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our love story: lisa & joe

February 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Lisa & Joe (c) Jemma King Photography (16)

This morning on the blog we’re off to the fair to share the engagement shoot of university sweet hearts Joe and Lisa.

Having listened to their wishes for a relaxed and informal pre-wedding shoot with a little dose of fun, photographer Jemma King whisked Joe and Lisa off to Hull Fair in East Yorkshire, which provided an upbeat and vibrant backdrop for some fabulous natural shots.

So grab your candy floss and ice cream as we head for the dodgems!

With images by Jemma King Photography.

Our Love Story Lisa & Joe (c) Jemma King Photography (29)

lisa says: We got engaged a year ago in March. It was a very cold day and we went for a walk at Brimham Rocks. It was a total surprise, whilst stood admiring the view at the top of (what is now) a very special rock!

We are getting married this April, at our church in Leeds followed by a reception out in a little village hall near Wetherby.

Our Love Story Lisa & Joe (c) Jemma King Photography (30)

We first met at university in Liverpool – which feels like a long time ago now! Our first date was watching a film – but I already knew Joe was special when he offered to walk me home after an evening in the library, because it was too dark for me to walk through the park on my own.

I don’t know that Joe and I had a specific moment of realisation in knowing that we were ‘the one’ for each other, but Joe always remembers telling his dad that he’d met “a really cool girl” and thinking that it felt like the start of something exciting.

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dream venue: tanfield house

February 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime


Tanfield House is occupied and run by Allanah & Neil Bourne-Arton, whose family have lived in West Tanfield for 130 years. They have a passion for the heritage of the house and the area, and take great pride in sharing Tanfield House and it’s very special setting with those who want to design a unique and memorable wedding day.

We love a stunning setting here at Brides Up North, so have made it our business to find out more (and especially about some incredible special offers that are up for grabs due to the popularity of the venue)!

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Tell Brides Up North about Tanfield House, what is its history?

Now part of the Tanfield Lodge Estate,Tanfield House was originally developed from two Georgian cottages in the Victorian era by Reverend John Clarke, for his daughter and son-in-law, Colonel and Mrs Crompton in the late 19 Century.

While living in Tanfield House, Colonel Crompton was influential in the early development of electricity, including the development of a water turbine which illuminated Tanfield House, using the River Ure at the foot of the garden. As such, Tanfield House was one of the first houses in the UK with electricity. His electricity inventions were also influential in the illumination of the Milan Opera House in 1883.

Height etchings of the Crompton children dating from 1881 can still be found in the house.

Does Tanfield House cater for weddings?

Tanfield House is a very intimate wedding venue with an idyllic English country garden, riverside setting. We offer exclusive use, full use of the hosue and grounds and total flexibility, meaning that you have your day your way!

The venue’s capacity is from 20-140 people, with a maximum of 50 dining in the house and 50+ in Riverside Garden Marquee (additional hire).  We are fully licensed for civil ceremonies in our Period Drawing Room and Riverside Pavillion and offer accommodation for up to 9 on site (including our beautiful Cromton Suite bridal suite) with additional accommodation readily available in the village, plus space for camping.

We offer extremely competitive venue hire rates, and the best thing is that we have a no corkage charge policy!


What makes Tanfield House a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

Tanfield House offers couples an entirely exclusive and bespoke experience. They simply hire the venue and curate their day their way. They enjoy use of the house and grounds for two full days around their wedding, exclusively for them and their wedding party only. We want all our couples to feel very at home at Tanfield House.

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pretty history. jenny packham for a vintage styled wedding at saltmarshe hall – catriona & pete

February 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Vintage Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Tulip Photography (55)

As the cold weather continues to bite, we’re bringing you a little piece of summer this afternoon in the form of Catriona and Pete’s oh-so-pretty wedding day.

Super-sweet and elegant from beginning to end, we love everything about this beautiful celebration. Highlights include Catriona’s stunning Jenny Packham gown, colourful blooms, dainty china and lots of cake!

With images by Tulip Photography.

A Vintage Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Tulip Photography (21)

catriona says: We got engaged on the 23rd January 2013, at Fountains Abbey. We always consider my 21st birthday to be the start of our relationship, the 23rd of January is Pete’s birthday so both birthdays are significant milestones for us. Prior to the proposal it had been snowing. When we arrived at Fountains Abbey and walked down into the ruins to find that we were the only people there. There is a ledge in one of the largest parts of the building and when we got to the top Pete got down on one knee, presented me with the most beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes! We enjoyed the rest of the day walking in the snow as a newly engaged couple and then went home to tell our families the exciting news.

We got married on the 19th July 2014. Pete particularly wanted a summer wedding and we have numerous teachers in our family so the start of the school summer holiday seemed like a natural fit. Pete also wanted to wait for the football World Cup to be over – to avoid any distracted guests! This gave us a year-and-a-half to plan the wedding, which I think is a reasonable time frame. A significant proportion of Pete’s family guests were traveling from Canada to join us and so the timing also allowed for an English summer holiday afterwards.

A Vintage Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Tulip Photography (85)

We got married at Saltmarshe Hall, which is near Howden, East Yorkshire. This is a lovely historic property, which has only recently become a wedding venue. We considered a few local venues and while they all offered different wedding packages, there were none that we felt fit with how we wanted our day to be.  When we first went to Saltmarshe and met Kate, the owner, we felt really relaxed and she offered us a level of flexibility, which meant we could shape the entire day exactly as we wanted it to be, including bringing in our own catering and access to numerous rooms and their stunning gardens. We took our parents to look around and fortunately they shared our love of the venue as we had already made our minds up and booked it there and then.

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mid-century chic: a cool & classy styled shoot at the northern monk brew co

January 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Mid Century Styled Shoot (c) Mark Newton Photography (22)

This afternoon we’re treating you to a stunning styled shoot that is brimming with inspiration for everything from the dress to the décor.

Keen to celebrate his passion for mid-century design, Yorkshire based photographer Mark Newton called upon his top wedding supplier friends to help him create a styled shoot centred on the much loved era but with a modern twist.

The shoot also provided the perfect opportunity to showcase a new contemporary space available to hire for weddings at The Northern Monk Brew Co, in Leeds. If, like us, you are instantly drawn to pendant lighting and exposed brick you are going to love this place!

We’ll now hand you over to Mark so he can fill you in on all the rest of the gorgeous details (of which there are many!)…

With images by Mark Newton Wedding Photography.

Models: Natalie Abson and Hannah Pickles.

A Mid Century Styled Shoot (c) Mark Newton Photography (24)

mark says: The concept for the shoot was to create a mid-century modern style wedding setup. I initially worked closely with Emma Taylor, of Emma Weddings and Events, on how to achieve the right look as we’re both big fans of mid-century designers.

When it came to picking the right venue I was aware that The Northern Monk Brew Co were in the process of putting the finishing touches to their new ‘Chapter Hall’ on the top floor of the mill and now offer the space for wedding receptions. I knew it would be perfect.

A Mid Century Styled Shoot (c) Mark Newton Photography (29)

The Northern Monk Brew Co is housed in The Old Flax Store in Holbeck Urban Village, taking the ground floor for its brewery, but making full use of the rest space for the refectory and new event space, (plus there is outdoor space as well). The building retains lots of the original character, with exposed brickwork and ceilings, plus the large windows, which allow masses of daylight to pour in. In the evening the atmosphere changes to create a cosier feel. We decided we wanted to capture both sides of the space, so during the day we produced a bridal shoot, and in the evening a candle-lit meal setup.

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photogenic: a personal & vintage wedding in south yorkshire – nic & nick

January 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (30)

We’re rather excited about sharing this afternoon’s real wedding on the blog as it’s different to any we’ve featured before. This is because the wedding photographers were the bride and groom themselves. Impressive, right?

As well as organising their big day and having starring roles, Nick and Nic actually captured it all themselves too.

As partners in both life and business at Photogenick Photography, it’s clear these two are made for each other and have a talent for freezing & framing those key moments in life.

And as if the preparing for the wedding wasn’t enough, these guys photographed their own pre-wedding shoot too – of course!

With images by Photogenick Photography.

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (33)

nick says: We got engaged in Stockholm last year on the beautiful waterfront outside the photographic gallery Fotografiska.

Our wedding date was the 4th December 2015. As we are wedding photographers, the middle of summer wasn’t an option for us. Thankfully the thought of a cool, crisp, blue skied winter’s day was very appealing though.

Our chosen venue for the ceremony was Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum. It’s a gorgeous grade 2 listed building, built in 1783 and holding much history of Rotherham. Our wedding reception was held at The Manor Barn in Kimberworth.

A Colourful Vintage Wedding in Rotherham (c) Photogenik Photography (18)

We had a rustic/vintage theme to our day which we thought fit perfectly with the time of year as well as our own personal and photographic style.

Our colour scheme was varied but included some teal. All our button holes included hessian and quite muted colours to fit the rustic style. Again, this was to reflect our own personal style as well as picking up our own ideas from the many weddings we shoot.

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pastels & petals. a bespoke emma hunt dress for an elegant wedding in north yorkshire – emma & jamie

January 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Pastel Wedding at Home (c) Nicola Denby Photography (37)

Ladies you’re in for an absolute treat today as this morning’s real wedding is brimming with pretty inspiration to take note of.

After tying the knot during a traditional church ceremony, Emma, Jamie and their wedding guests carried on the celebrations in an elegantly styled marquee, pitched in the bride’s parents’ garden.

We adore the pretty pastel colour scheme and in particular the maids’ muted coloured dresses and the a-maz-ing flowers created by Emma’s talented mum.

Top of our swoon-list though has to be the bride’s stunning bespoke gown, made by British designer Emma Hunt.

With images by Nicola Denby Photography.

A Pastel Wedding at Home (c) Nicola Denby Photography (31)

emma says: We got engaged in February 2014 in Dubai. Jamie had planned a surprise holiday during half term and I didn’t know where we were going until the day we were leaving, which also happened to be my birthday! On our first night in Dubai we went out for dinner at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Dubai Fountain. When we got back to the hotel room, Jamie got down on one knee and presented me with a gorgeous vintage style diamond ring and asked me to marry him. I said yes then burst into tears before calling our families to tell them the exciting news! Weeks before our engagement, I’d pointed out the style of ring I liked and Jamie had remembered and had a similar ring made especially for me!

We got married on 11th July 2015. As a teacher, I knew I wanted the wedding to be in the summer holidays so I could have some time before the wedding to do any last minute preparations and so we would have time to go off on our honeymoon afterwards. It worked perfectly and we were really lucky with the British weather!

A Pastel Wedding at Home (c) Nicola Denby Photography (18)

We got married at All Saints’ Church, Ripley in North Yorkshire. Jamie is from Winchester and I grew up near Harrogate and for the last 15 years my parents have lived in their beautiful home near Ripley. It’s a lovely village and the church is stunning. We knew straight away that it would be where we would hold our wedding.

We held the reception at my parents’ home which, as it turns out, lends itself perfectly as a wedding venue! It has super views over Harrogate with plenty of space for a marquee, drinks reception and even a bar in the stable! I had dreamt of having my wedding at home and it was just what we both wanted.

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