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dream venue: north star club

July 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re looking for a wedding venue with a difference, this post might just bring an end to your search as we introduce another of our famous Dream Venues to the blog.

Located around half-an-hour away from the historic city of York, the North Star Club is somewhat of a hidden gem, nestled away in secluded countryside for a woodland wedding like no other.

Inspired by the legendary American Great Camps, everything about this place is seriously cool and unique. From its welcoming Woodshed to its cosy and contemporary woodland suites, the North Club provides an ideal setting for those that have a rustic chic theme in mind.

There’s also the open woodland to make use of and tipis can be hired for those looking at larger celebrations. Add into the mix creative owners, attentive staff and first-class caterers and you’ve got yourself what qualifies as a Dream Venue here at Brides Up North.

Here to tell us more about this super special setting is North Star Club owner Carolyn Van Outersterp…

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Where is the North Star Club located?

carolyn says: The new North Star Club is nestled within 500 acres of native English woodland in the peaceful Yorkshire Wolds. Inspired by the legendary American Great Camps and suffused with Yorkshire country style, it blends beautifully into the untamed forest setting.

Tell us about the venue and how it has been developed…

Myself and partner Christian, who foundered the company, are multi-award winning designers, with Christian a former landscape architect and I previously trained in fashion.

We are best known for having revolutionized the contemporary fireplace market, (our iconic Firebowl was exhibited at the V&A) and creating CVO Firevault in central London. This unique restaurant bar gained a cult following and was described by Time Out as “one of London’s 10 best kept secrets”.

Six years ago Christian and I put urban life behind us and started Jollydays Glamping, changing the face of British Glamping forever. This unique, woodland camp put four-poster beds and roll-top baths into safari style vintage tents, it won a host of accolades and a loyal fan base, as well as spawning a host of imitators. With Jollydays firmly on the map we turned our attention to developing a new venture and the North Star Club is the culmination of our 15-year dream to create the quintessential woodland retreat.

The Club is inspired by Christian’s North American heritage and his Canadian grandmother’s tales of the American Great Camps – rustic, wilderness retreats, more akin to woodland hotels, they built for wealthy industrialists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We were keen to recreate the magic of these camps, in a rugged Yorkshire setting and the result is a serene and indulgent escape from the pressures of 21st century life.

Since escaping urban life, Christian and I have become passionate advocates of country life – we live on the edge of the North York Moors with our four children, two dozen hens and Binny the Border Terrier.

What facilities does North Star Club have? 

The Club has only five private and well-spaced woodland suites, decorated in modern rustic style. These each have a large veranda with gas fired barbecue, cosy sitting room, large bedroom and indulgent spa style bathroom. Close by is The Woodshed, a communal chill out area with an outdoor fire pit and oodles of natural woodland beyond. There is a pizza oven on side ready for guests to use and our Star Suite has the gorgeous Copper Bath and Infra-Red sauna.

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Tell us about the space that is available for weddings…

Woodland Weddings at The North Star Club blend sophisticated style with rustic chic. Whether you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or huge theatrical affair, the enchanted woodland is the perfect venue.

The cosy Woodshed can host up to 40 guests for an intimate wedding blessing ceremony and then sit down dinner, or the wider woodland area can be used for a blessing ceremony area and Papkata tipis can provide tepees for up to 120 guests on the lawns at North Star Club.

Hire the woodland and our ruggedly cosy woodland suites for the whole weekend and enjoy a relaxed and unique experience.

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rustic romance. phase eight for a relaxed wedding at east riddlesden hall – emma & dan

July 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (59)

The bride from this morning’s real wedding has lots of words of wisdom for you ladies in the planning stages, so have a sit down with a comforting cuppa and prepare to take note.

Organising their big day in just six months, bride and groom Emma and Dan, decided on a relaxed occasion for their family and friends that would also be pretty and fun. Finding tuned-in suppliers to help their vision become reality, Emma described the rustic feel she wanted to create and left it to the experts, who well and truly delivered.

This left Emma and Dan time to concentrate on nailing the other key areas, such as catering and entertainment, plus their attire. Can you believe Emma’s stunningly detailed dress is from the high street?! Us neither!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor James Tracey Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (54)

emma says: We got engaged in November2015 in New York. I had bought a trip to New York for Dan’s 30thBirthday in July. Dan had decided this was where he was going to propose and in the months leading up he had sourced and designed my engagement ring through a family friend – Barnard’s Jewellers. We had decided to spend the day exploring central park and thought it would be fun to hire a rowing boat on Central Park lake. Whilst out on the boat Dan proposed. It was very lovely and a total surprise! We celebrated with a bottle of Prosecco in the boat house.

Once we had got engaged we knew we wanted to get married the next year. We started to look at some venues in the north as Dan is from Yorkshire and I am from the North West. We were really flexible and although I had a rustic theme in my head we were open to what that looked like.

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (19)

In the end we chose to marry at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, which is a National Trust site. I had wanted a rustic feel to our wedding so we had looked at both barns and marquees but when we looked at East Riddlesden we loved the set up and the grounds, having some outdoor open space was important to us. The barn itself was also really pretty, I loved the lights and rustic feel. Although we went to view the venue on a cold wet day in December I could see that it was the perfect location. When we met the wedding team and East Riddlesden, not only were they lovely and full of enthusiasm but we couldn’t believe how much support we would have from them, not only the day, but the run up too.

Our wedding date was Friday 13thMay 2016. East Riddlesden said they had a cancellation and had availability for that date so we just decided to go for it. Some people may have been a bit suspicious of Friday 13th but it didn’t really bother us.

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (45)

We didn’t have a specific wedding theme, but I’d say our style was rustic and relaxed. I didn’t want a wedding were I would feel uncomfortable, I just wanted it to be a fun day that was an extension of us. We knew we wanted everyone to have fun and that played a part in choosing aspects of our day. We didn’t want anything too formal for the wedding party and so the colours and style for suits and dresses happened quite organically as did the decoration and flowers. The venue really spoke for itself and so all we had to really do was enjoy it.

I really wanted to keep the wedding very soft and romantic, so we went for a neutral colour palette, picking soft blush pinks and creams.

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (33)

I really didn’t have an idea of what dress I wanted and so was really open to the style. I wanted it to be in keeping with the venue so I knew it wouldn’t be too traditional. I had seen the Jenny Packham Esme and fell in love with the style but couldn’t really justify the price tag. I tried similar styles and found the Phase Eight Hope dress. When I tried the dress I knew this was the one. To make it feel a little more personal had the back altered, lowering the internal panel, the straps shortened and a bustle fitted.

To keep with the vintage feel of the dress I opted for a Juliet cap veil, which I felt suited the dress perfectly. I had the veil made and loved the fact that I could take it off later in the evening but still have the head band in place. I wore Jenny Packham No1 shoes and decided to go with a blush colour to match the bridesmaids.

My make up was done by Lauren Sally Make Up.

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country class. justin alexander for a traditional wedding at the devonshire arms – gwen & rob

July 18th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Classic Wedding at The Devonshire Arms (c) Mark Newton Photography (48)

Push those Monday blues aside and lose yourself in this classic country wedding.

After a traditional church ceremony, today’s bride and groom Gwen and Rob enjoyed a relaxed yet fun reception at The Devonshire Arms Hotel, complete with fabulous musical entertainment.

Highlights for us include Gwen’s gorgeous gown, the perfectly iced cake and that fine wedding transport!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Photography.

A Classic Wedding at The Devonshire Arms (c) Mark Newton Photography (26)

gwen says: We got engaged in September 2014. Rob took me on an evening walk where we went on our first date – Barden Bridge near Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales.

We set the date for 23rd May 2015. The venue we wanted was free on a Bank Holiday weekend at a few months’ notice and we wanted a late spring/summer date – it seemed too good to be true!

A Classic Wedding at The Devonshire Arms (c) Mark Newton Photography (22)

We had the wedding ceremony at The Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert at Bolton Abbey. The reception was held at the Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, in North Yorkshire. We had stayed there previously. We loved the country hotel vibe and always had brilliant service. The close proximity of the hotel to the abbey meant that if the weather was good then guests could walk along the River Wharfe to the hotel.

We didn’t have a theme as such but I’d describe it as a traditional country Yorkshire wedding with a champagne, pink and aubergine colour scheme.

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rural romance: a styled shoot in sheffield

July 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (24)

We’re feeling all loved-up this morning and it’s down to this gorgeous styled shoot that we are sharing on the blog.

These super-romantic images were captured by Yorkshire based photographer Nicola Dixon whilst attending a wedding photography workshop hosted by Sheffield wedding photographer Shelley Richmond, of Kindred Photography.

Set against a rural backdrop in the city, Nicola and fellow photographers on the workshop, were tasked with capturing the love and emotion between two models, who were a real life couple. Looking at these images we’d say Nicola earned herself a gold stay during the workshop as we think these images are both stunning and honest.

To explain more about the shoot we’ll hand over to the lady who was behind the lens…

With images by Nicola Dixon Photography.

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (64)

nicola says: This lovely styled shoot was part of a workshop I attended in rural Sheffield, which was hosted by professional photographer Shelley Richmond.

The setting for the shoot was gorgeous woodland and fields with far fetching views, which made it perfect for couple’s portraits. We went out at sunset to capture our lovely models and real couple, Billie Mo and Oliver. The light was fading and it started to rain, but you can’t really tell from the images as the couple kept in high spirits and laughed all the way through the bad weather.

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (42)

They styling of the models was taken care of by an amazing team of Sheffield suppliers, who were busily working away in the background while Shelley was inspiring us with her advice and tips. Jenn Edwards Wedding Hair & Make-up took care of the relaxed and romantic hair and makeup while the stunning bridal separates were provided by KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer. The lovely blooms were supplied by Campbell’s Flowers, including the incredible bouquet.

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (26)

For me I love attending workshops and having the opportunity to hone my craft. I enjoyed this workshop and shoot in particular because it featured a real couple which I find is always so much better than doing a styled shoot with regular models as there is a real connection between the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’. I love story-telling and when it’s a real couple like this, there is more of a story to try to capture and reflect.

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (36)

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poppies & tweed. a bespoke dress for a boho wedding at home – emily & kingsley

July 13th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (54)

There’s no better way to lift your spirits at this mid-week point than by sharing this absolutely delicious real wedding with you.

Keen to make their wedding day a reflection of their personalities, today’s bride and groom planned a traditional church wedding followed by a relaxed tipi reception at the bride’s parents’ house.

We adore both the rustic and bohemian touches, particularly the fashion-forward attire worn by the happy couple as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Pushing the style stakes sky-high guys!

Images by Photogenick Photography.

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (20)

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (27)

emily says: We got engaged in September 2015. Kingsley convinced me to take the dog for a walk with him at dusk. We arrived at a spot in the woods above our house which overlooks the whole village. Kingsley had laid out candles in jars but I still didn’t cotton on as to what was happening until he got down on one knee – then there were lots of tears!

We set the date for 21st May 2016. Kingsley plays professional football and his off season is May to June so a spring wedding was a no-brainer for us. I love all the wild flowers and blossom around that time of year too so I knew it would make a beautiful setting.

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (38)

Our wedding ceremony took place at our small local church, which is surrounded by strawberry fields, in Ryther, North Yorkshire. It is just down the road from my parents’ house which is where we had the reception. We hired three big Papakata tipis and had them on the land around the back of my mum and dad’s farmhouse. We wanted a low key and relaxed day and for everyone to feel welcome at our family home.

We had a whole medley of themes for the day – rustic, festival, bohemian. My bridal look was very bohemian to reflect my everyday style. Kingsley and the groomsmen had a rustic look as they wore tweed, though the relaxed the look a bit by wearing skinny jeans, which was very them.

We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, it was just very relaxed so anything went. Everything in the tipi was very rustic coloured and natural. My bridesmaids however were in red watercolour poppy dresses, which a lot of people said was a bold choice, but I wanted them to look kick ass and to really make an impact.

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (52)

My mum made by wedding dress by hand. She’s a very talented seamstress in her past time and I felt honoured to have her sew for me. I designed the whole thing by sketch and she brought it to life. We bought Italian lace from Soho for the sleeves and a piece of vintage lace from a local car boot for the lace insert in the front of my V-neck and used the rest to make a vintage dolly bag for my lippy!

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city love. mori lee for a sheffield themed wedding at kelham island museum – sian & joe

July 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Wedding at Kelham Island Museum (c) Elegant & Wild Photography (36)

Today’s real wedding is a celebration not only of love, but also of the city in which the couple first met and still live.

Focussing the décor and details on Sheffield and its heritage, Sian and Joe gave nods to the industry, food and transport that is all iconic to the city, whilst getting some of the area’s top suppliers on board to help deliver their vision.

They certainly did the steel city proud!

With images by Elegant & Wild Photography.

A Wedding at Kelham Island Museum (c) Elegant & Wild Photography (7)

sian says: Joe asked me to marry him on the evening of 22nd July 2015. After a romantic walk in The Peaks, he popped the question at Higger Torr with the sun setting over Hathersage and church bells tolling in the distance. I said yes! Joe had bought my perfect engagement ring from Green and Benz on Division Street, in Sheffield, where we also later bought our wedding rings from.

We were married on 14th May 2016. We chose this date as it was when some of our best friends that are currently travelling the world could make it. Joe is a huge football fan and wanted to avoid any potential clashes with Sheffield United matches or the Euros. I couldn’t believe this was part of the consideration!

A Wedding at Kelham Island Museum (c) Elegant & Wild Photography (42)

For our ceremony we chose to wed at St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield. It is a large, beautiful church that is special to my family as my parents were also married there in 1982. The reception was held at Kelham Island Museum, a venue on an area that forms part of Sheffield’s unique makeup. Joe and I have spent many happy times at various different pubs in Kelham Island and feel it’s a vibrant area that is steeped in Sheffield history and we wanted our guests to see this.

A Wedding at Kelham Island Museum (c) Elegant & Wild Photography (60)

Our wedding theme was a celebration of Sheffield as it is the place where we met and have shared many happy times together. It is with doubt our favourite city and we wanted our wedding to show if off. We were also aiming for our day to seem natural while at the same time having a rustic and industrial sense to it.

Our colour scheme was blush pink alongside hessian and rustic/craft browns. We felt these colours complemented one another and fitted in well with the theme.

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