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happy ever after. mori lee for a fairytale wedding at chatsworth house – stephanie & nick

October 27th, 2016 | Emma Davis

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Today’s bride Stephanie made her childhood wedding dreams come true with a rustic wedding set in the delightful surroundings of the Chatsworth estate, in Derbyshire.

The carefully planned and personal big day featured lots of highlights, including a horse drawn carriage, homemade décor, fabulous florals and a show-stopping cake, but to name a few!

Images by Shoot Photography.

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stephanie says: We got engaged on 3rd July 2014. Nick took me on a surprise day out to Chatsworth House, in Bakewell, Derbyshire, as he knows it is my favourite place. We spent the morning looking around the beautiful house and in the afternoon we went into the gardens, where we started off by walking along the lawn next to the Emperor Fountain. Nick had been quiet all day so to try and make conversation I stepped closer to the fountain and started looking around for something to talk about, I then turned around and Nick was down on one knee with a ring box in his hand!

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Our wedding day was on the 29th June 2016. We wanted a summer wedding, and decided to marry on a weekday. We picked the end of June to try and have the best chance of a warm and sunny day, and picked Wednesday 29th thanks to an old folk rhyme:

Marry on Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for crosses, Friday for losses, and Saturday for no luck at all.

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Our chosen venue was, of course, Chatsworth House. We live in the West Midlands but my parents took me to visit Chatsworth as a little girl, and from then on I wanted to live there, or at the very least get married there! Nick knew this when he decided to take me there to propose; he had also enquired with their wedding team as an extra surprise!

The theme for our wedding was mostly taken from the Chatsworth Estate. The stables are filled with beautiful original features including panelling from the stable blocks and hay wracks on the walls. To tie in with these features I wanted the flowers and table settings to have a ‘rustic’ feel to them, so we used lots of natural materials including hessian, bark and wooden lanterns; and neutral colours, such as ivory and brown craft paper. Some of our decorations featured stags and antlers, as a tribute and symbol of the Chatsworth estate; and other décor included paper roses and confetti made out of book pages, as a reflection of my love of Jane Austen and her novel Pride and Prejudice.

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My wedding gown was a Mori Lee Voyage dress from Brides of Solihull. I wanted a dress that was elegant with flow, plus a little bit of lace and a touch of sparkle – I think my chosen wedding dress fit all of these requirements, with the added bonus of the chiffon cowl that draped across the back, which myself and my mum fell in love with, and that was really what sold the dress to us!

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chasing waterfalls: a dreamy styled shoot at puck’s glen, scotland

May 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Ethereal Styled Shoot in Scotland (c) Roma Elizabeth Photography (41)

Following on from our ethereal style sheet feature yesterday, we have more captivating woodland wedding inspiration for you, courtesy of Roma Elizabeth Photography.

Joining forces with talented supplier friends from across the UK, Roma, and her team, headed north to the enchanting Puck’s Glen in Scotland, to capture pretty bridal dresses and styling set against fit-for-a-fairy-tale surroundings.

Perfect for those that love the simple things, the shoot has a relaxed and undone feel, resulting in a romantic rustic look that offers an alternative to polished and glam. Here with all the details of the shoot is the lady that captured it all, Roma…

With images by Roma Elizabeth Photography. Model, Kathryn Halliday.

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roma says: The styled shoot was came together through a collection of creatives. I’d planned to travel to Dunoon, Scotland, to put together a shoot and mentioned the idea to a couple of friends. Two of the girls are based down south but were keen to come up and visit the locations and get involved. We teamed together with another friend from Scotland, between us bringing suppliers and accessories together from all over the UK, and decided to base the look around the dresses, with soft ivories and pinks creating the colour palette.

As the chosen shoot location had a wild and unruly look to it, we wanted to keep everything linked into this style; from the model’s hair being loose and wild, to the dresses in soft tulles with beadwork detailing. The stationery by Claire Gould Calligraphy for Weddings, and the flowers by First Blush Flowers, had a rustic look to them too, as we did not want anything too ‘neat’.

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I usually put together a few styled shoots a year and the details included are always based around the location. Scotland has so many stunning locations that I find inspiring, and after coming across Puck’s Glen I knew that I wanted one of the dresses featured in the shoot to be a beaded design to reflect the waterfalls and it also had to be an elegant shape to contrast with the wild woodland. The second dress we used was a two-piece with soft flowing organza and lace, which made a beautiful contrast to the first. Wendy from Flossy Dossy, provided both dresses. She designs and makes all the gowns herself and was keen to be involved. Her attention to detail and flare for classic gowns is beautiful and fitted in perfectly with the look we wanted. The pretty rings meanwhile, were provided by The London Victorian Ring Company.

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in the navy. ian stuart for a glamorous wedding at allerton castle – kathryn & kelechi

June 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (45)

Here at Brides Up North we just love a glam wedding and today’s has it all – a striking gown, opulent colour scheme and men in uniform!

Kathryn and Kelechi chose the grand Allerton Castle as the setting for their dream wedding, which was then styled in keeping with the historic venue’s décor and to suit the couple’s personal taste.

Posh transport, sparkling stationery and lavish centrepieces all help to create a wedding day as alluring as the bride and groom’s attire. Glam to a tee.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.

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kathryn says: We got engaged in Sydney, Australia, my hometown at the time. After meeting three years prior, Kelechi came over on a two-week holiday from the US Navy. Palm Beach is a favourite spot of mine so on day one of the trip we decided to go there and climb to the lighthouse, little did we know it wasn’t a pleasant stroll up but a hike! At the top and covered in sweat, I looked around and said “just think, this may be the last time we come here” – then turned back to Kelechi who said “we better make sure we remember it then” – he was down on one knee!

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Our wedding date was 18th April 2015. We chose this date mainly due to Kelechi’s work schedule. Spring in the UK is a beautiful time, so that helped too!

We got married at Allerton Castle, which we chose due to the grandness of the building, its Great Hall and the beautiful countryside location. As a lot of our guests were coming from overseas, we needed the wow factor!

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We didn’t really have a theme but kept everything very glamorous. We used a lot of candles, fairy lights and crystals. I picked this style due to the castle’s decor and so that it would be in keeping with what Kelechi and I like.

Black and Gold was the colour scheme. We choose this combination to match with Kelechi’s military uniform – dinner dress blues. Although the tux is actually black!

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I chose a dress that was the complete opposite of what I thought I’d choose! The dress was called Amalfi by Ian Stuart, which I bought from Limelight Occasions in Huddersfield. I was drawn to the dress due to its uniqueness. It was two colours and had beautiful detailing. It was like nothing I’d seen anyone wear before. As soon as I put the dress on, I knew I had to have it!

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Kelechi wore his military US Dinner Dress Blues uniform and the groomsmen who weren’t in uniform also wore black tuxedos.

My bridesmaids wore black maxi dresses with gold detailing around the top half of the dress, from Quiz. They were very flattering on all shapes and the girls looked fabulous whilst feeling comfortable at the same time. My ‘Mate of Honour’ wore a black tuxedo, hired from Greenwoods. He also invested in some gold shoes which looked amazing!

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As I was getting ready at the castle, I decided to drive my little white Fiat 500 there in the morning with some of my bridesmaids. I decorated the car and we had a great laugh on the way! I organised an Aston Martin as a surprise wedding present for Kelechi. The car picked him up in York and took him and his best man to the castle. We then organised a vintage double decker bus to bring our guests to the venue from York.

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Laura Calderwood was our photographer. She’s an absolute gem and was very patient with some of our more demanding guests. Nothing was too much trouble and the pictures taken speak for themselves and how great Laura’s work really is.

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Joanna at Twisted Willow provided all our flowers, centrepieces and dressed the Great Hall for our ceremony – it looked magical.

My flowers were a mixed white bouquet with crystal detailing. For the wedding reception we had tall candelabras on each table surrounded by candles and draped in crystals. I had a vase on our sweetheart table for my flowers to be shown off in.

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Another great supplier was Katie from Tigerlily Creations. Katie made all our stationery for our day from the invitations to the wishing well. Everyone commented on the quality and luxury feel she gave to our day.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (42)

Our wedding cake was wheels of cheese and therefore our favours were jars of chutneys with the words ‘Spread the Love’ on. We also gave little red double decker bus key rings to all our guests as a lot of them were visiting from abroad.

We had a dessert included in our menu, which is why we chose a cake made of cheese. It was something different for a lot of people and we loved it! Matt at The Cheese & Chutney Co couldn’t have been nicer either.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (49)

I wanted a fun cake topper so searched online and found Feats of Clay. Sarah is amazing and made both myself and Kelechi out of clay. A great talking point for guests and a great souvenir for us to keep.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (56)

We used the Dine for the food, who are provided through the Castle. They were fabulous!

We had champagne and canapés of mini Yorkshire puddings, chicken skewers and goats cheese tarts, during the drinks reception. For the wedding breakfast we had fishcakes to start, followed by a sirloin of beef, rounded off with a glorious sticky toffee pudding. Everyone commented on the quality of the food. We organised cheeseburger and chips for the evening reception – it made our guests’ night!

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (54)

Entertainment wise, we had a string quartet playing for the guests’ arrival and during the drinks reception. It made for an elegant start to our day. For the evening entertainment we used Alive Network and booked the band Munch. Kelechi and I love live music so a band was a must. They played a whole host of music and catered for all ages.

During the band’s break we surprised our guests with a five-minute firework display. At first I was reluctant to do this but Kelechi pushed for it – I’m now so glad we did, it was magical and the guests loved it.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (59)

My favourite part of the day was the build-up and then finally seeing Kelechi as I stood at the top of the stairs before walking down the aisle. They are two moments that will stay with me forever. The dancing during the evening was pretty great too!  Kelechi literally burnt the stitching off the bottom of his shoes!

For our honeymoon we went to a Sandals resort in St Lucia. It was fantastic, they couldn’t do enough for us and helped make the week very romantic and assisted Kelechi is organising lots of little surprises along the way. One thing to note though – everyone there is on their honeymoon so bear that in mind.

My top tip for other Brides Up North is a tip that everyone gave me – make sure you take a step back, look around and enjoy the day so you can remember it. I made a conscious effort to do this and I’m glad I did. Kelechi and I also chose to have a sweetheart top table to make sure we got some time to just sit down with each other and take it all in – a great decision.

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Love Is Not Breathlessness: A Real Wedding In The North West – Laura & KC

March 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I love that Brides Up North is defined by geography, rather than genre.  That means that I get to feature all sorts of weddings, from the low key and quirky, to the modern, opulent or just downright dreamy.  And this beautiful Real Wedding in the North West sent to me by bride Laura, Sara of Marry Me Films and Caroline White Photography definitely falls into the downright dreamy category!

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It’s time to go all out fairytale…

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Laura says:  We got engaged on October 26th 2011 in Los Angeles California where we live. KC proposed at a beautiful place called Huntington gardens, he surprised me in the rose garden with a violinist playing ‘our’ song and rose petals everywhere. He also did it before it was open to the public and after we soaked it all up with afternoon tea there. It was really a perfect romantic day and of course I said yes!

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Our wedding was April 30th 2012 and luckily we picked one of the only sunny English days that month!   We got married at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.  I wanted to marry in UK as all my family are there so I began to search for places. I found Peckforton Castle when I was searching for places close to my parents home and so we visited it when we were in England for Christmas and we both knew it was perfect for us. I wanted a fairytale style wedding and a castle is definitely a fit for that!

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I have always loved this poem:

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“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being "in love", which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”

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So I included it in our wedding invitations.  On our invitations, menus and schedule we also had a beautiful tree as the main design and the actual shape of it is that of this unique tree when you enter the castle.

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We really wanted our wedding to be simple, classy and timeless so we chose white as our colour. 

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I chose a white wedding dress from Vera Wang which I thought suited me the most and I fell in love with it. I knew it was the dress for me as it made me feel like a Princess. KC wore a tailored suit from Tom Ford. In the evening I wore a very sparkly gold dress from a boutique in LA. 

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We used Ian Lloyd (UK School of Floristry) for our flowers and he did a spectacular job. He did stunning candelabras for the ceremony and a beautiful floral archway as you entered the great hall swell as lots of other flower arrangements. We also had a walk way of petals down the aisle and our initials made from 150 roses. Everything in white of course!

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Caroline White did amazing photography and captured real moments which we loved. She also made us our wedding album

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Marry Me Films were our videographers and they were fantastic. It was great to show KC’s dad the wedding as he unfortunately was unable to travel.

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Seeing KC’s face when I walked down the aisle was my favourite part and knowing I would spend the rest of my life with him. Oh and the food, I loved the food!

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We started the day with breakfast in the library room which was great for our guests as a lot had travelled to our wedding so it was nice for them to catch up (I was getting ready) we then had our ceremony in the great Hall and one special touch was that our ring bearer was an owl who flew down the aisle and my brother (KC’s best man) caught him!

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After the ceremony we had canapés and drinks outside on the castle’s lawn and we had a falconry show for our guests which they loved and we all had a go at catching them. It was a fun thing as it broke up the day and kept things moving ! there was no awkward standing around or waiting for what was next which I liked.

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After this we had our wedding reception in the hexagonal room and a special touch for me was that we had one giant table for ourselves and guests, I loved it because we could all engage and talk (I had 24 guests) and it felt more like sitting with family, well a lot were! KC and I from day one knew we didn’t want a big wedding and that dinner really confirmed for us we had made the right decision – it was perfect.

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I used Maisie Fantaisie in London for the cake and had it delivered to the castle the morning of the wedding. As my wedding was very intimate we chose two layers of individual ‘pearl, bow and blossom’ mini cakes and then a top tier cake for cutting. For the mini cakes we had two different flavours: vanilla bean cake with vanilla bean butter cream and raspberry jam and coconut cake with coconut butter cream and raspberry jam; and for the top tier chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache butter cream. 

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We also had cookie wedding favours for the wedding breakfast. Each cookie had a different saying such as “love” or “smitten” on them and was wrapped with ribbons. 

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I had a harp player to walk down the aisle to, her name was Nerys Hewitt and she played canon in D for the wedding march and classical music the rest of the time. We also had her to play as guests entered the great hall and for our wedding reception afterwards.

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In the evening we had a buffet in the library room with candles playing and we played songs we had chosen together on our iPod. As our wedding was small and mainly family with a few friends we wanted the evening to be about catching up and being able to talk. As we live so far away it was nice for our wedding to be more relaxed and intimate. KC and I didn’t want a first dance or a formal wedding in that sense. We didn’t want any awkward moments for us or to include things that we personally wouldn’t look forward to.

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One of the most memorable moments of the day was that KC announced at dinner that we were to become parents. Only our parents knew so it was special to be able to tell everyone in person our big news! at the time I was just over 4 months and now we have a beautiful daughter called Freya who is 4 months old. I can’t wait to share with her our wedding and point and say ‘ you were there’!

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After dinner we cut our cake and a special touch was that we cut it with a real sword – KC really loved that part! KC and I then changed and we joined guests for drinks and the buffet in the wine cellar. I think we were the first to go to bed! It was a perfect but exhausting day being pregnant! I was so happy to get to do it though as we had planned our wedding before we found out so I was very lucky that my dress still fit!

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We had an amazing vacation in the Maldives at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru resort. It was truly perfect in every way and is my favourite holiday to date I can’t say enough good things about it.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that when you are planning your wedding, plan it for yourself not to please everyone. Remember it’s YOUR special day. Also a videographer is great, there’s so much you miss and parts of my day where a blur due to adrenaline and nerves so it was nice to watch back to fill in the gaps.

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Congratulations Laura & KC!

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Brides Up North Dream Venue: Bolton Castle

March 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are off to Wensleydale, Grommit! 

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist (I’m so very much a product of the 90’s)!  However, the gorgeousness of today’s dream venue is no laughing matter.  Today we are in the Dales to meet Katie of Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue Bolton Castle and find out why this medieval fairy-tale venue should be on your shortlist. 

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Where is Bolton Castle located?

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Bolton Castle is in beautiful Wensleydale, just inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Our closest town is Leyburn and we are situated in the village of Castle Bolton, North Yorkshire.

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Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what facilities does it have?

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Bolton Castle is a 600 year old medieval fortress completed in 1399 by Sir Richard Le Scrope. The castle is steeped in history and has a wonderful atmosphere, which is brought to life when people come to celebrate here.

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Our spectacular rooms are licenced for Civil Ceremonies and Receptions and couples are able to entertain their guests as royalty once did. Wedding couples who choose to hold their reception at Bolton have exclusive use of the Castle and are able to treat it as their own. We hold ceremonies in our light and airy Solar room which is south facing to get the best of the sunlight and has stunning views over to Penn Hill. Wedding breakfasts are held in our magnificent Great Chamber which would have once held great banquets and feasts. We have several options for drinks receptions including our rustic old kitchen, partially ruined chapel, courtyard and medieval gardens.

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The Castle can seat 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and then up to 240 for an evening reception.

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What makes Bolton Castle a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

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Bolton is a completely unique and special venue as it is a partially ruined Medieval Castle and so the accommodation ranges from romantic ruined areas (which are a photographers dream) to fully restored stunning banqueting halls where couples can entertain their guests like royalty. We offer special extra experiences including having our beautiful barn owl deliver the wedding rings, enjoying a hawk and owl display in the courtyard, a falconry display in the grounds or an archery demonstration at the archery butts. We want each couple to have a day which is completely unique to them and so every wedding here is different. We only ever have one wedding a week and we allow couples to set up the rooms up to two days before the wedding meaning they do not have to worry about anything on the day. Our relaxed approach and limited restrictions mean that couples start to feel as if Bolton is their own personal Castle and completely fall in love with the place. Our couples have free visits on their anniversaries so many couples come back year after year to see their favourite castle.

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What sort of bride would be “a Bolton Castle bride”?

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A bride who wants something completely different for her big day. Our brides are often very creative with themes and colour schemes and enjoy doing a lot of the decoration and planning themselves so the day is very personal and homemade.

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Bolton Castle Wedding Photography by Richard Wynn-Davies

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How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

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Our staff can recommend trusted suppliers who have worked at the Castle before and we are always on hand to respond to any queries, meet potential new suppliers/photographers to show them around and help in any way we can. We are a very small team so couples can get to know the person who will be looking after them on the big day and feel confident that everything will run according to plan.

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We have our own in house caterers who can cater for all tastes and budgets from hog roasts and cold buffets to three course meals. Our caterers provide sample menus but are able to work with couples to create their perfect menu for the big day.

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Tell us about your catering services?  What makes them special? 

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Our catering services are provided by Guy Fairhurst who grew up in North Yorkshire and whose parents ran the successful and locally renowned restaurant at Bolton Castle in the 1980s.

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Since his childhood, Guy has been passionate about food. He qualified as a Chef at York College in 2005 and worked in London at the fashionable Eight Over Eight  Thai restaurant in Fulham, before returning to his native county of Yorkshire to further his career among his family and friends and the surroundings he loves.

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The North of England is famous for the quality of its stockmen and animal husbandry and we are lucky to be surrounded by farmers who take great pride in the meat and crops they produce and hope that this reflects in our food. Guy and his team are determined to combine the best local and homemade produce with a high quality and  friendly service.

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Can guests stay over at your venue? 

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We do not have any accommodation in the Castle as the whole building is open to the public during the week and wedding guests can explore the whole building during the wedding reception if they wish. We have a list of recommended accommodation including local pubs and inns, boutique hotels and B&Bs. 

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Ceremony Only: £19 per head (minimum charge £1,520)*: This includes exclusive use of the magnificent Great Chamber for duration of the ceremony and for an hour afterwards, as well as non exclusive use of the remainder of the Castle and gardens. We will also provide lime washed chiavari chairs, registrars table and cloth and a roaring log fire.

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Reception Only: £30 per head (minimum charge £2,400)*: This includes exclusive use of the entire Castle from 5.30pm until half past midnight. We will also provide lime washed chiavari chairs, a choice of round banqueting or rectangular trestle tables, registrars table and cloth, cake table and a roaring log fire.

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Ceremony and Reception: £37 per head (minimum charge £2960)*: This includes exclusive use of the entire Castle from 3.30pm until half past midnight. We will also provide lime washed chiavari chairs, a choice of round banqueting or rectangular trestle tables, registrars table and cloth, cake table and a roaring log fire.

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*All charges include VAT at the current rate.  Minimum charge is based on 80 guests and is not on top of the price per head.  At certain times of the year we can offer discounts where couples would pay the minimum charge and then be allowed up to 120 guests.

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Any really memorable weddings at the venue?  Any stories to share?

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Our most memorable wedding recently was last November when the entire wedding party were dressed in beautiful, vibrant and authentic medieval costume. The groom was dressed in a full chainmail suit and they chose to have the barn owl ring bearer. We were a bit concerned that the barn owl would be upset by the chainmail suit as he hadn’t come across it before but he flew perfectly. He just didn’t want to come back afterwards! The couple had decorated the Castle with help from family members and it looked absolutely amazing with flowers and autumn foliage on every surface and the autumnal colours were really striking. The little details such as place settings and table numbers really set off the medieval theme.

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Another fabulous wedding we had was the first wedding I worked on when starting at the Castle. The couple transformed the castle into a fairyland with  hundreds of tea lights and candles everywhere and beautiful greenery all over the Castle. It took them a whole week to decorate and half an hour to light all of the candles but was absolutely stunning.

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What else goes on at Bolton Castle?

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The Castle is open to the public 7 days a week from February to November (shutting early for weddings) and we have a full programme of events during the year including living history weekends, children’s craft activities, outdoor performances and more. We have a wonderful tea room serving homemade and locally sourced refreshments. We also have beautiful medieval gardens and a daily programme of archery demonstrations, falconry displays and wild boar feeding times.

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Bolton Castle Wedding Photography by Richard Wynn-Davies

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Where can Brides Up North get more information or contact the venue?

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More information is available at www.boltoncastle.co.uk, email me on katie.boggis@boltoncastle.co.uk or call on 01969 623981.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Once Upon A Fairytale… A Real Wedding In Lancashire – Jennie & Andrew

October 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s fairy tale theme continues with the most beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Jennie and my fabulous Featured Supplier Jess Petrie Photography

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I featured Jennie and Andrew’s lovely engagement shoot on Brides Up North a little while ago – click here to see it – (and included their images in one of my columns for National glossy ) so it is lovely to see them tie the knot in style. 

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Are you sitting comfortably?  Then we’ll begin.  Once upon a time…

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Jennie says:  Andrew proposed in June last year on the top of Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District. The ring was packed as part of our picnic!  We said “I do” on 2nd August 2012 at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping, Lancashire.

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We were looking for an outdoor wedding venue and this hotel had a very pretty garden. The interior was quite fairy tale like with stone arches and stain glass windows.  Our theme was based on fairy tales with a baby pink, pale lime and cream colour scheme.  All our tables were named after pantomimes we have performed in over the years.

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My dress was Darci by Maggie Sottero and was made in pearl coloured satin. It had a ruffled skirt and corset back with a line of jewels around the waist. I also had diamantes on my veil.

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My bridesmaids wore long, pale lime, satin dresses by Watters and my flower girls wore baby pink, satin dresses by Dessy. The groomsmen wore black morning suits with cream waistcoats and green cravats. The page boys wore pink cravats while Andrew had a cream cravat – all from Swarbricks of Middleton.

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Flower Design supplied our fabulous flowers. My shower bouquet consisted of ‘sweet avalanche’ roses, gemini, sweet peas, calla lilies, eucalyptus and champagne grass. My bridesmaids had posies with the same flowers and my flower girls had small sweet pea posies. We had a variety of corsages and rose button holes.

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Jenn Edwards was our hair and make up artist and gave all the girls a glowing, natural look.

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My favourite part of the day was the wedding ceremony. It was a scene I had been imagining for a long time and I wish I could go back in time and do it all again.

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Our photographer was Jess Petrie. We met up prior to the big day for an engagement shoot in one of our favourite dog walking spots and had fun practicing our wedding poses. Jess has documented our wedding in pictures like a storybook (which compliments our fairy tale theme) and uses natural light to her advantage.

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Our favours were silver horse and carriages filled with jelly beans and small pillow boxes with fairy tale extracts on them. The pillows were all hand made by Vintage Twee.

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My Auntie designed and made my cake. It included many hand made flowers made of icing to match my bouquet and a bride and groom to look like us on the day. The bridesmaids and page boys received their own personal cup cakes.

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Creative Chair Cover Hire supplied white chair covers with alternating pink and green organza bows.

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Our table plan was hand painted by a family member on a canvas with pictures relating to the table names. We now have this on our wall at home to remind us who was with us on our special day.

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We had a pianist for our wedding breakfast and DJ and singers for our evening party.

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After the wedding we travelled to Scotland and visited Glasgow then honeymooned in a hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that the day will fly by for both bride and groom so hire a videographer for the day so you can watch it again at a later date. It’s hard to remember exactly where the time of day went! We had Adrian Patrick for ours and it’s not just a video, it’s a movie!

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HEARTCongratulations Jennie & Andrew!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Jess Petrie Photography

Jess Petrie Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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