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hey north west? its wedstival’17 (yay)

May 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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The wait is OVER! #WEDSTIVAL’17 is FINALLY here!

wedstival17: a brides up north wedding festival

Capesthorne Hall, Congelton Road, Macclesfield
Sunday 21st 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 WEDSTIVAL’17 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, 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

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Brides Up North in association with Shades, Big Chief Tipis, Capesthorne Hall, UNVEILED Magazine and the North West’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s original and finest dedicated festival wedding fairs in 2017.

We’ve just celebrated two absolutely EPIC weekends on the trot at Stockeld Park and Ormesby Hall (photos coming very soon!) but we’re not ready to hang up our flower crowns yet… oh no! The WEDFEST’17 TOUR continues!

With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 21st May 2017 Capesthorne Hall will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

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There’ll be a huge sail cloth tent, tipi hats, vintage MASH tent, a blow up pub (yes really!), a honeymoon bell tent, Pimms, prosecco, street food – and drink, LOTS of drink! – vendors (so stay for lunch and a tipple or ten!), a cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion – including a brilliant designer dress sale and a pop up boutique with gowns starting at just a fraction of the original price! – and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures and the grand building itself, come rain or shine (we know you love a bit of drizzle and we come prepared!), we’ve got your inspiration sorted.

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Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny!

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTIVAL17‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

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Images from previous events by Peace Wedding Photography and Jonny Draper Photography.

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

May 5th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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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!

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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)

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#wedstival16: in pictures

June 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’ve just put our best ever season of Brides Up North events to bed for the summer (someone pop the prosecco!) and Brides Up North HQ is still buzzing from our final shows of the season, our much awaited – and absolutely epic – wedding festivals.

We’ve already shared our official images from #WEDSTOCK16 at Stockeld Park, Harrogate – click here to catch up – and now our official event photographers Peace Wedding Photography are back with all the images from our North West event, #WEDSTIVAL16,  held at the magnificent Capesthorne Hall in collaboration with Shades and Big Chief Tipis.

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If you are new to these pretty pages, let us explain a little… based on a hunch that the world might be ready for some massive, festival themed bridal events (we’d either had a lot of coffee or were smoking something strange that morning in the office!) the Brides Up North team set out on a bit of a mission: to bring the North the UK’s first large scale wedding festivals.  Over a year in the planning, it turns out that the fabulous Northern wedding industry and our brilliant readers (that’s you) were about to get as (naturally!) high on the idea as we were!

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60 plus of the area’s finest wedding industry suppliers at each event, big top wedding tents, tipi villages, bell tent honeymoon suites, arched wedding tents, Party Bales, Baleric inspired chill out areas, street food, a blow up pub (!), a Double Decker Bus bar, vintage caravans and campers, bloom bars, floral selfie backdrops, picnic areas, live bands, trapeze artists… we could go on… each event just felt like one huge wedding planning party. With Pimms.  Pimms by the bucket-load.

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We had such a blast that we’ve already set the dates for 2017 – #WEDSTOCK17 will take place at Stockeld Park on Sunday 7th May, 11am till 4pm and #WEDSTIVAL17 will take place at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday 21st May, 11am till 4pm. Get the dates in your diaries (and interested wedding suppliers should get in touch using the contact form below). Watch this space for a couple of other exciting dates too… North East, we mean you… and accept no imitations!

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exhibitor enquiry

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect demand to be very high.

Discounts are available for block bookings with our other events. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

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Please list the events that you are interested in - or tell us which region you work in North East/ North West/ Yorkshire for a general enquiry - discounts are available for block bookings

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If you came, partied and wedding planned at our #WEDSTIVAL16 here are some official photographs to remind you that Brides Up North do wedding fairs differently.

Images by Peace Wedding Photography. Continue reading to view the full gallery.

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the perfect fairy tale. a cinderella wedding at capesthorne hall – jessica jayne & andrew

March 31st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon’s real wedding is a true fairy tale romance, with the bride and groom basing their celebrations on the well-known love story of Cinderella, which initially brought them together.

We love that bride Jessica Jayne embraced being a princess for the day by wearing a stunning ball gown style dress, travelling by horse and cart and celebrating in a grand hall along with her new hubby!

Judging on the images below, these two are destined to live happily ever after…

With images by ER Photography. 

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jessica jayne says: We got engaged on 15th November 2014. Andrew had apparently decided that he would ask my father’s permission before asking me and I don’t know whether he said something that made him think he already asked me, but as soon as I saw my dad he said congratulations and spilled the beans!

I was over the moon!  We had planned to spend the day Christmas shopping so on our way out  Andrew had placed a scroll on the passenger seat of his car, he told me to read it out loud and as I got to the end (through tears) Andrew was there on one knee to ask me to marry him. We cancelled Christmas shopping and celebrated the whole day, and as they say, the rest is history. It just goes to show that even if not everything goes to plan it can still be romantic and maybe even more memorable!

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Our wedding was on 10th October 2015. We both love autumn with all the beautiful colours and my brother had got married in October 2014, which gave the month more meaning. As it turned out our wedding day was a beautifully sunny, it seems that October nowadays is an Indian summer!

We got married at Our Lady and the Apostles RC church, in Shaw Heath, Stockport. It was very special to me and my parents as they had got married there 31 years ago. My dad was so emotional before we walked down the very same aisle he had walked my mother down, we both had tears in our eyes and had to catch our breath when the organist started to play the wedding march. Andrew and I both wanted a traditional church ceremony and because it was so personal it made it extra special.

For the reception we chose Capesthorne Hall. We both fell in love with the venue at first sight, the entrance to the grounds alone is just magnificent. It is a truly stunning venue!

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over the pond. a picture perfect wedding at capesthorne hall – amy & christopher

May 13th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Today’s oh so smooth American groom Christopher pulled an absolute blinder when he organised a surprise proposal in the bride’s hometown surrounded by those dearest to her. Smoother still, Christopher agreed for the wedding to take place in the UK so his wife-to-be Amy could wed at her dream venue, Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield. Nice work Christopher, we like your style.

To complete her perfect day Amy added pretty touches in pale pink and ivory and then left the grand venue to do the rest of the talking for itself.

After their UK celebrations the couple later flew back over the pond to enjoy a New Year’s Eve reception in Chicago with Christopher’s family, giving them two bites at the wedding cherry!

With images by Melissa Beattie.

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amy says: We currently live in Florida together but while we were visiting England, Christopher managed to pull off the ultimate surprise! He contacted all of my closest family and friends and arranged for everyone to get together for the proposal. My younger cousin owned a little tea shop in the hills of my hometown, Glossop, Derbyshire and so he thought it would be the perfect spot for us. As I walked in I saw my two best friends of 20 years sitting down and I still had no idea what was going on. I turned around to tell Chris what a coincidence it was that they were both there at the same time as us, and when I turned around he was on one knee with all of my family behind him. He made a speech but I couldn’t tell you a word of it today, I was in such shock and excitement. The best part, Christopher knew I had always wanted a photographer around for a proposal and he organized with my best friend, who happens to be a photographer, to bring her camera! I’m so happy we got pictures of the exact moment he proposed.

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We set the date for October 11th. We were actually planning to have the wedding in The States up until six months before so we actually chose the date based on availability

Our chosen venue was Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield. We picked this venue due to how grand and beautiful it is. We were just blown away with the house itself as well as the gardens and knew there would be plenty of places for some amazing photographs. We loved the history of the house and the land and when my mum and dad went to visit the location for us we found out that the current Lady of the house is American, and so we thought it was meant to be as Christopher is from The States and finding a manor home with American roots isn’t something you find every day!

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We had a light pink and ivory colour scheme. I like very simple colours and think that the light pink always looks very classy and pretty.

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I wore a trumpet style dress with lace applique detailing and (my favourite part) buttons all the way down the back. It was from a little boutique in Florida and I just fell in love with it the second I put it on and knew it was the dress (the buttons sold me). I wanted something very classy that matched the setting of the house and I felt like it fitted in perfectly.

As we were getting married in a beautiful 300-year-old manor home, Christopher wore a traditional suit that was hired from Debenhams. The groomsmen also wore the same traditional suit as Christopher.

My bridesmaids wore long strapless chiffon dresses from the same boutique I purchased my dress.

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Melissa Beattie was our photographer. I had been following her posts on weddings she had been photographing and always adored her work. I absolutely loved her style of pictures and when we knew were getting married in England she had to be our photographer. I would definitely recommend her.

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I’m not a big flower person so I knew I didn’t want a lot for flowers. I had was a simple bouquet of light pink and white roses with baby’s breath and a little greenery from Sandra’s Flower Shop in Glossop.

The house and rooms were so beautifully set up as they were that decorations weren’t really needed. For the wedding breakfast we just had simple flowers for the centrepieces with white and pink roses. For place settings and name cards, my wonderful cousin hand painted little wooden hearts with our guests’ names. She also hand painted our seating chart on a chalk board.

For the night reception, we were in a marquee attached to the house and we used lace to decorate mason jars, added a little sand and candles and placed several on each table. One special decoration was by the cake table, where we had pictures in rustic frames of both of our parents on their wedding days.

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We wanted to bring a little bit of America with us to England and so for favours we had personalised Hershey’s Kisses. The hand painted hearts by Handmade by Sadie Fay were also part of the favour.

We chose a three tier chocolate cake with cascading soft icing roses from Marks & Spencer.

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a stunning wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Melissa Beattie (44)

Planning a wedding from overseas meant trusting my mum and dad with the menu picking, and they did a fantastic job. For the wedding breakfast we had roasted butternut squash soup with handmade artisan bread followed by chicken stuffed with mozzarella with a smoked tomato sauce, or pasta tubs with ricotta and tomato sauce, and dessert was chocolate fudge cake. For the evening reception we had smoked sausage and bacon sandwiches and roasted bell peppers with hummus and balsamic glaze. We also hired a DJ for the evening reception to keep our guests entertained.

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A special touch during the wedding breakfast that I loved was announcing ‘Happy Birthday’ to my great, great aunt who was turning 90. It was a complete surprise to her and she loved it.

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There is no doubt in my mind that I would recommend our venue to other couples! I wish I could go back next month and do it all over again just for the venue. The staff are amazing and go beyond helpful. The house is beautiful and I really do think it makes the absolute perfect wedding venue. The grounds and every room are all perfect. I recommend it a thousand times over.

It’s difficult to pick a favourite part of the day. It went by quicker than I ever imagined but every part was just amazing. We had the best day. If I had to pick, my favourite part was simply being home in England with everyone and getting to celebrate how I had always wished in a venue I had dreamed of. All of my family was there and my three best friends that I’ve been friends with for 22 years were all in my wedding party. All thanks to my husband who let me have our wedding in my home country.

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We actually haven’t been on our honeymoon yet! We had to fly back to Florida and finish planning our reception in Chicago two months later on New Year’s Eve for Christopher’s side of the family.

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My top tip to other Brides Up North is to enjoy literally every single second of the day. Time goes quicker on your wedding day than any other day I swear and before you know it, it’s all over. Soak up every second you possibly can. Also, get ready early enough so you have at least an hour before the ceremony to just relax and enjoy yourself with your bridesmaids and take some pictures, this way you’re not starting the day in a rush.

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“A Marine!” A Real Wedding – Sarah & Jonathan

November 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness.  I don’t know if I’m just feeling hormonal, but I was welling up within the first 15 seconds of this gorgeous wedding video from Marry Me Films.  Literally – I went back and timed it.  A man in uniform always gets to me – if you know what I mean – but I think its the love, excitement and happiness evident in this little film of Sarah and Jonathan’s big day that tugged at this ’s numb* old heart strings!  Press play and enjoy.

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In the meantime, it’s over to the bride to tell you a bit more about her big day.  With photographs by family friend Christian Ollier.

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Sarah says:  We got engaged on New Year’s day 2010, and married on 5th August 2011 at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield.  We had looked around only two venues before we settled on Capesthorne Hall. Our parents told us not to rush into the decision, but there was no question in our minds that this was where we wanted our big day to be. Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful stately home, but not in a flashy sense. I personally was drawn to the building due to its black shading, the drawn curtains and the charcoal colouring around the eaves of the house: the building had a true gothic quality. It reminded me of Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, and I felt it had a quality we had not seen in the other places we viewed. We were sold, it was the one.

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The fact that Jon is an officer in the Royal Marines was an obvious theme throughout the day. The military men in attendance acted as ushers and as you might expect, were diligent in their role and no one argued – not with swords in hands! The guard of honour was amazing, a fairy tale element and an aspect which we will always remember.

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When deciding on a theme for our tables, we thought about continuing the military theme, but decided to go for something closer to our hearts. We chose our favourite places from our time together: Bagdale Hall, Whitby; Casa Best, Malaga/The Lakes; Constance Ephelia, Seychelles; Lebua State Tower, Bangkok; The Four Seasons Hotel, Thailand; The Castle Hotel, Taunton and Oreston Manour House, Torquay. During Jon’s speech, he took each in turn and talked about why each one was of such importance. It was the story of us, built around our special places. It was a fantastic touch of Jon’s, I have to give him the credit there!

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Our wedding colour scheme was green. I love green! I am obsessed by all varieties of the colour and knew that no matter what month we got married in, green would be the colour that won.

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In the end we went for a spring green as we decided on an August wedding. The colour was perfect and when the sun shone on the bridesmaid dresses, the girls looked stunning. The colour suited each of them, light skinned or dark, and everyone commented on its beauty. The bouquets for both the bridesmaids and I were dominated by green foliage, giving them a natural feel. This colour was then replicated on the chair ties, a perfect match, I don’t know how Sue (Chapman Holmes) did it, but it pulled the whole room together beautifully. Green envelopes were used as place names. Green corsages were made for all the male family members.

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* I wish! I cry at most wedding submissions actually.  We should have shares in Kleenex. 

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