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swoon. pretty pastels for a simple & stunning Yorkshire wedding – mia & rob

October 27th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (41)

So the clocks may have gone back drawing the darkness in that bit earlier every night but today we have a super stylish wedding full of uplifting pastel tones that is bound to brighten up your day.

Rob and Mia wanted a simple and relaxed outdoor celebration made up of pretty colour and natural, simple décor.

Despite working on a budget, the creative couple pulled their desired look off beautifully showing others that even if you haven’t got bucket loads of cash to blow you can still have a flippin gorgeous big day.

Just like Mia I’m head over heels for pretty pastels and it was her bridesmaids’ lovely lilac dresses that attracted me to the wedding in the first instance. Add to this a stunning bride, fabulous blooms and an impressive venue and you’ve got all the ingredients for an incredibly swoon-worthy wedding.

With images by EverThine Photography.

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (46)

Mia says: We got engaged on our fifth anniversary of being together when we were celebrating at a spa hotel. Rob got down on one knee and proposed in the hotel room before we went out for a beautiful dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Thames.

We set the date for Saturday 16 August 2014 as we wanted to get married after I’d graduated. We choose the summer because we both wanted an outdoor ceremony.

We both grew up in Yorkshire and knew we wanted to get married back there even though we were both living in London at the time. My mum came across our venue, Saltmarshe Hall pretty quickly which was great. It’s a beautiful venue in Howden, a gorgeous stately home with lovely gardens and surrounded by countryside – it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, which was perfect for us. The house itself is stunning and has lots of different rooms downstairs that can be used for different things and with the gardens it gave us the freedom to do what we wanted which was an outdoor ceremony (depending on the weather). It had just been bought by new owners and opened for weddings the year before so that was very lucky for us!

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (45)

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (4)

We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding. We wanted to get married outside so we started by basing things around a garden ceremony, like having a simple dress and bridesmaid dresses and natural flowers. The hall itself is stunning so didn’t need much decorating, just small details and then we went with our own choices so having black tie and summer dresses for the dress code and our own choice of music and the vows and readings within the ceremony to make it personal.

I love pastel colours and decided on lilac for the bridesmaid dresses because it’s a really pretty colour. The colour scheme wasn’t strict; we just had a range of pastels because it kept with the idea of a garden wedding and suited it being in summer. The bridesmaid dresses were all slightly different shades of lilac, the flowers were creams, pale pinks and lilacs and then the table decorations were pale pink, lilac, pale blue and mint green

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (16)

I had an idea in my head of what dress I wanted. Quite simple, nothing too big (as I am quite short) and with it being quite a simple ceremony in summer I wanted something suitable to that – light and comfortable. After A LOT of shopping, which was fun but got frustrating after a while, I found my dress in a shop in Beverley called Bridal Reloved. Kate there sells second hand and sample dresses, so beautiful dresses with a reduction. She was so helpful and honest about everything. I knew I wanted white/cream with some lace, and I really wanted an open/pretty back. I think the dress I chose was the perfect dress because it had all those things but was also something different that I hadn’t seen before. It was simple but still ‘wedding’ enough and had stunning details like the lace edge at the bottom and cross straps at the back. My veil was something borrowed from my oldest sister Lauren, who got married the year before me, and my shoes were cream lace peep toes from Next. For my something blue my sister India sewed a little blue tag into the inside of my dress with the wedding date and our names on the front and inside was a sixpence given to me from the lady who sold me the dress, for good luck.

Rob wore a black dinner suit from House of Fraser with a dicky bow. He also wore blue superman socks, which were a little wedding present from me.

My bridesmaids all chose their own dresses. I said I wanted lilac but wanted them to be comfortable and find something that they loved and that suited them. They were all slightly different shades of lilac and different lengths and styles that showed off their personalities and own styles. The groomsmen all hired black dinner suits from Slaters in Hull with black dicky bows.

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (7)

Lucy and Nate Aspray at EverThine Photography did our photography. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone. I’ve known Lucy for a long time as she is best friends with my sister so it was lovely to have someone I knew there taking the photos. She is very talented and takes stunning photos. We asked for very natural shots of the day, wanted the small details captured and asked for a few specific shots – for example I wanted a photo of my bridesmaids and me holding the bouquets over our faces. They really made everyone feel comfortable and took great photos but without imposing. Looking back through them they captured the happiness of the day perfectly and I hardly remember most of the photos being taken!

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (10)

Gill Tomkinson, a local florist/plant seller from Broomfleet, did my bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets. I asked for natural, hand held bouquets which were lilac with some pale pinks and creams tied together with lace. She did an amazing job and did the button-holes and corsages for the wedding party which were beautiful and really suited the garden/outdoor style.

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (24)

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (26)

The venue flowers were by Hannah from Vintage Rose, a florist from Newport. Again I asked for lilacs, pale pinks and creams and I wanted some gypsophila and roses – the lilac roses were particularly stunning! The table flowers were in little milk bottles and there were hanging jam jars of flowers on the sides of the seats in the ceremony. The rest of the decoration was all done by me pretty much. I painted wooden numbers in pastels for the tables, and blackboard hanging hearts for the place names. Rob wanted photos of us at each of the tables so on table one there was a picture of us both at aged one, right up to table seven. We used those photos for the table plan, tea lights and photos of us as decoration around the venue, lace bunting made by my sister India and a wedding sign made by my sister Talitha and an old painted suitcase to hold our cards.

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (38)

As a special touch Rob and I wrote our own vows and chose the readings from film quotes and lyrics that we loved, which made it really personal.

We enjoyed the whole day so much! It was great to see it all come together after a year-and-a-half of planning, and to share it with family and friends. I think my favourite part was the ceremony – we got to have it outside which is what we both really wanted, it was so personal to us and it was just amazing to get to marry the love of my life and my best friend.

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (44)

We had little chocolate heart lollipops as favours as well as the place names, which were blackboard hearts which could be hung up by lilac lace.

Jan Harker made the wedding cake, who is my best friend’s mum. We wanted a three-layer round cake with a layer of vanilla, chocolate and fruit cake. The icing was white with a ruffled effect, there was a bow on the middle layer and white roses on the top.

Croft Kitchen provided the catering for the day. We served canapés and prosseco after the ceremony and then had a sit down dinner with three courses. For starter we had Italian meats and anti pasti, for main rosemary chicken and vegetables and for dessert mini banoffee pies (Rob’s favourite pudding).

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (50)

We would definitely recommend all our suppliers including the venue. The food by Croft Kitchen was lovely, well presented and a very reasonable price. Vintage Rose and Gill Tomkinson did exactly what we wanted them to and the flowers were stunning. EverThine Photography captured the day perfectly, we are so so happy with the photographs and have had many compliments on them. Saltmarshe Hall is a beautiful venue and with the many rooms and gardens it really is left open for you to do what you want with it. The owner Kate was so great and suggested vendors and ideas but also allowed us to do what we wanted with our special day.

an outdoor wedding with pretty pastels at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Everthine Photography (56)

We went to Riviera Maya in Mexico for two weeks for our honeymoon. We both love the sun and spent a fortnight in a gorgeous hotel and laid on the beach, just relaxing after the wedding and spending time together. It was perfect.

We were on quite a tight budget with our wedding. The advice I would give to other Brides Up North would be don’t settle with what you first find. Sometimes it takes a lot of time and a lot of frustrating hours sat at a computer or on the phone to find the right thing but researching and looking is the only way to find it and it’s definitely worth it.

Personally I loved planning it and being involved, it was stressful at times but being able to make things like the table decorations was a lot of fun and I felt really proud on the wedding day when I saw everything together.

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splendid sundays…

October 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

NP Autumn 2014

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move over downton abbey…

October 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

NP Autumn 2014

…and welcome to Nostell.

After five straight weeks of brilliant bridal events (and double the inspiration with two events in a day the last two week’s running) you’d think we’d be flagging.  Of course not.  We’ve got Northern stamina and the Brides Up North team are ready to bring on even more pretty!

We’ll be reprising our popular event – packed with the area’s most fabulous exhibitors – at the stunning exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory this Sunday!

Nostell Priory (c) Peter Boyd Photography

Image by Peter Boyd Photography

nostell priory

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Sunday 19th October 2014

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time 11am – 3pm

FREE ENTRY

Trust me when I 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 – bespoke stationery, live music, flowers, event dressers, flash motors, photographers, photo booths, diamonds (who doesn’t want those?!)… you name it!

You can also meet with the venue managers, Dine, and enjoy tours of the stunning ceremony room and rose gardens before returning to the refurbished Riding School event space to get your wedding inspiration on!

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 the visiting brides are always so lovely at Nostell Priory. It’s a happy job we do here at Brides Up North.

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

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its a #doubletheinspiration sunday!

October 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Allerton Autumn 2014

Another Sunday, another two spectacular bridal showcases brought to you by your favourite wedding blog!  Now we really are spoiling you.

It’ll be #doubletheinspiration again this weekend at our beautiful venues, Allerton Castle, Knaresborough and Middleton Lodge, Richmond.

These are two of the loveliest events in our autumn calendar so make sure to pop in and see us and soak up all the wedding pretty. We’ve got every detail covered from wedding dresses to cakes to your finishing touches, and a handpicked selection of the regions very best wedding suppliers at both. And if you’re still venue hunting then, well… look no further.

Both events are free entry THIS SUNDAY 12th October 2014, and with Allerton Castle open 11am – 3pm and Middleton Lodge slightly later at 1pm till 5pm, hey, why not come along to both!?

We’ll see you there!

Middleton Lodge Autumn 2014

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suit & tie. a stunning classic wedding at Castle Howard – laura & daniel

October 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (17)

Today’s real wedding at the amazing Castle Howard near York is all kinds of beautiful. Elegant and classic, with unexpected touches and an overarching feeling of full on luxury, this is my kind of a wedding day.

Twinkling candles, layers of scent, stunning blooms and a black tie theme. Sensational.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Ally Byrom Photography.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (6)

Laura says: We got engaged in Barbados two years ago. We were on holiday and Daniel suggested we went to the Sandy Lane beach for the day, a beautiful pristine beach attached to the well known hotel. We were walking along the shore when Daniel got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

We got married on 21st June 2014. We knew we wanted an early summer wedding.

We got married at Castle Howard. If you have ever been there you will know how stunning it is. We had also been there the previous year to race in a triathlon. The views during the drinks reception and on arrival at Castle Howard are lovely.

We had black tie dress code but we didn’t have any special theme. I don’t think you really need to add anything else to Castle Howard, otherwise it might detract from the beautiful venue. We had matte silver colour scheme. We went through endless bridesmaid dress colour swatches before we settled on matte silver! We think it looked chic and elegant on my gorgeous bridesmaids.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (11)

I had an Enzoani dress. It had an elegant racer back with some delicate thin lace detail on the neck line and back, fitted to just below my hips and then straight down with a train; and in white of course!

My hairdresser was incredible. Carrie at Urban Hair in Boroughbridge managed to create the exact style I wanted and was so nice and relaxed on the day. I highly recommend her.

My hair accessories were from Flo and Percy, they had a great selection and made each accessory to order. I also got miniature versions of my headpiece for my bridesmaids to wear.

My shoes were from Harriet Wilde, she had a sophisticated, elegant selection of styles. I am quite fussy on shoes but Harriet came to meet me at her London shop to help me choose the right ones.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (12)

Daniel wore a Moss Bros dinner suit with a white waistcoat and white cravat.

The bridesmaids wore JLM Couture dresses in matte silver with each of the five bridesmaids in different style dresses. They each chose their own style from a shortlist I gave to them. All the dresses were floor length and fitted with a black beaded waist belt and beige court shoes.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (14)

Ally Byrom was my photographer. She did an amazing job! We were very relaxed having our couples shots and she captured the moment perfectly without other guests even realising they were being snapped! I would highly recommend Ally!

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (18)

Kymm Queen was our florist, I carried some beautifully scented, white peonies and white roses with freesia and lavender hidden around the base (because I love the smell of lavender but didn’t want the colour on display!).

We had white peonies, white roses, lilac freesias and lavender in the centre of the candelabras. We had dried rose petals scattered on the wedding breakfast tables too.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (21)

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (22)

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (29)

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (34)

Kirsty Guest at Piece of Cake Harrogate made our impressive four tier (Baileys, Limoncello, Fruit and Chocolate and Guinness) cake with intricate lace design (to match my dress) and little bikes around the base (to keep the husband happy). We also had real flowers between two of the layers.

We had Sloe Gin miniature bottles with personalised ‘Laura and Dan’ stamped labels that we made ourselves. We also filled the miniature bottles ourselves, which was a messy job, but we had plenty of volunteers to help us!

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (37)

We supplied our own individual types of beers from the countries we had visited together over the last 8 years and had fun little additions with a pick and mix table and giant chocolate letters that spelt out our names.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (43)

Our singer Tommy Ludgate (contact through www.michaelhallmusic.co.uk) was sensational and made our ceremony the highlight of the day with acoustic renditions of modern songs which we chose.  We really can’t recommend her enough.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (46)

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (52)

My favourite part of the day was the ceremony, but we hadn’t expected it to be. We were looking forward to drinks reception so we could relax but it was just so incredibly special, it was easily the most memorable part of the day. The atmosphere in the great hall at Castle Howard was perfect.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (56)

For our honeymoon we visited Lake Como, Tuscany and Sicily.  We took our bikes and explored the lakes and Tuscany on them. We enjoyed some wine tasting and amazing meals.

We took a private helicopter trip over Mount Etna for a close up look into the crater.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (53)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get hung up on minor details, they aren’t that important, as long as you have the main things in place you will have the best day.

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hey princess?

October 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Allerton Castle Autumn 2014

Here at Brides Up North HQ I really do believe that our independent luxury wedding exhibitions are the very best.  Why?  Because, when putting together the very best exhibitors at the very best venues I put myself in your shoes.  If I was getting married all over again, who would I want to be involved in supplying services at my wedding?  Consider these events my very own personal recommendation.  You are welcome!

Last Sunday’s event at The Mansion really did get our run of beautiful Yorkshire events off to an absolutely cracking start, with almost 200 lovely brides and their grooms, bridesmaids, friends and family in attendance (that’s almost 1,000 people through the doors… they’ll be needing new carpets soon)!  The venue was bursting with colour, beauty and wedding inspiration.

How better to follow that one up than glorious state rooms of the absolutely knock em’ dead venue that is Allerton Castle?

Each venue in our handpicked portfolio of events is completely different and entirely special, and I can’t wait to welcome you all to Allerton Castle this coming Sunday 12th October 2014, 11am till 3pm, FREE entry, and see what the day holds in store.

Yes, completely free!

Allerton Castle by Chris Chambers Photography

allerton castle

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Allerton Castle, Nr Knaresborough, HG5 0SE

Sunday 12th October 2014

11am till 3pm, Free Entry

Allerton Castle by Chris Chambers Photography

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

Allerton Castle by Chris Chambers Photography

Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: meet the Dine wedding planners and their award winning catering teams, have a good look around, be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, pose in our photo booths, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

Allerton Castle by Chris Chambers Photography

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We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis and Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

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Allerton Castle by Chris Chambers Photography

please note

Leave your stilettos at home! Due to the historic nature of Allerton Castle’s wooden floor, ladies are kindly asked to wear heels no smaller than a postage stamp. Should you not bear to be parted from your Manolos, on the day heel protectors will be available for purchase from the Castle staff @ £4 per pair.

Allerton Castle by Chris Chambers Photography

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blooms & bunting. a colourful barn wedding in Sheffield – mary & howie

October 7th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (13)

The weather might not have been so kind to today’s real wedding couple but that didn’t dampen a single person’s spirits at this incredibly pure and pretty celebration.

I love that although Howie and Mary have clearly put careful thought into planning their big day the results seem 100 per cent effortless.

Everything fits together perfectly. From the earthy and informal venues, to the naturally beautiful blooms and the rustic homemade cakes – slice of the lemon and lavender for me please!

So let’s head down to the woods today for Howie and Mary’s wonderful wedding.

With images by Kate Cooper Photography.

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (2)

Mary says: We got engaged in June 2012, in my home village of Kempley in Gloucestershire. It was the Jubilee weekend and we had gone down to visit my family. Howie suggested going for a walk together on Saturday morning. We went out over the fields across the back of the house. Howie was unusually quiet and eventually, in a carefully chosen field with the least amount of cow pats, he stopped me, got down on one knee and proposed. It was lovely as it was in a place I knew and loved so well and we could go straight home and tell my mum and sister who went berserk!

We set the date for 7th June 2014. We actually chose this date so that it would not clash with any of the World Cup football that was on that summer. Neither of us are particularly into football but didn’t want anyone to be sneakily watching a penalty shoot out at the wedding.

The Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield was our chosen wedding venue. I grew up with woods just up the road and love walking and being in the woods. It had a very natural and informal feel to it which is what we wanted, the staff were lovely and the woods are an incredibly beautiful backdrop for a special gathering. It just felt right. We had our reception in the lambing barn at Whirlow Hall Farm, just up the road. Again it was a place we felt very comfortable in. We also had total freedom to decorate and use the space however we wanted to. Lots of room for children to run about and a farm tour was even available for those that wanted to do it.

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (6)

We didn’t have a special theme as such instead we just chose things that we liked and luckily had lots of friends and family who wanted to help out. I suppose you could call it a DIY wedding as we had to come up with everything from scratch.

Similarly we didn’t have a specific colour theme but we knew that we wanted it to be colourful. I wanted my bridesmaids all in different colours, but pastel shades. The bunting and doily decorations in the barn went along with this. For the flowers we used pastel shades again and things like ferns to make it ‘woodlandy’.

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (9)

My dress was Beatriz by J Crew. I wanted something quite simple but pretty. I loved the lace and the T-shirt neckline. My seamstress and I also came up with a way of hitching the outer dress up using four buttons at the back, front and sides. This made it easier to dance in and gave it a whole new look. My shoes were just pretty, cream ballet shoes from Accessorize. I ordered a woollen crocheted shawl from Etsy and got my golden flower earrings from a jewellers in Sheffield called Green and Benz.

Howie wore a blue suit from TK Maxx. It was lovely and fitted a treat. It took a half hour shopping trip, unbelievable! My bridesmaids wore different coloured long floaty dresses that were ordered from an online shop on Etsy. The groomsmen meanwhile wore blue suits from various places and matching ties.

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (15)

Kate Cooper did our photographs. We were really happy with the results and she was great to work with. Lots of the guests commented on how nice she was during the day.

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (16)

My bouquet contained lots of different flowers and foliage including lavender, ferns, senecio, grasses and wheat. The bridesmaids had flowers in their hair and the groom and ushers wore buttonholes. These really suited the venue and were all provided by Campbell’s Flowers. Tracey there was absolutely lovely to work with and very flexible in terms of what we wanted. Campbell’s Flowers also provided our top table arrangement and small bunches of baby’s breath, dotted around the venue. In addition, we placed lavender plants from Yorkshire Lavender on each table, which we invited guests to take home at the end of the evening.

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (17)

We had three tiered cakes – carrot, ginger and plain sponge – baked by Howie’s uncle Chris Beaney of Beaney’s Bakery. Our friend Noemie of Noemie’s Kitchen  also made lemon sponge decorated with lavender. Both of these were amazing! We invited friends and family to contribute to a cake table, so we had about 15 other wonderful cakes – there certainly wasn’t a shortage!

The food was provided by Whirlow Hall Farm, most of which was produced on-site. We had canapés after the ceremony, a big barbecue at the reception and a Ploughman’s platter in the evening. We hunted for good deals on wine. The red ended up being from Morrison’s and the white was bought in France. We also found some good Prosecco in Aldi – shop around!

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (21)

We had a Ceilidh band called Rodger the Badger for our entertainment. They were great for getting all the guests dancing after the meal, followed by our own disco into the night.

The barn was big enough to have a kids section cordoned off by hay bales. It was a great space for them to run wild! We provided colouring books, balloons and games. This seemed to work really well for both parents and kids.

We would most certainly recommend our venue to other couples. The barn was simple but loads of fun and the food provided was great. It’s also a charity that does great work for the community, so we felt it was money well spent! We would also recommend our friend Catherine Iles for stationary. She produced some fantastic order of the days and a table plan for us! They were decorated with magical woodland scenes. We loved them!

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (31)

Dancing and drinking into the night was definitely one of the best parts of the day as that’s what we like to do. Also being with all our friends and family – it’s incredible to have almost everyone you know and love together for the day.

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (38)

For our honeymoon we went to Iceland. We spent 12 days driving around this amazing country. We enjoyed fantastic landscapes, people and food, incredible scenery, mountains, whale watching, walking, volcanoes, glaciers and lots of hot springs to bob around in. It’s a very romantic and peaceful place, which we would highly recommend.

a colourful diy wedding in sheffield (c) Kate Cooper Photography (41)

Our top tip for other brides and grooms-to-be would be to focus on the important things to you as a couple. For us it was food, drink, music and dancing. Also, don’t forget friends and family are often happy to help you out!

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for the fashionistas…

October 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Mansion Autumn 2014

There’s a whole lot of coffee and Kit Kats being consumed at Brides Up North HQ right now, as we motor through eight straight weeks “on tour” of back to back luxury wedding exhibitions.  All in the name of bringing you the finest wedding inspiration at the most gorgeous venues in your area!

We’ve a double date coming up this weekend, and whilst we’ve already told you about our extraordinary wedding fair that’s happening at The Alnwick Garden this Sunday 5th October, we’ve still found time to squeeze in our chicest bridal exhibition of all, and will be opening the doors to Leeds’ most fashionable brides at it’s most gorgeous boutique, exclusive use, wedding venue – The Mansion, Roundhay Park too!

the mansion

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Mansion Lane, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2HH

Sunday 5th October 2014

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

I’ve said it before, but you have to see this place.  If Carrie and Big decided to up sticks to Yorkshire, this is where I imagine their wedding would take place.  Plus, with loads of wedding dress and accessory inspiration on site this Sunday (plus every other decorating detail conceivable covered too!), it’s certainly one for the fashionistas!

Visit the venue’s website to check it out. 

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We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis, Amanda Wyatt, Yorkshire Bride and Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

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mists & mellow fruitfulness… an autumnal styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle

October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (30)

Despite the driest September since records began, it definitely feels like the season is changing.  Dewy grass, crunching leaves underfoot and clear night skies can only mean that October, and with it autumn (my favourite season of all) has arrived.

I celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary in a fortnight’s time – a very busy fortnight, there’s a lot to get done between now and then – and I’m looking forward to taking some time with my husband to reflect on a very special time of year for the two of us.

For now though, let’s celebrate the fall with this beautiful styled bridal shoot, sent to me by Brides Up North Sponsors JB Creatives and Bolton Castle, and their fabulous team of talented industry experts.

There’s definitely something in the air…

With images by JB Creatives.

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The team say: We set out to create some romantic, fairy tale castle wedding images that would compliment the venue and inspire couples that are considering getting married at Bolton Castle. Bolton Castle is a stunning venue. A wedding here would be an authentic Castle experience. It has great big fireplaces, turrets with circular stairs, stone floor, terraces with amazing view of the incredible Dales countryside around. We wanted to create an outside space that used the stunning views of the Dales and showcased the location of this fairy tale wedding venue and captured a set of beautiful images.

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Amy of The Greenhouse Florist created an outside dining area for the bride and groom with the Dales as their backdrop, such a romantic and unique setting. We used a chaise longue in the field for some intermate photographs. We wanted to add props into the scenery that wouldn’t usually be in that situation. The chaise longue really made a beautiful contrast to the endless views of the green fields and dry stone walls and brought opulence and luxury to the historic setting. Simple yet effective.

Amy created beautiful flowers of soft creams, vanillas, pinks and apricots, punctuated with pops of zingy orange and flashes of blue.  She used lots of different textures in amongst luscious greenery.  The warm tones complimented to tones of the castle walls, and were highlighted against the grassy fields. She also made a jasmine and rose circlet, fragrant and beautiful with warm apricot tones complimenting the colours of Libby’s complexion.

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Jane of JB Creatives made beautiful place names and menus for the bride and groom’s intermate dining experience. Her stationery designs are bespoke, beautiful and made to the high quality that will undoubtable exceed your expectations.

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Jane photographed the couple in and around the castle using the gorgeous scenery and all the venues little quirky details to capture a set of beautiful images that tell a gorgeous love story. Jane’s fine art style is very much capturing the story of a wedding day as it unfolds with all the beautiful details and emotions that come with it.

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Deborah and Kelly from Love Hair and Beauty Boutique Ripon did Libby’s hair and makeup to enhance that romantic, soft and warm tone we wanted for the shoot. The ladies are highly experienced and specialists in the wedding industry with a reputation for their creative skills and professionalism.

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Kellie from Wedding Belles of Otley supplied the beautiful gowns, veils and accessories for the shoot. The dresses used in the shoot were Aubrey by Nicola Anne and Emily by White Rose.

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a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (8)

All the props and furniture featured are available to hire from The Greenhouse Florist.

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fiesta, fiesta! a mexican themed wedding at Utopia – abi & rob

September 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a mexican themed wedding at Utopia (c) Joanne Ingle Photography (44)

I don’t know about you, but I feel in the mood for a celebration!

We’re about half way through our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition season and it really does feel like I get to throw a fabulous party (sometimes two!) every Sunday.  I adore my job, and love sharing all that inspiration with my readers in real life. Add to that an exciting new industry venture and a host of awards ceremonies – we’ve been nominated for a couple of big blogging gongs this season – to sparkle at this month, and you’ve got one very excited wedding blogger, ready to let her hair down.

I absolutely think a wedding should be a celebration.  A religious or civil union yes, but also a party to say thank you for love, family and friendship.  And if there’s glitter and streamers thrown in, all the better.

This afternoon’s bride and groom, Abi and Rob, agree. Their Mexican themed fiesta wedding is full of bright colours, and you can almost hear the party pounding off these pages.

Pass me the tequila.  I’m in.

With images by Joanne Ingle Photography.

a mexican themed wedding at Utopia (c) Joanne Ingle Photography (10)

Abi says: We got engaged in February 2014 on a weekend away in a forest cabin. Rob asked me in the hot tub under the stars. We got married on 23rd August as we didn’t want to wait very long to get married, at Utopia, Broughton Hall. We both loved the venue as soon as we saw it. It’s light, natural and surrounded by beautiful gardens and views over the surrounding hills.

We had a Mexican theme for our wedding as our relationship became serious whilst we were on a bike trip cycling from San Francisco to Mexico City.

The colour scheme was bright and bold to reflect the Mexican theme, we wanted it to be happy and unlike most other weddings.

a mexican themed wedding at Utopia (c) Joanne Ingle Photography (12)

I chose a very simple, elegant wedding dress that I had made by a wonderful seamstress Julia Worsnop. I wanted to accessorise with bright shoes and flowers in my hair. I also wanted to dance the night away so needed a dress I was comfortable in.

Rob had a bespoke suit made at Tailor Made London.

a mexican themed wedding at Utopia (c) Joanne Ingle Photography (14)

We ordered the flowers wholesale online, my mum made the bouquet and arranged the table flowers and a friend made the buttonholes.

a mexican themed wedding at Utopia (c) Joanne Ingle Photography (6)

The flowers were all very bright with lots of gerberas and carnations. We ordered lots of paper fans from Pipii. My mum, Rob, a couple of friends and I hand made 500 pompoms that mum strung together instead of bunting. They looked so cheerful and pretty festooned around the venue.

My dad made a wonderful wedding cake. It was a fruit cake, with homemade almond paste.

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Everyone had a fake moustache at their table setting and we had inflatable guitars for the dance floor.

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Joanne Ingle Photography was our photographer, I would highly recommend her, she was fantastic.

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a mexican themed wedding at Utopia (c) Joanne Ingle Photography (36)

We had a mariachi band from Mariachi Loco for the drinks reception, a photo booth from Picabo Photography and a band called Alvin and the Hip Monks who we booked through Act Sharp.

They were all fantastic and really made the day something special and different.

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We would recommend Utopia to another couple in a heartbeat. It’s the kind of venue that would be great with very little decoration and in any weather. Our celebrant, Barbara stringer was also really wonderful and supportive.

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We are really looking forward to our honeymoon and are off to New Zealand and Fiji in a couple of months!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get all of the organising and stress out of the way early to make sure you enjoy the day. Realise that there are lots of things that are out of your control, your guests arrive happy and ready to enjoy themselves no matter what.

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