Luxury Wedding Fairs With Top UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North

A Classic Romance. Pink & Grey For A Traditional Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Claire & Chris

September 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Welcome to a new week folks!  After a rare weekend off here at Brides Up North HQ – topped off by an X Factor and Downton Abbey marathon (hell yeah!) -  I’m back and bursting to get going. 

I’ve so much wedding pretty to share with you between now and our Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this weekend that I’m going to jump right in.  We’re in the North East this morning, as we share in Claire and Chris’ utterly elegant celebration at the ever stunning Rockliffe Hall. Timeless, traditional and totally gorgeous.  

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Jamie Penfold Photography

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Claire says:  We got engaged on Christmas morning 2011 – Chris surprised me with a ring as we opened Christmas presents in front of the tree. We had already been together over ten years but I still wasn’t expecting it!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We were married on 2nd August 2013 at St Aloysius Church, Hebburn followed by a reception at Rockliffe Hall Hotel

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

It was the first place we visited as we had heard very good things about it, and we were blown away by the gorgeous venue! The staff were so helpful and friendly from our first meeting, and they couldn’t do enough for us from start to finish. We viewed a few other places after that, but we couldn’t get Rockliffe out of our heads, nowhere else compared for us! Becci and Colin made sure everything ran smoothly and we felt like we were in safe hands. The toastmaster, Robert Leeming was completely charming and really made the day extra special.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We didn’t have a theme; we just wanted the wedding to be quite traditional and classic, with a colour scheme of pale pinks and greys. 

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I chose a strapless fishtail dress embellished with crystals from I Do in Bill Quay. I also got my jewellery, hair band and veil from there.  My bridesmaids Ashleigh and Samantha wore short pink Dessy dresses, also from I Do.

Our hair was done by Elaine Rea from Tribeca Boldon and make up by Amy Askew from Aatiqah Boutique Spa. The girls worked wonders on us all!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our bouquets included pink roses, white freesias, white veronica and eucalyptus, made by Cinnamon Rose. They also supplied the centrepieces of candelabras and roses.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We travelled in a Bentley S2 from Fearon’s, we loved the classic shape and colour of the car.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Our videographer Steve Spowart from Gibside Video Service was brilliant.

Jamie Penfold was our photographer and he was fab. We couldn’t be happier with the photos from the day!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

The invitations, orders of service and other stationery were designed by Noble Fine Art. Julia and Charlotte did a fantastic job and were so organised, which took a lot of stress out of it for me!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Gemma of Love Lily Cakes made our four tier cake, and it was delicious! We chose a bottom tier of carrot cake, followed by vanilla sponge, chocolate and fruit cake. She handcrafted flowers to imitate those in my bouquet and she did an amazing job.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Chris’ cousin Caroline made a slideshow of photos of us both, as babies, through our teenage years up to the present day. It was shown just before our first dance and it was a lovely surprise for us, however there were some extremely questionable photos included!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

 

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We went to Dance City and had a few lessons with a dance teacher, Sue, who choreographed a first dance routine for us. Although it didn’t go quite as planned on the night, as we didn’t have time to practise in the lead-up to the wedding, we had such a lot of fun doing it and our guests seemed to enjoy us looking silly too!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Jason Isaacs entertained us all and got everyone people dancing early on! He was superb. We then had a DJ from Prime Entertainment, who had us all dancing until the early hours.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

For our honeymoon we spent two weeks in El Dorado Casitas in Mexico and it was fabulous – we didn’t want to come home!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take it easy on the morning of the wedding.  I’m so glad I got Elaine and Amy to come to my house. There was a really chilled atmosphere as there was no rushing around and we could just relax and be pampered in our PJs!

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Congratulations Claire & Chris!

Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding on these pretty pages?  Here’s how

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jamie Penfold Photography

Jamie Penfold Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

 

Posted in Featured Supplier, North East Fair, North East Wedding, Real Weddings, Wedding Photography | Filed Under | NO COMMENTS yet, click here to start the discussion! »

Keeping It Fresh! A Real Wedding In Northumberland – Stephanie & Martin

November 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

.

Northumberland Wedding by Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Welcome to Tuesday Brides Up North!  No “it’s only the middle of the month and the overdraft is maxed on wedding paraphernalia” dreariness here!  No way Jose!

.

Only the stunningly beautiful Real Wedding of North East couple Stephanie & Martin, with images by Andrew Billington Photography.  Crisp, cool and romantic, Stephanie and Martin’s big day is contemporary, fresh and oh so lovely

.

.

North East Wedding by Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

UK Wedding by Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Stephanie says:  We stayed at a romantic farm cottage in Hexham on New Years Eve 2010 – Martin proposed outside of the cottage before we went out for the evening. 

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

We were married on 23rd August 2012 at Eshott Hall, Northumberland.  It was exactly what I had imagined for us. It’s a period building with lots of character but intimate and smaller than other Halls I had been to. It felt very special.

.

.

UK Wedding Blog

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

We opted for a simple colour scheme of ivory, pink and white.  I chose a lace over tulle San Patrick wedding dress with spaghetti straps and a heart shaped bust, from Wendy Coles Bridal in Monkwearmouth.

.

My bridesmaids wore coral rose coloured full length strapless dresses from Coast and the boys wore suits from French Connection

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

My sister, Lisa McNamara, who is a hairdresser based in Boldon did my ‘do. 

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

I carried a hand tied bouquet of roses in dusty pink and ivory by Jan Watters, East Boldon.   

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Aurora Strings played during the day on the lawn and we chose Jason Issacs – a fabulous swing singer – to sing in the evening. 

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

We had a very special guest – an RAF Sea King helicopter!  It was a flyover from RAF Boulmer as Martin is a Search & Rescue helicopter pilot.

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

The food at Eshott was fabulous, and I loved getting married on the stairs below the stained glass window – it felt really special and different to any wedding I had been to.

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Our cake was a combination of two tiers of fruit & one sponge decorated with pink icing roses, made by Martins grandparents who are (handily!) retired bakers.  We also chose a cake of cheese – bought from Fenwick’s food hall, Newcastle.

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Martin made flight tickets for the guests and the destinations were places we had either been or were going to on our honeymoon, and they were the names of the tables.

.

We also left postcards of the places on the tables so that people could write us a special message and the beers on the table matched the table names – e.g. Phuket table had Chang beer & the Barcelona table had San Miguel beer etc!

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

There were a few favourite moments for me.  Martin did a rhyming speech which was hilarious and Martin’s brother sang during the ceremony which was really special.

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

After the wedding we took a long honeymoon and travelled around Thailand for three weeks. 

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stay true to what you originally want for your wedding – don’t be swayed by expensive stuff and extras that you don’t really need.

.

.

Andrew Billington Photography

.

.

Congratulations Stephanie & Martin!

.

.

Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on these pretty pages.

.

.

  – Images © 2012 Andrew Billington Photography

This is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

.

.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

Posted in North East Wedding, Real Weddings | Filed Under | 5 COMMENTS so far, click here to join the discussion! »

What Are You Up To Next Weekend Brides Up North?

July 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

.

I have had a gorgeous Saturday morning just wandering around my neighbourhood. 

.

A speedy appointment at Bliss Spa to have my toenails “minx”ed (pink and silver crackle to match the wedding blog), an iced coffee with the darling Hazel from Love To Marry (a fabulous Leeds based wedding planner), a nosy around the boutiques of Headingly, lunch with the hubby in the glorious Yorkshire sunshine, then a quick hair cut:  I am now sporting a chic bob!  Oh la la!

.

Busy, but very very lovely.

.

I’m already thinking ahead to next weekend, when I will be living it up in the sun with a group of hens for my friend Lynsey’s pre-wedding send off!  I can’t wait! 

.

Do you have any plans for next weekend Brides Up North?  Well you do now!  Get this in the diaries…

.

.

Brides Up North Wedding Blog: National Glass Centre

.

.

Next Sunday, join LRS Events at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, for a Summer in the City Wedding Fair!  Doors are open from 12pm – 4pm. 

.

Want to know what to expect?  Here is some footage from their last fantastic event.

.

.

.

.

Although hen party duties mean that I can’t make the show next Sunday, Brides Up North will see you at the next LRS Summer in the City Event on 21st August at the Caledonian Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

.

.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images and footage © LRS Events & National Glass Centre

This is a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

.

.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

Posted in Events, Me, Wedding Showcases | Filed Under | NO COMMENTS yet, click here to start the discussion! »

Gather Together: The Assembly Rooms Wedding Exhibition

May 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

..

Assembly Rooms

.

.

Get this one in your diaries early girls…

.

.

The Assembly Rooms, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Wedding Exhibition

Sunday 25th September 2011

12 Noon until 3pm – FREE ADMISSION

.

The Assembly Rooms say: Our wedding exhibition will showcase over 30 quality suppliers which will offer everything you may need for your perfect day. Bridal fashion show by Beautiful Day Wedding Services with live entertainment being provided by the ‘Biggest Voice in Swing’, Jason Isaacs.

.

.

Are you a North East wedding supplier who is interested in  exhibiting at The Assembly Rooms?

.

We will showcase everything from:

.
Wedding cakes
Florists
Stationery
Wedding cars
Entertainment
Photography / Videography
Bridal wear and accessories
Men’s formal wear
Gift list registry

.
The cost of your table automatically includes a white table cloth, 2 chairs and electricity as well as two complimentary servings of coffee and biscuits per exhibitor.
.

We hope that you are able to join us at what should be a very fruitful wedding exhibition for both Brides to be and the companies involved.  Stands always sell quickly therefore to avoid disappointment please book your stand at The Assembly Rooms as soon as possible by calling 0191 232 8695 or via email to jane@assemblyrooms.co.uk

.

.

Brides Up North will not be held liable in the event of cancellation.  Please check with the venue before travelling.

.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog © 2011

This is a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to share details of your forthcoming wedding event here

.

.

 Brides Up North Logo

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Posted in Wedding Showcases | Filed Under | NO COMMENTS yet, click here to start the discussion! »

facebook twitter instagram pintrest linkedin rss
Best Big Day Inspiration Blog - Wedding Magazine - Wedding Blog Awards
Bride Tide Best Wedding Blogs 2013
Bride Tide Top 100 Wedding Blogs 2012
Bride Tide Top 100 Wedding Blogs of 2011
Top UK Wedding Blogs
Love Hearts
Low Moon Over High Town
Function Central
Paradox London
Contact
Emma Bunting
Stan Seaton Photography
Jonny Draper Photography
Eslington Villa
Melissa Kay Photography
James Tracey Photography
Abbie Sizer Photography
Aaron Gilpin Wedding Photography
China Blossom Vintage China Hire
Carta Projects
Lee Brown Photography
CWC Malings Ltd
Bowburn Hall Hotel
Chris Milner Photography
Dotmoxee Photography
Ophelia May
Silver Sixpence Films
DJ Mark Young
Love Invited
White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayres
Brides Up North Featured Supplier
Impressions Wedding Invitations
Wedding Photographer Yorkshire
Alive Network
Lee Scullion Photography
Joel Skingle Photography
Firenza Floral Design
Chair Covers North West
Pomp & Ceremony Wedding Planning
Bolton Castle
Karli Harrison Photography
Ramside Hall Hotel
Hardwick Hall Hotel
JB Creatives Stationery & Photography
James Jebson Photography
Bespoke Bride
Cat Topham Photography
Sandras Flower Studio
Clockwork Pictures
Mark Newton Weddings
The Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Victoria Farr Make Up
The Bridal Gown
Dandy Events
Simplicity Weddings
 The Deep
Make Up By Jo
Clive Doyle Photography
Complete My Wedding
Irene & Ozzie
Music Newcastle
KMR Bridalwear Designer
A J Edgar Make Up Artist
Func On The Rocks Wedding Band
Woodhill Hall
Catherine Elizabeth Hair & Make Up Artist
Classically Covered
J Broughton Photography
Amoretto Wedding
Last Night Of Freedom
The Little Velvet Cake Company
Vogue Shot Photography
Florrie Mitton Couture
Wedding In A Tea Cup
Village Bury Urban Resort
Love Bridal Boutique
Claire Hartley MakeUp
BAY Photographic
Memories Of Vintage
David Lawson Studios
Middleton Lodge
Walker & Walker Photographers
Berketex Bride
Photography By Ally Byrom
Itsy Mini Glass Bottles
Perfectly Practical Parties
I Do Invite
Cordelia & Co
Beauty Call
Yorkshire Wedding
Emily Bridalwear
York Place Studios
Middleton Hall
Jamie Penfold Photography
Liberty In Love
Jon Richard
All The Little Details
Becky By Design
Lulu Browns Bridal Boutique
Good Morning Beautiful
Katy Melling
The UK Alliance Of Weddding Planners
Rowton Hall Hotel
Ruby Shoes Wedding
Amanda Morgan Photography
Sarah Mason Photography
Doxford Hall
Leafy Couture
Sareli Jewellery Designs
Boxtree Events
Graphic Embers
Cat Hepple Photography
Helen Russell Photography
Hotel Du Vin Harrogate
Fabulous Day Wedding Planning
Disclaimer
Featured Suppliers

Wedding Industry Awards 2013 Judge
Northern Revolution