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dream venue: newton hall

July 3rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Timeless Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Melissa Beattie Photography

If you’ve been tirelessly scouring the internet for a dreamy wedding venue with unspoilt surroundings, stunning function rooms and luxurious accommodation, then we might just have brought your search to a holt! As this afternoon, we’re introducing a breath-takingly beautiful new Sponsor venue to Brides Up North, that’s enough to send most brides weak at the knees.

Situated on the gorgeous Northumberland Coastline, Newton Hall offers a tranquil coastal and countryside setting that can lend itself to a whole host of themes and can cater to a wide range of budgets, making it both an impressive and accessible venue.

Owned by North East leisure operator Apartment Group, who also own popular venues As You Like It and Le Petit Chateau, the team are experts in individual weddings that are truly memorable and offer outstanding service and impeccable style as standard. So, let’s now hand over to those behind the venue to explain more about its fabulous wedding offering…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Melissa Beattie.

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Where is Newton Hall located?

newton hall say: The venue is situated in Newton-by-the-Sea, on the beautiful Northumberland Coast – an area of outstanding beauty, which is approximately an hour from Newcastle.

Tell us a little about the history of the venue…

Newton Hall is a quirky, 18th Century Georgian Mansion at the heart of one of England’s greatest stretches of natural coastline. Today it’s a coastal and countryside luxury hotel specialising in unique indoor and outdoor weddings, and provides spectacular backdrops for those all-important big day pictures.

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What facilities does it have? 

The venue boasts a range of unique event spaces, including the Old Hall, Glass House and Garden Suite, as well as the Joiners Arms, our village pub and inn that’s just a few minutes’ walk away. The boutique hotel also provides 5-star accommodation through its 21 individually designed bedrooms and suites themed with four poster beds, private roof terraces, roll top baths and gardens. The Joiners Arms also has an additional five suites that are available to wedding guests.

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real wedding recap 2017: a french inspired wedding at le petit chateau, northumberland – rachelle & liam

July 2nd, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (55)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

From the venue’s name, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is an overseas wedding, but in fact the stunning French inspired venue can be found in rural Northumberland.

Cheerleaders Rachelle and Liam fell whole-heartedly in love with its unique styling and charm, planning a big day with French shabby chic touches to complement their surroundings.

So, let’s get straight into the pretty. Ready? Ok!

With images by Sean Elliott Photography

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (51)

rachelle says: We got engaged in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2013, while we attended the seventh World Cheerleading Championships, in which we both were competing together as part of Team UK.

We set the date for 30th July 2016 – the beginning of the school holidays as Liam is a teacher and we wanted to make sure we had time to fit in a good honeymoon before he went back to work.

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (58)

Our ceremony took place at St. Peters Church, Harton, South Shields at 12pm as it had sentimental value to Liam. We then held our reception in Le Petit Chateau, Otterburn. We originally booked a different reception venue when we first got engaged but when we discovered the plans for Le Petit Chateau, we fell in love and decided to lose our previous deposits and change to Le Petit Chateau, despite never actually seeing the venue until a month before our wedding. After seeing the venue, it looked a million times better than what we’d expected from the plans and knew we had made the right decision to change our wedding

We didn’t have a theme as such but it was almost aimed towards French shabby chic. We incorporated old books and watering cans into our centrepieces. Our table plan was a mannequin with French inspired shabby chic labels pinned to it containing the table plan to incorporate the French fashion scene. We added a cheerleading bow to this as that was how we met and how we’d got engaged. We picked our favourite looks from Pinterest and the shabby chic appealed to us the most. When we found our new venue, we tailored it more to suit the style and it worked perfectly.

We chose a coral colour scheme, as it was a very summery colour that we thought would brighten the photos. When we first saw the venue, we were excited to see that the same colour was used on the external walls of the Belle Epoque!

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (56)

I chose my dress – an ivory Mori Lee gown – from The Bridal Factory Outlet, and had a wonderful shopping experience there. My dress was a full A-line dress with a slight sweetheart neckline. The bodice was covered in a heavy lace with pearls and crystals. It had a lovely crystal belt that tied into a lovely flowing tulle bow at the back. The skirt kicked out at the waist into layers of tulle. I picked the dress to show off my waist and as a cheerleader, I wanted sparkle but I didn’t want to go too overboard.

I also picked a shorter knee length dress for the evening, which was a white Sherri Hill dress that had a bodice full of pearls and a full tulle skirt with lace detail at the bottom.

A Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Sean Elliott Photography (28)

Liam wore a grey three-piece suit from Slaters with a white shirt and black Ted Baker shoes also from Slaters, and a coral and ivory paisley silk tie and pocket square that I’d found on Pinterest and sourced from Amazon. They matched the colour scheme perfectly and were such much nicer than a block colour.

I won my bridesmaids dresses from Brides Dream in Newcastle, from a wedding show in 2014 and picked them from a wide range at their store in summer 2015. I picked a coral floor-length gown with an illusion sweetheart neckline. The top of the dress was a coral mesh with a lovely delicate lace detail on the shoulders. The dress also had an illusion low back, that accented my wedding dress.

I had a man of honour in my bridal party too, my best friend Ben Pardey, who helped my maid of honour, Olga Crehan. They were my two best friends from university and I couldn’t have got married without them both by my side with a main role in the wedding.

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real wedding recap summer 2017: a magical bonfire night wedding at santo’s higham farm – bekki & thomas

June 29th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Pretty Bonfire Night Wedding (c) Sally Eaves (21)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

This wonderful Bonfire Night wedding gives us all the fuzzy feels – think hearty food, toffee apples, sparklers and a striking orange colour scheme.

Brave bride Bekki got hands-on with her rustic theme, creating delicate paper roses and assembling glass jars, logs slices, candles and greenery, with a little help from friends and family.

With so much gorgeousness it seems wrong to highlight one feature – but please, do me a favour and check out that plait. So. Many. Hair. Goals. You can thank us later.

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor, Sally Eaves.

A Pretty Bonfire Night Wedding (c) Sally Eaves (30)

bekki says: It was difficult for Thomas to organise a proposal without me getting suspicious as we’d recently had our first son, Robbie, and I didn’t ever want to leave him. So instead of organising something big, I came downstairs from putting Robbie to bed to find the room lit with candles and a big bunch of flowers. Thomas pulled me into his arms and asked me if I would marry him. The best part is, before he popped the question the only thought that ran through my head was, “Whatever this is, it better be worth him lighting my display candles!”

We were married on Saturday 5th November 2016. We only ever considered an autumn or winter wedding and we thought it would be nice to have it as close to the anniversary of us becoming a couple as we could. It just happened that the closest weekend our venue could manage was Bonfire Night. It’s one of our favourite nights of the year; we love fireworks and the atmosphere so it pretty much made up our mind!

A Pretty Bonfire Night Wedding (c) Sally Eaves (19)

We had both our ceremony and reception at Santo’s Higham Farm, Derbyshire. It was the first ever hotel we’d stayed at together. We found the room online at the last minute for my 18th and as soon as we got there we both said it would make an amazing wedding venue. And so we returned some years later for a consultation and they couldn’t do enough for us.

We wanted a rustic, autumnal feel to our wedding to match the season and so we combined natural wood, logs and ivy with hints of sparkle and glitter to tie in with Bonfire Night and the fireworks. I got crafty and aimed to make as much as I could myself, with the help of friends and family. Thank goodness for Pinterest!

Orange and grey were our chosen colours. Think autumn leaves. They tied in perfectly with the date. We also knew very few couples choose orange as a wedding colour scheme and we liked how uncommon it was.

A Pretty Bonfire Night Wedding (c) Sally Eaves (31)

When I first went dress shopping I was adamant I wasn’t going to have a sweetheart neckline or a big dress but otherwise I had no real idea what I wanted. After trying on close to 50 dresses in various shops I visited a fourth shop – a spur of the moment trip to The Bridal Suite. I tried on every dress I liked but none of them were ‘the dress’ so the consultant picked one instead. I instantly screwed my nose up at it but agreed to try it on. I came out of the changing room to see my maid of honour crying! They added the veil and I knew it was the one – sweetheart neckline and all! Finally!

The ladies who helped pamper me for my wedding day were incredible, too. I had my nails done at DLR Beauty and Nails at the 3D Clinic in Pinxton and Paige White worked her magic on my makeup.

Laura from Shillitto’s Hair put up with the worst as she had to deal with me changing my mind on how I wanted mine and the bridesmaids’ hair the day before the wedding without the opportunity for another trial. Despite this, she did an amazing job on us all and we received compliments all round.

A Pretty Bonfire Night Wedding (c) Sally Eaves (42)

We wanted to incorporate tweed into Tom’s wedding outfit so teamed a tweed waistcoat with a sharkskin blue suit from Moss, finished off with light tan brogues and an orange tie.

Our bridesmaids wore Little Mistress grey maxi dresses with an embellished top while the groomsmen wore the same suit as Tom but with the matching waistcoat rather than tweed.

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bloomsbury bride. a dreamy 1920’s styled shoot at saltmarshe hall

June 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (43)

Ladies, the weekend is upon which means it’s almost time to fill up your glass and let your hair down, but before you clock off we’re bringing you a beautifully soft and subtle styled shoot captured at one of our stunning Sponsor venues, Saltmarshe Hall.

Located in East Yorkshire, this elegant country house (where we hold two wedding fairs a year – next one on 22nd October), provided the perfect backdrop for this romantic 1920s shoot that’s brimming with chic dresses and details for your own big day.

Put together by a talented team of Yorkshire-based suppliers, all angles from the décor, cake and stationery to hair, makeup and attire have been covered, giving you plenty of pretty to pour over! Here to give us all the details on the concept and contributors is hair and makeup artist Julia Jeckell

With images by Aden Priest.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (61)

julia says: It’s always really special to collaborate with a team of talented creatives. Working as a hair and makeup artist I am slightly obsessed with looks from past eras and my inspiration for the shoot came from the early 1920’s. I wanted to create a classic, almost understated ‘old world’ ethereal feel, with that classic Englishness of ‘The Bloomsbury’ set, as opposed to the glitz and glamour of the ‘Gatzby’ era.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (17)

The location of Saltmarshe Hall, near Howden, East Yorkshire, was the perfect setting for our photoshoot. It was chosen as it is an elegant Grade II listed, 19th Century English country house and complemented our vintage theme perfectly.

In particular, the soft cool tones of the paintwork worked as the perfect backdrop for a dreamy ethereal feel, along with detailing throughout the house worked to stunning effect, especially as some of the bedrooms we used had 1920’s deco style mirrors and vintage features.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (29)

Anna Straw of Anna’s Attic, our venue stylist, set up the wedding breakfast tables with a beautiful mix of glass candlesticks, string pearls, a floral centrepiece and handmade vintage doilies in cream and blush pinks. Bespoke pink mirror place cards and menus were created by Lisa Jane of Lisa Jane Creative, who specialises in wedding stationery to reflect our 1920’s deco feel.

A casually placed blush pink runner was used at the front of the top table and dressed with vintage silver bud vases, bottles and pearl strings using pretty cut flowers and vintage style roses in soft pastels with flowing foliage, which was provided by Sarah from All Occasions Florists, Howden.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (6)

Flowers were also lined up along the mantle in the ceremony room, which was also used to showcase some other carefully curated feminine items, these included a Doulton 1920’s figurine, strings of pearls, a vintage Chanel bottle and silver bud vase with ostrich feathers in the softest grey and pink and cut blooms, all sat atop a silver mirrored tray.

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our love story: lauren & dan

June 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (12)

There are smiles, laughter and sunshine aplenty in today’s laid-back engagement shoot; the epitome of newly-engaged-couple-goals, if we do say so ourselves!

Lauren and Dan decided home is where the heart is, and opted for a pre-wedding shoot in the place where they’ve forged so many wonderful memories together – the market town of Ramsbottom in Bury.

Having met on dating app Tinder, the couple felt completely at ease with one another from day one and we think this more than shows in their adorable outdoorsy photo shoot. We can’t wait to see the photos from their big day later this year!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Nik Bryant Photography

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (8)

lauren says: In October last year, we had been talking about buying a house. Dan had been snappy with me so I was beginning to think he was having second thoughts. It turned out he just didn’t like keeping a secret from me, and so one day, he asked me to close my eyes and then asked me to marry him. I opened my eyes and there he was with a gorgeous ring that he’d chosen completely by himself. The best surprise ever – I had no idea!

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (25)

We are getting married on 22nd December of this year in Ramsbottom at St Paul’s Church with a reception at the nearby Civic Hall. We knew straight away we wanted to have the wedding where we lived – it’s such a lovely town and holds so many memories for us.

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (15)

We met on Tinder – we still laugh when we tell people. We’d both only been on the site for a few days when we started talking to each other and ended up messaging every day for two weeks before we met.

For our first date, we went to the Peveril of the Peak just off Oxford Road in Manchester to play darts (his idea!). I thrashed Dan, obviously!

Our Love Story - Lauren & Dan (c) Nik Bryant (19)

As for ‘true love’, we both definitely felt it was different between us, even before we had met face to face, and we felt very relaxed with each other once the nerves had subsided!

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shop like a celeb: wedding gift list tips & inspiration

June 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We all love presents, right?! But we also understand that planning a wedding gift list can get a little overwhelming with so many options to choose from. Should you request luxurious homeware items, modern appliances, unforgettable experiences – or a combination of all three?

To help you narrow down the choices, our wonderful Sponsor, The Wedding Shop, is taking over the blog this afternoon. As a fee-free, multi-retailer gift list provider, these guys are experts when it comes to helping brides and grooms select their precious presents.

Couples can choose to build their wish list online, or alternatively within one of The Wedding Shop’s beautiful showrooms, including their recently launched Edinburgh store, as well as stores in London and Dublin.

To help get the present planning underway the team are sharing their gift list dos and don’ts followed by a speculative edit of what could be found on the hottest celebrity couples’ wedding wish lists this year to inspire your choices…

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do

Plan ahead and notify guests:

  • Guests will want to buy you something to mark your special day, so a gift list helps guide them in the right direction and takes the stress and worry out of buying that ‘perfect gift.’
  • We recommend setting up your list before your wedding invitations go out so that you can include list notification cards with your invite
  • Some guests will be very quick off the mark to look for your list once they receive their invitations so it’s best to have it all completed

Give guests plenty of choice:

  • Create a list that is slightly bigger than you would expect to receive. Guests like to be inspired and have a large choice of gifts to choose from.
  • Vary the price points; it’s important to include a good range of price points to allow for every guest’s budget.
  • If there is a really special item that’s a little bit more expensive, why not ask your guests to contribute to it?
  • Don’t forget some guests will be more traditional in what they want to buy you make sure you have options for all types of guests.

Get the groom involved:

  • The groom should also be just as involved in creating a gift list
  • We are seeing that men are starting to taking a much more active interest in ensuring the list reflects their personal preferences as much as the bride’s!
  • Especially with gadgets and technology products that are generally more interesting to guys

Enjoy the experience

Most importantly have fun! These are gifts that you will enjoy and treasure during your married life together, so it should be a fun and exciting process that you should enjoy doing together.

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don’t

Forget to think to the future:

  • Take time before compiling your list to decide exactly what you need, what you would really love, and what would be useful to have in the future
  • Always be mindful that your needs will most likely grow throughout your married life (e.g. A dinner service for four people may be sufficient at the moment but may not in years to come when entertaining extended family and friends)

Forget to make it personal:

  • A gift list is a really good opportunity to choose items that will enhance and suit your lifestyle
  • If you have certain hobbies that you both love, make sure you add items that will help you continue to enjoy your hobbies
  • Guests will enjoy buying you gifts that they know are more fun and personal to you

Worry about asking for monetary contributions:

  • If you already think you have all the ‘stuff’ you could possibly fit into your house, then don’t be afraid to ask for cash contributions – it is now become more popular and you shouldn’t be worried to offend guests
  • This could be for home improvements, honeymoon contributions, or landscaping the garden
  • Don’t just have cash only on your list – remember to give guests plenty of choice!

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celebrity gift lists

From Hollywood starlets and pop princesses, to the cream of British society, The Wedding Shop predicts what would be on some top celebrity couples’ gift lists, to inspire you to shop A-List style…

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The Hollywood couple: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Jason Statham

Believed to be planning to marry this summer, the LA-based British model and her action-hero fiancé are reported to enjoy fast cars, long walks with their beloved Daschunds and cocktails by the pool:

  • Vogue The Covers by Hamish Bowles, £35 – After gracing her first Vogue cover aged 21, Rosie may enjoy looking back at her shared history alongside fellow modelling greats.
  • Jonathan Adler Bar Cart, £1,450 – A sleek and glamorous drinks trolley, ideal for wheeling out the Martinis pool-side.
  • Samsonite Liote-Cube DLX Aluminum Suitcase, £429 – Sturdy with stylish metallic and leather finishes, this lightweight deluxe suitcase should serve the globe-trotting couple well.
  • Erik Magnussen Metallic Vacuum Jug, £129 – Perfect for keeping cocktails cool in LA or preserving Hot Toddies at Rosie’s Devonshire home.
  • Drive Italy’s Amalfi Coast for two by Maserati Granturismo by Truly Experiences, £3,375 – With a penchant for gleaming supercars the couple might enjoy navigating one of Europe’s most fashionable coastlines.
  • Dachshund Dog Ornament by The House, £43 – A fitting tribute to Rosie’s pet pooches, Peggy and Dolly.

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