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gatsby glamour. a 1920s theme wedding at middleton hall – catherine & scott

February 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Gatsby Glamour Wedding at Middleton Hall (c) Johnathan Stockton Photography (26)

We just love a bit of glamour here at Brides Up North HQ and today’s real wedding is delivering just that!

Deciding on a 1920s theme as a nod to her favourite book, the great gatsby, bride Catherine set about planning a wedding that would brim with elegance and glitz, while avoiding anything that would make her day look remotely fancy-dress like.

The result is an incredibly pretty big day, with just the right amount of Hollywood glamour. Highlights for us include the maids’ muted dresses, the fabulous blooms and also that classy sweetie table with gold-glitter-dipped liquorice, now that’s attention to detail!

With images by Jonathan Stockton Photography.

A Gatsby Glamour Wedding at Middleton Hall (c) Johnathan Stockton Photography (43)

catherine says: We got engaged in Las Vegas in April 2014. On our first night we had been to see Boyz II Men and afterwards Scott took me to watch the Bellagio Fountain Show. He had been to Vegas a few times but it was my first visit and he was dying to show me the fountains because he had decided to propose there a while back. He popped the question while the fountains were in full swing. There were references to Vegas at the wedding; the table names were famous hotels there and Scott wore playing card cufflinks.

A Gatsby Glamour  Wedding at Middleton Hall (c) Johnathan Stockton Photography (4)

We chose the 8th August 2015, as our wedding date because we wanted to have as much of the day outside as possible, although you can never guarantee the English weather! I’m a teacher so I also wanted it in the middle of the summer holidays so I had time to relax and prepare before, and time for a honeymoon afterwards.

A Gatsby Glamour Wedding at Middleton Hall (c) Johnathan Stockton Photography (55)

We married at Middleton Hall, Northumberland. We both decided we wanted a venue where we had exclusive use and where we could really have a full weekend celebration. We also wanted somewhere a bit different, where we hadn’t been to weddings before. As soon as we drove up the drive to Middleton Hall we were smitten; it had that grand look with lovely, green grounds, but once inside managed to feel warm and intimate. The venue offered the choice to marry both inside and outside which was important at first, and it had ten stunning guest rooms so we knew we could have our families and close friends with us from the Friday to the Sunday, which was perfect.

My favourite ever book is the The Great Gatsby and I absolutely loved the old-American style of the film; the long dresses, the head pieces, the glitz and glamour of the parties, so I knew that was the look I wanted for the wedding theme. When we saw that Middleton Hall had the Grand Hall, it seemed the perfect setting for this. I was really aware that I didn’t want it to be like a 1920s fancy dress though, more so an elegant, old Hollywood party with long dresses and bow ties!

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its the season: spring 2016 confetti colour trends from shropshire petals

February 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

ShropshirePetals.com Handful of Candyfloss Confetti £11.95 per litre

With January out of the way, 2016 is now in full swing and we’re hurtling towards the start of prime wedding season – spring!

Featuring mild weather, lighter nights, a wonderful fresh atmosphere and incredibly beautiful flower options, it’s easy to understand why so many couples pick the spring season in which to say their ‘I dos’.

For those that will be tying the knot between March and May this year, the experts at natural confetti company and Brides Up North Sponsor Shropshire Petals, are giving us inspiration on which pretty colour mixes are top of the trends for springtime weddings, whilst also introducing us to their new confetti cone collection for 2016.

So let’s focus on the warm weather to come while we discuss colourful confetti…

ShropshirePetals.com Something Blue £11.95 per litre (4)

shropshire petals say: Wedding colour trends change each year and season, so it’s helpful for couples to know which colours will be top of the charts when they tie the knot in order to assist with their confetti choices.

Using the Shropshire Petals pick and mix online tool, brides and grooms can experiment with colours to create a unique colour combination to complement the top spring trends whilst also fitting in with their chosen wedding theme and setting.

Better still, here at Shropshire petals we’ve just launched our new confetti cone collection, which has been inspired by the stunning tones from the 2016 wedding colour palette, so both the confetti and cone can be matched to couples’ chosen schemes.

As well as our iconic white cone, the new collection features wonderful shades of yellow, grey, brown craft, blue, pink and purple, fitting in great with the top spring colour trends for 2016, which are set to be vivid brights mixed with subtle nudes and hints of pastels.

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rose quartz – Said to be colour of the year, this gentle tone conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Our recommendation to match this pretty colour is Candyfloss delphinium petals. Rose Quartz also pairs well with Serenity, Peach Echo and Lilac Grey, so to include all of these colours, an excellent mix would be Candyfloss, Frosted Blue and Lady Grey delphinium petals with Promise rose petals.

peach echo – a warm shade of orange that is perfect for those wanting to be playful with colours. To achieve this colour scheme, our recommendation would be our Coral Reef confetti mix, which includes hints of orange, pink and ivory.

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green dreaming. maggie sottero for a relaxed wedding in liverpool – sami & matt

February 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Relazed Wedding in Liverpool (c) Hayley Blackledge Photography (25)

This feature comes to you a little later as normal as we’re working hard behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, right on deadline for issue #05 of our beautiful Unveiled Magazine. I always love this last push, bringing together everything that we’ve been working on for so long, and I’ve got my Editor’s hat firmly on. Anna Wintour, I salute you! The industry support for this issue has been phenomenal and we can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been up to for the past six months, so watch this space!

Now, everyone needs a little pretty on a Monday morning (us more than ever right now #sleepdeprived) and as such we’re sharing with you the wonderful wedding of Sami and Matt.

We love the simplicity of this relaxed big day which resulted in a beautiful and fun filled occasion, evident from the abundance of smiles in the images below.

It’s also a lovely tribute to her ‘Gramps’ that Sami built in so many little memories of a family member who was clearly very dear to her in a subtle yet moving way.

With images by Hayley Blackledge Photography.

A Relazed Wedding in Liverpool (c) Hayley Blackledge Photography (29)

sami says: We first got together on a night out on St Patrick’s Day, so seven years later in 2013, Matt took me to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day and proposed outside St Patrick’s Cathedral

We set the date for 12th September 2015, it was my Gramps birthday. He meant the world to me, but sadly died just before we got engaged.

Our ceremony was at Victoria Gallery and Museum (VGM) in Liverpool, and the reception was at Crosby Hall Educational Trust Centre (CHET). We choose these as they were both unique venues and different from each other. Neither of us are originally from Liverpool so we wanted to show off the amazing buildings and sights the city has to offer. The VGM is a very old building in the city centre, and CHET centre is a bit like a converted barn on the outskirts, five minutes from where we now live.

A Relazed Wedding in Liverpool (c) Hayley Blackledge Photography (46)

There was no particular theme to the wedding, though we made all the decorations. The table names were named after cities we’ve visited and we decorated the seating plan using bits that we’d picked up while we were in those cities.

We chose green as the colour scheme as it’s my favourite colour, and also the favourite colour of my Gramps.

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friday fabulous!

February 5th, 2016 | Julia Braime

The perfect pumps for laid back ladies.

White lace espadrilles by River Island £18

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relaxed romance. stephanie allin for a wedding at ellingham hall – sarah & bryan

February 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (27)

Ah Friday, how we love you! To kick-start the weekend (and give you a lovely distraction from your ‘to-do’ list) we’re sharing the stunning wedding of Sarah and Bryan on the blog today.

Having found the perfect venue in Northumberland’s Ellingham Hall, Sarah had her heart set on a relaxed wedding day that was both simple and elegant.

Looking at the images below, we’d say she most certainly achieved it. From Sarah’s gorgeous Stephanie Allin structured gown, to the regal wedding transport and pale blooms, everything about this beautiful big day says ‘class’.

So while you await wine-o’clock, pour a cuppa and enjoy the pretty

With images by Barry Forshaw Photography.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (25)

sarah says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014 on Gwithian beach in Cornwall. We had both done the Great North Run the day before and then driven down to Cornwall to our family’s holiday chalet on the beach. It’s a very special place for us with lots of happy memories of family holidays. One of our traditions when we are there is to go down into the sand dunes and watch the sun set. On this occasion we were both pretty sore from the run and feeling a bit tired and grumpy but still went to watch the sunset. When we got to our usual spot, Bry called out my name and as I turned round he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. When we returned to the chalet we opened a bottle of fizz and rang our friends and family to tell them the happy news.

We got married on 24th September 2015, the day after my birthday. We didn’t intentionally pick the date for that reason, but it worked out lovely as it meant I got to see all my friends and family the night before the wedding for my birthday.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (22)

Our venue was Ellingham Hall in Northumberland. We knew we wanted a really relaxed wedding but not in a hotel – as soon as we arrived at Ellingham we just knew it was the venue for us. The house is stunning and set in beautiful grounds, with the reception room being just perfect for a relaxed family wedding. Our ceremony was at St Maurice’s Church, in Ellingham village, which meant guests were able to walk through the grounds of the hall and down the lane to the church. Luckily we had the most perfect weather and it all worked out exactly as we planned!

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destination sunshine: hummingbird hall jamaica

February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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While we are, of course, huge advocates of couples who choose to wed in the north of the UK, we understand that its unpredictable climate isn’t for all.

Today therefore, we’re sharing the details of Hummingbird Hall Jamaica – a rather special wedding venue on a tropical island complete with white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and a whole lot of sunshine!

Furthermore, this paradise-like venue offers amazing all-inclusive packages with everything you could ever dream of for a luxurious overseas wedding; from drinks, décor and dining to flowers, cake and entertainment!

So sit back (and put on your sunnies) as Hummingbird Hall Jamaica’s client service manager, Michelle Patterson, tells us more about this Caribbean delight.

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Tell us a about Hummingbird Hall Jamaica…

michelle says: We’re perched on a gorgeous hillside – that overlooks the Caribbean ocean – on a dreamy 5,000 acre private estate in Montego Bay. We’ve been hosting destination weddings for six years, and have won WeddingWire’s ‘Couple’s Choice Award’ every year that we have been in operation!

We started hosting weddings because we wanted to offer couples an alternative to the conveyor-belt, cookie-cutter style weddings hosted by resorts. Our weddings are personalised, very private, and have more goodies as standard than other venues in Jamaica.

What makes Hummingbird Hall Jamaica so special?

So many things! We are the only all-inclusive, stand-alone wedding venue in Jamaica (i.e. venue that does not offer accommodation). This means that couples can marry at Hummingbird Hall without the pressure of forcing guests – who may well have different budgets – to stay at a particular hotel.

We offer truly private and mansion style weddings, hosting just one wedding per day, that are adored by celebrities and couples who seek absolute exclusivity.

As an all-inclusive venue the planning process is very convenient and our staff are friendly, approachable and very experienced. We also have the friendliest birds and butterflies in Jamaica – really! They are tame and often make delightful entrances during our events.

We love, live and breathe our weddings!

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What are the benefits for couples who choose to marry at Hummingbird Hall Jamaica?

In addition to the above, we have more inclusions as standard in our packages than other wedding venues in Jamaica. To name a few, our packages boast a live band, DJ for the duration of the wedding, custom wedding design, wedding coordination, custom wedding cake, unlimited reception alcoholic bar, delicious and plentiful Jamaican cuisine, bouquets and boutonnières, celebrant and marriage licence!

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