March 21st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Tying the knot in the Lunedale Valley in Teesdale last August, our couple Natalie and Will went to great lengths to involve their guests in their summer wedding – including the family sheep and chickens – in every element of preparing for their day.
Throw in a beautiful colour scheme inspired by the heather and wildflowers in the surrounding terrain, together with the family tartan, a spot of paddling and the most stunning tree chandelier we’ve ever seen, and you’ve got yourself a wedding that’s like no other.
Natalie, who would like to dedicate this blog post to her Uncle Iain Macintyre, who sadly died shortly after the wedding, shares all the special details.
With images from Bloom Weddings.
natalie says: We had known each other for years. After our paths crossing when we both worked for a local wedding venue, and with me finally moving into my first home – which happened to be in Will’s local village – he finally plucked up the courage to ask me out. On our one-year anniversary whilst we were holidaying in Iceland chasing the Northern Lights, he got down on one knee on a glacier and presented me with a gorgeous vintage ring. Of course, I said yes!
We decided that as we both love the outdoors, we wanted to be married in our parent’s bottom field and that the start of August would be ideal. It meant we could spend lots of time outdoors enjoying the stunning scenery the venue had to offer.
The wedding was very much focused in the Lunedale Valley in Teesdale. The morning began with the bridal party assembled in my mum and dad’s house with batches of bacon sarnies and glasses of Prosecco. Hair and make-up was provided by Vikki and Jordon from the Zhoo in Barnard Castle, who were fantastic and even helped us with last minute tweaks in the marquee. My beautiful bridesmaids did their own hair and make-up and we added flowers into their plaits to tie their hair with my hairstyle.
We chose a gorgeous small church known affectionately as the ‘holy barn’ because of its rustic and humble beginnings and its stunning view over the valley. It’s a really small church, which was perfect for us, as it meant we could have a lovely intimate wedding that we craved. We spent a lot of time going to services in the run up to our wedding and really got to know the Reverend and all the people of the church. This made the service itself really special as everyone went really above and beyond to make it so personal. The ladies of the church were kind in helping with our flowers, and giving us access to the church to make sure we could add our little details to make it so ‘us’.
March 15th, 2017 | Julia Braime
The lovely wedding fairies at Lartington Hall have teamed up with Brides Up North to bring you a Spring Chic Luxury Wedding Fair at the heart-stoppingly beautiful exclusive use venue on Sunday 2nd April 2017, 11am till 3pm, and it’s FREE ENTRY.
Expect stunning styling, perfect interiors, all the details from fine art florals to bridal fashion, cakes, photographers, stationers, live music and more. The whole of the Hall, including it’s beautiful 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!
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.
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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We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.
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March 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Theatrical drama lies at the heart of today’s stunning styled shoot at Dalton Mills in Keighley.
Adopting a romantic ballet theme, this styled shoot captures the spellbinding performance of the bride, as she pirouettes in her gorgeous wedding gown.
Set against the industrial backdrop of an old mill, this is a photo shoot of contrasts, and we just love the attention to detail on the cake, stationery and floral displays – the perfect ‘onstage’ props!
The photographer, Jane Beadnell teamed up with a host of talented suppliers to bring this dynamic and dramatic shoot to life. Here, she gives us an inspiring insight into the day.
With images by Jane Beadnell Photography.
jane says: We chose Dalton Mill for our styled shoot because of its raw harsh look, which contrasted with the pure soft ballet look of the dress and dancer.
To coincide with our pastel theme, Dominique from boutique shop and kitchen, Poppy Pickering, incorporated lots of soft tones into the wedding cake design and used a mix of pretty sugar flowers. A delicate blush pink tier added a hint of sparkle and romance.
The Bridal Gown, located in Otley, supplied the dresses for our shoot. The designs both came from the Wtoo by Watters collection. The lovely Locklin with its big tulle skirt was selected to show off the movement of the dancer and give a soft delicate romantic feel, in stark contrast to the decay of the industrial mill. The fishtail Masha gown, meanwhile, was selected to add glamour and highlight the toned shape of the dancer’s body.
Perfectly completing the look – The Ethical Jeweller also supplied us with gorgeous wedding bands for the shoot.
As the aesthetic was light and airy – to replicate the delicacy of the gowns and complement the ballet theme, Leeds-based hair and makeup artist Natalie Willingham kept our lovely model’s make up fresh and dewy. She gave her rosy cheeks, brushed natural brows and a soft pink lip to mimic the model’s own natural lip colour.
We had already decided on an unstructured, messy top-knot, however, the challenge of having no electricity on-site confirmed that was the style we were going for! Keeping lots of wispy elements around the hairline added to the soft delicate feel to the shoot, as anything too styled and sleek would have been too harsh and dramatic.
March 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime
We are thrilled to present issue 07 of our beautiful print magazine, ‘The Luxury Edit’.
We are really proud that as of mid-December, UNVEILED became a trading name of Brides Up North Ltd, and the magazine was transferred into our ownership. UNVEILED is now be managed entirely by our team, both creatively (as before) and now commercially, in order to continue to grow and develop this stunning title.
At UNVEILED, we’re all about quality: the high-end, glossy finish and bespoke cover image which makes us the ultimate collectable bridal title; fewer adverts cluttering our 260 pages of unique editorial space for a more enjoyable read; no less than six, self-styled creative shoots featuring the very best wedding professionals in the North and exciting collaborations with the leading lights in the bridal fashion industry.
We aim to be both aspirational and inclusive. Every supplier that we feature in UNVEILED would love to work with you to create your own dream wedding day, and can accommodate a range of budgets. The teams who fuel our fashion shoots and feature pages are the best in the business, bar none, and I’d implore you to snap them up to be in your wedding planning corner.
If you’ve discovered UNVEILED as you start your wedding dress search, you are in luck. We’ve more pages dedicated to the cause in this issue than ever before, starting with an exclusive shoot and interview from bridal fashion’s leading lady, the inimitable Caroline Castigliano.
We’ve also kept our now longstanding appointment with the North’s most fabulous bridal boutiques, as we go behind the scenes to find out more about their beautiful collections, exceptional service and to get the low down on the trends landing in a shop near you soon.
As Brides Up North readers already know, I love to see a real bride with sensational style, and so we’ve packed this issue with almost 70 pages of real wedding inspiration. We feature more pages of real weddings than any other regional title, and as the luxury wedding magazine for the North, are proud to support the talented local professionals who helped our brides to make their vision a reality.
The inspiration continues in our dedicated venues section too, as we showcase some of the most sensational spaces to say ‘I Do’. The hunt stops here. Pop that prosecco!
We are proud that UNVEILED is stocked at WHSmith, WHSmith Travel, in hundreds of independent retailers and distributed at the very best wedding fairs right across the North as well as direct to trade at the UK’s largest industry events. New for 2017, you can also pop us in your pocket – we are now live via App Store with our own dedicated UNVEILED App to download to your phone or tablet.
Whether you pick up your copy in the newsagents, online, at a bridal event or during a visit to one of our venue or boutique partners, I hope that you love every page of Issue #07.
Get set, wed!
julia & the team x
p.s. We’ve also been busy building a stunning new website: UNVEILEDdigital. Over on the new site, we’ll applying our online skills to create a truly sleek and smart online resource for UNVEILED readers, including a brand new blog, digital edition, brands directory, live catwalk content and many more innovative and exciting features. We can’t wait for the big reveal, coming very soon…
February 8th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
I have a confession to make, readers: today’s real wedding has brought on a girl crush. Bride Chloe mixed Maggie Sottero with Topshop and threw in a leather jacket for good measure. She’s like Kate Moss, but Northern (i.e. an even better version of Kate Moss).
Also, we need more thumbs-up photographs in wedding albums. And brides swigging from beer bottles. And haystacks. Just putting it out there.
Actually, forget the girl crush – I have a full-on wedding crush. Do you think Chloe and Tom would notice if I conned them into being friends with me and invented a time machine so I could actually be at this wedding?
I challenge you to look at these stunning photographs and not feel the same way.
With images by Erin Photography.
chloe says: We got engaged on 4th September 2014, at Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland. It was the day after my birthday and Tom suggested that we take a day trip to Craster and Dunstanburgh. He completely surprised me by proposing while we were standing on the cliffs behind the castle; the only people around were a couple of fishermen! He’d managed to sneak a picnic into the car and after he’d proposed we enjoyed some food and drinks while sitting on the harbour in Craster.
We were married on 28th July 2016. We wanted a summer wedding to make the most of our venue (though the weather didn’t quite turn out as planned on the day!) Originally, we’d planned an August wedding to fit in with school holidays as I’m a teacher. We needed to move it forward slightly in the end to also fit in with Tom’s work schedule. This meant we had a week or so afterwards to enjoy a short honeymoon, too.
Our venue was High House Farm Brewery, Matfen, Northumberland. We wanted a laid-back venue where people could completely relax and enjoy the day – the open barn and the surrounding countryside was the perfect fit. We also wanted somewhere that we could add a personal touch with decorations etc. – our venue was great for this. They were very flexible with food and did their best to cater for every request. There was no hire charge for the venue providing that we used their caterers, so it saved us a bit of money that we were able to spend elsewhere.
We didn’t have a wedding theme and were very laid-back with decoration, table dressing and what we/our guests wore on the day. We wanted a laid-back atmosphere, and our guests commented that they really liked this about the day.
I chose a Maggie Sottero gown called Patience from Y.A.P. Bridal Boutique in Newcastle. The dress wasn’t too over-the-top, but was still really special. I also wore a full-length plain tulle veil from Y.A.P, which blended in with the train of my dress. I wore gold peep-toe sandals from Topshop during the ceremony, and changed into some cream lacy Toms for dancing later on. My leather jacket kept me warm when the temperature dropped!
My earrings were worn by my mam when she was married, and were my something ‘old’, ‘borrowed’ and ‘blue’. My something ‘new’ was a wedding present from Tom; a beautiful gold locket
December 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
You may recall earlier this year that we grouped together the top twenty best top tips from our real brides featured on the blog between January and June, to pass on their words of wisdom to those of you currently planning your own big day celebrations.
And having clocked up another six months of fabulous real weddings (where does the time go?!), we’re back once again to pass on the nuggets of advice from our knowledgeable brides, who shared their weddings on the blog during the second part of 2016.
There really are some amazing little gems in here that will help you to realise that everyone has their ups and downs on the wedding planning journey, but that ultimately all that matters is that you are marrying your true love and best friend. We’ll raise a festive glass of Bailey’s to that!
So, prepare to take note as our clued-up brides complete the following sentence – “My top tip to other Brides Up North would be…
laura says: “Enjoy the planning of your wedding with your partner as much as the day itself. Mike and I loved making decisions about things together and it drew us closer and closer as the wedding day crept up on us. All of our causal discussions, ideas, phone calls, emails and meetings in the year before the wedding personalised and tailored our day so it was just as we wanted it. With that in mind, wedding planning can also be very stressful. We were lucky because we had top quality suppliers who had done it all before. So our other top tip would be to use suppliers with good reputations who are ideally used to working with each other”
courtney says: “Don’t feel you need to stick to the traditional plan for your day. We got ready together which I really liked, we had our photos before the ceremony so that we didn’t miss out on time with our friends and family (and it meant our hair and makeup were fresh for the photos). We decided not to use cars, have flowers, there was no cake, we didn’t do favours and we didn’t do a first dance. Just make your day all about the two of you. Also, when styling a large venue it’s worth having a few focal points of interest to add impact rather than lots of little things dispersed. Oh, and it’s totally normal to hate the politics and stress that creep into planning a wedding!”
jenny says: “Make lists, involve others and accept help, as however long you think you will need to plan a wedding you will no doubt end up feeling that you need longer. We spent many a day roping family into ‘crafternoons’ to help set up seating plans, make ribbon wands and confetti cones etc.”
zoe says: “Do as much as you can yourself for the wedding. We personalised everything that we could. There was a lot to do, but we were so proud when it all came together. We also really enjoyed doing it all together in the run up to our big day.”
beccy says: “Firstly, whilst you obviously want to create a memorable day that everyone enjoys, I think it’s incredibly important to remember just what your wedding day is about – it’s about you two – the bride and groom! And the most important thing is that you two have the day of your dreams which you’ll never forget, so don’t spend too much time worrying about everyone else – you can’t always please everyone! Secondly, plan well and choose your suppliers and your venue carefully. If you get that right, your day will run clockwork leaving you to enjoy your special day without having to worry about a thing.”
jody says: “Don’t worry about the weather. I was worried thinking the rain might spoil our day. In the end, it made it. It rained nearly all day, however, Liam and I think it made our day more interesting. We had fun running around the city under an umbrella with our photographer trying to get some fun photos in the downpours. Nothing will faze you on the day so just go with it.”
faith says: “Get an amazing photographer, the photos will bring the day back to you and really help you remember it forever!”
tracey says: “Do what you want – it’s your wedding. Spend money on the things that are important to you. For us, it was the photographers, providing good food and drink for our guests and the entertainment (ice cream van and the band). Think about what you want your guests to leave your wedding saying/thinking. I have been a guest at many weddings where guests had been totally forgotten and where style over substance was more important. We always kept in mind that our guests were travelling at least an hour to our venue and we wanted to make that journey worthwhile. We wanted them to leave with really happy memories of the day, so it was really important we provided enough entertainment, they were looked after well and that they weren’t hanging about for too long.”
emma says: “Delegate! People love getting involved and its worth making the most of the skills your family and friends have – it makes your job so much easier and makes the day so much more personal – I wish I’d realised it earlier!”
melissa says: “Ask your previously married friends if they have any leftover wedding props they don’t need any longer. It’s amazing what you can get and a great way to save on budget, whilst re-using something another couple loved. I’d also say really consider what you want from your wedding – if you want photos in the countryside make sure there’s plenty of places nearby you can go, if you dream of candlelight at your venue – make sure they allow it, as we found out last minute they didn’t!”
kate says: “Plan, plan, plan. Just try and be as organised as possible. We did a lot of the planning early on so when it got nearer to the wedding, we found we weren’t stressed as there wasn’t much more to do. This meant that we were able to relax right up to the big day!”
beth says: “Don’t worry or fuss over the small details. We are so glad we didn’t. Keep your focus on what you are really there to do: to marry the person you have the privilege to love and be loved by in return. The confetti blows away and the cake is gobbled up, but seeing your best friend the next day and knowing you are continuing on a whole new adventure together is an extraordinary feeling. And what’s better, it’s more than a feeling because it’s a commitment. Take time to remember and enjoy.”
alexandra says: “A year is the perfect amount of time to organise a wedding; it was long enough to plan without the stress but not too long to drag it out. Other couples might not agree! We loved planning it and whenever we completed a wedding ‘job’ off the list, we had a drink to celebrate! Also, we had no interference in planning our wedding and it worked perfectly – it’s your day, no-one else’s, so just do it yourselves!”
stacey says: “We set up an account on Wedpics for all our friends and family to share their photos from the day. We would definitely recommend getting something like Wedpics to other brides and grooms because it was so good to see everyone’s photos of the day and to see moments that we might have missed.”
gemma says: “My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to do everything the way you (both) want to do it. Don’t conform to what other people think or what tradition says you should do, and definitely don’t stress about any of it.”
kath says: “You don’t have to overcomplicate things. We had the perfect day but we didn’t go over the top with everything. We tried to use people that we knew or local suppliers. Also, it’s ok to be yourselves – Tim and I knew that we didn’t want to conform to what a wedding ‘should’ look like. As we had an afternoon tea, we actually ended the reception at 7pm because we wanted to have a special meal together in the evening together as just us!”
ashlea says: “Involve the groom. I don’t think our day would have been as special and successful if it wasn’t for Dave. He had to do a lot of the meetings on his own and organise things that I wasn’t able to. We worked as a team and a lot of people were surprised to find out when he was enjoying it. I think it was a great bonding experience and he felt just as proud as I did when everything came together in the end.”
sarah says: “Don’t rule out a videographer to capture your special day. It is something we originally discounted but then booked Silver Sixpence a little later on and we are so pleased we did. The day passes so quickly and it was lovely to get back from honeymoon and relive the day all over again, plus see things we had missed. Our video is something we can cherish and watch year after year.”
holly says: “Believe that whatever happens your day will be the best of your lives. I think it’s easy to get swamped with all the little details and do nothing but worry about how it’s all going to go. If I could go back to myself now I would tell myself to get a grip! Not everything went perfectly, the weather for one, but in our eyes it was still the perfect day. We married each other in front of our most loved friends and family and we had the best party to celebrate. It really is all that matters.”
emma says: “Don’t stress! I had a near breakdown on the Friday as there seemed so much to do, but rely on your suppliers – they do this as a profession and so they know what they are doing! Funnily enough on Saturday morning as it was out of my hands completely, I was really relaxed and the photographer said it was the most relaxed wedding prep he’d ever seen!”
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