Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

stately style. discover the secrets of saltmarshe hall

March 23rd, 2018 | Julia Braime


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


Now a permanent fixture in our diary, we are delighted to present another Brides Up North Bespoke Luxury Wedding Fair at Saltmarshe Hall on Sunday 15th April 2018, to showcase the venue and a truly handpicked selection of the area’s most fabulous wedding suppliers. As those of us sporting a sparkler on our ring finger know all too well, the best things come in smaller packages. As wedding inspiration goes, this event is one of our best!

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

We’ll be showing off our most fabulous find yet – East Yorkshire’s most romantic wedding venue – between 12pm and 3pm on Sunday 15th April, and as with all of our events, entry is FREE.


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


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


bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 100 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North and the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.


wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Email listing the events or area that you are interested in.


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ain’t no party like a sheffield party: cool botanics for an urban warehouse wedding – kate & russell

March 23rd, 2018 | Rachel Parry

An Urban Warehouse Wedding in Sheffield (c) Ellie Grace Photography (42)

If anything’s going to give you that Friday feeling it’s the awesome wedding of Russell and Kate that we’re sharing with you this afternoon.

All the weddings shared on our pages are special, but this one is extra special for not one, but two reasons. This beautiful and hilarious pair are some of mine and Andy’s best mates (see if you can spot us in the pics, Andy has somewhat of a lead role!) so we got to experience this super fun day first-hand. Furthermore, this weekend marks Russell and Kate’s first wedding anniversary, so we’re sending big love and congratulations their way by reliving their amazing celebrations.

Hand on heart the most fun we’ve ever had at a wedding – and perhaps down to Russell and Kate’s relaxed and carefree approach to both the planning and the big day itself. This resulted in a beautifully personal ceremony, complete with a sip of rum, a sun-drenched street party drinks reception (the weather sure was a whole lot different this time last year!) and one epic wedding reception at a cool warehouse venue.

You only have to look at these images to see how much fun, laughter and love filled the day – thankfully it was worth my two-day hangover and injured ankle – as Kate puts it “it was like the best night out – ever!”

So, let’s get the party started…

With images by Ellie Grace Photography.

An Urban Warehouse Wedding in Sheffield (c) Ellie Grace Photography (33)

kate says: We got engaged in Richmond Park, London, in May 2016. The park is famous for stags and it was fawn season, so we went to look at the little fellas. Russell was trying to get me to sit down, but I was larking around with branches pretending to be a stag and he was getting stroppy at me, which is unlike him, so I knew something was up. I eventually sat down and he proposed by asking “Do you want to make this forever” which is uncharacteristically romantic for Russell so I had to say yes!

An Urban Warehouse Wedding in Sheffield (c) Ellie Grace Photography (46)

Our wedding day was 25th March 2017. We picked this date because it was International weekend, which means Sheffield Wednesday were definitely not playing. We are both big football fans (as are the majority of our friends) so we couldn’t miss a match for something as trivial as our wedding.

We had our wedding ceremony at 99 Mary St. in Sheffield. We saw the venue on Instagram and just loved the exposed brick and hanging lighting. We had a humanist ceremony and made our vows really personal. It included readings from our friends and funny memories we both share. We wanted to make the day fun and not too sentimental and the ceremony was just perfect for that. We cannot recommend our celebrant Daniel Glastonbury enough, he wrote our service so perfectly. As part of the proceedings we also had a rum drinking ceremony, which was supposed to represent the bond we share, but really it was an excuse to get the party started!

Our reception was at Trafalgar Warehouse, also in Sheffield, which we found through Inner City Weddings. We thought what better way to end our wedding than with a big warehouse party!?

An Urban Warehouse Wedding in Sheffield (c) Ellie Grace Photography (54)

We didn’t intentionally choose a theme but with the venues that we picked, a theme organically occurred as a kind of urban meets foliage mash up.

Overall, we just wanted the wedding to be relaxed and fun – not too over styled. With lots of greenery!

I know nothing about flowers but love the outdoors so decided to stick with foliage/green colour scheme mixed in with natural tones.

An Urban Warehouse Wedding in Sheffield (c) Ellie Grace Photography (30)

When it came to my dress, I didn’t go to any shops to try on as I’m not really that girly, so instead I bought my dress online from Monsoon. I didn’t want anything too big, or frilly, or heavy but knew I wanted a fitted long-sleeved dress because, let’s face it, Sheffield in March isn’t going to be that warm. It was the first and only dress I tried on and it fitted perfectly so I kept it!

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a bicycle made for two. jenny packham for a classic wedding at the orangery – jennifer & scott

March 22nd, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

A Stylish Wedding at The Orangery (c) John Hope (53)

The gorgeous couple we’re featuring today wanted a delicate colour scheme of nudes and neutrals in keeping with their elegant North Yorkshire venue, The Orangery, hence this dreamy palette of the palest of pinks, golds and lots of brilliant, bright white.

Having studied photography, bride Jennifer knew exactly what she wanted from her pictures and keeping everything clean and natural really did make the few splashes of bold colour – her scarlet lipstick, the rich blue of their wedding bicycle – ‘pop’.

This savvy pair made a few small-spend but big-impact decisions which we’re sure Brides Up North readers will adore: firstly, the 200-candle ‘Wall of Light’, which added a warm glow to their autumnal celebration and, secondly, two £8 confetti cannons. Just take a look at those first dance pictures – we’re simply in awe.

Elegance overload heading your way…

With images by John Hope Photography.

Scott and Jenny – Highlights Trailer – The Orangery, Settrington from Papertwin Wedding Films on Vimeo.

jennifer says: We got engaged during a late Valentine’s/birthday night away. We stayed in a cosy treehouse retreat in Yorkshire, which was lovely. Scott popped the question over a bottle of champagne in the treehouse surrounded by lots of photos of our best memories.

A Stylish Wedding at The Orangery (c) John Hope (38)

Our wedding was on 14th October 2017. We chose that time of the year as Scott is a professional cyclist and spends most of the year racing all over the world. October is his off season, i.e. our only opportunity to have a honeymoon without a bike in tow! Autumn is also our favourite time of the year and we were keen to have lots of autumnal colours in our photographs.

We got married at All Saints Church, Settrington, and our reception was held next door at The Orangery. We came across it while we were looking for videographers – we saw the venue on one of the films and immediately booked to go and have a look. As soon as we arrived and walked inside we knew it was the one for us! It’s set on a private estate, so we were guaranteed complete privacy and a personal service. They only hold around twelve weddings a year, which felt even more special. The Orangery is surrounded by trees and woodland which we knew would look fantastic in autumn and we liked the idea of being able to walk to the venue from the church. It really is the perfect setting!

A Stylish Wedding at The Orangery (c) John Hope (21)

Styling-wise, we wanted a light, modern feel to fit with The Orangery. We were after a light colour scheme without any strong colours and so we opted for white, pale pink and gold touches to complement the venue.

A Stylish Wedding at The Orangery (c) John Hope (60)

My dress was Dallas by Jenny Packham. I’d previously tried on lots of different dresses in a wide range of styles. I remember looking on the Jenny Packham website and seeing the Dallas gown and wanting to try it on – however, on my dress shopping weekend in London, I didn’t have the time. A few weeks passed and I’d almost confirmed an order for a Stewart Parvin at The Bridal Collection  in Harrogate. I went to have a final try and they had just got the Dallas dress in stock. I tried it on and fell in love with it! It wasn’t what I’d originally imagined but I think a lot of women end up with a dress that’s different to what they thought they’d go for.

A Stylish Wedding at The Orangery (c) John Hope (42)

Scott wore navy blue tails with a grey waistcoat. He hired them from Youngs; there was an option to select a suit to try on at home which made the process very easy! The groomsmen also wore navy blue tails from Young’s online with a matching blue waistcoat.

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rachel’s diary: the wedding venue hunt

March 16th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

Andy & Rach

After riding that cloud-nine-feel of getting engaged over Christmas and New Year the realisation of planning a wedding hit me head on in mid-January. Even though I work in the industry my vision was clouded by the ring-finally-on-finger euphoria and I thought (possibly like many other couples) that we had loads of time to find a venue and start making plans.

However, when Andy and I started to seriously discuss timings we narrowed when would like to say our “I dos” down to a three-month-window next spring; being April, May, June 2019. Now, if you’re quite happy to have a long engagement, or perhaps, aren’t too fussed about what time of the year you get wed, you don’t need to panic just yet. For us it was a case of timing the wedding to fit in with a season that we like, months that would work well with our jobs, and also avoiding the peak summer season price hike – we, like the vast majority of brides and grooms, don’t have a bottomless budget and therefore are taking care to spend wisely.

With this in mind, we have also done the unthinkable and booked a, wait for it…Thursday wedding! We figured those that love/like/just about tolerate us will be willing to sacrifice a day’s annual leave to celebrate our special day with us – and, as a thank you, we will be investing the saving we made by opting for a week day into elements our guests will most definitely benefit from – being the food, booze and entertainment!

Middleton Lodge Fig House - Image by Gary Walsh Photography

Middleton Lodge Fig House – Gary Walsh Photography

So, where oh where will the big day take place? Well prompted into panic mode we went to view three venues which I know of and love; and so really it was a case of gauging Andy’s feelings on these. New addition to the stunning Middleton Lodge Estate in North Yorkshire, The Fig House was a front-runner from the off. Fresh and fabulous, this stunning Georgian inspired building is set to start holding weddings in the coming months, and we both loved the fact that none of our family or friends would have got hitched there before. Better still, The Fig House is concealed within a breath-takingly beautiful walled Kitchen Garden, and visions of beers and Bellinis on the lawns had us hooked. However, back home when we mulled things over, logistically it was going to be a struggle for us with pretty much all guests being from our home-city of Sheffield and even further south. Those of you on the venue search around the North Yorkshire area though must absolutely check out The Fig House and wider Middleton Lodge Estate.

Saltmarshe Hall - Image by Aden Priest

Saltmarshe Hall – Aden Priest Photography

Next up was gorgeous Grade II country house, Saltmarshe Hall, located in rural East Yorkshire. What I adore about this venue is its grand façade and gorgeous interiors, which offer an air of luxury and opulence, and yet it feels a real home from home, instantly welcoming and exclusive. Having recently added more stunning bedrooms to its offering it was another strong contender, with its light and airy reception rooms and speak-easy style bar adding extra ticks. Though in the end, for us, we felt we needed just a bit more space for the size of our wedding party (and also to accommodate Andy’s dance moves without people getting injured!) However, again, if your wedding venue search area covers East Yorkshire, please do look up this truly beautiful Hall.

The West Mill

The West Mill – Richard Murgatroyd Photography

And so that brings me onto our third and, as it turns out, winning venue – The West Mill in Derby. I’d never visited this place in person prior to our viewing but I’d often spent far too long staring at images of it, either via real weddings featured here on the blog or those I found on Instagram. What drew me to it was its cool, industrial luxe style and I thought (and hoped!) this would be right up Andy’s street too. Cue a wonderfully personal show around by owner Andrew, and we were sold.

The West Mill

Richard Murgatroyd Photography

The space within the Grade I listed former cotton spinning mill, situated next to the river Derwent, is nothing short of exceptional with space to wed, dine and party across four fabulous levels, plus outdoor space too – oh and eight brand new gorgeous on-site bedrooms.

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blossoming romance. suzanne neville for a fine art inspired wedding at rudding park – maria & simon

March 14th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Fine Art Inspired Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Paul Read Photography (62)

Quite simply, today’s wedding is all kinds of pretty. From the bride’s beautiful bespoke gown to the dreamiest of floral arrangements, complete with plush hydrangeas and peonies – there’s lots of wonderful ideas and special touches from Maria and Simon’s celebrations to pin away to your heart’s content.

But, before we can even gush about these details, we have to talk about the fact that Maria underwent spinal surgery in the lead up to the wedding. We think you’ll agree, this adds extra significance to their nuptials, and we’re delighted to hear that Maria had a speedy recovery that didn’t hinder plans for their big day.

And what a big day it was! Exchanging vows against the grandiose backdrop of Leeds Cathedral, Maria and Simon then went on to host their celebrations at luxury Harrogate hotel, Rudding Park, set in 300 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. Maria’s Italian and Greek heritage influenced their overall theme for the day, too, with pretty olive branches, a lemon tree and even Greek dancing all bringing Mediterranean feels to the proceedings. Read on as Maria tells all…

With images by Paul Read Weddings.

A Fine Art Inspired Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Paul Read Photography (64)

maria says: We got engaged in August 2015, in Rome, at the beautiful Giardini degli Aranci (garden of oranges) with its stunning view of the city. We went just before sunset, and it was such a romantic setting. I really didn’t expect the proposal and after being there for a while, I asked when we could go for a Prosecco! It was then that Simon said it would be nice to take a seat on one of the benches further back from the wall.

Long story short, he said there was a reason he had brought me to the most beautiful secret spot in Rome, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Once I had stopped crying and said yes, we could hear applause from around the park – such a surreal moment but one we will never forget and that place will remain special for both of us forever.

My mum is Italian so I think Simon always knew he wanted to propose in Italy and it was a trip of a lifetime. We ate at a Michelin star restaurant afterwards but spent most of the evening on our phones telling our family and friends about the amazing news!

A Fine Art Inspired Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Paul Read Photography (42)

We tied the knot on Saturday 24th June 2017.We chose this date as it was 11 years to the day since we first started going out.

We got married at Leeds Cathedral, where I used to sing in the choir. I have also known the priest (now a Monsignor) since I was a child, so it was perfect that he conducted the service for us.

A Fine Art Inspired Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Paul Read Photography (49)

We then held the reception at Rudding Park in Harrogate, voted number one hotel in the UK by Trip Advisor for three years in a row. We knew immediately we wanted our wedding to be attended by all our friends and family, and had considered Amalfi (where my family heritage is from) but given difficulties with older family members being able to get there, we decided that there would be nowhere better than Yorkshire, especially given that I’m a Leeds girl and he’s a Wetherby boy.

We’ve both known Rudding Park for years and it was the perfect balance between city and country. The service at Rudding Park is exceptional and the new spa was going to open the year of our wedding – we just knew we were in safe hands. Plus, I have a pretty huge family and it is one of the few venues in Yorkshire that caters for more than120 people. It’s everything we wanted.

A Fine Art Inspired Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Paul Read Photography (55)

I had spinal surgery for scoliosis in November 2016 – it was a huge procedure but I bounced back within three months – just in time for my wonderful wedding dress to be measured and created. I had often been really paranoid about my waist and I am so lucky to have had this corrected before I walked down the aisle. It seemed a long journey back to health and I had three months off work, but that just left more time for wedmin to take my mind off things!

We didn’t have a theme in the beginning, but once I started my Pinterest obsession, I realised I kept pinning things that were tagged as “fine art”. I tried to bring in a bit of a Mediterranean theme, along with pastel colours to keep things understated and elegant. For example, the olive branches on the cake and the lemon tree in the middle of the main hall, the soft candles, soft blues and pale pinks, and the menu was very much inspired by my Italian and Greek heritage. There was so much food! There was also Greek dancing and a bit of Italian Vin Santo which added much more alcohol to proceedings!

With regards to the pastel colour scheme, I wanted pale pinks and blues with Mediterranean greenery as I thought they would stand the test of time when looking back at the photographs. I also love hydrangeas and peonies which helped guide the colour scheme, and indeed the month of June for the wedding, when peonies are available and in bloom.

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the whole experience: perfect daze bridal

March 13th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

Perfect Daze - Glix Photography (5)

As quite possibly the most exciting aspect of the wedding planning, we here at Brides Up North are firm believers that brides should remember their boutique visits for all the right reasons and have an experience that is professional, yet personal and fun, as they search for that one special dress.

And we’re not alone in our mantra, for the new Sponsor that we’re introducing on the blog today was built upon these very beliefs – the fabulous Perfect Daze Bridal.

In opening her gorgeous Yorkshire boutique, Perfect Daze owner Emma Roberts, wanted to offer ladies the full bridal shopping package; from a chic and relaxing setting to stunning designers, excellent customer service and faultless attention to detail – and she continuously strives to give her brides the very best experience.

Whether buying a designer gown or investing in a bespoke dress, all brides are seen by Emma as she gets to know them over a cuppa or glass of fizz, and she sees them through to their big day with assistance from her highly-experienced team in ensuring absolute perfection.

Here to tell us more about the boutique’s ethos and offering is the leading lady herself. Take it away Emma…

Images by Glix Photography.

Perfect Daze - Glix Photography (3)

Where is your boutique located and how would you describe the look and feel of it?

emma says: Perfect Daze is nestled in the rural village of Scissett in the heart of Yorkshire. A stone’s throw from Holmfirth, we are sat right on the boundaries of Wakefield, Huddersfield and Barnsley and only ten minutes from the M1 making Leeds and Sheffield quite close by.

The emphasis is on the whole experience and the boutique is spacious and luxurious. Large changing rooms and comfortable seating, plush fabrics and an industrial edge. Copper, steel and woods are the perfect backdrop to the chic gowns.

We stock the best of British bridal with our signature look being couture.

What designers do you stock and can you tell us a little about each one?

Enzoani Blue is at the cutting edge of bridal fashion. Designed by Kang Chun “KC” Lin, the gowns incorporate intricate lace, beautiful fabrics and the Enzoani signature cut out trains. Enzoani Blue is perfect for the style savvy bride, their gowns are anything but ordinary.

Enzoani Beautiful sits alongside Enzoani Blue with the same attention to detail, but with a slightly more traditional look. If Blue is a little too edgy for your bridal style, but you still appreciate the signature cut out trains and attention to detail then Enzoani Beautiful is perfect for you.

As for Badgley Mischka – think red carpet, think glamour, think the Oscars. This designer supplies high-octane styling for a bride who desires the wow factor. Their designs are a little more couture, sometimes quite edgy, but always focusing on fit and shape.

Suzanne Neville is a designer adored by celebrities such as Holly Willoughby, Tess Daly and Katherine Jenkins. Her gowns exude class, sophistication and elegance. Using the most opulent fabrics, every single dress is handmade in the UK and as beautiful on the inside as the outside.

Her ‘less is more’ approach to bridal is breath-taking and her famous corset shape creates the most fantastic curves.

Perfect Daze - Glix Photography (6)

How do you pick the right designers for the boutique and what do you think makes a good bridal collection?

I believe our designers have to work well together and their collections must complement each other.

We have a wide range of styles which are all focussed on fit, quality and elegance. When I invest in a label, I am looking for design which works well within the ethos of Perfect Daze Bridal. I firmly believe that shape and good fabrics are key, and when it comes to detail, just the right amount.

Furthermore, fantastic customer care, is essential. I need to know my designers can deliver 100% every time, I can then pass this onto my brides.

What current trends are you seeing in bridal wear and can you forecast any future trends that will be coming through?

It is all about the back in bridal at the moment. We are seeing some stunning designs and Enzoani are right at the forefront of this. We love it when a dress looks demure from the front but has a wonderful surprise in the back. Vision backs with floating lace and cut out trains give the wow factor.

I don’t think this current trend will be going anywhere for some time.

I think we might start to see a return to more structured fabrics like satin and Mikado. A sophisticated look which focuses on curves and structure. Seams and panels will replace lace, and sparkle will be there, but as a statement rather than all over. Badgley Mischka introduced these types of dresses in 2017, and my brides are loving the opulence.

Perfect Daze - Glix Photography (1)

What research/preparation would you advise brides to do before visiting the boutique?

It doesn’t matter whether you bring a full board on Pinterest to show me or arrive with nothing but your wedding date – every bride is individual and the fun is to find what works for each person.

If you have firm ideas about the type of look we are going for, then I need to know so I can work with your wedding day ideas. If your wedding has a rustic theme, you would probably not want to go for a sexy, glamourous gown. Likewise, you wouldn’t want to turn up to a black tie themed wedding in a crochet dress. Brides often allow their choice of dress to determine the theme of the wedding.

Prepare to be honest – this is what I ask of all my brides. I always start by saying “Be honest with me, you will not offend me, if one gown was right for everybody then I would need just one in every size. The more feedback you give me, the more chance I have of finding you ‘the one’.”

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