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highly commended at the #WeddingBlogAwards

October 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding Blog Awards 2014

This last week has been crazy town.

And god, do my feet hurt.  Memo to self: buy some flat shoes woman!

It’s been a total whirlwind, with four stunning Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in Leeds, Northumberland, Knaresborough and Richmond under our bejewelled belts (that’s almost 200 of the most talent wedding suppliers in the North right there for the taking), and four train journeys back and forth from the ol’smoke, to attend not only the Cosmpolitan Blog Awards last Tuesday – nominated in the Best Wedding Blog category – and Wedding Magazine’s Wedding Blog Awards on Friday at The Savoy.

Yes.  That was just in the last week.

Rachel and the Leafy Couture girls will testify, I almost needed to be dragged from The Savoy kicking and screaming.  I’ve found my own personal piece of heaven, right there.

It has been absolutely amazing.

Wedding Blog Awards 2014 at the Savoy

The Brides Up North team had an absolute ball catching up with all our blogger friends and the lovelies at Wedding Magazine, fangirled presenter Mark Francis of Made In Chelsea for the second year running (“The North, what’s that, dahlings?”), sipped way too much Savoy champagne – but balanced it with copious canapes and cupcakes - and took home a highly commended prize in the Best City Blog category.

We’ll take that, thank you very much!

Wedding Blog Awards 2014 with Mark Francis

Thank you to each and every one of you who voted for Brides Up North and show such immense support of the blog and brand both online and at our inspirational wedding events.  We couldn’t do it without you.

Today, I am taking a day off, putting my feet up (maybe) and hanging out with my little girl (definitely), leaving you with a selection of iPhone candids from what was a truly fabulous Friday night.

Have a lovely Monday, and I’ll see you on the other side.

julia x

Wedding Blog Awards 2014 Photobooth

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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

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags at each event, 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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Autumn 2014

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friday fabulous!

October 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Twinkle Twinkle by Kate Spade

A literary choice for a truly original wedding day clutch.

Twinkle Twinkle Emmanuelle clutch bag, $328, by Kate Spade New York 

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an exclusive invitation…

October 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge Autumn 2014

On Tuesday, I told you all about our fairy-tale event at Allerton Castle this coming Sunday – click here for all the details – and today I’m proud to tell you about our second event also happening this Sunday 12th October 2014 (double the inspiration!) at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (1)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (2)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (3)

We are proud to be working with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a big and beautiful wedding show with a large, handpicked selection of the region’s best bridal exhibitors at this exclusive venue.  The house, gardens and grand marquee will be open for exploration and inspiration! With every detail covered from gowns to garters, this should be a day for every soon-to-be-weds diary.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (4)

middleton lodge

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6NJ

Sunday 12th October 2014

1pm till 5pm

FREE ENTRY for pre-registered brides & their guests, £2pp on the day

bride to be?

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.

While stocks last.

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Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

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Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (5)

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Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (8)

All images from our last gorgeous event at Middleton Lodge, courtesy of Hayley Baxter Photography.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (9)

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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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funny face. a pretty wedding at victoria baths – vivienne & dave

October 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (33)

Today’s real wedding feature comes a little later than planned.  I’ve been in London attending the Cosmopolitan Wedding Blog Awards alongside fellow leaders in our industry, and travelling back Up North today, East Coast Wifi’s upload speed just ain’t up to scratch for blog business.

This little corner of the internet was proud to be nominated for Best Wedding Blog in last night’s ceremony, and whilst we didn’t take the gong – robbed! – it was great to be recognised for our hard work, and celebrate it in a whirl of Cosmos (what else?), glitter and cupcakes.

A huge thank you to all our readers and supporters who voted for us.

It’s straight back into the pretty here on these pages this evening, as we join reader Vivienne and her new husband Dave for their lovely day at the gorgeously vintage Victoria Baths in Manchester.

Enjoy.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor James Tracey Photography.

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (7)

Vivienne says:  I was 8 months pregnant and Dave surprised me with a mini break to Loch Lomond. The proposal came as a total surprise as we had been together for 9 years so had given up dropping hints…. he was very romantic though, we walked to a private beach where he got down on one knee.

We were married on Saturday 12th April 2014. We chose this date because, being a teacher, I needed to fit it in with school holidays. I also love that time of year as it’s when all the fresh flowers start to bloom and sunshine comes out after winter.

We only looked at a few venues, and when we walked into the Victoria Baths, we knew straight away that it was the venue for us. We wanted a venue we could put our own stamp on and make all our own decisions on the details of our day.

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (9)

We had a vintage fete theme, mostly because we could make all our own decorations and I felt that the colours would suit an April wedding. We tried to use the colours blue and green in order to complement the colours of our venue. However, we really weren’t too prescriptive as I didn’t want to be dashing round shops colour matching in the run up to our day.

We used my grandma’s old table cloths to decorate tables such as where we signed the register. Looking back at photos, they are even more special because of these personal touches.

We used Hipswing Entertainments to hire our beautiful lanterns over the dance floor. They were fantastic and really special when it got darker for our first dance.

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (10)

As little girls, myself and my sister got bridesmaid dresses from a shop in Edinburgh called Pretty Women. Since that day we have said we will get our own wedding dresses from there and every time we visit family in Edinburgh look forward to seeing what’s new in the window.

I absolutely love Audrey Hepburn and felt inspired by the wedding dress she wears in Funny Face. After trying on a range of dresses, I knew it was the one for me as couldn’t resist spinning round and watching the skirt float round!7

Dave wore a navy 3 piece suit from a brand called Tiger of Sweden.

Our bridesmaids wore dresses from BHS and Monsoon.

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (12)

Our photographer was James Tracey, we saw his photo’s of another wedding at our venue and loved them. We loved how he incorporated the venue into his photographs and caught every emotion during the day.

I would definitely recommend him, in fact a lot of our wedding guests asked if he was a friend we had used as he is so personable and easy to get on with!

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (15)

As the venue we used was so big, we ordered our flowers directly from a wholesaler. We used Triangle Nursery, I told them the theme of our wedding and they suggested suitable options for us. We then filled paper covered tin cans for the tables and to decorate the venue.

I intended to use the flowers we ordered for my bouquet, however a couple I days before the wedding I walked into Marks and and Spencer and saw the most beautiful bunch of pink tulips. With help from my mum we used these with some gypsophila to create my bouquet.

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (17)

We had quite strong ideas about the foods we wanted, so chose Thyme Out Deli, Didsbury to do our catering. They took our ideas and made the most delicious foods for us.

We spent weekends cleaning slate so that we could serve local cheeses and ham as a ploughman’s starter board to share. For main we had steak and Manchester ale pie, Thyme Out even painstakingly cut out our initials to put on the top of every pie. We spent further weekends scouring charity shops and making our own vintage cake stands to serve our desserts of macaroons, lemon tarts and brownies on.

My kind and talented friend Hannah Bayliss made our cake. I told her I wanted it to be sage green and was using vintage lace in the wedding, she created the most perfect cake for us!

Our wedding was the weekend before Easter so we gave Lindt bunnies as favours.

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (20)

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (27)

My best friend Joanna Łabiak did my make up on the day. I was so pleased to have her with me during an anxious morning and loved the pretty colours of the make up she used on me. Once my make up was complete, Joanna also dashed to our venue to set up and play”Blowers daughter” by Damien Rice on the piano while I walked down the aisle. This is the song we both remember when we first met and it’s been special to us ever since.

We chose a Sheffield band called The Bootleggers, one of our friends had seen them at a wedding and said they were brilliant and everyone was up on the dance floor. They definitely didn’t disappoint!

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (32)

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (42)

Walking back down the aisle with our daughter Ava was definitely my favourite part of the day.

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (46)

Our guests kindly contributed to our honeymoon in Las Vegas. When looking for a honeymoon destination, we realised that this would be the last opportunity for a child free holiday so felt Las Vegas was perfect! We had an amazing week, some days spent simply lying by the pool, recuperating from all the wedding chaos!

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (51)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t become too fixated on thing such as colour schemes. Go with what you like and it will all come together on the day and be personal to you. Make sure you use family and friends to help out too as this will make the day even more special.

a pretty wedding at victoria baths (c) James Tracey Photography (52)

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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

bride to be?

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.

While stocks last.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

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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peony pink. a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall – natalie & anthony

October 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (43)

I really, really don’t want to jinx it, but I honestly think this might be the best Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition season yet.

I’m recharging (and still on a high!) today after my fourth weekend (a double bill in Leeds and Northumberland this time) at the helm of some very lovely, very busy events indeed, and taking a breather having reached the half way point for autumn 2014.

It was another record attendance all round yesterday and I’d really love to see you at our remaining shows this season – we’re back in action this very weekend at both Middleton Lodge and Allerton Castle – so click here for the full line up.

But for now. it’s back to the online gorgeous, as we join Natalie and Anthony for their pretty & pink wedding at Bartle Hall in Preston.

I love my job.

Images by Samantha Broadley Photography

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (1)

Natalie says: We got engaged on my 21st birthday at a meal with all our family. After we had eaten, Anthony got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked and didnt have a clue. All our family knew before the meal and my Mum even helped him pick out the ring.

We were married on Saturday 31st May 2014 at Bartle Hall, Preston.

We went looking around a few venues but eventually choose Bartle Hall. The grounds are beautiful and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Most importantly the venue had accommodation so our family could stay over, that played a big part in helping us decide.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (3)

I’ve always wanted to use pink for my wedding, which Anthony wasn’t too keen on! I wanted my venue dressing to be all about the flowers and I wanted them to make the room. We used Flower Design from Blackpool who did an amazing job and created the exact look that I wanted, using lots of blousy peonies.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (6)

My dress was by Mori Lee from Dan Kerr, Preston. Although the style of the dress I chose was quite simple, the detail on it was amazing. It was very heavy in lace and had lots of bling!

My bridesmaids had tried lots of different styles of dresses on but I was looking for something that was a little bit different. I wanted them to stand out from the other guests and I found with the typical maxi style dresses they could of easily of been mistaken for guests. I chose a shorter design of dress as the wedding was in a summer months and to show off their shoes. I was really pleased with how the dresses looked on the day and all the girls said they were really comfortable to wear throughout the day, even after a three course meal. They were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique.

The flower girls’ dresses were from BHS and great value for money.

For the boys, we needed twelve suits in total so we decided to hire them for the day. We went to a few places looking but finally decided on Moss Bros. Their suits looked smart and not worn, unlike others we’d seen previously. They were great at organising fittings for twelve people and made the collection and return process so easy.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (10)

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (17)

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (18)

Our photographer was Samantha Broadley.  Sam made us feel so comfortable throughout the day and half of the time I never knew she was there! After getting the pictures back we are so,so pleased with how they turned out and they really captured the whole day from start to finish. Sam made us a snapshot DVD of images which she set to music of our choice, this was so well done and even brought Anthony to tears. Everyone has commented on how lovely her photos are and my brother-in-law has even booked her for his wedding next year!

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (22)

We had a mixture of high and low table centre pieces for our reception. As the high centre pieces were so big we had to be careful that they didnt overface the room. Flower Design perfectly placed the high centre pieces to create maximum effect when walking into the room. I also had the whole length of my top table draped in flowers, it looked amazing and so effective.

We chose a simple white cake as we used flowers to decorate it. The cake was four tiers with spacers in between for the flowers which gave it extra height. Two layers were chocolate and two sponge, by The Cake Lady, Blackpool.

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a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (32)

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (34)

We decided on a last minute honeymoon which we booked after the wedding, and went to the Sensatori Hotel in Crete.

a pretty wedding at Bartle Hall (c) Samantha Broadley Photography (42)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do what makes you both happy and what you want to do, not what pleases other people.

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wedding alphabet. D is for destination.

October 6th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Source floridianweddings.com, Photography J Layne Photography

Image via floridianweddings.com, photography by J Layne Photography

Monday. Hatching an escape plan?  Us too.

While we’re obviously huge advocates of Northern couples staying true to their roots and getting hitched in the upper areas of the UK, we know there are those brides and grooms that crave a total change of scenery for their big day.

This desire paired with a better chance of dry, warm weather is what often leads couples to pack-up their plans and head overseas. While it may feel like they’re embarking on one of the most exciting holidays of their lives, destination couples will find opting a wedding in a foreign country means planning to perfection and from a distance.

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In order to make it work research and organisation are key. If executed well, the result can be a fabulously laid-back big day in a dreamy destination that makes all the hard work worthwhile. If not, it may resemble an episode of some holiday horrors type programme.

So for those flirting with the idea of being a jet-set-bride, here’s a few tips to help make the journey less turbulent.

bridalmusings.com Photography Ruby Yeo Photography

Image via bridalmusings.com, photography by Ruby Yeo Photography

name your place

The location of your wedding should reflect something about you as a couple – whether it be the destination where you got engaged, a country with a culture you both adore, or a beach resort because you both love the sun, sea, sand and erm, sangria. The chosen destination is also likely to influence the mood and themeing of your big day. Distance is important to bear in mind too. A European destination for example will be a lot easier and cheaper for you to visit in the run up to your wedding than say an American location. It will also be quicker and cheaper for your guests to travel to.

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Image via theknot.com, photography by Eye Wonder Photography

timing is everything

Look into the peak and off-peak times to travel to and stay in your chosen area as this will help you figure out what costs both you and your guests will be facing. Also, be aware of changing weather conditions that different countries encounter throughout the year – the last thing you want to do is book a wedding in Mexico in the midst of hurricane season.

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hire a helping hand

When it comes to tying the knot overseas think of a wedding planner as a fairy godmother – you need someone you can trust to help your dreams come true. A planner should know the area like the back of their hand and therefore can advise you on everything from locations and venues to marriage laws and local cuisine. Hopefully they’ve also got a bulging contacts book of recommended suppliers that they have built up great relationships with so can get you great services at competitive prices. Bottom line is it’s highly comforting and less stressful to have a direct point of contact at the place of the wedding who can answer those niggling questions at the drop of a hat.

Source stylemepretty.com, Photography Lisa Poggi, Flowers  Franci's Flowers Wedding Design

Image via stylemepretty.com, photography by Lisa Poggi

take a trip

This really is a must, and several trips would be ideal. On your first visit you could meet with your wedding planner to make sure you feel comfortable leaving part of the planning in their hands. You could also visit different locations, venues and suppliers to help make key decisions about your day. Going once at the time of year you plan to wed is also helpful to experience the climate firsthand which may sway your decisions on food, drink and outfit choices. On any further visits you could check in with your planner, revisit suppliers for tastings/design updates and source local hair and beauty stylists.

Source oncewed.com, Photography Jose Villa, Dress Claire Pettibone

Image via oncewed.com, photography by Jose Villa

consider extra costs

Apart from the obvious travel and accommodation costs for a wedding celebration that will span beyond a single day, there may be a few other costs to take on board. It may be the case that the destination you chose only allows certain types of ceremonies that you don’t qualify for and therefore you will need to do the legal part in the UK before or after. While for some couples this might just consist of a quick trip to the registry office, others might also want to add on a wedding party back home, particularly if many family and friends were unable to make trip. There’s also likely to be extra baggage costs to squeeze in all your attire and décor, plus you might choose to take a UK supplier, such as a trusted photographer, along with you. In which case there is their travel and accommodation to factor in.

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Image via stylemepretty.com, photography by Amy Bennett Photography

give guests plenty of notice

Booking people for a few days rather than a few hours requires some forward planning. Send out save the dates 12 months in advice if possible and be aware that some of your nearest and dearest may have to decline as their finances just won’t stretch to an overseas trip. Plenty of forewarning also makes it easier for your guests to book the necessary time needed off work.

Source stylemepretty.com, Photography  Peggy Picot Of Maison Pestea, Dress Le  spose di Gio, Flowers Tea Rose

Image via stylemepretty.com, photography by Peggy Picot

make it a holiday

The best thing about a destination wedding is that it’s an adventure and getaway for all involved. Arriving a few days ahead of the main event means guests can kick-back and enjoy their surroundings so they’re laid-back but up for a good time when the wedding arrives. Following the big day it’s nice for newlyweds to have time alone together as Mr and Mrs, so if your guests chose to stick around for a few days why not book a little break in a different location to ensure your honeymoon isn’t hi-jacked.

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