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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

from russia with love. an elegant wedding at ripley castle – olga & chris

December 22nd, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Continuing Christmas week (wahey!) in style on the wedding blog we’re delving into Chris and Olga’s magical day at the beautiful Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire – one of  our brand new Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show destinations for 2017 no less!

We just love everything about their story – from the rainbow that appeared in the sky during their first visit to the castle, to the stunning handmade wedding dress, created back in Olga’s hometown in Russia.

And let’s not forget about their amazing fireworks display and the appearance of their very own Russian MC, who added something that little bit different to the day’s proceedings!

With images from JPR Shah Photography

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olga says: We got engaged on 31 August 2015. We were walking in the rain at Harlow Carr Gardens near Harrogate – Chris had been carrying the ring with him all morning and was waiting for the right moment. Despite the rain there were quite a few people around and it was difficult to get a moment alone. We turned into a little hidden garden, full of strongly smelling lavender (which reminded Chris of his late grandmother’s garden) and he then went down on one knee and popped the question – it was very romantic.

We tied the knot on 4th June 2016. During the early days of our relationship, I left the UK to fly home after our initial month together, so when we were thinking about a date for our wedding, we suddenly remembered that heartbreaking day and decided to turn that sad memory into a happy one and use it to bring us together for the rest of our lives.

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We got married at Ripley Castle. The reason? A rainbow! I had set my heart on an English castle and Ripley was the first place on our venue list, as Chris is a Harrogate lad. We were incredibly impressed by the wonderful, professional welcome that the staff there gave us, but even though we felt very much at home there, we wanted to compare it with some others. However, while visiting, a rainbow appeared in the sky. Rainbows have always been lucky for us, appearing on our first date and when we got engaged, so we felt that it was always our lucky charm. It was definitely a sign for us, and our decision was made immediately as we drove away!

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We wanted our wedding to have a classical English theme to suit the wonderful surroundings at Ripley Castle, coupled with some traditional features of a Russian wedding too. It was important for both of us that it embraced both cultures.

Our colour scheme incorporated a combination of ivory, pale gold, lemon, soft tangerine and mint green. We started with my favourite colour for my dress (ivory) and complemented it with the gold and lemon in Chris’ outfit – we added in other colours through my knowledge of the world of fashion (these colours were ‘in’ this year for spring weddings!) – they looked wonderful together and seemed to fit in harmoniously with the castle’s interior.

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I wore a stunning dress designed and hand-made by a well-known and internationally renowned wedding salon called Belfaso, which is based in my home city of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.

Gemma Earl Make Up did the hair and makeup for the bridal party on the day of the wedding. I worked closely with Gemma to get the right ‘look’, including a trial run the week before when we tried a number of different styles.

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a very big house in the country. it’s our denton hall luxury wedding exhibition!

October 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’ve got our Wedding Barn knees up this weekend at Hornington Manor (click here to find out more), before bringing our sensational Yorkshire autumn season of events to a close next Sunday 30th October 2016, 11am till 3pm, with a very special date for the diary: our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Denton Hall, Ilkley, FREE entry. 

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As your very own exclusive-use country house for the weekend, the team at Denton Hall pride themselves on meeting your needs with a personal touch. Denton Hall blends its rich history with a bespoke, flexible modern-day service – including a Michelin-starred fine dining experience courtesy of award winning Box Tree Events – to ensure that your special day is as successful, enjoyable and memorable as possible.

Next Sunday, we’ve enlisted the help of 30+ luxury wedding exhibitors who plan to fill it’s stately rooms with wedding inspiration to help make your day even more perfect.

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The Hall is set in the heart of 2,500 acres of colourful, secluded, landscaped grounds and the exquisite interior of the Hall itself complements these beautiful surroundings. Featuring two magnificent reception rooms full of stately grandeur, with smaller, more intimate areas including an oak-panelled library and a charming period dining room you are truly Lord and Lady of the Manor at Denton.

Watch out for the Hall’s many charming features including a spiral staircase, hand-crafted genuine vintage Mouseman oak furniture, Adam style fireplaces and ceilings and crystal chandeliers. There are also 24 newly-refurbished bedrooms and two luxury suites – including an elegant bridal suite.

Come and see it all for yourselves…

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags), simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE 

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wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions next 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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Images from Katie & Ben’s wedding at Denton Hall as featured on Brides Up North by Bethany Clarke Photographyclick here to see the whole day in full.

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diary date: the black swan wedding open day

October 17th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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If you’re currently on the hunt for a wedding venue that offers a beautiful rustic setting, stunning reception rooms, first class service and to-die-for food, then we might just be able to help. For our wonderful Sponsor, The Black Swan hotel is inviting brides and grooms-to-be to see its fabulous wedding offering for themselves during a special open day between 12 noon and 4pm on Sunday 6th November.

Located in the idyllic North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley, The Black Swan is renowned for being among the North’s finest weddings venues and has twice been voted ‘Best Venue in the North East’  in the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards.

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During the open day event, couples will be able to see two of the cosy boutique hotel’s unique reception rooms, ‘The Garden Room’ and ‘The Gallery’, each with their own character, individually styled for a wedding reception for up to 50 and 90 guests. It will also provide the perfect opportunity for brides and grooms meet the venue’s preferred suppliers and the friendly in-house team, including wedding coordinator, Nicola Bolden, who can help bring their big day dreams to life.

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The Black Swan houses four welcoming reception rooms in total: ‘The Crosland Room’, ideal for small, wedding sophisticated parties; the hotel’s restaurant ‘The Gallery’, the largest reception room; the cosy and intimate ‘Tudor Lounge’, and the lovely ‘Garden Room’, with its access onto the hotel’s stunning English walled gardens.

Meanwhile for those who wish to marry outdoors, there’s the hotel’s locally hand-crafted oak gazebo, which is licensed for al fresco ceremonies and makes the perfect setting for an English country garden wedding.

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To help couples save time and money when planning their big day, The Black Swan offers an all-inclusive wedding package. Available on select dates during 2017, up to 50 guests can enjoy food and drink, accommodation and many other extras for just £5,600. There’s also a generous 20% discount* off the hotel’s standard wedding package in January, February and March 2017, making the charming venue an even better proposal!

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Preferred suppliers supporting the open day include Emma Dodsworth Photography, Brides of York and the Bridal Lounge Northallerton, Libby Butler Jewellers, Busy Liz’s Floral Design, Kate Pymm Hair and Makeup, Fabulously Finished Events, Celebrate Country Cake Design, Yorkshire Chauffeur Company, and live entertainment, courtesy of magician Mark Waddington, with live music by pianist, David Robertshaw, and vocalist/guitarist, Val Hill.

The event will also include opportunities for canapés and wine sampling from the hotel’s wedding packages. Entry is complimentary and so is car parking at the hotel.

Images by Annemarie King Photography/ supplied by The Black Swan.

*Terms and conditions apply (see website for full details)

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hey #bridesquad… join us at our luxury wedding barn event at hornington manor!

October 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’re really excited to be able to invite our readers to a one off special Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair in the new (and very fabulous) Wedding Barn at Hornington Manor, next Sunday 23rd October, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!

In our usual style, we’ve also packed the lovely space with so much amazing wedding day inspiration, that it’s starting to feel like a bit of a pretty party! There’ll be bubbles (from the Bubbles & Barley Piaggio van no less), bridal fashion, floral design, cakes, cars, beauty, all the little details… you name it, with all the area’s very best and most creative wedding bods.

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The most recent addition to Hornington Manor and previously home to their new born lambs, the Wedding Barn has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful wedding venue that seats up to 150 guests comfortably. The wedding barn still provides a few clues to its former use such as the huge double doors which open out onto the courtyard, and the wonderful exposed beams, but the beauty of the wedding barn is that you can really put your own personal style into your day.

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Hornington Manor is licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of spectacular locations around the grounds and it’s surroundings are second to none. Set amongst gorgeous Yorkshire countryside, this is a truly special wedding venue whether you choose to use the Barn, The Lawn, or the rooms inside The Manor itself.

But don’t just take our word for it – join us next Sunday and you’ll be able to see just how magical your special day can be.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR EVENTS THIS SEASON

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wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016 and 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

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. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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this sunday: discover the secrets of saltmarshe hall

September 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Some of our very favourite recent real weddings (and you know we get through our fair share of those here at Brides Up North HQ!) all had one thing in common – the venue.  Saltmarshe Hall was a name that kept cropping up again and again in our most stylish celebrations, so we just had to find out more. One thing led to another – as these things often do – and that curiosity was the start of a (VERY) beautiful friendship!

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We are delighted to present an intimate Luxury Wedding Fair at Saltmarshe Hall this coming Sunday 2nd October 2016, to showcase the venue and a truly handpicked selection of the area’s most fabulous wedding suppliers. As those of us sporting a sparkler on our ring finger know all too well, the best things come in smaller packages. This isn’t one of our biggest events, but it is one of our best.

This event is pure luxury, an open doors, friendly soiree, to show you exactly why Saltmarshe (and our chosen supplier team of up to 20) is so very special. If you are on a venue hunt, or are simply looking to finalise the last wedding details with the very best industry bods available in a relaxed and stunning, no pressure environment, then you must put Sunday in your diary.

We’ll be showing off our most fabulous find yet – East Yorkshire’s most romantic wedding venue – between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday 2nd October, and as with the vast majority of our events, entry is FREE.

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A restored Georgian Grade II listed Hall with a dash of style and elegance combining both traditional and contemporary charm and set in 17 acres of stunning parkland, Saltmarshe Hall is a truly unique place to say I do. The Saltmarshe ethos is to listen to what you want; and we love that they don’t enforce any off the shelf packages, rather letting their couples’ creative input flourish.

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All the rooms are licensed for ceremonies and there’s also the option to hold your ceremony outdoors.  The team also promise to never hold more than one wedding per day at Saltmarshe Hall, so that the venue is truly your home – and blank canvas – for your personal celebration.

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 100 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. 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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR EVENTS THIS AUTUMN 

wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions 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.

Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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Find out and see more at www.saltmarshehall.com

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hey #bridesquad? you’re invited to nostell priory

September 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

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The pretty just keeps on coming…

We’ll be reprising our popular Luxury Wedding Fair, set in it’s own secret walled garden– packed with the area’s most fabulous exhibitors – at the stunning exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory next Sunday 2nd October 2016, 11am till 3pm.

This 18th century mansion is set amongst 300 acres of parkland and beautiful landscaped grounds, with a curved carriageway, elegant gardens and luxury interiors that make it a prestigious spot for tying the knot. Make your vows as you overlook superb views from The Orangery, or hold the ceremony in Wragby Church within the estate. Clink glasses in the Rose Garden, before heading into the Riding School & Coach House for dining and entertainment.

Trust us when we 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 – live music, flowers, cakes, photographers, photo booths, diamonds (who doesn’t want those?!)… you name it!

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 our visiting brides are always so lovely at Nostell Priory. #dreamjob

So, is the date in your diary yet?  It should be.

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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 VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR EVENTS THIS AUTUMN 

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wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions 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.

Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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