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this weekend… it’s our final #supersunday!

April 25th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Allerton Castle Spring 2015We are nearing the end of an absolutely fantastic season of Brides Up North events (*waves* to all our visitors, suppliers and new readers!) but we’ve one last sensational #supersunday of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions for you to enjoy before bidding you adieu till the autumn.

If you haven’t made it to one of our pretty events this season – or if you have and would like to do it all again (each of our events is completely bespoke and entirely different from the rest) then you need to put this last-chance-date in your diaries.  Because these shows are special…

We’ll be quick stepping it to both Northumberland (The Alnwick Garden) and North Yorkshire (Allerton Castle) this Sunday 26th April 2015, to bring more Brides Up North readers than ever before one huge dose of wedding inspiration at two of the most beautiful venues around, all in one go!

First up, we’re off to play at princesses at the gorgeous Allerton Castle:

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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Allerton Castle, Allerton Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire,HG5 0SE

Sunday 26th April 2015

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

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, pose in our photo booths, 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.

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!

The Alnwick Garden Spring 2015

And for readers even further Up North, you’ll want to grab your groom and head to the The Alnwick Garden:

the alnwick garden

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU

Sunday 26th April 2015

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY for Registered Bride +1 Guest

Usual prices and concessions apply for additional guests.

Let me tell you, you are in for a real treat!  The selection of exhibitors we have with us this Sunday 26th April really is stellar – from bridal gowns to cakes, event hire, accessories, love lights, music, entertainment… we’ve got it all, and these are the best in the area.  No need to look anywhere else, seriously.

This is a super special event, as not only is it packed to those bunting laced rafters with wedding inspiration, but it’s also in one of the prettiest settings I know – the extraordinary contemporary gardens and atriums of The Alnwick Garden.

Come and see it for yourselves, and get all your wedding planning sorted at the same time!

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

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an exclusive invitation…

April 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime

Middleton Lodge Spring 2015

On Tuesday, I told you all about our fairy-tale event at Nostell Priory in just over a week – click here for all the details – and today I’m proud to tell you about our second event also happening next Sunday 12th April 2015 (double the inspiration! #supersunday) at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (1)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (2)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (3)

We are proud to be working once again with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a big and beautiful wedding show with a large, handpicked selection of the region’s best bridal exhibitors at this exclusive venue.  The house, gardens and grand marquee will be open for exploration and inspiration! With every detail covered from gowns to garters, this should be a day for every soon-to-be-weds diary.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (4)

middleton lodge

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6NJ

Sunday 12th April 2015

1pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY for pre-registered brides & their guests, £2pp on the day

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors .  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

If you are interested in hosting your special day at Middleton Lodge, we have a limited number of VIP appointments to view the whole house, Coach House Boutique Hotel and facilities with Middleton Lodge’s wedding team.  If you would like to reserve a time slot, please select YES in the box below.  We will allocate a mutually convenient time for your exclusive appointment.

Why not make a special day of it? The Coach House Restaurant is open for Sunday Lunch, advance bookings only. Please call 01325 377 977 to make your booking directly.

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Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (5)

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Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (8)

All images from our last gorgeous event at Middleton Lodge, courtesy of Hayley Baxter Photography.

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (9)

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (10)

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super sunday!

March 21st, 2015 | Julia Braime

The Bowdon Rooms Spring 2015It’s a super sunday weekend at wedding blog HQ as we bring you not one but two fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions across the regions.  Brides Up North is on tour in Cheshire and Leeds this Sunday 22nd March 2015, with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired, VIP goody bag in hand.

First up, the finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our fifth Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique & authentic vintage venue. Like everything vintagey, these events just get better and better with age.  It’s going to be even fabulous this time around. You need to be there.

the bowdon rooms

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ

Sunday 22nd March 2015

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day.

The Mansion Spring 2015And for you Yorkshire ladies, doors open early at our chicest bridal exhibition of all – one for Leeds’ most fashionable brides – at the gorgeous boutique, exclusive use wedding venue that is Award Winning Dine’s The Mansion in the heart of Roundhay Park.

the mansion

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Mansion Lane, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2HH

Sunday 22nd March

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

This venue is stunning, simple as that.  Book nothing till you’ve seen it. Plus, with absolutely loads of wedding dress and accessory inspiration on site next Sunday (plus every other decorating detail conceivable covered too!), you have to add this to your to-do list this weekend. Visit the venue’s website to check it out.

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors at House Of Fraser, Unveiled Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine, Yorkshire Bride and Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

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sunny delight. enzoani for an elegant outdoor wedding at middleton lodge – elizabeth & stuart

March 19th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Wedding Photography North Yorkshire

The unpredictable British weather is a concern for many wedding couples in the run up to their big day, particularly for those saying their ‘I dos’ outdoors.

Thankfully luck was on the side of today’s real wedding couple Elizabeth and Stuart when they tied the knot during a gorgeous wedding in the grounds of Middleton Lodge. I love the bright, breezy and relaxed vibes that come from this wedding and I’m sure you’ll agree Elizabeth looks stunning in her lace Enzoani gown.

Girl done good!

p.s. You can join Brides Up North for our Luxury Wedding Exhibition at this oh-so-beautiful wedding venue on Sunday 12th April 2015, 1pm till 4pm.  Click here to pre-register.

With images by Stan Seaton Photography.

Wedding Photography North Yorkshire

Wedding Photography North Yorkshire

elizabeth says: We got engaged in Bali in June 2013 on the beach whilst having a romantic candlelit dinner on our last night of our holiday. Stuart got down on one knee and gave me a pretend ring!

When we returned we set the date for Thursday 24th July 2014. We always wanted a summer wedding and in particular to have the service outdoors.

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Our venue was Middleton Lodge, Richmond. We chose it simply because we both instantly fell in love with the lodge and its surroundings – the gardens are so beautiful!

We didn’t have a theme as such but used a colour scheme of champagne and natural shades to style the wedding.

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My dress was a lace fitted Enzoani design with scallop finish from Poppy Bridal. I chose it because I love lace and found the perfect dress for my maid of honour which complemented it and was also from Poppy’s. I wore Jimmy Choo Evelyn shoes and a diamond and pearl hair comb. I kept my jewellery simple with diamond drop earrings that matched my engagement ring and a diamond bracelet.

Stuart wore a Hugo Boss navy blue fitted suit from Cruise in Newcastle and teamed it with a champagne coloured tie and handkerchief from Affleck and Moffatt.

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My sister Claire, who was my maid of honour, wore an Alvina Valenta champagne full-length dress with a lace detail while my flower girl, my niece Isla, wore a lace dress from John Lewis.

Stuart’s best man his brother Craig wore a navy suit from House of Fraser as did the rest of the groomsmen. Their champagne coloured ties and handkerchiefs were from Affleck and Moffat.

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Myself, mum, sister and godmother stayed at The Coach House at Middleton Lodge the night before the wedding, which was a lovely start the celebrations. We walked over to Middleton Lodge in the morning for breakfast and pampering! Selena from Cocoon did my make-up as well as my mum’s and sister’s and Dianne Minnes did our hair.

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Jane and Stan from Stan Seaton Photography were our photographers which was a special wedding present from my godmother Lesley. They gave us many laughs and made us feel very comfortable but are extremely professional and we would recommend them to anyone – they are simply the best!

Wedding Photography North Yorkshire

Both my sister and I had a cream roses in our bouquets and Isla had a flower wand. On the tables we had pink hydrangeas and cream roses on mirrored plates and crystals. Beth from Eliza Blooms provided all the flowers and they were exactly how we imagined them.

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For favours we gave each of our guests a slate heart with their name chalked on the front and the date of our wedding date on the back. We got then from Dotty’s Place in Richmond.

Our cake was a cream rose chocolate three-tier cake from Marks & Spencer.

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For the entertainment we had John McGeough playing chilled out sax whilst we had our drinks reception and The Imposters were our band for the night.

Wedding Photography North Yorkshire

The whole day was absolutely perfect. My best friend Rochelle did a beautiful reading at our wedding service that stands out as a special part of the day. I walked down the aisle to Stevie Wonder, My Cherie Amour, and our first dance was to John Legend, PDA.

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We would definitely recommend Middleton Lodge everyone as it’s so friendly and the team there work to such a high standard. It’s a special place that you can go back to visit after the wedding and recall such happy memories.

Wedding Photography North Yorkshire

We went to Abu Dhabi and the Seychelles for our honeymoon straight after the wedding which was very romantic! However, after being ill for three months after the wedding we decided we needed a second honeymoon after all the worry and celebrated again by going to LA and New Zealand in January.

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Our tip for other Brides Up North would be just to enjoy every stage. All the planning can be quite stressful but is also so much fun and you actually miss it afterwards so just enjoy every minute!

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something for the weekend…

September 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Hardwick Hall Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition Autumn 2014

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis and Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last only.

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