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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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dream venue: tanfield house

February 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime


Tanfield House is occupied and run by Allanah & Neil Bourne-Arton, whose family have lived in West Tanfield for 130 years. They have a passion for the heritage of the house and the area, and take great pride in sharing Tanfield House and it’s very special setting with those who want to design a unique and memorable wedding day.

We love a stunning setting here at Brides Up North, so have made it our business to find out more (and especially about some incredible special offers that are up for grabs due to the popularity of the venue)!

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Tell Brides Up North about Tanfield House, what is its history?

Now part of the Tanfield Lodge Estate,Tanfield House was originally developed from two Georgian cottages in the Victorian era by Reverend John Clarke, for his daughter and son-in-law, Colonel and Mrs Crompton in the late 19 Century.

While living in Tanfield House, Colonel Crompton was influential in the early development of electricity, including the development of a water turbine which illuminated Tanfield House, using the River Ure at the foot of the garden. As such, Tanfield House was one of the first houses in the UK with electricity. His electricity inventions were also influential in the illumination of the Milan Opera House in 1883.

Height etchings of the Crompton children dating from 1881 can still be found in the house.

Does Tanfield House cater for weddings?

Tanfield House is a very intimate wedding venue with an idyllic English country garden, riverside setting. We offer exclusive use, full use of the hosue and grounds and total flexibility, meaning that you have your day your way!

The venue’s capacity is from 20-140 people, with a maximum of 50 dining in the house and 50+ in Riverside Garden Marquee (additional hire).  We are fully licensed for civil ceremonies in our Period Drawing Room and Riverside Pavillion and offer accommodation for up to 9 on site (including our beautiful Cromton Suite bridal suite) with additional accommodation readily available in the village, plus space for camping.

We offer extremely competitive venue hire rates, and the best thing is that we have a no corkage charge policy!


What makes Tanfield House a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

Tanfield House offers couples an entirely exclusive and bespoke experience. They simply hire the venue and curate their day their way. They enjoy use of the house and grounds for two full days around their wedding, exclusively for them and their wedding party only. We want all our couples to feel very at home at Tanfield House.

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more than a wedding photographer: chelsea shoesmith

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re delighted to introduce another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Chelsea Shoesmith Photography to the blog.

Keen to be more than just a wedding photographer to couples, Chelsea builds a friendship with her clients in order to learn more about their story, which enables her to portray their true emotions and personalities on the big day.

Looking through her work, it’s clear Chelsea has had plenty of practise of photographing brides and grooms, capturing the love, setting and details perfectly along the way (well, she did start snapping at the age of 17).

Better still, Chelsea is offering our readers a huge 10% discount (leaving you more cash to spend on the dress). Whoop! Just quote Brides Up North when booking. 

So let’s find out more about the lovely lady behind the lens.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

chelsea says: I have always loved photography, I got my first DSLR camera when I was 17-years-old and shot my first wedding soon after that too. It was incredibly daunting but I learnt a lot and still do learn a lot at every wedding I shoot. A couple of years later I gained a National Diploma in photography, however the majority of learning has happened on the job. Seven years on and I still love learning and continuing to push my creative boundaries.

Why wedding photography specifically?

I enjoy the pressure of weddings. The excitement, the emotion – all of it! Everyone is at their best and it’s a truly magical occasion to witness up close. I love all things weddings!

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I have so many favourite things about being a wedding photographer, but if I was to pick my very favourite thing I’d have to say meeting my lovely clients and learning about their journey so I’m fully prepared to shoot their wedding.

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bespoke beauties: blossom & belle plus discount for wedding blog readers

January 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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It’s all about the #dresslust this afternoon on Brides Up North, as we introduce you to the lovely Antonia of bespoke bridal label blossom & belle, based in the beautiful city of York.

Originally a ready to wear designer, Antonia’s team at Blossom and Belle now aims to provide their brides to be with the ultimate unique bridal service creating the ‘dress of your dreams’ and making you feel and look wonderful. Better still, Antonia is offering Brides Up North Readers 15% off a couture gown from now until April 2016.  Quote Brides Up North when making your appointment.

Let’s meet the lady behind the lace…

Images by Olivia Brabbs Photography.

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Why did you decide to launch Blossom & Belle?

antonia says: From the age of 12 I wanted to be a fashion designer. I loved to sew and draw.  My teachers used to call me a dreamer! I loved seeing old movies to look at the clothes and particularly loved Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. I did a two year Btec and a one year of an HND in Fashion before going on to do a three year BA Hons degree in Fashion and Textiles.The six years of training gave me the technical and creative skills to pursue my design career.

I decided to launch Blossom and Belle after taking time out from being a Couture Bridal wear designer to have a family.  Blossom and Belle started as a ready to wear collection with my sister in law Sarah who after having her first baby felt deflated when she couldn’t find anything that made her feel and look good.  This is when the signature Blossom and Belle signature wrap dress was created. I worked with a print designer to create the Blossom and Belle blossom and butterfly print in organic cotton and silk and set about making a collection of ready to wear which is still available on my website.

Even though I love making ready to wear I still yearned to go back into bridal wear and after losing my mother last year it gave me the push to go for it.  I decided to buy a studio in a convenient location where brides can come in a relaxed atmosphere to see me and view my sample gowns. I now have the room to create and have fittings and spend one on one time with each client.

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What attracted you to the wedding industry specifically?

When I graduated from university I was asked by a friend if I could make her wedding dress.  The feeling of creating a truly unique gown for someone’s special day is priceless. It is wonderful knowing you are making a bride a dress that will fit them perfectly, that is unique and just for them. I like to work one on one rather than mass production and working with the most luxurious fabrics like silks and lace is heaven.

What is your favourite thing about being a dressmaker?

It is wonderful knowing you are making a bride a dress that will fit them perfectly. I love the ability to make a three dimensional work of art whether it is flouncy and slightly over the top or elegant and classical. Being able to work with beautiful fabrics and trimmings and creating my own embroideries for a dress. The buzz of going through the process of design through to finished product.

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simple elegance. maggie sottero for a neutral wedding at eaves hall – cara & mike

January 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’re getting your Wednesday off to a stylish start by sharing the wedding of teenage sweethearts Mike and Cara, who have been together since the tender age of sixteen.

While we love to see couples going all out with an imaginative themed wedding, we also feel there’s nothing better than a celebration that is simple and elegant in its appearance, as is the case today.

Bride Cara decided to steer clear of gimmicks and plan a classic and romantic big day, complete with a chic muted colour scheme and picturesque venue.

For us the stand out part of the wedding has to be Cara’s choice of attire – her Maggie Sottero fitted dress and floor-length veil are nothing short of sensational!

With images by our sensational Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

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cara says: Mike proposed to me while we were staying at a boutique hotel in Manchester, The Great John Street Hotel – it was just before we were going to Australia for a year to live. In the evening we had a meal at a restaurant with Australasian cuisine and then went onto a couple of champagne bars. While we were out Mike had arranged for the hotel staff to go into our room and fill it with rose petals and candles. When we returned I went into the room and turned around to find Mike on one knee.

We set the date for 15th October 2015. I wanted an autumn wedding, as I love the oranges and reds on the trees at that time of year, and the grounds at our venue were amazing, so I wanted to make the most of them.

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Our chosen venue was Eaves Hall, in Ribble Valley. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we went to visit it. It was elegant without all of the ‘old’ soft furnishings that you can tend to get with manor houses. We also loved the fact that it was completely exclusive and that the venue had 30 rooms for our guests to stay in. The good thing about the venue is that there are plenty of different rooms so people could do what they wanted. Some of the guests were dancing, whilst others were having a nice wine by the fire, with it being a mild evening some of our guests were outside and some in the bar / lounge and snooker room. It just made for a really relaxed environment where people could enjoy the day and evening.

I wanted the wedding to be simple, elegant and romantic. The venue is grand enough to keep the decorations to a minimum. I wanted our wedding to stand the test of time and so tended to stay away from gimmicks.

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simply chic. pronovias for a white wedding at middleton hall – natalie & richard

January 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we’re bringing you another glorious helping of real wedding inspiration in the form of Natalie and Richard’s beautiful big day at Middleton Hall.

To match the fine setting, bride Natalie came up with a simple and elegant theme comprising of romantic candlelight and white and green blooms.

The style stakes were kept high in terms of attire too, with Natalie looking picture perfect in a lace Pronovias gown and Richard a dapper groom in a textured navy suit and dicky bow!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jamie Penfold Photography.

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natalie says: We got engaged at the top of a rock in Monserrat, Barcelona, on 29th September 2013. It was a really beautiful day!

Our wedding took place on 3rd October 2015, at Middleton Hall in Belford, Northumberland. We loved how elegant Middleton Hall was and that we could have the venue for the weekend with our friends and family being able to stay for the duration. It was perfect.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but we just knew that we wanted an elegant and chic wedding with plenty of candles and all white flowers with some green foliage. As such, we went for a simple white colour scheme with mint and pale green touches.

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