Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

this sunday! you’re invited to a luxury bridal show at ripley castle

March 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited to host another brand new event in our Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show portfolio. This Sunday 19th March 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY, we’ll be opening the doors to the sensational Ripley Castle near Harrogate for a bespoke and beautiful wedding fair, featuring a truly handpicked selection of the area’s most talented suppliers.  The Castle will also be dressed and ready for a wedding celebration, with the teams from Ripley and caterers Dine on hand to inspire and advise your perfect day. An Elegant Wedding at Ripley Castle (c) JPR Shah Photography (20)

Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is a historic attraction in a beautiful location, making for a picture perfect wedding day.

Few venues can match the Ripley Castle team’s years of experience, professionalism and ability to turn visions into reality when it comes to organising your wedding. Ripley Castle offers a range of excellent packages as a base from which you can plan your special day with the help of their experienced and dedicated wedding coordinators, who are on hand at all times.

Now working with events specialists Dine to offer marquee weddings by the lakeside, Ripley offers every possibility for your dream celebration.

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Come and see this spectacular venue, meet the Ripley wedding planners, be amazed by our floral displays, sample our cake creations, see our pretty paper, try a vintage motor for size, 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.

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.  We’ve got every last thing covered!

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 demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

fancy exhibiting with us?

Email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk to register your interest in any of our events for 2017. Places are limited and subject to availability.

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Images from Olga & Chris’s real wedding by JPH Shah Photography – see the full celebration by clicking here.

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this sunday: get set, pretty at the mansion!

March 10th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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The pretty just keeps on coming around here!

This Sunday 12th March 2017 from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY we will be opening the doors to Leeds’ most gorgeous boutique – exclusive use – wedding venue: Dine’s The Mansion, Roundhay Park, for a Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show with some serious style.

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I’ve said it before, but you have to see The Mansion for yourself: visit the venue’s website to check out this swanky space! And even if you have already found your dream venue, come along and tick some #wedmin off that list. Only the most fabulous wedding day suppliers have been handpicked to attend and with loads of wedding inspiration on site this Sunday, it’s certainly one for the stylish bride.

So what are you waiting for, grab your #bridesquad gals, it’s time to get inspired!

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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 (including 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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fancy exhibiting with us?

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 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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food and flowers. a night at the mansion with dine

March 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We’re fortunate to host our Luxury Wedding Shows at some of the north’s finest wedding venues, including The Mansion in Leeds – a truly gorgeous stately home set within Roundhay Park.

Not only is this venue beautiful on both the inside and out, but it also boasts first class catering and wedding planning services provided by hospitality and event experts Dine.

Ahead of our spring wedding fair at The Mansion this Sunday (which we are SUPER excited about!), the Dine team invited us to experience the incredible food and service that they deliver to wedding couples at the venue during a Dine Ambassadors’ Dinner.

With images by 123 Photography.

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Joined by fellow wedding professionals, we were told to expect an evening of “food & flowers” – two of our very favourite things – and so we were highly intrigued as to what lay in store.

Much to our delight, the event began with a floral crown making workshop, hosted by wedding floristry specialist Twisted Willow. Owner director (and all-round flower wizard) Joanna Cairns demonstrated creative uses for the armfuls of flowers, berries and foliage that span across the tables in The Mansion’s Garden Room Café, before we were let loose on the roaming piles of roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas.

Each of the ladies present, including ourselves, fully embraced the challenge by carefully wiring the stunning blooms to create some really bold and beautiful designs. To brides-to-be out there toying with the option of a flower crown for their big day, we simply say, do it! Nothing feels quite as pretty (or strangely, as empowering) as a beautiful ring of florals to top off your attire!

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After a sea of selfies to show off our horticultural creations, it was onto the ‘food’ element of the evening, and boy we’re we in for a treat! Bucking the new year trend of abstinence, the canapes and three-course meal followed a theme of indulgence with chocolate cleverly incorporated into every course.

A treat for all the senses, each stage of the meal was beautifully presented and the aromas were nothing short of divine, not to mention the taste!

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After canapes of venison tartare on chocolate spätzle discs; ham hock and smoked Wensleydale croquette with apple gel, and Caprini goats cheese cones with tomato and dill concase and fig and balsamic caviar, we took our seats at beautifully dressed tables in The Mansion’s Colonnades Room for the main event.

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Each course was served with paired wines, supplied by Hoults wine merchants, to educate and excite our taste buds further. To start, we served crab and saffron risotto, pan fried scallops and tempura soft shell crab, followed by a main course of fallow deer with spiced Umbrain lentils, choucroute, smoked kale and chocolate jus. And as if we weren’t already in food heaven, the best was yet to come – dessert! As part of an ‘indulgence’ menu we were particularly looking forward to the sweet course, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Dark chocolate and rosemary tart with fennel ice-cream, orange sherbet and baked white chocolate – pure pudding perfection!

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The whole evening was a true treat that showcased The Mansion’s stunning rooms, whilst inviting us to learn a new skill and sample the incredible cuisine created by Dine’s awarding-winning chefs. Foodies and fans of fine interiors alike will fall head over heels for this wonderful venue as we do time and time again!

So, if all that’s left you with an appetite to find out more about The Mansion, be sure to join us this Sunday, 11am to 3pm, when we will be filling the rooms of this stunning boutique-style venue with handpicked wedding suppliers to help you build your dream big day. The event is FREE ENTRY and we have 150 free Bride To Be VIP media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, to give away to those that register for the event first. Just click here to do so.

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for the stars. a styled bridal shoot at allerton castle

February 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on Brides Up North, the stunning Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire provides the romantic setting for our styled wedding shoot.

Dating all the way back to 1066, the site is quite literally steeped in history with striking architecture and a captivating gothic interior to match. We’re talking ornate mirrors, candelabras, original fireplaces and spellbinding staircases.

Becki from all You Need is Love Photography paired up with a number of talented suppliers (including Brides Up North Sponsor Blossom and Belle) to create this dreamy yet dramatic bridal look, and we simply adore the bold palette of the bouquet, headpiece and makeup.

Don’t miss our Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show on Sunday 5th March 2017, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry at this stunning venue! We’re filling the Castle with 30+ of the area’s most brilliant bridal suppliers, live music, bridal fashion, pretty paper, sweet treats, floral designs and all the details.  Come and see the place dressed to the nines to inspire your own perfect wedding day! Click here to register now. 

With images from All You Need is Love Photography

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becki says: We named the shoot ‘Star Of Love’ which is the variety of astrantia that the florist, Claire Slater Flowers used in the red bouquet, which features in most of the photos. Our model, Daisy, was quite the star, too, wearing a white gown from Blossom and Belle, based in York.

In terms of inspiration for the shoot, we focused on all things vintage. We wanted an opportunity to be creative together, especially as our tastes are so similar; plus we all have a soft spot for anything vintage.

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We loved working together to create such a timeless and elegant look for the shoot. It’s just great to meet like-minded ladies within the wedding industry that can inspire and encourage the best from each other.

Allerton Castle was the most perfect location; each room is breath taking and the staff there are incredible.

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I visited the castle a few years back, and it has always been a dream location for me to photograph. Each element of the shoot fitted together seamlessly and the backdrop of the castle really pulled it all together. It was like stepping into a time machine, as it’s steeped in so much history.

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We didn’t have a specific style from the outset, this emerged as we discussed our favourite looks, and before we knew it, the vintage theme took a life of its own.

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summer romance. a shabby chic inspired wedding at saltmarshe hall – nicola & mark

January 24th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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This morning’s real wedding takes place at Saltmarshe Hall in Yorkshire, a stunning venue at which we host our Luxury Wedding Shows, so if you like what you see, pencil in Sunday 9th April to view this beautiful building for yourselves during our next event.

But for now, let’s enjoy reliving the gorgeous big day of Mark and Nicola, which featured a pretty pink, lavender and antique cream colour scheme, elegant shabby chic touches and incredibly dreamy floral arrangements.

With images by Claire Louise Photography

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nicola says: Mark proposed to me at our favourite restaurant, Winteringham Fields, when I was eight months pregnant. It’s a fine dining restaurant, where he organised a private room and we stayed in a suite. The ring came out under a cloche during a nine-course tasting menu, which was amazing food. Mark got on one knee and proposed, I said yes but the kitchen staff who were watching on a CCTV camera were unsure whether I had, and dare not come back in the room, which was quite funny.

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We married on the 24th June 2016. We chose the date as it we wanted to marry early summer and hoped for some nice weather, which we got!

Our venue was an amazing privately-owned stately Georgian home called Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire. It is quite a new venue; the family have just finished renovating it and actually live there during the week. We chose the venue as the grounds and house were amazing and we literally fell in love with it and didn’t look anywhere else.

We were married by a registrar but then the vicar from our local village, who is a family friend, gave us a religious blessing in the gardens after we formally married, which was nice.

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We didn’t have a specific theme for the wedding, we just went for a classic and traditional style with our own personal touches. Our colour scheme was soft shades of pink/lavender and antique cream.

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My wedding dress was from It’s Bliss Bridal & Prom Wear in Doncaster. The design was a classic style with corset bodice, organza skirt with pearl and crystal detailing, which I wore with a full-length veil.

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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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