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fashion flair: vintage nods and bespoke attire for a striking wedding at thornton manor – louise & lee

July 23rd, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Fashionable Wedding at Thornton Manor (c) Tim Simpson Photography (45)

There’s a very arty feel to today’s real wedding between Louise and Lee; from the editorial style images captured by the photographer, to the clever details produced by the bride.

As a fashion designer, Louise’s creative talents came into play throughout the planning – and yes, she did design her own wedding dress, which certainly lived up to the guests’ high expectations. We adore the statement leaf detailing and Louise’s careful consideration on exactly where the lace should be placed. Her attention to detail results in a gown that is both majestic and unique.

Further personal touches can be found in Louise’s fantastic handmade decorations, including the inventive table plan crafted from an old door displaying wonderful sketches by the bride and dressed with lush eucalyptus, as well as the table names, also beautiful sketches that represent important elements of Lee and Louise’s life together, such as the lovely drawing of their dog, Salvador Dali.

The cake, also designed by Louise, is wonderfully dramatic with silver leaf and a cascade of silver and green foliage down one side of its elegant three tiers. It would appear that this bride’s talents know no bounds!

With images by Tim Simpson Photography.

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louise says: We got engaged in Paris in September 2015. Lee took me to Paris to finish off our annual holiday to the South of France. Since I had previously worked in Paris at a fashion designer’s atelier, I had always wanted to show Lee why I loved the place so much. We stopped for a sit down in the Louvre’s Tuileries gardens. I was checking my map and Lee was waiting until we had complete privacy before he slipped down on one knee and presented the most perfect diamond ring to me. We then quenched our thirst drinking pink champagne in the stunning Renaissance hotel!

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We got married on Friday 13th October 2017. We have been asked “Why!?” many times. Our answer? “Why not!?” To us, every other day of the year except Christmas, birthdays and New Year have no significance. Friday 13th has impact, controversial connotations and raises eyebrows regularly. Sounds perfect for us. As one of my gifts to Lee on our wedding day, I had tattooed the number 13 on my finger. I revealed this to him at the altar in church! He thought I had drawn it on with eyeliner until my bridesmaid corrected him after the confetti throwing! He now has a matching tattoo.

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We had our ceremony at St George’s United Reformed Church, Thornton Hough. It’s beautiful and ornate with wonderful curved ceilings, stained glass windows and calved patterns into the brickwork and is just 40 seconds from Thornton Manor, where we had our reception. The night before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I stayed in the Gate House at the manor. We got ready there and then I put my dress on over in the manor in the stunning Lady Lever Bedroom. Lee stayed in another of the manor’s many cottages in its grounds with his three best men

We chose Thornton Manor after scouring the north west for our ideal venue, marking every manor, castle and abbey within one-and-a-half-hours of our home (Lee made this distance rule to reduce the enormity of the mission). We spent many weekends visiting and analysing them. When we finally came across Thornton Manor, it ticked every box we had. Our guests stayed in the whole of the manor and the surrounding cottages and, inside, the manor was impeccable with original features, fabulous, grand rooms and gardens. It was faultless, and the décor and details were extremely tasteful and regal.

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We would absolutely recommend the venue to other brides and grooms. There are so many rooms to use at different stages of the day; from a cosy lounge to the grand ballroom where we held the reception, to a long lobby room that looks out onto the gardens, to a music room. Everywhere you look the décor is fabulous. There’s even the Queen’s Bedroom and Queen Mother’s Bedroom, where royalty used to stay when they regularly visited Thornton Manor. Lee’s mum stayed in the Queen Mother’s Bedroom, which was special! The staff were very professional and I even had someone assigned to me throughout the day; he was literally on hand to help me whenever, wherever. He even stood at the side of the dance floor and would hold my drink! I felt like royalty myself and this treatment was never expected!

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this ain’t nothin’ but a summer jam

May 20th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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And all of a sudden it’s Summer!  How the bloomin’ beejesus did that happen?!

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Here at Brides Up North HQ our features schedule is fully charged, so that we never knowingly miss an opportunity to bring you beautiful wedding inspiration every weekday (and sometimes bonus blog posts at the weekends too).  The only exception to this rule is our bi-annual break, to re-charge, re-assess and re-focus our efforts to keep bringing you the most precious wedding pretty from our corner of the internet.

Following an INSANE (in a good way!) and absolutely AMAZING 5 months packed full with online inspo and SO many amazing Brides Up North events, culminating in the incredible WEDFEST’18 tour this past month (we love you boho brides!), we’ll be taking our leave for the next fortnight.

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But we’re not going far!  Starting first thing Monday, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule that will make sure that you still get your daily dose of #weddinggoals, recapping some of our favourite real weddings of 2018 so far. Check back daily for the most beautiful, unique and inspiring celebrations, and if you’re a Brides Up North bride, to see if your day was one of our top picks!

We’ll be back soon with a all-new rejigged features edit; to announce some exciting finishing touches to our upcoming autumn events schedule (trust me, have we got some gigs lined up for you!) and ‘unveil’ a whole new online look for our glossy print product UNVEILED magazine (that’s been a long time coming!). With excitement levels at an ALL TIME HIGH, we’ll see you on the other side!

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Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th June 2018.

julia, rachel & the team x

Images by Melissa Beattie

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authentic emotion: amanda balmain photography

April 26th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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If you have your heart set on a wedding photographer that will capture your day in a relaxed and natural manner, documenting all the emotions as they unfold then we know just the lady for you – our fabulous North-West based Sponsor, Amanda Balmain, who we are catching up with on the blog today.

As a regional finalist in last year’s Wedding Industry Awards, Amanda’s couples are keen to praise her for the utterly gorgeous and highly emotive images that she delivers from the big day. Blending into the background and putting her brides and grooms above all else, it is Amanda’s main priority to make sure that her couples have “the best day ever”.

A self-confessed hopeless romantic, Amanda’s images are filled with love, energy and joy that brings the special day back to life in an instant.

So, if you too are all heart-shaped eyes over her images be sure to read on for all the details on how this lovely lady works and also take note, as Amanda is kindly offering a free engagement shoot to Brides Up North readers who book her for their wedding. How amazing!

With images by Amanda Balmain Photography.

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When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?

amanda says: Back in 2012 I was photographing children and babies. My only experience of wedding photography was a bride in 2000 when my wedding was shot on film in a classic style. A friend dragged me along on a wedding photography course that I thought would just be good photography experience and a bit of fun. It was so much more than that! Wedding photography has changed so much since switching to digital and the more I learnt, the more I fell in love. Digital technology has allowed wedding photographers to become so much more creative and diverse in their styles.

How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?

My style is somewhere in between documentary and modern creative. Some would call it lifestyle. I shoot mostly candidly with minimal direction focusing on authentic emotion and connection. I love all the details that make up the story of a wedding day but its the people and their emotions that matter the most.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

Simply getting to go to so many weddings and hearing people’s stories. I nearly always cry at the speeches. I’m a bit of hopeless romantic at heart, don’t tell anyone!

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?

What do they want to see when they look back at their photographs in ten years’ time? What pictures will be most important to them? What style of pictures do they really like? What do they like about them? Check that the photographer they are looking at has those sorts of images throughout their portfolio not just once. Also think about the experience of the wedding day. Do they want a photographer who is quiet in the background or the life and soul of the party?

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I put the wedding day experience for my couples above all else. I work with them to make a plan and we discuss how much time to a-lot for photography depending on their requirements. But on the day, I always go with the flow and work around how they are feeling at the time. I do whatever I can to make sure my couples have the best day ever.

What is the feedback like from your couples?

My couples are often surprised at the shots I get without making any fuss. They love the natural looking images and moments that they may have missed on the day. They like the fact that I fit into their day, that I will chat with their guests and that I’m generally very calm and relaxed.

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Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

One of my favourite moments is straight after the ceremony when the bride and groom get those first moments alone. They look at each other and the reactions are amazing. They’ve done it, they are married and the happiness on their faces says it all.

What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?

All of UK and I’d love to do some destinations. Iceland is on my wish list and I’d love to shoot more in Scotland. But I also love my home county of Cheshire. There are some amazing venues here and it’s always great to be near home.

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blossoming romance. suzanne neville for a fine art inspired wedding at rudding park – maria & simon

March 14th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Fine Art Inspired Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Paul Read Photography (62)

Quite simply, today’s wedding is all kinds of pretty. From the bride’s beautiful bespoke gown to the dreamiest of floral arrangements, complete with plush hydrangeas and peonies – there’s lots of wonderful ideas and special touches from Maria and Simon’s celebrations to pin away to your heart’s content.

But, before we can even gush about these details, we have to talk about the fact that Maria underwent spinal surgery in the lead up to the wedding. We think you’ll agree, this adds extra significance to their nuptials, and we’re delighted to hear that Maria had a speedy recovery that didn’t hinder plans for their big day.

And what a big day it was! Exchanging vows against the grandiose backdrop of Leeds Cathedral, Maria and Simon then went on to host their celebrations at luxury Harrogate hotel, Rudding Park, set in 300 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. Maria’s Italian and Greek heritage influenced their overall theme for the day, too, with pretty olive branches, a lemon tree and even Greek dancing all bringing Mediterranean feels to the proceedings. Read on as Maria tells all…

With images by Paul Read Weddings.

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maria says: We got engaged in August 2015, in Rome, at the beautiful Giardini degli Aranci (garden of oranges) with its stunning view of the city. We went just before sunset, and it was such a romantic setting. I really didn’t expect the proposal and after being there for a while, I asked when we could go for a Prosecco! It was then that Simon said it would be nice to take a seat on one of the benches further back from the wall.

Long story short, he said there was a reason he had brought me to the most beautiful secret spot in Rome, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Once I had stopped crying and said yes, we could hear applause from around the park – such a surreal moment but one we will never forget and that place will remain special for both of us forever.

My mum is Italian so I think Simon always knew he wanted to propose in Italy and it was a trip of a lifetime. We ate at a Michelin star restaurant afterwards but spent most of the evening on our phones telling our family and friends about the amazing news!

A Fine Art Inspired Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Paul Read Photography (42)

We tied the knot on Saturday 24th June 2017.We chose this date as it was 11 years to the day since we first started going out.

We got married at Leeds Cathedral, where I used to sing in the choir. I have also known the priest (now a Monsignor) since I was a child, so it was perfect that he conducted the service for us.

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We then held the reception at Rudding Park in Harrogate, voted number one hotel in the UK by Trip Advisor for three years in a row. We knew immediately we wanted our wedding to be attended by all our friends and family, and had considered Amalfi (where my family heritage is from) but given difficulties with older family members being able to get there, we decided that there would be nowhere better than Yorkshire, especially given that I’m a Leeds girl and he’s a Wetherby boy.

We’ve both known Rudding Park for years and it was the perfect balance between city and country. The service at Rudding Park is exceptional and the new spa was going to open the year of our wedding – we just knew we were in safe hands. Plus, I have a pretty huge family and it is one of the few venues in Yorkshire that caters for more than120 people. It’s everything we wanted.

A Fine Art Inspired Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Paul Read Photography (55)

I had spinal surgery for scoliosis in November 2016 – it was a huge procedure but I bounced back within three months – just in time for my wonderful wedding dress to be measured and created. I had often been really paranoid about my waist and I am so lucky to have had this corrected before I walked down the aisle. It seemed a long journey back to health and I had three months off work, but that just left more time for wedmin to take my mind off things!

We didn’t have a theme in the beginning, but once I started my Pinterest obsession, I realised I kept pinning things that were tagged as “fine art”. I tried to bring in a bit of a Mediterranean theme, along with pastel colours to keep things understated and elegant. For example, the olive branches on the cake and the lemon tree in the middle of the main hall, the soft candles, soft blues and pale pinks, and the menu was very much inspired by my Italian and Greek heritage. There was so much food! There was also Greek dancing and a bit of Italian Vin Santo which added much more alcohol to proceedings!

With regards to the pastel colour scheme, I wanted pale pinks and blues with Mediterranean greenery as I thought they would stand the test of time when looking back at the photographs. I also love hydrangeas and peonies which helped guide the colour scheme, and indeed the month of June for the wedding, when peonies are available and in bloom.

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this sunday! brides with style: a luxury wedding show at lartington hall

February 10th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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The lovely wedding fairies at Lartington Hall have teamed up with Brides Up North and UNVEILED Magazine to bring you a Brides With Style, A Luxury Wedding Fair at the heart-stoppingly beautiful, exclusive use venue THIS SUNDAY, 11th February 2018, 11am till 3pm, and it’s FREE ENTRY, everyone welcome!

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Expect stunning styling, perfect interiors, all the details from fine art florals to bridal fashion, cakes, photographers, stationers, live music and more.  Come along and see what makes Lartington Hall just that extra bit special, from it’s delicious food to every little considered last touch of décor and comfort. This really is one of our very favourite places in the world – when we visit, we never want to leave!

The whole of the Hall, including it’s beautiful Ballroom, Chapel, bedroom suites and gardens will be open to explore and enjoy.  If you haven’t found your venue yet (or even if you have and just fancy some serious wedding inspiration) then we would love to see you there.  Register now!

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Lartington Hall has quickly become one of the most sought after country house wedding destinations in the North of England. Having been lovingly restored, the Grade II listed building set amongst 78 acres of romantic parkland is now equally stunning on the outside as within; housing an opulent collection of ceremony and reception rooms, luxurious, boutique style accommodation and its very own private chapel.

The quality of the restoration and attention to detail is nothing short of spectacular; from reclaimed venetian marble floors and regency antiques, to Nina Campbell furnishings and state-of-the-art Bose sound systems, the old and new have been blended together seamlessly.

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For weddings, the impressive country house, which combines the glamour of The Great Gatsby with the grandeur of Downton Abbey, becomes couples’ very own rural retreat for their special day, with exclusive use of the entire building for just them and their chosen guests. Helping to bring the perfect package together, a wedding specialist, stylist and, of course, a butler, will be on hand to assist brides and grooms with their every wish.

Find out more about the venue at www.lartingtonhall.co.uk.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (full of treats and glossy mags including the latest issue of our collectable glossy UNVEILED Magazine), simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to Lartington Hall. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

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fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.

Click here to view the schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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Images supplied by Lartington Hall.

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colour burst: shropshire petals’ spring confetti trends

January 18th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

ShropshirePetals.com Summer Nights £12.25 per litre

We might only be a matter of weeks into the new year, but we’re already excited to see the new wedding trends of 2018 starting to emerge. Expect to see large floral installations, new food trends breaking further away from the traditional three-course menus, and even colourful wedding dresses.

With the vibrant and eclectic mix of colours as predicted by Pantone, the spring wedding season looks set to be full of bold colour fusions with hints of subtle nudes and earthy classics.

Keen to see how such on-trend palettes will convert into couples’ confetti choices, we’ve invited our uber-knowledgeable Sponsor in this area, Shropshire Petals, to the blog to share their inspiring confetti recommendations featuring clever combinations of the top spring hues.

Renowned for their ‘Pick & Mix’ confetti selector, Shropshire Petals enable couples to create their own unique natural petal confetti mixes for their big day. Brides Up North readers that would like to do so can save 10% on confetti orders over £50* by entering BRIDESNORTH10 at the checkout.

Now, over to the experts for that inspo…

ShropshirePetals.com Amethyst £12.25 per litre

ultra violet

Named as 2018’s colour of the year, this magical and intriguing shade of purple is vibrant and playful. We will be seeing lots of couples choosing Ultra Violet as their colour scheme, so keep it simple by choosing confetti to match. Midnight Bloom is a beautiful purple delphinium petal, which is perfect to be used on its own for a colour block confetti shot. You can mix in some contrasting colours to include some of Pantone’s other spring shades or some neutral larger petals for some added texture.

Recommendation: Midnight Bloom or Amethyst. Display your confetti in Confetti Pops or Confetti Wands as they are clear, giving the confetti more impact before its thrown.

pastels

There are some stunning pastel shades predicted to appear this spring, including Little Boy Blue, a dreamy sky blue, Pink Lavender, a cheery shade of pink and Blooming Delilah, a pretty salmon-y pink tone perfect for springtime. Creating a confetti mix using aspects of these pastel shades will give you a wonderful colourful confetti shot without distracting from the main focus – the newly married couple!

Recommendation: Choose Summer Nights or a pick and mix of Candy Floss, Icing Sugar, Parma Violet, Duck Egg and some Heather Grain.

ShropshirePetals.com Confetti Pop with Moulin Rouge £2.55 each (4)

earthy

Earthy tones are classic colours that really create an impact. This spring, we will see Chili Oil, a sophisticated deep red, Warm Sand, an effortless natural shade and touches of rich coffee brown in the warming Emperador colour. We predict that couples will use elements of these colours together to create a sense of warmth and depth. Combine earthy colours together for a richness and include some neutral tones to help them stand out.

Recommendation: You could create a confetti bar using the elements of Moulin Rouge, selecting Burgundy Berry and Icing Sugar with Kraft, Chestnut Red and Rose Gold cones for guests to make their own confetti mix, which would combine Chili Oil, Warm Sand and Blooming Delilah.

ShropshirePetals.com Midnight Bloom and Cerise £14.25 per litre

brights

There are some wonderful bright colours this spring, from the lively yellow Meadowlark and the tempting Cherry Tomato to the charming Spring Crocus and the zesty Lime Punch. When it comes to choosing your confetti, you can be really creative. Decide how you want your confetti moment to look – full of petals or a delicate shower, then have fun selecting the colours that work for your wedding theme and style. If you want to include some of the bright tones, try mixing them with other colours to make them stand out or tone them down.

Recommendation: Pick Midnight Bloom and Cerise for a bold explosion of colour.

Of course, you don’t have to match your confetti to your colour scheme; you could choose something to contrast and display in confetti cones to complement your colours. For example, keep it simple by choosing a classic confetti mix such as the black and white Tuxedo with vibrant Strawberry Red confetti cones.

Choosing your confetti is fun, so take some time to play around with the petals and colours and order your free samples to see what your confetti mix will look like before you buy! Also, be creative with how you display your confetti; you can display in colourful confetti cones, pretty baskets, contemporary confetti pops or in little pouches tied to your order of service.

We’ll be launching some exciting new products in the coming months. Follow us on social media for all the latest news, launches, competitions and offers.

For more inspiration and to shop for your confetti, visit the Shropshire Petals website.

*Discount does not apply to existing special offers.

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