know about?

We have an open day on Sunday 28th December, 2014. During the event couples can see the venue set up for a wedding day with tables laid, music playing, flowers in place and candles lit. They can also meet George, the owner, and have a private tour or a chat by the fire over a glass of fizz.

Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?

We have the luxury of not being a hotel and being able to walk in the opposite direction of the crowd. At Hodsock we only do weddings and because it’s also where we live, we think it’s really important that everyone who comes to Hodsock has an excellent time. We see it as a great privilege to be at the heart of a landmark occasion in a couple’s lives and if it’s important to your family, it’s important to our family. We’ll look after you and give you a day to remember.

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going out in style! vintage sparkle at The Bowdon Rooms

October 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Bowdon Rooms Autumn 2014

I honestly can’t quite fathom it, but our very last Brides Up North event of 2014  is upon us. What an abso-effin-loutely amazing whirlwind of a season it’s been. Our best yet.

But we’re going out in style, 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 fourth Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique and authentic vintage venue next Sunday 2nd November 2014!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like a bit of a party…

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

the bowdon rooms

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ

Sunday 27th April 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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.

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis Cheadle & Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last only.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

We had such a fantastic time at our last three events at this beautiful venue – these images were snapped by Martin Hambleton Photography – and can’t wait to do it all again, with a host of great suppliers ready to make your big day into the stuff of your dreams.

Like everything vintagey, these events just get better and better with age.  It’s going to be even fabulous this time around. You need to be there.

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

The venue’s helpful team will be on hand to answer your queries and take bookings (form an orderly queue please!) and I’ll be there to talk wedding pretty till I’m hoarse.  I genuinely love this venue and am really excited to see my gorgeous readers there.  Please do seek me out and say hello, I adore hearing about your plans.

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

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move over downton abbey…

October 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

NP Autumn 2014

…and welcome to Nostell.

After five straight weeks of brilliant bridal events (and double the inspiration with two events in a day the last two week’s running) you’d think we’d be flagging.  Of course not.  We’ve got Northern stamina and the Brides Up North team are ready to bring on even more pretty!

We’ll be reprising our popular event – packed with the area’s most fabulous exhibitors – at the stunning exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory this Sunday!

Nostell Priory (c) Peter Boyd Photography

Image by Peter Boyd Photography

nostell priory

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Sunday 19th October 2014

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time 11am – 3pm

FREE ENTRY

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 – bespoke stationery, live music, flowers, event dressers, flash motors, 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.

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last only.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

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mists & mellow fruitfulness… an autumnal styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle

October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (30)

Despite the driest September since records began, it definitely feels like the season is changing.  Dewy grass, crunching leaves underfoot and clear night skies can only mean that October, and with it autumn (my favourite season of all) has arrived.

I celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary in a fortnight’s time – a very busy fortnight, there’s a lot to get done between now and then – and I’m looking forward to taking some time with my husband to reflect on a very special time of year for the two of us.

For now though, let’s celebrate the fall with this beautiful styled bridal shoot, sent to me by Brides Up North Sponsors JB Creatives and Bolton Castle, and their fabulous team of talented industry experts.

There’s definitely something in the air…

With images by JB Creatives.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (24)

The team say: We set out to create some romantic, fairy tale castle wedding images that would compliment the venue and inspire couples that are considering getting married at Bolton Castle. Bolton Castle is a stunning venue. A wedding here would be an authentic Castle experience. It has great big fireplaces, turrets with circular stairs, stone floor, terraces with amazing view of the incredible Dales countryside around. We wanted to create an outside space that used the stunning views of the Dales and showcased the location of this fairy tale wedding venue and captured a set of beautiful images.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (37)

Amy of The Greenhouse Florist created an outside dining area for the bride and groom with the Dales as their backdrop, such a romantic and unique setting. We used a chaise longue in the field for some intermate photographs. We wanted to add props into the scenery that wouldn’t usually be in that situation. The chaise longue really made a beautiful contrast to the endless views of the green fields and dry stone walls and brought opulence and luxury to the historic setting. Simple yet effective.

Amy created beautiful flowers of soft creams, vanillas, pinks and apricots, punctuated with pops of zingy orange and flashes of blue.  She used lots of different textures in amongst luscious greenery.  The warm tones complimented to tones of the castle walls, and were highlighted against the grassy fields. She also made a jasmine and rose circlet, fragrant and beautiful with warm apricot tones complimenting the colours of Libby’s complexion.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (49)

Jane of JB Creatives made beautiful place names and menus for the bride and groom’s intermate dining experience. Her stationery designs are bespoke, beautiful and made to the high quality that will undoubtable exceed your expectations.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (48)

Jane photographed the couple in and around the castle using the gorgeous scenery and all the venues little quirky details to capture a set of beautiful images that tell a gorgeous love story. Jane’s fine art style is very much capturing the story of a wedding day as it unfolds with all the beautiful details and emotions that come with it.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (20)

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (47)

Deborah and Kelly from Love Hair and Beauty Boutique Ripon did Libby’s hair and makeup to enhance that romantic, soft and warm tone we wanted for the shoot. The ladies are highly experienced and specialists in the wedding industry with a reputation for their creative skills and professionalism.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (9)

Kellie from Wedding Belles of Otley supplied the beautiful gowns, veils and accessories for the shoot. The dresses used in the shoot were Aubrey by Nicola Anne and Emily by White Rose.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (1)

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (8)

All the props and furniture featured are available to hire from The Greenhouse Florist.

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isn’t she lovely? enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge – sophie & jeff

August 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (34)

Ahh! Time for your Friday morning cuppa, bacon sarnie and wedding watching.

Friday mornings go so well with catching up on your favourite blogs, don’t they? It’s been a very pretty week here at Brides Up North HQ… take some time to browse… but we’re so excited to bid adieu to August and start our Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibition season with gusto this September and beyond.

One very lovely stop on our journey will be at the drop dead gorgeous Middleton Lodge in Richmond on 12th October 2014. Already gorgeous, this fine, exclusive use wedding venue has just added a brand new boutique hotel and restaurant to it’s offering.  It’s most definitely one with the wow factor, a date for your diaries, and just happens to be the beautiful backdrop to Sophie and Jeff’s wedding day, which we are happy to share with you this morning.

With images by Keith Moss.

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (6)

Sophie says: We got engaged after returning from an amazing holiday in Egypt. I think my exact words were, “Just set the date!”

We got married on 3rd May 2014 at St Michael and All Angels church in Middleton Tyas, followed by Middleton Lodge. We found Middleton Lodge after I had provisionally booked another venue while Jeff was working away, and when he went to look around he didn’t like it (groomzila, I know)! I had removed Middleton Lodge from our search as felt it was a little bit too far for our guests to travel but once we went to look round, we fell in love with it. We found the church afterwards with the help of Anna, their wedding coordinator. The church was so pretty, it was perfect.

I picked a striped fabric for my bridesmaid dresses so styling wise, went down this route with pink striped bunting, orders of service and name settings. Our orders of service, name settings and table plan were all designed and created by my friend Christina. It all looked lovely, she did a brilliant job.

Colour wise, I prefer natural colours and trawled Pinterest for months looking for ideas for my bouquet! I went to my florist with a bunch of ideas and they came up with the gorgeous combination of muted pinks, greys and creams.

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (25)

I chose an Enzoani dress from Poppy Bridal in Darlington. I actually spotted it whilst out on Bridesmaid duties with my friend who was also getting married. I saw it on the hanger and knew instantly that was the one. I went back a couple of weeks later and tried it on and bought it the same day.

My shoes were Nicholas Kirkwood. I had spotted them in Las Vegas in the September but decided to wait and look once I got home. After trawling the internet and shops I still couldn’t get these shoes out of my head but I had called the Nicholas Kirkwood store and had found out the price –  I thought they were too expensive so continued looking for another pair. I came home one day from work to find them waiting for me! Jeff had ordered them for me as a surprise. I absolutely love them and will definitely wear them again.

My flowers were anemone, verbena and tulips which were created by Darling and Green. I also had a vintage badge attached to the lace on my bouquet as my something old, my mum gave this to me as she had worn the same one on her wedding day

Jeff wore a bespoke suit from Bakers Tailoring. We visited the store in Middlesbrough every Saturday for a month until he finally made a decision on which fabric he liked! Paul at Bakers sourced hundreds of fabric samples for us to choose from. The service was excellent and Jeff chose everything from the buttons,  to how many pockets he wanted and even had a J&S stitched into the blue polka dot lining. He is already planning the suit that he is going to order next!

The bridesmaids wore custom made candy stripe Kate Fearnley dresses and the groomsmen wore dark grey suits from Bakers Tailoring.

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (22)

Our photographer was Keith Moss, who I met through a friend when we were working on a fashion project. He also lives in the same village as my parents, and was the photographer at a friends wedding, so I knew that I loved his style of photography. As we are both a little bit scared of the camera, we wanted the majority of our wedding shots to be natural. Also as we got married at 2pm, the last thing we wanted was to spend our wedding day posing for photos! We wanted to be there, and experience our day.

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (18)

Darling and Green dressed our wedding reception. This included  a hanging flower ball and floral swag in the speeches hall at Middleton Lodge, cups which spelt out LOVE with flowers in them, petals and floating candles in the font, plus various scattered bottles and jars with flowers in. They also provided the flowers for our wedding cake.

I had also collected a selection of tea lights, plants, candles and lanterns which I used to decorate the venue. As we had the whole place exclusively to ourselves I wanted to decorate every single corner.

We also had Giant LOVE light up letters from Coco Luminaire which provided a fab focal point and wow factor on the dance floor and a Booth Revolution photobooth. To finish our day, we had a karaoke machine in the famous Middleton Lodge cellar bar!

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (24)

Having good quality food at our wedding was very important to us and after eating at Middleton Lodge before the wedding, we knew that we would not be disappointed!

My cake was kindly made by my very clever Aunty Andria! We had four tiers of fruit, lemon, red velvet and Victoria sponge.

For our favours we chose personalised biscuits and macaroons for adults and disposable cameras, colouring books and toys for the kids.

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (56)

We had Jamie Graham playing acoustic guitar during the day, followed by The Fallen band at our evening reception. We are really into our live music and we wanted a band which was going to get everyone up and dancing!

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (58)

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (68)

My favourite part of the day was the speeches. We decided to do the speeches (father of the bride and groom) during the drinks reception. I am so glad we did this, as we wanted to day to feel laid back and not formal at all. We did the speeches on the staircase in the main hall and it was a lovely atmosphere and really got the reception off to a great start.

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (71)

For our honeymoon we went to Sugar Ridge in Antigua. It was absolutely beautiful, I felt like I had jumped into a postcard once we saw the gin clear sea and white sandy beaches. The people were so friendly too and the food was fantastic.  Plus, we were often the only people on the beach! It was amazing.

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (52)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get your wedding filmed! I wasn’t going to bother but a friend showed me hers and I was hooked! As she said – ‘You can snuggle up on a rainy day with some chocolate and re watch your wedding over and over again’

Our wedding was filmed by Adam Mendum.

enzoani for a wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Keith Moss (66)

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garden party. a wedding at Hilltop Country House – gemma & mark

August 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (36)

I’m bursting with pride this morning to bring you a real wedding at our beautiful Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition venue, the achingly gorgeous Hilltop Country House in Prestbury, Cheshire.

This stunning country venue is fabulous all year round – I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – marquee weddings (done right, and Hilltop do them right) don’t just have to be for summer days, and it can be especially magical to be under (warm) canvas in the winter months. This gorgeous celebration, packed with early spring hues, proves my point perfectly.

Be inspired… and will we see you on 14th September?

With images by Happily Ever Captured.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (33)

Gemma says: We went for a romantic stay in Ludlow,Shropshire – well as romantic as it could be with our then 1 year old with us! – we climbed to the top of Ludlow Castle Tower and Mark pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him!

We wanted to get married pretty quickly and decided on March 2014, our dream venue had one date available so it was meant to be: 14th March 2014.  We chose Hilltop Country House in Prestbury. We chose to get married here as it was just such a pretty, understated, not pretentious at all house and we thought it reflected us perfectly.

I chose ivory and blush pink as our colour palette as I wanted to keep it really feminine. My bouquet was a beautiful array of roses, peonies, stocks and sweet peas all in blush pink and ivory, provided by Gracie Janes of Blakemere Craft Centre.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (11)

My wedding dress was from Essense of Australia from a local bridal boutique Bethany Hannah Bridal in Stockton HeatIh where we live. I was fairly open to ideas but did have my heart set on a fishtail style dress but something still quite classic. I didn’t like my dress on the hanger but the sales assistant suggested it and from the second I put it on I knew it was the one. They were so helpful and knew exactly what I wanted from my dress.

Mark had a beautiful tailor made suit from Kings and Allen in Wilmslow, he had it personalised with our wedding date embroidered on the inside pocket and it was lined with Everton Blue satin as he is an avid supporter!

I wanted my bridesmaids to feel special on our wedding day so after I selected the colour scheme we chose the dresses together. Each maid had a different dress which reflected their personalities! Most of them were from Lipsy with some from designers at Debenhams. The Best Man wore a navy suit from Next.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (39)

Our photographer was Georgia from Happily Ever Captured. We had met her at Manor Park in Halifax and she had taken some beautiful photographs of our daughter and niece and nephew. Once we got engaged we knew we wanted her straight away! We get so many compliments on our photographs and our photographer was so lovely and down to earth, she will be our photographer for life whenever we need photos!

We got married outside and were incredibly lucky with the weather! My brother is a fantastic guitar player and he played Canon in D on the acoustic guitar as my father walked me through the gardens.

My favourite part was straight after the ceremony once my nerves had gone and we were actually married! Everyone was having prosecco in the sunshine and it was just perfect, exactly what we wanted!

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (56)

We had blush pink ranunculus as the centre pieces and some hyacinths on the top table, provided by the florist as above. We also made an arrangement ourselves in a special ring shaped vase which we bought the weekend we got engaged in Ludlow. I was lucky that I have a clever sister in law who handmade my invitations and even made bunting for the whole marquee and top table!

As we got married on Cheltenham Gold Cup day and Mark normally attends, as an alternative to favours we decided to place a bet for each guest on a horse and we showed the race on a projector! We had pretty hair clips for the little girls and “love is in the air” paper aeroplanes for the little boys.

Our cake was designed by myself and made by the wonderful CakeyDoodle. It was three tiers, fruit, sponge then chocolate, covered in flowers and white chocolate fingers!

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (40)

We would hugely recommend our wedding venue. It was absolutely magical and more than we ever could have dreamed. It is a family run business and Martin and Clare are so welcoming and helpful, I sent many a panick stricken 5am e-mail to Clare and she always managed to curb my worries! I will always hold them close to my heart.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (48)

We used Hipswing Entertainments to provide a fun photobooth which went down a treat in the evening! They were totally hassle free and did everything for us.

We had Chapelford Films to video the day and they did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of the day.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (47)

As we have a little girl we had teo honeymoons, lucky us!

The week after our nuptials Mark and I jetted off to New York City for three days to spend some quality time together! It was so lovely strolling around Central Park as newlyweds! Then in June we went to a resort in Sardinia for two weeks with our daughter Lola which was tiring but lovely and we made lots of friends!

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (61)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be organised and give yourself targets of when things need to be done by! I got myself a brilliant wedding planner with a timeline so I could see clearly how much time was left! It really helped as I did not know where to start, it breaks it down into sections so you can gather suppliers, insert photos or quotes and even write your guest list with addresses and check when you have sent stationery out like save the dates, invitations and thank yous.

A spring wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Happily Ever Captured (67)

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simple treasures. a styled bridal shoot at Denton Hall

August 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a styled bridal shoot at Denton Hall (c) Sugarbird Photography (41)

Sometimes, elegance speaks for itself.

This simple yet glamourous bridal shoot at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue, Denton Hall, was put together by makeup artist Charlotte Hubbard of Leeds and photographer James Mieskowski of Sugarbird Photography, Halifax.

a styled bridal shoot at Denton Hall (c) Sugarbird Photography (27)

Charlotte says: James and I have collaborated on various fashion photography shoots in the past and wanted to showcase Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside and the skills of our local wedding industry creatives (see the Little White Book for details) in this styled piece with ballerina Steph Elstob.

a styled bridal shoot at Denton Hall (c) Sugarbird Photography (14)

I wanted to create a natural soft bridal look for our model to compliment the pale floral colours. I used pink and soft beiges with natural effect false lashes by Eyelure to highlight her beautiful eyes. For touch ups and shadows I always rely on YSL’s ‘Touche Èclat to even the skin tone and bring light to the face.

a styled bridal shoot at Denton Hall (c) Sugarbird Photography (21)

a styled bridal shoot at Denton Hall (c) Sugarbird Photography (47)

a styled bridal shoot at Denton Hall (c) Sugarbird Photography (52)

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Tea For Two. A 1940s Wedding Inspiration Shoot At Denton Hall, Ilkley

July 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Its a pretty pop of nostalgia and romance at one of my very favourite venues this afternoon on the blog.

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture got in touch to tell me about an authentic little bridal shoot that took place earlier this summer at Denton Hall in Ilkley.  With original 1940s bridal attire and military uniforms, a stunning setting and some carefully classic styling, I couldn’t help but share.

With images by Suzy Mitchell Photography.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Suzy says: Quite some time ago make up artist  Annabel Bailey and I discussed collaborating on a styled shoot – our ideas went through different incarnations but in the end, after a trip to Glory Days Vintage in York and chatting to Hayley the owner, we decided upon a late 1940′s bridal shoot. 

We certainly had some fun with it, not least because Annabel’s Grandfather had fought in the Second World War and she had access to the collection of his uniforms!

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Denton Hall was the perfect choice as a backdrop to our shoot. It is a fabulous example of Georgian architecture, set in 2,500 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens. All of us have come to know Hannah Bairstow at Denton Hall over the years and she so kindly facilitated our use of the Hall, helping everything to run smoothly.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

The lace wedding dress, veil and pink dress all came from Glory Days Vintage in York; Annabel and I drove over to York on a hot sunny day in June and had the best time with Hayley choosing props and clothing for the shoot. Her boutique is full of vintage finds and so worth a visit if you are looking for a vintage wedding dress.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our friend Sarah Richardson of Leafy Couture in Otley produced a delicate bouquet with a flavour of the era and table arrangements to match the style of the shoot.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our great friends at Iain Henderson Designs, makers of bespoke handmade engagement and wedding rings supplied the wedding rings and Barry Nuttall of Classic Wedding Car Hire in Skipton had just the perfect car.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Beth, owner of By Betty, provided fabulous hats to match the vintage dresses for the tea party which took place inside the Hall (as opposed to on the lawn as planned) due to the inclement weather. The dresses and hats complimented each other so well.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

You might have thought that early June would have brought beautiful sunny weather! It was sun all the way in the early morning but by the time shooting began we were soaked! The rain meant that we couldn’t shoot as extensively as we would have wished but the light was fantastic. A special thanks to Nicole and Alex our models and also to my dear friend Andrea Pickering for her invaluable assistance in getting through the shots in a short space of time due to the antics of the weather.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Suzy Mitchell Photography

Venue: Denton Hall

Gowns: Glory Days Vintage

Hats: By Betty

Wedding Rings: Iain Henderson Designs

Styling & Props: Rose Pink Vintage

Bouquet: Leafy Couture

Stationery & Calligraphy: Claire Gould at The English Wedding Blog

Hair: Hannah D’Ath

Make Up: Annabel Bailey

Car: Classic Wedding Car Hire Skipton

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Suzy Mitchell Photography

Leafy Couture & Denton Hall are Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, but this is not a sponsored post

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014. Pretty Pastels. A Romantic Real Wedding At Middleton Lodge – Samantha & Dan

July 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Dan and Sam’s wedding is all about the gorgeous details, their amazing venue (Brides Up North Featured Supplier Middleton Lodge) and lots of big belly laughs.  I’ve adored every minute of putting this feature together, and I hope it brightens up your Tuesday.

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

Be very inspired!

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Samantha says:  Dan asked me to marry him on August 13th 2011 in London at St Paul’s Cathedral in the Whispering Gallery (rumoured to bring you good luck for the rest of your marriage if you are proposed to there)! 

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

We were married on Saturday 29th June 2013 at Middleton Lodge, Richmond, North Yorkshire. 

We wanted a venue that was not only stunning, but that we could also have as our home for the weekend to allow exclusivity but also a homely feel for us and our guests.  A huge bonus of this amazing venue is that we could marry on the stunning grounds and a summer outdoor wedding was something that particularly I had dreamed of.

We travelled there on the Friday evening, so the whole wedding took place at Middleton Lodge – we didn’t need to travel and could just relax and enjoy the three day celebrations.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

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Keeping It Natural. Mori Lee For A Real Wedding At Woodhill Hall – Stacy & David

June 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

Today we join Stacy and David for their relaxed and pretty Real Wedding at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue Woodhill Hall.  The beautiful scenery and fab furnishings at this Northumberland home really do create a ready made backdrop, so Stacy sensibly kept her own decor light and natural to create a gorgeous day to say “I do”.

With images by Leighton Bainbridge Photography.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

Stacy says: David asked me to marry him on 3rd February 2013, in Hamsterly Forest in the trees.  We were married on Easter weekend (so that we could extend the celebration by another day!) in spring 2014, at Woodhill Hall, Northumberland.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

We loved Woodhill Hall because it was very laid back with amazing scenery and was dog friendly.  We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and have a good time and not feel too formal.

The couple who own the venue are willing to accommodate anything you want to make your day special. It’s a lovely relaxed atmosphere and such a special place.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

We chose a natural garden theme of whites and greens. We prefer understated beauty.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

I didn’t want a big over the top dress but something simple and pretty. I chose a Mori Lee wedding gown from Wedding Essentials in Newcastle. It was strapless with a sheer lace panel over the skirt and a small train. I didn’t wear a veil and instead twisted flowers into my hair.

David and his groomsmen wore morning suits from Greenwoods and the bridesmaids wore green and white strapless calf length dresses.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

My bouquet was made by a family friend and was artificial.  It was a combination of roses and woodland flowers including thistle so it looked like it was gathered from the garden.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

We chose Leighton Bainbridge Photography because he has an amazing talent at capturing the beauty of a picture without it being staged. We love his pictures.

 (c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

For our favours we bought some seeds online which were our table name cards but opened up as wild flower seeds for guests to take home to plant in the garden.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

Our cake was made by the my uncle and it was a three tier white iced cake with two layers of fruit and decorated with white roses and greenery.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

We had a roast lunch and guests had a choice of lamb or beef. The evening food was a Mexican buffet. We paid a corkage fee and supplied white and rose wine to all of our guests and a jug of Pimms with fruit and soft drinks.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

After the speeches and cutting the cake, we had a local DJ who entertained us all evening and we hired a company from Liverpool who provided a photo booth and a star lit dance floor.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

I planned a surprise honeymoon to Morocco and told David about it on the morning of the wedding.

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be very organised. Make lists so not only you but also your bridesmaids and ushers know the basics too because it is impossible to try and do everything! 

(c) Leighton Bainbridge Photography - Woodhill Hall Wedding

Congratulations Stacy & David!

Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding on these pretty pages?  Here’s how.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Leighton Bainbridge Photography 

Woodhill Hall is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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