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princess perfect. ronald joyce for a blush pink wedding at matfen hall – rebecca & robert

October 12th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re rather excited about today’s real wedding as it takes place at a venue where we will be hosting a very special Luxury Wedding Fair alongside UNVEILED magazine, to reveal the results of an impressive refurbishment.

Already a gorgeous Northumberland venue, the developments will see Matfen Hall taken from stunning to super-stunning. But we can’t tell all just yet, you will have to join us there on Sunday 4th March 2018, to see for yourselves.

This morning’s featured couple, Rebecca and Robert, are equally as passionate about the venue as us, and knew instantly it would be the perfect place to stage their big day. Plus, the hall formed the setting for Robert’s incredibly well-thought-out and crazily-romantic proposal too – seriously, full fiancée marks!

There are many beautiful elements to this classic big day, including super-pretty blooms, décor and cake, plus a Ronald Joyce gown fit for a princess!

With images by David Lawson Photography.

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rebecca says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015. I used to be in a choir when I was in middle school and always said to Robert I would love to see a carol service on Christmas Eve. As I went to settle in for the night Robert said there was a carol service at Matfen Hall and we should go and see it.

The Great Hall that we were shown through to had a huge magical Christmas tree, a choir and chairs set up for the carol service but every chair in the audience was empty. As we took our seats I whispered to Robert that we must have got the wrong time.

No sooner had we sat down, the choir started singing. After three carols Robert stood up and took my hand (I was rather confused) he stood me next to the Christmas tree and handed me an envelope, inside was a card listing all the reasons he loved me (not expected from a rugby-playing farmer). Once I looked up from reading his beautiful words he was down on one knee. I don’t even think I gave him a chance to ask me ‘the’ question – I threw my arms around him and said “yes”, crying my eyes out!

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Our wedding date was Friday the 14th July. We always wanted to get married at Corbridge St Andrew’s Church, this is our local village and the church just sits so idyllically in the market place.

We held our wedding reception at Matfen Hall (it is our favourite place and having got engaged there made it all the more fitting!) We had our wedding breakfast within the Great Hall, which is slightly different as normally the wedding breakfast is in the Terrace Room. We just felt the Great Hall is amazing and really wanted to make the most of such an amazing space. It is so dramatic when you walk through the entrance doors and see the huge fireplace and stained-glass window!

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We wanted to keep the wedding as classic as possible so in ten years’ time we can look back at photographs and it won’t have dated too much.

We kept the colour scheme very simple and had blush and creams throughout. We had gorgeous blush sequin table runners and chair sashes. And the most amazing flowers, which were the focal point of the day.

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When it came to picking my dress, I had no idea what I wanted. I just took my mum with me as I wanted to keep my dress a surprise for everyone (even the bridesmaids!) I decided to go to A J Bridal in Newburn, they had come highly recommended.

The ladies at A J were so welcoming and asked me to look through the dresses and pick ones I liked the look of, I was instantly drawn to a princess style dress so picked that along with a few assorted styles. I tried on the first dress I had be drawn to and that was it – love at first sight! I proceeded to try on a couple of other gowns just to make sure I was making the right decision but I was certain the first dress was ‘the one’ I almost felt regal in it. I picked a Ronald Joyce dress, it doesn’t have a lot of bling just around the waist and had a full bottom with lace. Robert and I go to dinner dances and I get the chance to wear some lovely ball dresses and this was the sort of dress I would only get the chance to wear on my wedding day and it made me feel like a real-life princess.

The ladies at A J suggested trying it with a cathedral-length veil and a gorgeous diamanté head piece which sat slightly to the side. Once I had these on I fell in love again!

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let’s get this party started: hardwick hall hotel

October 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have seen that our jam packed series of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs are bigger and more beautiful than ever this season.

With our portfolio at it’s very best, every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait for another weekend of the finest wedding inspiration and welcoming you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel for our bridal party Luxury Wedding Fair on Sunday 8th October 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run the largest and most exciting free entry bridal exhibitions in the North East.  Hardwick Hall is a special one too. It’s going to be packed to the rafters – and it’s twinkling crystal chandeliers – with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.

Watch out for our DESIGNER DRESS SALE, tiny tipi tents, styling showcases, prosecco bar & glossy media packs, sponsored by Unveiled Magazine, for each visiting bride.

For this event, we are filling the whole of the Coleman Suite – and it’s going to be spectacular! We don’t just squash in any old exhibitors either! Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, we can promise you the very best choice of the best bridal experts in the region.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented.

If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We adore hearing your love stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person. I just love saying hello to my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday. Who wouldn’t love this job?

Well then, what are you waiting for? Grab your girls or your groom, and we’ll see you there!

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 250 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 goody bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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want to exhibit with us?

We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details and pricing. 
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well look at that #bridesquad, it’s a super sunday!

September 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We do like to spoil you, don’t we?

It’s a  S U P E R   S U N D A Y  weekend at wedding blog HQ as we bring you not one but two fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Shows!  Brides Up North is on tour in Yorkshire and the North East this Sunday 24th September 2017, 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 (including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine, hot off the press!) in hand. All events are, of course, FREE ENTRY.

I think I need a lie down!

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We’ll be at Allerton Castle, Yorkshire, this Sunday 24th September 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY to bring more Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.

Set amongst stunning landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade I listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.

For this bespoke, beautiful (and really rather big!) event, we’ve handpicked a selection of the most brilliant wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire. Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, pose in our photo booths, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

Not only have we over 30 of the region’s very best wedding suppliers in attendance, with every detail covered from cakes to cravats, but The Swanky Bride are also hosting a POP UP DESIGNER DRESS SALE at the event! The boutique is bringing a collection of So Sassi current and sale dresses along with some amazing bargains by Special Day, Kate Walker, Cymbeline, Augusta Jones, Emma Hunt, Stephanie Allin, Lilly and bridesmaids dresses by Ghost.

Dress already sorted?  There’ll be shoes, veils and accessories by Rainbow, Charlotte Mills and Miranda Templeton!

One of our very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury.  Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  Trust us, you will not be disappointed!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ALLERTON CASTLE

Who wants to play at princesses?!

the big bridal super show at ramside hall

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The North East’s best and most beautiful wedding industry suppliers will gather at of the region’s favourite wedding venue – Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa – on Sunday 24th September 2017, from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.  

Once again, we don’t do things by halves here at Brides Up North!  We are filling the whole hotel – that’s five huge function areas – and it’s going to be spectacular!

This isn’t your typical wedding fair, it’s a knock-your-socks-off bridal fashion bonanza with all the extra pretty on top!  This should most definitely be one for your diaries. Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, I can promise you the very best choice of the best wedding experts in the region.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented and there’ll be on the day discounts too.

We’ve added a HUGE DESIGNER DRESS SALE, sponsored by The Bridal Collection and The Harrogate Wedding Lounge.  Quite literally the best you’ll find, with over 100 dresses to try and buy on the day, all at £499 or less.  Yes. You read that right: all at £499 or less and from designers like Enzoani, Maggie Sottero, Justin Alexander, Claire Pettibone, Ian Stuart and Raimon Bundo.  You do not want to miss this!

As well as getting your dress shopping on, come and see our two Brides Up North designer bridal catwalks (we’re planning some really beautiful shows with the best boutiques in the area – don’t miss them!), meet the Ramside Hall wedding planners, pose in our photo booths, taste our sweet treats, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories (you are going to be spoilt for chose let me tell you!), get lost in our beautiful floral displays, get the hair and make up sorted, find a top photographer and tick off all those last essential details.  You name it, we can sort it.

I adore this event – it’s big, it’s busy, it’s exciting but most of all it’s really beautiful.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE BIG BRIDAL SUPER SHOW

I can’t wait to see you all there for a day of wedding planning heaven… and lots of fun too.

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be VIP media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, plus the brand new copy of UNVEILED Magazine.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is register using the link below.

While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE

fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding fairs across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch with julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place. Click here to view our list of events. 

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diary date: wedding open day at the biscuit factory

April 26th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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On the hunt for a cool, quirky and individual city centre wedding venue? Then it’s time to sit up and pay attention as our fabulous Sponsor, The Biscuit Factory, is opening its doors to brides and grooms-to-be for its first wedding open day of the year – and we have all the details!

Situated at the centre of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the unique venue – which was the only North East-based venue shortlisted for “Best City Venue” in the 2016 UK Wedding Awards – will be hosting its wedding open day on Saturday 6th May 2017, between 12pm and 3pm.

The event is an opportunity to see the gallery’s dedicated events space, The Biscuit Room laid out for a ceremony and reception. This purpose-built function room is one of the largest in the city, accommodating up to 150 guests for a ceremony and 250 seated guests for a meal and party.

Throughout the afternoon, The Biscuit Factory’s events team will be on hand to talk to guests, one-to-one, about the venue’s unique portfolio of services, The Wedding Collection. Couples looking to tie the knot in 2018 can take advantage of an exclusive 10% off offer, for a minimum of 80 guests*. Plus, for brides and grooms keen to tie the knot this summer, The Biscuit Factory is offering its full Wedding Collection for 80 guests, for only £5,000* (inc VAT), with additional guests charged at £62.50 per person.

Guests can also enjoy a selection of handpicked canapés and home churned ice creams as a little taster of the in-house catering; accompanied by a complimentary glass of fizz.

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Events Coordinator, katie says: Our open day is the perfect opportunity for couples to explore our beautiful venue and sample our catering first-hand. It’s always exciting to meet with couples face to face and find out more about the ideas they have for their special day – and how we can then make that vision become a reality.

Located within the Ouseburn valley, The Biscuit Factory is an award-winning art, craft and design gallery housed within a former Victorian warehouse, providing weddings with an inspiring, culturally-infused backdrop that’s characterised by contemporary art collections, wooden beams and original brickwork.

For more information about the wedding open day, visit The Biscuit Factory website. To book your free space, RSVP to events@thebiscuitfactory.com

*Terms and conditions apply. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

** Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability – July to September 2017. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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your exclusive invitation: join us at stunning middleton lodge this sunday!

February 27th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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If you follow us over on our social networks, you’ll have seen that we’re enjoying the most sensational season of Brides Up North events so far.  Thank you so, so much as always to our visiting brides, grooms and entourages and also to our amazing wedding industry suppliers for making both events extra special. They are really the loveliest of days!

If you’ve missed out on the pretty so far (or if you want the chance to do it all again!) you’ll not have long to wait! Today I’m proud to tell you about our annual Luxury Bridal Show taking place this Sunday 5th March 2017, from 12pm till 3pm at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

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We are proud to be working once again with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a beautiful wedding show with a handpicked selection of the region’s best bridal exhibitors at this exclusive venue.  The house, gardens and grand marquee will be open for exploration and inspiration! With every detail covered from gowns to garters, this should be a day for every soon-to-be-wed’s diary.

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North and exclusive offers from our sponsors, plus complimentary tickets to The National Wedding Show (worth £40) and the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED magazine.  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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW 

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wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding fairs across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Telephone No

Your Website (begin web address with http://www.)

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

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

Alternatively, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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10 top tips for planning your day at the north east wedding fair + discount for wedding blog readers

January 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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You’ve got the ring on your finger and it’s now time to start planning the big day – but where do you start? Brides Up North Media Partner The North East Wedding Fair is a great place to begin, with everything under one roof – from venues and dresses, to bands and florists– you’ll be on your way before you can say ‘I do’.

As well as offering 1/3 off Standard Tickets for our readers using the code BRIDESUPNORTH (click here to book!), The Wedding Fairs have compiled a list of their top 10 tips to make sure you make the most out of your visit to The North East Wedding Fair. Before you head down, make sure you visit the fair’s website to familiarise yourself with the show, the features and all of our exhibitors, and then be sure to follow our top tips for your first visit!

Images by Louise Bjorling Photography.

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Start your day at the Catwalk Show

the wedding fairs say: There’s no better place to see a wide variety of beautiful wedding dresses than live on the runway. Large scale shows will always have a fantastic runway, with top bridal boutiques showcasing the year’s most sought after designs and elegant classics, in a choreographed showcase that shows you a wide variety of dresses. Grab a glass of bubbly and watch as models run the catwalk in beautiful gowns and elegant footwear, bridesmaids and occasion wear, often joined onstage by male models showcasing tailored suits. It’s the perfect way to start your day and get you inspired to start hunting. We run 3 catwalks a day out at The North East Wedding Fair.

Find your wedding dress

Having seen the dresses on the catwalk, take note of your favourites and head to the boutiques and designers to try them on. At The North East Wedding Fair, we have a plenty of bridal designers and boutiques where you’ll be able to try on the gowns you’ve just seen on the runway, as well as hundreds more. With a huge selection of dresses, experts are always on hand at any fair to assist you in looking for your perfect dress and guide you in the right direction to make sure you feel and look your best on your big day.

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Take your time

At our Newcastle show we over 100 exhibitors, so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to make your way around the fair. Exhibitors at any fair are experts in their respective fields and are dedicated to making your day the absolute best it can be, so be sure to speak to them about your wedding, ask as many questions as you need and let them know all about your special day.

Find the perfect wedding venue 

The first step for planning your wedding day is finding your wedding venue, whether you are looking for a castle, hotel, hall, outdoor wedding or wedding abroad The North East Wedding Fair has a vast range of stunning wedding venues for you to book for your special day!

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Grab a show guide

You’ve found the perfect venue – beautiful but fun, you know your guests will love it and you can’t picture your day being anywhere else, but, you’ve forgotten the name now you’re home and you’ve googled everything you can think of to find it with no luck. We try to make it as easy as possible to find the people you’ve met at The Wedding Fairs. We have an online exhibitor list but our printed show guide is free, so be sure to grab one at the entrance to make note of the people you need to contact once you’re home! If you can’t find one, be sure to ask staff at the fair and a member of staff will be more than happy to assist!

Celebrate your engagement in style 

The planning process comes only second to the big day itself in terms of excitement, so why not treat yourself and your party to extra special visit to the fair with Silver or Gold afternoon tea tickets with SHOW Beauty. You’ll experience plenty of benefits and if there’s one time you should treat yourself, it’s in the build up to your wedding…

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