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Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

friday fabulous: kurt geiger

October 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

FlorenceCan you feel the love?

Us too.

Florence in Red by Miss KG at Kurt Geiger, £89.

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behind the blog: rachel

October 19th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Day to day we’re used to dishing out questions; to our wonderful featured brides, talented local suppliers and top dress designers, so that we can bring you all the latest bridal news and inspiration. It’s not that often that the tables are turned and we find ourselves in the spotlight. However, we keep being asked for gossip and insight into what goes on behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ. Who are we to argue?

And so, in order to give a glimpse as to what we get up to during both work and non-work hours (not that we have too many of the latter!) we’re introducing a new series of ‘behind the blog’ features to our pretty pages.

Here we’ll give you all the latest Brides Up North developments, as well an update on our home and social lives, plus a look at what we have planned in the coming months.

I’m kicking things off this month, with a personal post from Julia to follow in November. So readers, welcome to my world…

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September and October are crazy busy months for Brides Up North as we take to the road to stage our Luxury Wedding Fairs at some of the finest and coolest venues in the top half of the country. This is a fabulous opportunity for us to leave our white-walled office and meet/catch up with skilful suppliers in the industry while meeting you lovely brides-to-be first hand. We love to see the fabulous displays that our exhibitors put on to inspire our visitors whilst hearing what couples have planned for their big day. So far it’s been an epic season, that’s seen our events taking place in rustic barns, urban warehouses, elegant hotels and fine stately homes, offering something for all. And there’s still five events lined-up in the Autumn calendar – check them out here!

Elsewhere we have been fortunate to be invited to some spectacular industry events, including The Bridal Buyer Awards in Harrogate (for which we act as a judge), the Northern Blog Awards in Manchester (where we won the title of ‘Best Wedding Blog’, no less!) and a fabulous ‘Tickle Your Tastebuds’ event with hospitality specialists Dine.

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Held at their beautiful headquarters and gorgeous wedding venue The Mansion, in Leeds, (where we just so happen to be hosting one of our Luxury Wedding fairs this Sunday), Dine treated us to a delicious three-course meal with accompanying wines, which culminated in a sorbet taste test (turns out our senses aren’t quite as in tune as we thought!) The stunning presentation matched the amazing flavours and we can highly recommend these guys to deliver incredible food and service for your big day. The images accompanying this post by Olivia Brabbs Photography will show you a little of what we got up to.

Even further north, we travelled up to Matfen Hall in Northumberland, to hear all about the refurbishment plans that the team there have in store to take this already fairy-tale venue to the next level. Prepare for full details coming up on the blog soon and we will be unveiling the transformation with a Luxury Wedding Fair at Matfen on Sunday 4th March 2018!

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home

After weddings, this is one of the main topics discussed at Brides Up North HQ at the moment, as both Julia and I have both recently purchased new properties. For me it was a move across Sheffield, taking us from an apartment to a house (that’s right, I now have stairs and outdoor space!) I’ve found this means becoming excited about things I would have previously considered quite mundane (light switches and radiators mostly), plus my ‘home’ pinning is off the Pinterest scale!

It’s a project in that it requires cosmetic attention throughout, as well as a new kitchen, but we (my boyfriend and I) are learning to take things one step at a time and enjoy the planning and process too. So far, we’ve transformed a tired once-cream living room into a deep-blue sanctuary – the walls took three coats, four in some areas, and I know we will curse our choice of deep-hue when trends change and muted tones are back in, but for now we will enjoy our ‘Blue Fringe’ selection.

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The bathroom is underway now, and again we’ve shunned light tones in favour of something with depth, unable to resist Pantone’s colour of the year, which literally pours from every interior magazine and plumed for a dark green tone and botanical theme. Further updates to follow.

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flower crowns at the ready! its time for wedstock’17!

May 5th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (106)

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy seven years, but who’s counting…) as we prepare to bring you our three most exciting events to date* – our epic festival wedding fairs, the wedfest’17 tour – starting with the glorious WEDSTOCK’17 at Stockeld Park, Yorkshire this coming Sunday 7th May 2017, 11am till 4pm, FREE ENTRY**

*and we create really exciting events.

**yes, you’re not seeing things, these EPIC events are FREE for you and your entire bridal party to attend (just make sure someone else is the designated driver for this one!)

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To us, WEDSTOCK’17 is like all our Christmases coming at once… but kicking off the start of summer, with Pimms, and tents, and gorgeous gowns… and ALL the wedding inspiration!

If you’re a Yorkshire bride to be, Stockeld Park is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY, as we transform the popular attraction into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi village, little and large yurts, vintage M.A.S.H tent, PIMMS Bar (in fact, there are a few bars to visit…) street food vendors, live bands, cars and campers, 70 luxury wedding suppliers and so much more. It’s one for every bride, whether your style is breezy boho or super chic.  We’ve just made the planning process so much more fun – a real day out, rather than just ticking a box on your planning checklist. And grooms always seem to enjoy this one too…

THIS EVENT IS BIG, BEAUTIFUL AND BRILLIANTLY USEFUL – DON’T MISS IT!

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (87)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (11)

wedstock’17: a brides up north wedding festival

Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN
Sunday 7th May 2017, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTOCK’17 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, sponsored by UNVEILED magazine, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (41)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (58)

If the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (but hey, it’s May, let’s look on the bright side!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party. And what a party it’s going to be!

As well as our street food vendors, live music and entertainment, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show that you’ll leave with every last detail covered. Any Yorkshire supplier worth their sequins will be at Stockeld Park this Sunday, many offering on the day discounts too.

Grab a cocktail, stay for lunch, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (65)

It’s a fun and friendly day so grab your groom, your girl squad (and even your gran!) and get yourself to the bridal event that everyone’s been talking about. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… and we’ll see you on the field for WEDSTOCK’17!

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (126)

To whet your appetite, or if you came, partied and wedding planned at our WEDSTOCK’16 event last year, here are some official photographs to get you excited or to remind you that Brides Up North do wedding fairs differently… and to celebrate what a great day we all had.

You can also view the images from our equally epic Cheshire event (the next one coming up on 21st May!)  by clicking here or here.

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (116)

Images by our official event photographer Peace Wedding Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!

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our love story: lisa & dom

April 13th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story - Lisa & Dom (c) Anna Wood Photography (25)

Taking place in the Huddersfield village of Slaithwaite – the area where this lovely couple are to set up their first home together – photographer Anna Wood, has captured the pair at their most relaxed. Cue cuddles in the coffee shop and kisses by the canal…

With images by Anna Wood Photography

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lisa says: We got engaged under that famous tree on Hadrian’s Wall. It was a wet, windy and very long walk but Dom insisted we keep going. Each time I suggested turning back and he said, “We just need to go a bit further” – my suspicions grew!

Our wedding is set for May, with a ceremony at Gledholt Methodist Church, Huddersfield, followed by a reception at the nearby Ukrainian Club.

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We first met each other at Explorers Camp, a youth camp we continue to volunteer at each summer. The marquee we use at the camp in Ripon, will even be part of our wedding day!

For our first date, we went to one of our favourite places; Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire. Dom is a bit of a history geek and Abbeys are to him, what tea is to me. Dom is a great encourager, always building me up. He makes me laugh and keeps me young – a full time occupation considering my love of sewing, tea and a good murder mystery.

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true chemistry. a fairy-tale wedding in durham city – michelle & anthony

April 3rd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today, we’re escaping to beautiful Durham City for a vintage inspired wedding that celebrates all those wonderful bridal traditions we often find ourselves daydreaming about.

The couple – Michelle and Anthony – created a special day brimming with understated elegance – we’re talking an ivory and sage green palette, 1920s cars, beautifully decorated candelabras and exquisite floral arrangements. Just look at the bride’s pretty gown and we promise you’ll be swept away by their captivating fairy-tale theme.

With images by Teardrop Photography

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michelle says: After five years together, we got engaged on 15th July 2015, in Santa Ponsa, Spain. We went for a posh meal at a cliff-side restaurant followed by a stroll along the beach. The sun was just beginning to set and I remember thinking to myself how romantic it was – we stopped to admire the view and when I turned around Anthony was down on one knee asking me to marry him…and, of course, I said yes! Anthony had picked the most beautiful engagement ring with the help from the staff at ROX Newcastle.

Our special day was Saturday 27th August 2016. We wanted a summer wedding and it fell perfectly on the Bank Holiday weekend. We were very fortunate with the weather as the sun kept shining all day long!

We were married at St. Patrick’s RC Church, Langley Moor. I had always dreamt of being married in church and this church has a special meaning to Anthony as he went to the neighbouring catholic school. The church was breathtakingly beautiful without the need for accessories and decoration.

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Our wedding breakfast through to evening reception was at St. Mary’s College in the heart of Durham city. This venue is primarily used for Durham University students and we had to seek permission to hold our wedding at this prestigious building with its ornate great hall and lavish landscaped grounds. My grandad was a Professor of Chemistry at the University and his ongoing involvement enabled us to be granted approval.

Our wedding day embraced fairy-tale romantic elegance, which included many bridal traditions. Anthony and I had the wedding rehearsal a few days before the big day then did not see each other until my dad walked me down the aisle on our magical day to the traditional Bridal March played by our organist. I incorporated the “something old, something new…” tradition as I wore my mam’s blue garter (which she wore on her wedding day 27 years ago) along with wearing a matching earring and necklace set which I borrowed from my mother-in-law. We also greeted each and every guest by doing a “line up” which gave our reception a personal feel and took the time to welcome and thank all our loved ones for sharing our special day with us. Another tradition I embraced was that my cousin Emma, who was also one of my bridesmaids, wore my engagement ring until after our ceremony – and not forgetting Anthony carrying me over the threshold of our new home the following day!

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Our wedding colour scheme was a mixture of sage green with ivory, we opted for very natural colours which matched perfectly with the foliage and flowers we used to decorate most of the venue.

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When I first started looking at wedding dresses, I had a completely different style of what I would like in mind. I originally wanted lots of lace with sleeves – completely different to the wedding dress I chose in the end! As soon as I tried on my fairy-tale princess style gown, with my full-length veil and tiara, I fell in love with it and knew instantly it was ‘the one’. This was then confirmed as I walked out of the fitting room and my mum and mother-in-law were in tears! It was such an emotional experience and I think all brides will agree this is one of the most special moments of the whole wedding process.

I got my wedding dress from Alice Elizabeth, a local boutique bridal shop in Coxhoe. The owner and dress maker Heather, and bridal consultant, Anne-Marie were truly amazing from the moment I walked through the door to find my dress, even to the moment I was just about to walk down the aisle! Heather surprised me and was waiting outside the church on my special day to give me a good luck hug and ensured my dress and veil was looking incredible! I was blown away by this touching moment! I couldn’t recommend Alice Elizabeth enough – they transformed my dream dress into a reality and I will be forever grateful to them both.

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rustic romance: a styled wedding shoot at shottle hall

April 3rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (9)

We’re getting the week off to a pretty start and indulging in some rustic wedding inspo, brought to us in the form of a stunning styled shoot.

Put together by a talented team of northern suppliers, the shoot provides inspiration for everything from the décor to the dress, with the gorgeous Shottle Hall in Derbyshire, forming the backdrop for the shots.

Here to fill us in on all the beautiful details is the lady who captured the magic, photographer Amy Pitfield.

With images by Amy Pitfield Photography.

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amy says: The shoot came about after I had the idea to team up with local suppliers and stage a wedding that would allow everyone to get creative and have a play, without the pressure and time constraints that naturally come with a real wedding.

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I’ve always loved Shottle Hall, and actually got married there myself, so it holds a special place in my heart and I knew it would be perfect for the shoot. I thought the coach house brick walls and courtyard barn doors in particular, would fit in beautifully with what we wanted to create.

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Styling-wise, the idea was to have plenty of florals and foliage; from the real miniature bouquet in the model’s boho style hair, to the real flowers on the cake, the moss all over the table runners and the huge floral bouquets complete with berries, thistles and twisted willow.

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The day of the shoot was hectic yet amazing – everyone worked together to make it a success. We had stylist Cheryl Hollingworth doing hair and Embellish doing makeup upstairs in the bridal suite while the decor was being set up in the coach house outside.

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