Charlotte Balbier

brides/unveiled: the luxury wedding show

November 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime


If you are a long term follower of our blog (*waves*) you’ll know that we are also very proud to edit a glossy print magazine, Unveiled, which is a bi-annual bridal publication, and the luxury wedding magazine for the North of the UK.

I work purely on the creative side for Unveiled, which makes it a total passion project and a dream come true for the girl who grew up wanting to be editor of Vogue. If Vogue was a bridal mag, Unveiled would get close. No lie.

As I said in my Editor’s letter at the opening of issue #04: targeted from its inception at the discerning, luxury bride (that’s you, dear reader), Unveiled is glossier and more gorgeous than the rest. A true coffee table tome, it’s always been the best looking.  My brief?  To give this beauty some heart and soul.

I was proud to press print on my first issue in charge this autumn and the collaboration has been (even if I do say so myself!) an unprecedented success.  To everyone who called, emailed or wrote – and especially those who sent chocolate – to congratulate me on A/W2015, thank you so much for your support. Unveiled is available to buy online, at WHSmiths across the North of the UK, independent retailers and all the very best wedding exhibitions.  I do hope that you managed to pick up your copy and that its helping to inspire some seriously chic wedding plans. Get it while you can, as issue #05 is already well underway, landing spring 2016.

But, you know us.  Once we’ve found something that our readers love and want more of, we can’t just let it go.  We’ve an absolutely amazing season of innovative and excellent Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions and events planned for 2016 (and boho brides, have you checked out our brand new WEDSTOCK and WEDSTIVAL concepts yet?) but for 2017, it feels right to go even bigger.  To plan, produce and deliver to the North a truly designer wedding show – an entirely bespoke offering crafted in collaboration with our favourite suppliers and our readers – super glossy, super inspiring, but still wholly useful and accessible to all.  Basically to bring together everything we do best at both Brides Up North and Unveiled, put it all under one huge roof, and add a cherry on the top.

So, it’s set: Our multi award winning wedding blog Brides Up North in collaboration with Unveiled magazine, is thrilled to bring you brides/unveiled The Luxury Wedding Show, debuting spring 2017 at Harrogate International Centre.

As an immersive luxury bridal experience spanning two days in this celebrated, accessible exhibition space in the heart of the UK, brides/UNVEILED will aim to bring the stylish pages of our popular media products to life. With bespoke spaces, creative concepts and luxe visual displays like no other, this high end consumer bridal event aims to connect the inspiration gathering process with the professionals who can deliver sensational results.

And we haven’t got all the answers yet. We’re at the very beginning of the planning journey – the date is booked and we’ve one huge space to design, and we’d love to hear from you about what you’d like from this very special event.  We want this event to deliver for everyone involved – it’s up to you to tell us how.

As a first step in the ‘by application’ exhibitor process, one step email applications are now being welcomed from individual wedding professionals and larger companies. As we aim to offer bespoke exhibitor experiences at an affordable price point, please use the forms on our site to register your interest. The team will then be in touch very shortly to discuss your individual requirements, options and benefits. We aim to make exhibiting with us a five star experience too. From the moment your application is processed, your personal brides/UNVEILED Event Concierge will be on hand to support and guide your exhibitor experience, maximising impact and effectiveness.

Brides to be, we’d also love to hear from you with your ideas, input and (the more diva-ish the better) demands!  What do you want from this event?  Let us have it!  The more creative you get, the better.  At this stage, anything is possible.  Email us at or contact us via our shiny new website to join us in creating something spectacular.

There’s a lot of work to do behind the scenes but we’re so excited to see what this amazing industry can do! Get involved.

Watch the hashtag #bridesunveiled web-wide for more news as it lands.

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lace & pearls. tones of blue for a regal wedding – stef & tom

November 19th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Vintage Wedding (c) Kate Gosney Photography (51)

Is there a grander setting for a wedding than a castle? We think not having feasted our eyes on the pics from today’s real wedding.

Having secured their dream venue, Tom and Stef let their surroundings do the talking, just adding a few simple touches in elegant vintage décor whilst working around their timeless blue colour scheme.

The floral arrangements are particularly stunning, and we love the maids’ vibrant cobalt dresses too!

With images by Kate Gosney Photography.

An Elegant Vintage Wedding (c) Kate Gosney Photography (6)

stef says: We got engaged in Las Vegas. It was the second day at the end of a night out. Tom got down on one knee and produced the most amazing ring!

An Elegant Vintage Wedding (c) Kate Gosney Photography (5)

We got married on 28th August, which was the Bank Holiday weekend, giving people more time to recover. Chiddingstone Castle was our chosen venue. My dad got married there and I had visited as a child so it felt special to me.

We didn’t have a theme as such, instead just choosing to let the beautiful venue do the talking and making choices that were sensitive to that. Our colour scheme was different tones of blues as it’s my favourite colour and I think it’s timeless too.

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cobbles & rollers. a ‘very lancashire’ inspired bridal shoot

November 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Legend Bridal Designs Zoie CarterIngham 78

The majority of styled shoots that we share on our pretty pages are to showcase bridal looks that our readers can replicate for their own big day. However, every now and then a set of styled images come along that aren’t obviously bridal, though by pushing the creative boundaries they have more depth and meaning behind them.

Today that is certainly the case, as we share this adorable Lancashire styled bridal shoot with you that switches veils and headpieces for hair nets & rollers.

To explain how the unusual concept came about we’ll hand you over to Charlotte of Legend Bridal Design, who supplied the dreamy dresses for the shoot.

With images by Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography.

LEGEND BRIDAL 50s Wedding Shoot from Moviart Films on Vimeo.

charlotte says: We’ve known Zoie, of Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography, for a while and whenever we’re together we always talk about organising a shoot. We’ve had several ideas, all very creative, yet time and availability have always kept our plans on the back burner. This summer however, when Zoie mentioned her idea for a very Lancashire shoot with a nod to the textile industry our towns are built on, we knew we had to run with it.

Legend Bridal Designs Zoie CarterIngham 7

Being a bespoke dressmaking service, our business is built on a wealth of history and tradition. Our craftsmanship is based on time honoured techniques. Each dress is drafted from our own sketches, hand cut, created and finished by hand. Sewing has always been in our family. In fact, certain tools we still use have been passed down through the generations, so Zoie’s idea of acknowledging our history in this way through the shoot made it a total no-brainer.

Legend Bridal Designs Zoie CarterIngham 58

The shoot was set in a back street in Rishton; a row of terraces on one side and the empty shell of an old mill on the other. Zoie chose this street as it is reminiscent of so many mill towns in the area. The idea was to create a vintage feel. Not the manicured, glossy and pretty vintage we’re all so familiar with, but a more down to earth, almost gritty vintage. One without airs and graces and more of a focus on the history our lives are built on.

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groovy kind of love. a nod to the 1950s for a wedding at the crab & lobster – sara & chris

November 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A 1950s Inspired Wedding at The Crab & Lobster (c) Mandy Charlton (8)

Today’s wedding is a real family affair with the couple’s son and daughter almost stealing their mum and dad’s limelight entirely – talk about cute!

But beyond the page boy and flower girl there is much more sweetness to be found in Sara and Chris’ big day.

With images by Mandy Charlton.

A 1950s Inspired Wedding at The Crab & Lobster (c) Mandy Charlton (21)

sara says: We got engaged in July 2010, three months after the birth of our first child – Eoin. There was no romantic proposal as such, I think we both just came to the natural conclusion that since we’d already made the big commitment of raising a mini human together, marriage was the natural next step to make our family ‘official’.

We got married on 10th September 2015. I wanted to get married sooner but life (including buying a house, graduating from university and having another baby) kind of got in the way! We chose September because it’s my favourite time of year, and usually the weather is pretty good (and it really was!)

A 1950s Inspired Wedding at The Crab & Lobster (c) Mandy Charlton (34)

We got married at our local church, St. Peters. My dad is buried there and I was also christened there so it holds a lot of sentimental value. It’s a lovely little church. Our reception was held at The Crab & Lobster in Thirsk. It was the second venue I looked at, and I knew it was perfect the minute I saw the diver’s suit hanging from the ceiling! It’s very quirky and intimate, with beautiful gardens, without feeling pretentious. John, the wedding planner, was also so welcoming and lovely with our children; it felt like it was a home from home.

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love is all you need. terry fox for a music themed wedding at styal lodge – sara & josh

November 18th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Music Inspired Wedding at Styal Lodge (c) Sophie Kerr Photography (40)

Today’s bride and groom are perhaps among the cutest we’ve had on the blog. From their sweet proposal to their personal wedding ‘promises’ and their love of dancing together, it’s clear these too are totally smitten!

Having had her dream ring placed on her finger, Sara worked with Josh to come up with a wedding day that was true reflection of them as a couple, leading to a music theme for their big day.

Get ready for moving song choices, record décor, a guitar guest book and, of course, dancing!

With images by Sophie Kerr Photography.

A Music Inspired Wedding at Styal Lodge (c) Sophie Kerr Photography (26)

sara says: Our engagement came about quite suddenly and was a modern joint decision, we’d been speaking about marriage and it was always as a certain ‘when’ not an ‘if’. One Saturday shopping in Manchester Josh suggested going into a jewellers and he then started looking at rings. He kept telling me to not getting excited it was simply just for future. After a few rings being tried on he went and paid for the ring that in his words, ‘made my eyes light up’. As soon as I saw the bag I got so excited but he kept saying that I needed to put it out of my mind. We followed up our day with a trip to the Cloud 23 bar at the Hilton to raise a glass to a very exciting future. Later I was happily gazing out the window at the sunny view when I turned back to face Josh and I realised he was on one knee. Suddenly everything else disappeared – the only thing I remember him saying was, “I don’t want to be engaged to you – but I want to marry you”. To add to this a lovely couple from Bermuda had been watching, they apparently sensed something as about to happen and started taking pictures and later approached us to get our details to share them. It’s thanks to them that we now have beautiful natural pictures of one of the most important moments in our lives.

A Music Inspired Wedding at Styal Lodge (c) Sophie Kerr Photography (29)

We got married on 18th April 2015. We chose this date as we both agreed that we preferred the change of seasons the most and spring 2015 fitted nicely allowing us a comfortable 18 months to plan.

We quickly decided we wanted to get married in a venue that would be exclusive to us and our guests as we wanted it to be a personal and intimate day. We found a few places that fitted in budget and with our preferences. Styal Lodge was actually the first place we went to visit and from the minute we arrived there we fell completely in love, it was perfect. We loved how neutral it was meaning we could truly make it our own and how much light and nature still felt so close due to the big windows. Above all though the reason we chose the venue is due to the people who run it. Styal Lodge’s whole focus is weddings and so everyone is so passionate and dedicated to making your day wonderful.

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our love story: holly & matt

November 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (10)

You might want to grab your wellies and your coat for this afternoon’s post as we’re heading off to rural Yorkshire for Holly & Matt’s engagement shoot.

Though photographer Chelsea says the terrain was rather rocky and the weather rather windy, this bride and groom-to-be look totally lost in the moment together as they take a stroll across Almscliffe Crag.

So let’s hand over to Holly to find out how this love story began…

With images by Chelsea Shoesmith.

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (4)

holly says: We got engaged on holiday in Greece the year that we had been together ten years. Matt popped the question next to a beautiful harbour, it was a complete surprise! He proposed in the middle of the holiday so some of the people who he had told were starting to worry he had changed his mind!

We are getting married at a church in Knaresborough and then will be moving onto a beautiful converted barn called Castle Farm, for the reception. There will be a ceilidh at night time and we also have some games planned to keep our guests entertained whilst they drink their champagne cocktails!

Holly & Matt's Engagement Shoot (c) Chelsea Shoesmith (12)

We first met back in 2005 when we were 16 and 18 years of age. Our first date was a takeaway pizza which we ate on a park bench – it was more romantic than it sounds!We were best friends before we got together but if we are honest we always wanted to be more than friends – we just needed a song dedication from Matt’s band to make us both realise.

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