March 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
You’ll never learn will you? You have to watch out for those sneaky folks at Booth Revolution you know! It’s Friday… it’s payday… and if that’s not enough to put a smile on your face, this lot will. Yorkshire’s brides to be have never looked more beautiful, have they?
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February 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime
I’ve been shouting loudly on these pretty pages about our fabulous Luxury Wedding Exhibition coming up at Allerton Castle this weekend (you ARE coming, aren’t you?), and this morning’s Real Wedding is just a little reminder of why I am so passionate about this beautiful venue.
Stylish ballerinas (how cool is that – dream job alert!) Hannah & Kenny chose this elegant setting for their beautiful, fun and touching big day. With lots of luxury additions and a good dose of craft, this stunning couple’s celebration was both grand and personal. Just lovely and – as Hannah is a dedicated Brides Up North reader – watch out for lots of our Featured Suppliers popping up too!
With images by Joe Dodsworth Photography.
Hannah says: We got engaged in July 2011 in Sri Lanka whilst on holiday, Kenny organised a private dinner on the beach. It was really one of the best moments of my life! I am a huge fan of Brides Up North and just lived on it in the prep for our wedding!
We were married on 28th June 2013 at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough. We chose the venue because it has such a sense of occasion and it’s all exclusive to you and your wedding party for the day.
We just wanted to have a fantastic day and an awesome party! We didn’t set on any one colour or theme. We just chose items and colours that we liked and we felt went with the surroundings.
I wanted a dress I felt comfortable in and could move in but I still wanted it to be a wedding gown, something that you would only wear on your wedding day. I also really wanted Kenny to love it, and he has great taste so I did find the whole shopping for the dress surprisingly stressful. I went for a Jenny Packham ‘Lady Astor’ from The White Room in Sheffield. Chloe at The White Room is excellent and made the whole experience simple and yet still special. I treated myself to a pair of Christian Louboutin heels (I saved £1 a day for a year and a bit) and then I had a simple pair of earrings from Carat, a hair band from Jenny Packham (which I got on ebay) and a silver bracelet that Kenny had given me for my 21st birthday.
Kenny found a great outfit from Vivienne Westwood that was just right for him, individual and a nod to his Scottish heritage.
The bridesmaids wore Sapphire blue dresses from Dessy and they each had a pair of silver shoes from various places, wherever we found ones they liked! The best men had suits from Zara and our dad’s had suits from M&S, all the men had waistcoats that my Dad helped us organise from a tailor in Somerset.
I carried a bouquet of roses, lisianthu and gypsophila. My bridesmaids had very similar ones and the men all had roses or acanthium for button holes. My mum did all the flowers herself!
Joe Dodsworth was our photographer and Will at Cine Reportage filmed the day on super 8mm, both of these guys are great and real artists in their field.
I really enjoy a bit of crafting when I get time, so I had a go at adding lots of bits and bobs. I collected items from the time we got engaged, some things made the cut, other items are still in my loft. I made the table plan, place names with mini sweet jars, a letter box for cards and notelets that guest filled in instead of a guest book and the sweet buffet all the decorations for the staircase and the tables. It all took a long time but I enjoyed it and when I looked around on the day and saw all the bits and bobs that we had put all that effort into it felt like our day.
The ceremony itself was very special and like nothing we have experienced before, but every stage of the wedding was just wonderful. Getting ready with my bridesmaids, mum and mother in law in the morning, seeing each other at the altar, chatting with my dear friends after the ceremony, wondering around the grounds having our photos taken when the sun decided to show up (!) and the party and fireworks and the great food.
We are both professional ballet dancers so live music is a huge part of our lives and we really wanted to include that in our day. We were really lucky and had a singer for our ceremony and a band called Func On The Rocks for the evening. Other than that we had a huge box of garden games that went down a treat! Kenny’s parents treated us to a firework display which was so cool, by Ferrensby Fireworks.
After the wedding we honeymooned in Singapore and Koh Samui in Thailand.
I got really lucky and won the money to pay for our wedding, so we didn’t have that worry but before I did that we had financial concerns. Please believe me when I say you really don’t need to spend a lot to have the time of your life. You are so lucky to have met that person you are ready to live your life with and those feelings will be felt 100 times over on the day and that is what is so remarkable about your wedding day.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a few moments to step back and view what is your day, and don’t rush, relax and be in the moment. Our families really enjoyed being involved and so hand out jobs big or small and give your people little bits of the day that they had a hand in. I dried my bouquet and have it in a vase and think of my mum when ever I see it. Just think about what is important to you as a couple and what you would like to have as your memories after the big day and go from there.
Congratulations Hannah & Kenny!
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September 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime
So I know I might harp on just a little about how brilliant our Brides Up North events are, but it’s so true! Yesterday at Hardwick Hall Hotel was an absolute knockout! A fabulous day, so much wedding inspiration and talent in one – massive – ballroom and so much fun. Thank you to this stunning venue for looking after us so well and to all my wonderful exhibitors, readers (hello you!), brides and grooms for making it such a great way to spend our Sunday.
After a hot bath and a bit of Downton Abbey I was tucked up in bed in readiness for another busy week ahead, and what a week it is! New projects galore, lots of meetings, a bit of party planning (have you got your ticket yet?) and topped off with our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion, Leeds. Yorkshire… it’s your turn! If you’d like to come along, click here to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be.
That’s all behind the scenes though, so it’s on with the wedding gorgeous on these pretty pages. Today we join the beautiful Olivia and her new husband Phil for their stunning Real Wedding at one of our other amazing venues, Allerton Castle.
With images by Olivia Brabbs Photography.
Olivia says: I wouldn’t say I was your average bride. Unlike most girls I’ve never dreamt of the perfect day, where it would be and what I’d wear. In fact it wasn’t until Phil proposed on my birthday in Vegas last year (2011) that the idea of a wedding had even crossed my mind. I remember looking at the ring, then at him, and saying ‘so does this mean we’re getting married then?’
“If you like!” he said.
And so it began.
By the time we arrived back to my parents’ house in Leeds, my mum had practically picked the venue and spent hours scouring the internet for The Dress.
Phil had asked for their permission before we went away so mum had enjoyed a three-week head start.
Her enthusiasm for wedding research certainly made our lives a lot easier and meant we were free to head back down to London and back to work, safe in the knowledge she was going to be our wedding planning rock.
Allerton Castle in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, was the only venue we looked at and from the moment we stepped through its gothic doors, we knew it was the one. The place is oozing with character and from a decoration point of view, made things very easy.
Our fabulous florist, Joanna McCrea from Twisted Willow Floristry in Ripon, did an amazing job enhancing the gothic feel. She used tall candelabras with gypsophila, wax flower and trailing ivy, lots of candles to create a warm feel and fairy lights for that dramatic staircase.
Our bouquets absolutely blew me away when I saw them. Joanna used the same flowers as above but with the addition of astilbe, which looked very vintage and suited the feel of the day perfectly.
The dress was Eden in platinum by Jenny Packham and I wore the Acacia 1 headpiece and matching cuff. I’d tried on every style of dress you can imagine as I had no idea what I wanted. But when I saw the shop assistant walking towards me carrying Eden, I knew it was the one. I felt fabulous and very privileged to wear it.
My shoes were by Christian Louboutin and went perfectly with the dress. Again, I had no idea what I wanted but when I saw them I fell in love.
We did our own make-up and hair which was definitely the right decision. We had a lovely morning, slowly getting ready and having breakfast, and of course lots of champagne! It meant we were totally relaxed when we walked down the aisle.
A large ornate elephant statue, a symbol of good luck, stands in front of the fireplace at the castle and when we saw it, we knew we had to use it in our stationery. None of us are particularly traditional so we went for a laid back, quirky style with gothic fonts and the elephant as the focal point. It meant that when our guests arrived at the venue, everything came together. All our stationery was designed by the creative genius that is Bev Speight – my cousin’s wife.
Olivia is an extremely talented photographer and it was a joy to have her documenting our wedding.
She captured the essence of the day, the friendships and the fun, without anyone even noticing she was there. I didn’t want her to leave!
In fact it was the same with all our guests and we literally had to be peeled out of the castle. I think that is testament to our wonderful family and friends who helped make our wedding the best day of our lives.
Entertainment also came courtesy of Booth Revolution which helped capture the fun atmosphere of the evening when our photographer finished for the day.
We wanted our big day to be personal to us, so we had a lot of little touches including personalised thimbles – Royal Wedding style – and hangover kits which included paracetamol, alka seltzer, sachets of coffee and sugar, retro sweets and a miniature bottle of vodka.
A few guests said it actually saved their lives the morning after!
We both adore cheese so a cheese wedding cake was the obvious choice. The tasty rounds came courtesy of the lovely girls at The Cheeseboard in Harrogate. All our food was locally sourced so we made sure the cake was too. It sat on part of a solid oak tree trunk which my dad had skilfully chopped up a few weeks prior.
The feel of the day was very relaxed but it soon got raucous in the evening when our band, the brilliant Northern Vinyl from Leeds, and Phil’s old school friend and Ministry of Sound DJ James Lansdown, who travelled up from London, created the perfect party/rave atmosphere.
The dance floor was packed all night and saw guests go wild with blow-up guitars, including my 90-year old grandma!
Our first dance was Florence and the Machine, “You Got the Love”. The song means a lot to us because Florence sang it at one of the first festivals we went to together. It was quickly followed by Calvin Harris and “Vegas” which is another one of our favourites.
My advice to other Brides Up North would be to stay calm even when things go wrong, because in the grand scheme of things, the relationship between you and your future husband means more than anything. Your wedding is just one day to celebrate that.
And to party of course!
Congratulations Olivia & Phil!
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September 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime
It’s safe to say that Brides Up North’s luxury wedding exhibition season is in full swing! With two fantastic North East events already under our belts and over 2,000 people past our registration desk (hello lovelies!), it’s time we visited Yorkshire.
We do like to start as we mean to go on – with the very best exhibitors at the very best venues – and where better than the glorious state rooms of the absolutely knock em’ dead venue that is Allerton Castle? It’s all going on THIS SUNDAY 15th September 2013 from 12pm till 4pm, and it’s completely free.
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!
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, be dazzled by sparkling diamond wedding bands, try a vintage motor for size, pose in our photo booths, pick out some sharp suits for your wedding party, 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.
Come along and meet Andy Hook Photography,
As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwicks York. 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 only.
To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “ALLERTON CASTLE” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. Only the bride need register for larger groups.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.
PLEASE NOTE – LEAVE YOUR STILLETTOS 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.
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February 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
Tell me it isn’t just a week since the fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle? The mind boggles! After every one of our events it’s right on to planning the next here at Brides Up North HQ, with barely enough time to pause for breath or a quick cuppa (ok, so we do manage to fit in a few cuppas)!
Right now, we are all about tomorrow’s huge North East Bridal Bonanza at Hardwick Hall Hotel – the team are busy filling our VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags as we speak, actually – have you registered for yours yet?
But, that’s tomorrow’s fun. For now, let’s grab one of those cuppas, put our feet up and have a laugh at the poor unsuspecting souls who strayed into the funky and fabulous Booth Revolution photo booth at last week’s event.
Were YOU caught on camera?! My readers are the best…
See you tomorrow!
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