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roses & romance. a classic wedding at worsley park marriott, manchester – sarah & phil

February 13th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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Time for some feel-good spring wedding inspiration to inject some sunshine into this dreary grey February – are you ready? Because we definitely are!

The lovely Sarah and Phil were married last May at the Worsley Park Marriot Hotel, Manchester. After reading about Phil’s uber-romantic proposal speech we expected big things and, by golly, we got them – roses galore, a Rolls Royce fit for a princess and a ruched satin fishtail dress of dreaminess. Romance in spades, readers.

We love the personalised cocktail ideas (Blushing Bride, anyone?) and the personalised CD favours for their guests, plus those images of this gorgeous pair embracing feel like we’re sneaking a peek at a completely intimate moment – in a good way!

Diary Date: If Sarah and Phil’s choice of venue has captured your attention then be sure to join us for our ‘Love Parade’ Valentine’s Wedding Show at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel, this Sunday 18th February, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. This fabulous event will give you the opportunity to view this splendid venue for yourselves while meeting a fine selection of the area’s top wedding suppliers. Pre-register here to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

With images by Tomcat Photography.

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sarah says: We got engaged on Christmas Day morning in 2014. Phil and I were sitting in the front room in our PJs. We‘d opened all of our gifts – or so I thought. Phil asked me to close my eyes as he had another present for me which was a surprise. He went on to say that I’d changed his life and he couldn’t live without me, hence he’d got me another gift. He then told me to open my eyes and there he was with the ring box open! He asked me to marry him and I obviously said yes – and I couldn’t stop crying!

Our wedding was set for 26th May 2017. Phil had always wanted to get married in May; it’s his favourite month because he seems to think the weather is perfect!  I could see benefits to getting married in all seasons so I was easily persuaded.

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Our venue was Worsley Park Marriott for both the ceremony and the reception. We used Brides Up North to research venues initially and attended a few wedding fairs – when we came to Worsley we knew instantly that we would get married there. We even loved the experience of driving up to the entrance – it just felt right for us. Plus, we live locally, know the area well and felt it would also be great for guests travelling more of a distance.

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Our theme for the wedding was music. Both Phil and I absolutely love music and our taste is so similar, yet very eclectic. We named each table after a meaningful song title and we also booked a band called Under the Covers, who were amazing and performed all of our favourite music.

Our colour scheme was coral; it’s my favourite colour because it’s so bright and cheerful and perfect for a spring/summer wedding.

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I wore an ivory fishtail dress from Bliss Bridal in Bolton. I saw it in the window and knew straight away it was ‘the one’. I asked to try it on and cried before I’d even looked in the mirror! It was classic but not like any other dress I’d seen before.

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get set wed: you’re invited to capesthorne hall

January 20th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Right then, lets start 2018 as we mean to go on… gorgeously!

Always a very special date in the Brides Up North diary, we’ll be kicking off a stellar season of events at the absolutely stunning Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, on Sunday 21st January 2018 , from 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY to bring our lovely Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.

Brace yourselves for the beautiful!

Not only have we 30 of the region’s very best wedding suppliers in attendance, with every detail covered from delicious desserts to dream dresses (seriously, you should see these dresses), via vintage motors, star photographers, fabulous florals, love lights, diamonds and much more.  Oooh yes… there’ll be diamonds, we insist upon it!

Venue already sorted?  No worries! We cover every detail, so if you’ve wedmin to get done, we’d like to see you there!

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North, as well as the current issue of UNVEILED Magazine.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful, family-owned stately home which can be yours exclusively for your dream wedding day. Set in 100 acres of the beautiful picturesque Cheshire countryside, this truly unique venue overlooks three lakes and stunning formal gardens. Capesthorne’s grounds and elegant rooms make it a perfect venue for your dream wedding at any time of the year.

The Hall and Lakeside Wing (both available to view this Sunday) are offered on an exclusive basis giving you your own stately home for the day.

The Drawing Room with its magnificent chandeliers and Italian paintings is used for Civil Ceremonies. The Queen Anne room, with its ornate fireplace, is used for Wedding Breakfasts and the Saloon is a beautiful room for drinks receptions and leads out onto the Terrace and West Lawn.

To find out more, enquire with the Capesthorne Hall team at the event!

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want to exhibit?

This event is now sold out for exhibitor spaces. Please click here to view our schedule for spring 2018.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect demand to be very high.

Discounts are available for block bookings.

Email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.

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reel love. diane harbridge for a cinema-themed wedding at oddfellows, chester – ellis & joe

January 19th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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We’ve definitely got that Friday feeling as we gear up for our first Luxury Wedding Fair of 2018 at the gorgeous Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. If any of you North West couples still haven’t got this fabulous event in your diary, take note now – Sunday 21st January, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, and you can pre-register to attend here.

But before we hop-foot it over there, we’re finishing off a fabulous week on the blog with a gorgeous real wedding that took place over in the North West…

It was love at first sight for today’s couple Ellis and Joe – but we’re talking about when they found their perfect venue rather than their first meeting (although we’re sure that was pretty magical, too!) Oddfellows of Chester brims with style, character and idiosyncratic charm and it’s crystal clear how this laidback couple knew that it would be perfect for their relaxed TV-and-film-inspired wedding.

Here at Brides Up North HQ we can’t get enough of that rich green and purple colour scheme – the perfect complement to Ellis’ flaming hair – and the contrast between grungy garage door shots and more whimsical, romantic portraits. We also love the photographer’s range of quirky shots, angles and close-ups, producing a creative and playful – yet still super-stylish – vibe.

Get ready for gorgeousness galore…

With images by Carla Blain Photography.

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ellis says: We got engaged on 3rd March 2016, in Las Vegas. Joe took me to the rooftop bar of the Delano hotel, got down on one knee and proposed as we were having drinks overlooking the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip.

We got married on 25th March 2017. There was no particular reason behind the date, just that the venue we loved was available.

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We got married at Oddfellows, Chester. As soon as we saw it we loved its relaxed vibe and the fact it was a little different to the average wedding venue, which suited us perfectly.

Our wedding had a film and TV theme. We thought long and hard about what felt most ‘us’ and our love of cinema trips and box sets sprung to mind. Our tables were named after fictional places from our favourite films and shows, we had our favourite childhood characters on top of the cake and various soundtracks playing throughout the day. I even walked down the aisle to a beautiful violin version of the Jurassic Park theme.

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Sage green and purple were our main theme colours. I had chosen green as the main theme colour and then Joe found his suit which had a purple back. Since our wedding I’ve been told the colour theme went really well with my hair colouring, which is the exact reason I picked it!

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I wore Faith by Diane Harbridge, which I found at her shop in Chester. It was an off-the-shoulder gown which I didn’t really want to try on, but my sister insisted and I’m so glad she did. I had a layer of sequin tulle added to the dress to give it some extra sparkle.

Jemma Stenning from VAIN in Chester, worked her magic with my hair for the day and also for my mum and bridesmaids. I highly recommend VAIN and Jemma – in fact, I won’t let anyone else near my hair. Mandy Rigby was my makeup artist for the day and Jennifer Hughes from The Doll House, Eastham did a fantastic job with the bridesmaids’ makeup.

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happily ever after. a garden wedding at capesthorne hall, cheshire – rachel & omar

January 16th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Ahead of our first Luxury Wedding Fair of the spring season at the stunning Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire this Sunday, we’re sharing the wedding story of Rachel and Omar who chose this fine venue as the setting for their special day.

Exchanging their vows in the Hall’s impressive grounds beneath the lake-side gazebo, Rachel and Omar’s ceremony was 100% picture perfect.

The proceedings gave a tasteful nod to Disney (something we suspect their guests may have seen coming after a proposal by the Alice in Wonderland statue in New York’s Central Park!), and the couple further styled their day with a statement navy and coral colour scheme.

Other special touches to look out for include games on the lawn – something that should be a prerequisite for any garden wedding, we think, and a lovely string quartet to set the laidback ambience.

If you’re on the venue hunt in the North West, be sure to join us at this spectacular venue on Sunday 21st January, for our Brides Up North Bespoke Luxury Wedding Fair, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. We will be joined by top suppliers from the area as well as the venue’s super helpful team. Pre-register to attend here.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Slice of Pie Photography.

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rachel says: We were on a romantic city break to New York in February 2015, when Omar surprised me and proposed by the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park, in the snow.

We tied the knot on 30th July 2016. We chose that date as we wanted an outdoor wedding and summer is our favourite season.

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The venue – Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield – was stunning and a great location for our friends and family. It had everything we wanted – outdoor facilities, a stately home and a contemporary feel for the evening reception.

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We didn’t have a full theme for the wedding, but we chose certain aspects to show our favourite things and personalities. For example, I walked down the aisle to a Disney arrangement (arranged by my very talented best friend) and our tables were Disney couples instead of numbers. My cousin very kindly painted small canvasses with the couples on.

We decided on a navy and coral colour scheme – we felt it was appropriate for the season, with the six bridesmaids in three different shades of coral and the male members of the bridal party wearing three-piece navy suits.

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I chose a lace-up tulle fishtail gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and pewter lace appliqués, beginning on the body and continuing down the front of the dress and the train. The dress was from The Confetti Box in Eccles. It was just what I wanted; very grand for the venue and something I’d never really seen before.

Omar wore a navy morning tails suit with a grey soft tartan waistcoat, pocket watch and matching tie and pocket square in navy with small white polka dot. This was from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow.

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it’s a pop-up mini wedding festival at the bowdon rooms!

November 4th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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The finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our Mini POP-UP Wedding Festival Bridal Show at this unique & authentic vintage venue this SUNDAY 5th November 2017, 11am till 3pm, 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 pizazz, it’s your lucky day.

We’ve added the very best floral designers, bridal boutiques, stationers, vintage cars , venue stylists, photographers, cakes, diamonds (and more!) that the area has to offer – plus a festival styling twist and lots of live music – to make sure that every detail of your big day is covered with individual style.

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

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is register.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

While stocks last only.

fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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To whet your appetite in the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to director of The Bowdon Rooms Neil Hughes, to tell us more about this spectacular space.

Can you tell us about the style and history of the venue?

neil says: Our luxury wedding venue in Cheshire is a charming building that offers an abundance of authentic character and beautiful features. More than 110 years old, the property’s Edwardian decadence will offer you and your guests a superior environment.

Amid subtle yet exquisite details of art nouveau charm, you can relax and dine in our glorious ballroom, with its stunning chandeliers suspended from a 40-foot domed ceiling, against a backdrop of romantically-lit voiles.

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wahey! brides up north is the official blogger for the national wedding show!

October 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re so (so, so!) excited to be reprising our role as official blogger for The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central this autumn on 28- 29th October 2017! As the North West’s biggest and most popular large scale wedding show, you can try, buy, book and hire all that you need for your perfect day.

With up to 200 wedding specialists, from bridal boutiques and florists to photographers and cake designers, this is the place to gain first-class creative ideas, tips and advice from the area’s crème de la crème of wedding suppliers. As one of our very favourite events of the year, we’re always eager to learn what wonderful extras The National Wedding Show team have in store – and ladies and gents, we can safely say that you’re in for a real treat!

To get two tickets for JUST £25, quote “BUN17” when booking.* Visit the website for more details and to book your tickets now.

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in fashion

The Catwalk shows (our favourite bit!) will be presenting the latest bridal, hair and accessory trends with a stunning showcase of dresses from top designers to high street names. As well as bridalwear, the catwalks feature up-to-the-minute looks for bridesmaids, grooms and mothers of the brides, making it a must-see experience for the entire wedding party.

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get the look

Don’t forget to visit the Bridalwear Collection too – a wonderful showcase of the area’s best boutiques where you can choose from hundreds of dresses and have personal consultations and fittings with expert stylists. Don’t forget to ask about the special show offers if you buy on the day!

For further styling tips and inspiration, you can join the Official Back Stage Makeup Artist professionals from Lancome on their interactive stand and watch expert demonstrations in the Makeup Masterclass area.

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all the details

If you’re looking for inspiration and creative ideas, whether you’re dreaming of a fairy-tale occasion or seeking a more cutting edge affair, it is a must attend event for every bride-to-be. Discover the North West’s premier wedding suppliers and experts for every aspect of your day, so you can buy and book everything from stunning dresses, venues, décor, photography, jewellery, wedding transport, floral displays, honeymoons, and much more.

party time

During the day, you can also conduct your very own audition for your wedding entertainment with the area’s best acts playing live at the Entertainment Stage in partnership with Jukebox Band.

Finally, be sure to get into the celebratory mood by raising a glass of fizz at The Champagne Bar, beautifully styled by our friends at QUBE Events.

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see you there

Whatever your budget, your style, your location – whatever your dream wedding – The National Wedding Show has got it covered. As well as hosting out own features over on the show’s official blog, we’ll also be on site at the event, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming like mad (from a front row seat on their designer catwalk no less), trying to meet as many of you lovely brides to be as possible and also putting our judging hat on to award the “best in show” exhibitor prize.

We’ll see you there!

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Get two tickets for JUST £25, quote “BUN17” when booking.*

book now

Visit the website for more details and to book your tickets now

Images by Cat Hepple/  Louise Bjorling.

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