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Lots Of Lovely. It’s The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At Middleton Lodge

May 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Did you catch our big announcement yesterday?  The Brides Up North team is growing! And just as well, because we’ve three fabulous bridal exhibitions to prepare, produce and present in one short week!

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As I said yesterday, hot on the heels of our closing event in the North West this Sunday 11th May (at the stunning Hilltop Country House no less, is it in your diaries? Click here), we’ll be quick stepping it to both Northumberland (The Alnwick Garden) and North Yorkshire (Middleton Lodge) on Sunday 18th May 2014, to bring more Brides Up North readers than ever before one huge dose of wedding inspiration at two of the most beautiful venues around, all in one go!

And boy are we closing the spring season with two belters!

Yesterday, I told you all about our extraordinary event at The Alnwick Garden – click here for all the details – and today it’s over to Yorkshire, as I present our beautiful – brand new – event at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At Middleton Lodge

Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6NJ

Sunday 18th May 2014

1pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY for pre-registered brides & their guests, £2pp on the day

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

We are proud to be working with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a big and beautiful wedding show with a large, 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-weds diary.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

VIP Bride To Be Registration – entitling you to FREE ENTRY for you and your guests, plus a VIP welcome pack filled with treats, glossy mags and exhibitor discounts – is open!  What are you waiting for?

To register for free entry for the bride and her guests (£2pp on the day) and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack sponsored by House Of Fraser and Molton Brown fill in your details below, marking “MIDDLETON LODGE” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

All images taken from Samantha & Dan’s beautiful wedding day at Middleton Lodge, by Helen Russell Photography.  To see their full celebration, click here.

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Something Extraordinary! The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Alnwick Garden

May 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Alnwick Garden Luxury Wedding Exhibition

It’s unchartered waters… but the Brides Up North team is growing!  More on that later, but for the first time ever we have capacity to be in two places at once!  Who’d have thought it?

Hot on the heels of our closing event in the North West this Sunday 11th May (at the stunning Hilltop Country House no less, is it in your diaries? Click here), we’ll be quick stepping it to both Northumberland (The Alnwick Garden) and North Yorkshire (Middleton Lodge) on Sunday 18th May 2014, to bring more Brides Up North readers than ever before one huge dose of wedding inspiration at two of the most beautiful venues around, all in one go!

Three big and beautiful bridal events, three regions, seven days.  Sleep is clearly not a priority.  So, wherever you are over the next fortnight, there’s a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition near you. 

So, let’s start at the top (or most Northerly!) and turn our attention to the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden

Images by Adamskii Photography.

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU

Sunday 18th May 2014

11am till 4pm

FREE ENTRY for Registered Bride +1 Guest

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

I’ve just closed exhibitor bookings and started planning my (very fabulous!) layouts for this sparkling event, and let me tell you, you are in for a real treat!  The selection of 40 exhibitors we have with us on Sunday 18th May 2014 really is stellar – from bridal gowns and menswear to cakes, stationery, event hire, accessories, beauty, lingerie, entertainment… we’ve got it all, and these are the best in the area.  No need to look anywhere else, seriously.

This is a super special event, as not only is it packed to those bunting laced rafters with wedding inspiration, but it’s also in one of the prettiest settings I know – the extraordinary contemporary gardens and atriums of The Alnwick Garden.

The pretty shoot you see here took place in January.  Imagine how pretty it’s going to look in mid May!  Come and see it for yourselves, and get all your wedding planning sorted at the same time!

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

VIP Bride To Be Registration - entitling you and a guest to entry to the glorious gardens for the whole day, completely FREE (so why not make a day of it?) plus a VIP welcome pack filled with treats, glossy mags and exhibitor discounts – is open!  What are you waiting for?

To register for free entry for the bride plus one guest (usual admission prices and concessions for the Garden apply to additional guests) and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack sponsored by House Of Fraser and Molton Brown fill in your details below, marking “ALNWICK GARDEN” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store…

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography at The Alnwick Garden

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Back To Nature. Claire Pettibone For A Styled Bridal Shoot At The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

February 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

This season, I am told by those who really know, it’s all about “the back”. 

One someone who certainly knows these things is Kathryn at Kathryn S Trueman Bridal & Occasions in Morpeth, Northumberland, and today she’s here on the wedding blog to show off the latest collection from the newest designer to be stocked in her lovely boutique (and one of my personal favourites!) Claire Pettibone.

With ethereal imagery by the fabulous Adamskii Photography, and shot on location at Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition venue, The Alnwick Garden, this is one beautiful way to start the week.

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Kathryn says:  Claire Pettibone are an L.A. based design house best known for their intimate, feminine and couture styling. Claire describes herself as a ‘true romantic’ and her vintage, yet modern dresses certainly have that “je ne sais quoi”!  .

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

"When I design a collection I strive to make a woman feel as special as the delicate creation she is wearing; take her to an enchanted time and place where women are princesses and magnificent goddesses. In today’s modern world we need to pause and indulge in beauty." Claire Pettibone

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

My team at Kathryn S Trueman Bridal decided to celebrate becoming the only stockist of Claire Pettibone in the North East of England by having an exclusive photo shoot of the dresses at the exquisite Alnwick Garden in January this year.

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

We wanted to find a setting that mirrored the Claire Pettibone styling, and where better than on our own doorstep, at the Alnwick Garden and it’s magnificent Treehouse Restaurant?

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

The photographs were taken by Adamskii Photography, who share the building with our boutique, at 42 Bridge Street Weddings – the recently launched ‘Wedding Department Store’ in Morpeth.  42 Bridge Street Weddings also houses Demoiselle Lingerie, K Beautique Makeup, Wiggle & Gilbert Menswear, Black Stripe Events, Hummingbird Jones Wedding Stationers and the Adamskii Photobooth!  With 42 Bridge Street Weddings we have created the ‘Harvey Nicks’ of the Wedding Industry, offering eight top quality wedding services under one roof.

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Back in January, Alnwick Garden was closed to the public, yet we were granted access for this shoot. We started off around the magnificent Fountains and the Poison Garden, before moving over to the Treehouse – somewhere that Adam has wanted to use for a fashion shoot for years – and finally ending up in the Walled Gardens. The dresses made the shoot, and the models were fantastic – we wanted a certain ethereal innocence to shine through; ‘Alice In Wonderland meets Narnia’!

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

42 Bridge Street Weddings will be exhibiting collectively at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 18th May 2014. A beautiful, excusive event in an extraordinary setting.  Closing our spring season for 2014, it’s set to be a magical day.  Be inspired! Click here to register for FREE ENTRY and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag. 

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Kathryn S Trueman at The Alnwick Garden

Little Black Book

Wedding Dresses – Claire Pettibone supplied by Kathryn S Trueman Bridal

Photography – Adamskii Photography

Models – Tyler Anderson, Amber Stewart, Chantelle Fairbairn and Bronwyn Stewart

Make-up – K Beautique & Rachael Giles MUA

Hair -  Katie & Leigh at Bassu, Morpeth

Flower Crowns – Emerald Forest Florists

Bouquet -  Love Bouquets

Venue – The Alnwick Garden

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Girl’s World. Supplier Showcase: Abbie Sizer Photography

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Abbie Sizer Photography

Happy Friday Brides Up North!  Enjoy that hey-it’s-Friday-the-inbox-can-wait cuppa you’ve got there and take some time out to catch up here on these pages.  It’s been an action packed week with lots of exhibitor introductions to make planning your big day that little bit easier, but this weekend the goings on doesn’t stop there. 

We’re gearing up to open our season with a very big and very beautiful Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Sunday 23rd February 2014, 12pm till 4pm, Free Entry, and can’t wait to see you there.  This is going to be good.  We’ve professional catwalks, 60 + luxury exhibitors and two (huge) hotel suites filled with wedding inspiration and we’re raring to go!  

One lady who will be joining us on Sunday is Brides Up North Featured Supplier Abbie of Abbie Sizer Photography, so whilst I finish stuffing 250 VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags, I thought I’d let her say hello here first!  I’ll leave you with Abbie and see you on Sunday!

Abbie Sizer Photography

Hello Abbie, would you like to introduce yourself? 

Hi, I’m Abbie and I’m a professional freelance wedding photographer. I have had an interest in photography for as long as I can remember but it was at the age of 17 whilst at college that I began to study photography at a professional level. I finished Cleveland college of Art and Design with two A Levels in photography and a BTEC National Diploma in media moving image. I then studied photography at Honours degree level and graduated from University in 2010. Since then I have worked alongside numerous wedding and family portraiture photography companies and established Abbie Sizer Photography in early 2011.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love wedding photography. I love the romance, the individual creativity and the magic of each couple’s special day. Weddings allow me to be creative and to try new techniques and ideas. No wedding is the ever the same therefore my job is forever changing, challenging and exciting.

Abbie Sizer Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I get ‘front row seats’ to lots of lovely weddings! In particular I like the wedding morning. Most brides invite me to spend the morning photographing the bridal preparations; I get to see the nervousness, the last minute preparations and the build up of the excitement.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

My wedding day photography package includes a pre-wedding photo-shoot. This can be an engagement shoot, a family photo-shoot or even a pet photo-shoot! I use this as an opportunity to get to know the couple, find out their likes and dislikes, what style of photographs they like and how they prefer to work. The most important thing and the main aim of the pre-wedding photo-shoot is for the couple to feel comfortable in front of myself and the camera.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Last year I photographed a wedding which took place in a marquee on a family farm on the North Yorkshire Moors. The wedding was simple and perfect. Everything was lovingly handmade, even the bunting that ran the full length of the huge marquee. The happy couple had provided their guests with wellies ready for the outside dancing under the fairy lights and stars. The evening showcased a live local band and the whole day felt magical.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I like to spend time getting to know you before your big day. We head out on a separate engagement photo-shoot session, we work together on your ‘essential photo-list’ and we discuss photography likes and dislikes.

Each part of your wedding day is as important as the other, from bridal preparations into the evening celebrations, I will start when you want me start and finish when you want me to finish.

I bring a female photographer’s perspective to your day. You can guarantee that I will not miss those diamond earrings or your Jimmy Choos. I will photograph the extra lace detailing on your bouquet and your something borrowed and blue.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

Couples who book with me can expect quality, attention to detail, reliability and a happy, memorable, wedding day photography experience.

What is included in your "package"?

Here at Abbie Sizer Photography we have just one wedding day photography package. This package includes all the ins and outs and there are absolutely no hidden extras.

· On your wedding day I will arrive when you ask me to arrive and finish when you ask me to finish, whether that be joining you early morning for those very first preparations or staying into the evening until your first dance.

· Two fully qualified photographers to capture your wedding day from all angles. Photographing all those special moments and those natural, off camera, so easily missed moments.

· A pre-wedding consultation where we can get to know each other, discuss ideas and put together your ‘essentials photo list’.

· A bonus engagement photo-shoot. A brilliant idea for discovering how each other works, your preferred style of photography and to have you feeling at ease in front of me and the camera.

· Full professional processing work on all of your images with a mixture of colour, black & white and sepia imagery.

· Every image will be then presented to you on copyright free, presonalised DVD’s inside beautifully handcrafted presentation cases.

· You will be able to print from your disc at your leisure and use on the Internet without watermarks.

· New in 2014 your very own ‘Bellissimo Lifestyle’ wedding album.

Can you give us an idea on price?

Our full day wedding photography package is priced at £990.

Abbie Sizer Photography

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

If you’re interested and would like to arrange a no obligation meeting then get in touch at www.abbiesizerphotography.co.uk or call 07896 816 634.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Anything else we should know?

I work closely with Strike A Pose Wedding Videography. Although a photograph speaks a thousand words, there are some moments of your wedding day that even a photograph can’t capture as well as a video.

Your vows are a moment that you will want to relive, as are your speeches and maybe even your first dance! Strike A Pose Wedding Videography are a team of videographers that creative beautiful wedding day movies for bride and grooms. They’re unobtrusive in their filming and they have a talent for helping guests feel at ease in front of the camera. Their wedding movies typically last around 30 minutes, are edited to the couples’ very own soundtrack and portray all the emotions, excitement and laughter of the wedding day perfectly.

Abbie Sizer Photography and Strike A Pose Wedding Videography offer a combined photography and movie package so that you can have the best of both worlds.  They will be exhibiting together at The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Sunday 23rd February 2014.  Click here to reserve your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag. 

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition At Hardwick Hall Hotel

September 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Hardwick Hall Hotel Autumn 2013

 

You’d think that halfway through our Autumn season of events (with twelve amazing days already under our belt this year and five to go) I’d be feeling a little jaded, but I just LOVE meeting my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends, catching up with my supplier friends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday.  Who wouldn’t love this job?

So far this season in the North East alone we’ve been at the extraordinary Alnwick Garden for our luxury and vintage event and Ramside Hall Hotel for our massive Brides Up North Super Showcase and now it’s time to creep just that little bit further South to Sedgefield.

Every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait to welcome you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel THIS SUNDAY 29th September 2013, from 12pm till 4pm, FREE entry.  It’s going to be packed to the rafters (and it’s crystal chandeliers) with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.  Ladies, if there’s one show to be at this weekend, this one would be it. 

We’ve access to all the details you need to plan your big day, live music, exclusive on the day treats, two professional bridal catwalks and the Hardwick Hall wedding planners will be on hand to help you to realise the day of your dreams. 

Come along and meet Beauties UK, Gray Events, Greenwoods Menswear, Ideal Photos, Isabelles Bridal, Joanne Kay Bridal Boutique, Just Perfect, Ken Hills Photography, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Little B Stationery, LMS Events, Lovedub Cars, Martin Ker Photography, Merlin Wedding Cars, Nigel Playle Photography, One Digital Image, Party Pics Photo Booth, Paul Lytton North East Magician, Photo Occasions, Pretty Little Vintage Things, Megan Green Hair & Make Up, Roger Burlison Photograhy, Sadie May Cakes, Sareli Jewellery, Belle Bridal Magazine, Celebration Cakes Peterlee, Chiyo McMillan Photography, Debenhams Metro Centre, Exclusive Wedding Cars, Exclusively Yours, Fyzal Photography, Glen Roughead Swing Singer, Glitz & Glamorous, Grange Photography, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Smooch, Snaparrazzi Photobooths, The Florist Shop, The Wedding Guide, Troughear Suit Hire, Wildchilds Ltd, Zodiac Disco, Cordelia & Co, Molton Brown, Origins, Classically Covered, MacVean Videography, Your Coverage, Low Moon Over High Town, Millennium Limos, GW Holmes & Sons, Dandy Events, Opal Bridal Boutique, Dusk Till Dawn Entertainments, Kelly’s Event Boutique, Aryana, Make Up By Jo, My Wedding Belle, Rings By Design and more…!

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 300 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors House Of Fraser & Molton Brown.  Just because we love you.  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. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “HARDWICK HALL in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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A Classic Romance. Pink & Grey For A Traditional Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Claire & Chris

September 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to a new week folks!  After a rare weekend off here at Brides Up North HQ – topped off by an X Factor and Downton Abbey marathon (hell yeah!) -  I’m back and bursting to get going. 

I’ve so much wedding pretty to share with you between now and our Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this weekend that I’m going to jump right in.  We’re in the North East this morning, as we share in Claire and Chris’ utterly elegant celebration at the ever stunning Rockliffe Hall. Timeless, traditional and totally gorgeous.  

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jamie Penfold Photography

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Claire says:  We got engaged on Christmas morning 2011 – Chris surprised me with a ring as we opened Christmas presents in front of the tree. We had already been together over ten years but I still wasn’t expecting it!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We were married on 2nd August 2013 at St Aloysius Church, Hebburn followed by a reception at Rockliffe Hall Hotel

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

It was the first place we visited as we had heard very good things about it, and we were blown away by the gorgeous venue! The staff were so helpful and friendly from our first meeting, and they couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish. We viewed a few other places after that, but we couldn’t get Rockliffe out of our heads, nowhere else compared for us! Becci and Colin made sure everything ran smoothly and we felt like we were in safe hands. The toastmaster, Robert Leeming was completely charming and really made the day extra special.

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We didn’t have a theme; we just wanted the wedding to be quite traditional and classic, with a colour scheme of pale pinks and greys. 

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I chose a strapless fishtail dress embellished with crystals from I Do in Bill Quay. I also got my jewellery, hair band and veil from there.  My bridesmaids Ashleigh and Samantha wore short pink Dessy dresses, also from I Do.

Our hair was done by Elaine Rea from Tribeca Boldon and make up by Amy Askew from Aatiqah Boutique Spa. The girls worked wonders on us all!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our bouquets included pink roses, white freesias, white veronica and eucalyptus, made by Cinnamon Rose. They also supplied the centrepieces of candelabras and roses.

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We travelled in a Bentley S2 from Fearon’s, we loved the classic shape and colour of the car.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our videographer Steve Spowart from Gibside Video Service was brilliant.

Jamie Penfold was our photographer and he was fab. We couldn’t be happier with the photos from the day!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

The invitations, orders of service and other stationery were designed by Noble Fine Art. Julia and Charlotte did a fantastic job and were so organised, which took a lot of stress out of it for me!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Gemma of Love Lily Cakes made our four tier cake, and it was delicious! We chose a bottom tier of carrot cake, followed by vanilla sponge, chocolate and fruit cake. She handcrafted flowers to imitate those in my bouquet and she did an amazing job.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Chris’ cousin Caroline made a slideshow of photos of us both, as babies, through our teenage years up to the present day. It was shown just before our first dance and it was a lovely surprise for us, however there were some extremely questionable photos included!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We went to Dance City and had a few lessons with a dance teacher, Sue, who choreographed a first dance routine for us. Although it didn’t go quite as planned on the night, as we didn’t have time to practise in the lead-up to the wedding, we had such a lot of fun doing it and our guests seemed to enjoy us looking silly too!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Jason Isaacs entertained us all and got everyone people dancing early on! He was superb. We then had a DJ from Prime Entertainment, who had us all dancing until the early hours.

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For our honeymoon we spent two weeks in El Dorado Casitas in Mexico and it was fabulous – we didn’t want to come home!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take it easy on the morning of the wedding.  I’m so glad I got Elaine and Amy to come to my house. There was a really chilled atmosphere as there was no rushing around and we could just relax and be pampered in our PJs!

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Congratulations Claire & Chris!

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THIS WEEKEND! It’s The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition At Ramside Hall Hotel!

September 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Ramside Estates Grand Wedding Exhibitions Autumn 2013

It’s here!  And it’s only the biggest event in our whole Autumn calendar.

Nearly 100 of the region’s best and best and most beautiful wedding industry suppliers will gather under the roof (roofs) of the North East’s favourite wedding venue – Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club – on Sunday 8th September 2013. 

We are filling the whole hotel – the Bishop’s Suite, Ballroom, Fountain Room and Grand Marquee, and it’s going to be spectacular!

Ramside Hall Hotel Wedding Exhibition Autumn 2013

If there’s one wedding fair to attend this year, this is it.  This is officially the largest free entry bridal event in the North East area and should most definitely be one for your diaries.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented and there’ll be on the day discounts too.

Come and see our two professional bridal catwalks (and this time we are adding a special Great Gatsby twist!), meet the Ramside wedding planners, have a bite to eat in the summer marquee, pose in our photo booths, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

Just ’cos I’m generous, we’re also giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors Origins and Molton Brown.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “RAMSIDE HALL in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. 

Come along and meet Smooch Rings, Snaparrazzi Photo Booths, Stark Film Pictures, The First Class Wedding Company, The Florist Shop, The Gift Boutique, The Little Love Card Company, The Wedding Guide , Village Photography, Viroch Elegance, Wildchilds Ltd, VIP For Your Special Occasion, Events By Dragonfly, Lydia Jane Bridal, LMS Events, Molton Brown, Origins, A J Bridalwear, Affleck & Moffat, Alan Gibson Photography, Bannatyne Health Clubs, Bella Sweetie Cake Design, Belle Bridal Magazine, Ben Johnson Fitness, Celebration Cakes, Claire De Lune Florist & Events, CTM The Studio, Dandy Events, Debenhams Metro Centre, Exclusive Wedding Cars, Exclusively Yours, Focal Point Photography, Funky Flower Company, Glen Roughead Swing Singer, Gray Events Ltd, Greenwoods Menswear, Hand Held Designs, House Of Mooshki, Ideal Photos, Ink Wedding Stationery, Isabelles Brides, JD Cake Design, Joshua James, Just Perfect, Kelly Anns Cakes, Ken Hills Photography, Lee Scullion, Let Them Eat Cakes, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Little B Stationery, Love Lily Cakes, Lovedub Cars, LPG Endermologie Clinic, Martin Ker Photography, Merlin Wedding Cars, Mobeus Jewellers, Moss Hire, Nail Care, Nigel Playle Photography, Not Just Any Wedding, Paul Lytton Magician, Phil Smith Photography (Pop Up Studios), Photo Occasions, Posh Chair Covers & Bows, Pure Wedding Stationery, Ramside Hall Hotel, Reflected Light Photography, Rings By Design, Roger Burlison Photography, Rosemount Designs, Sareli Jewellery, Sean Elliott Photography and more!

I adore this event – it’s big, it’s busy, it’s exciting, but most of all it’s really beautiful.  I can’t wait to see you all there for a day of wedding heaven… and lots of fun too.

Can’t make it?  Are you mad?!  Don’t despair – put one of our other eight dates in your diary instead.

 

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THIS SUNDAY! It’s Our Brand New Wedding Event At The Alnwick Garden!

August 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alnwick Garden Luxury Wedding Exhibition September 2013

 

As I revealed last month on these pretty pages, I am absolutely thrilled to add the latest and most exciting date to our schedule of luxury bridal events this Autumn, the Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013. And it’s THIS Sunday! .

This is a super special event, as not only is it kicking off our Autumn season in style, but it’s also in one of the prettiest settings I know – the extraordinary contemporary gardens, atriums and vintage marquee at The Alnwick Garden.

 

Sean Elliott Photography

 

And if it’s good enough for the RoyalsPrinces William and Harry played ushers at a high society wedding at this very venue just last month!  – its good enough for me!

 

We have 50+ luxury and vintage wedding exhibitors at this gorgeous event including, amongst others: Gray Events, Emma Bunting, Bit-a-Sweet, Ellingham Hall, Alnwick Wedding Cars, Plumb and Rabbitts,

Sean Elliott Photography, Phil Smith Photography, The Master Cakesmith, Dirk Van Der Werff, David Lawson Studios, Jamie Penfold Photography, Ramside Estates, Village Photography, 42 Bridge Street Weddings: Kathryn S Trueman Bridal & Occasions, Adamski Photography & Photo Booth, K Beautique Wedding Make Up and Nails, The Timeless Table , YAP Bridal Boutique, The Wedding Guide, Belle Bridal Magazine, Glen Roughhead Swing Singer, Lottie McPhee’s Cupcakes, House Of Fraser, Molton Brown, Greenwoods Menswear , Notjusttravel Northeast, Woodhill Hall, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Snaparazzi Photo Booths, AJ Bridalwear, Rings By Design, Ink Wedding Stationery, AM DJ Services, Val Boyers, Great British Bash, The Event Dresser, Graphic Embers Stationery, Lydia Jane Bridal, Vintage Bride Boutique, Debenhams Metro Centre, VW Deluxe Weddings, Absolute Media, Colin Cook Wedding DJ, Wild With Love, Most Suitable and Chris Cross Magician

 

They can’t wait to meet you and help you to plan your extraordinary wedding day!

 

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VIP Bride To Be Registration - entitling you and a guest to entry to the glorious gardens for the whole day, completely FREE (so why not make a day of it?) plus a VIP welcome pack filled with treats, glossy mags and exhibitor discounts – is open!  What are you waiting for?

 

To register for free entry for the bride plus one guest (usual admission prices and concessions for the Garden apply to additional guests) and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack sponsored by House Of Fraser and Molton Brown fill in your details below, marking “ALNWICK GARDEN in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

 

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy!

 

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Can’t make this event? (boo!)  Click here for the full list of Brides Up North events this season. 

 

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Roses & Thistles: Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland – Samantha & Kenny

August 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m such a tease aren’t I?!  After pressing publish on Monday morning’s blog post, I knew that it would be cruel not to share the rest of the gorgeous shots from Sam and Kenny’s beautiful Real Wedding at The Alnwick Garden on the blog.  After all, it’s one of the prettiest days I’ve seen.  Could these two be any more photogenic?

So, the purpose of yesterday’s post was to alert you to a very special event coming up very, very soon – opening our autumn season, in fact – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013.  To get the full lowdown and register for completely free VIP Bride To Be entry and your goody bag, click here

Once you’ve been there, done that, some back to share the rest of Sam and Kenny’s big day.  With images by the ever talented Sean Elliott Photography (who’ll be joining us on September 1st too), this is one to remember. 

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sam says:  We got engaged in Dubai, in September 2009. Kenny wrote ‘Marry me?’ in rose petals on the bed whilst I was at the pool sunbathing… quite the romantic!

Sean Elliott Photography

We tied the knot in June at The Alnwick Garden in the Pavilion Room.  We felt that the Garden was somewhere different, with stunning grounds for the perfect photos.  It’s also a memorable venue for people who hadn’t been before – the grand cascade as the main viewpoint throughout the ceremony, the rose garden, bamboo maze, the tree house and all of the water features gave guests that little something extra, over and above a wedding in a hotel or stately home.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted to keep it simple and relaxed – a bit like us!  We chose a colour scheme of black and white with pinks and whites in the bouquets and button holes adding a splash of colour.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

I wore the Maggie Sottero “Reece” dress from Blush Bridal Boutique in Uppermill, Saddleworth and Kenny wore a kilt, in Morrison Clan tartan… sticking to family tradition.  He had it hand-made at Nicholson Kiltmakers in Edinburgh.

Sean Elliott Photography

The groomsmen wore kilts in Blackwatch tartan (hired from Slaters), sticking to the groom’s Scottish roots and the bridesmaids wore simple black floor length dresses from Monsoon.

Sean Elliott Photography

The bridesmaids and I had peony rose bouquets with a mix of pinks and some white roses and Kenny had a  pink peony buttonhole (to match my bouquet) with Scottish thistles.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Getting ready with my mum and the bridesmaids was great fun, very relaxed and involved quite a lot of champagne!

Sean Elliott Photography

Guests were taken to the venue by Dreadnought Coaches in the 1952 Leyland Titan.   The guests and groomsmen travelled in more style than the bridal party!  When boarding the bus, the groom, best man and ushers gave everyone a glass of fizz to get the celebrations started. I think it’s fair to say the journey for the guests was a real social event!

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Arco String Quartet played some beautiful music for our guests’ arrival, my entrance, signing the register and at end of the ceremony – including Elbow – One Day Like This – and The Beatles – All You Need Is Love.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Kenny’s father made all of the ladies’ favours by hand – strawberry and champagne preserve, with little poem on the labels: “A spoonful of sugar and two sweet kisses, now Kenny and Sam are Mr and Mrs”.

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

The best man’s speech was  brilliant, one of the best I’ve ever seen. He used a video to really take the mick out of Kenny and had everyone in fits of laughter. ‘Mr Lover Man, Shabba’ was the song of choice for the video… very entertaining!  It was also great to have all of our nearest and dearest in one room together as it doesn’t happen all that often!

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

A friend of ours, DJ James Cummings provided the evening entertainment.  We had a small part of the night dedicated to a ceilidh too, which went down really well and Sean Elliott got some great action shots!

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

After the wedding we did a road trip through California – Vegas, San Francisco, Route 1 with various stop offs including Santa Barbara and Carmel, finishing off in LA, going to the Standard Hotel for their famous rooftop party on the last night of our honeymoon… the perfect end!

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography

My top tips for other Brides Up North would be: don’t get stressed, don’t have massively high expectations that you may find impossible to meet, make sure your wedding reflects you as a couple, no-one else (i.e. don’t try to imitate anyone else, or do something just because you think your guests will like it – if you don’t), and just relax and enjoy every single moment, from planning, right through to sending out your thank you cards!

Sean Elliott Photography

 

Congratulations Sam & Kenny!

Get the date in your diaries – I might have mentioned it a few times (too many?) but our opening event of the season – The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden is on Sunday 1st September 2013 from 11am till 4pm.  Pre register now for free entry and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag!

 

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