Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

berry blooms. a romantic styled shoot at matfen hall

March 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (22)

We’re filling your Thursday afternoon full of pretty with a swoon-worthy styled shoot captured in the North East.

Shot by Andrew Sturrock, this shoot provides stunning inspiration for a bold and beautiful bridal look, including the dress, hair, makeup and bouquet, all topped off with one of the most fabulous floral crowns we’ve ever seen.

The rich berry tones could also help spark colour scheme ideas, with the romantic red, plum and pink hues lending themselves to celebrations of all seasons.

So sit back, relax and prepare to soak up the inspo as Andrew dishes the details…

With images by Andrew Sturrock Photography. Model Caitlin McCoy.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (7)

andrew says: This shoot provided a great opportunity for each of the suppliers to get together and let their creative ideas flow, with a model Caitlin showcasing their talents.

As one of the top wedding venues in the North East, Matfen Hall’s grounds, gardens and views over the golf course made the perfect back drop for the shoot.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (24)

We shot close to Valentine’s Day and so decided to go with a loved-up romantic theme – hence the pink and red flowers! The stunning arrangements were created by florist Becca Angus of Charisma, based in Wallsend. She decided to go for the traditional red Rose with a pop of colour using unusual Freaky Avalanche Roses, Gloriosa and some beautiful wild foliage.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (16)

In terms of the hair and beauty for Caitlin, we wanted to stick to a fairly natural look and let the flower crown be a striking focal point and make our ‘bride’ really stand out. Jenny of Make-Up By Jenny Green took care makeup, with a bright lip to match the flowers. Meanwhile, stylist Kelly McFall of Timeless Mobile Hairdressing, created Caitlin’s tumbling down do.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (27)

We dressed Caitlin in a stunning gown called Malasia by designer San Patrick by Pronovias, which was supplied by Once Upon a Time Bridal Wear, located in High Heaton.

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sparkling white. a dreamy wedding at matfen hall, northumberland – emma & mike

January 25th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (24)

Matfen Hall provides the dazzling backdrop to today’s real wedding on the blog.

The special couple – Emma and Mike – got engaged on their ten-year anniversary while in the picturesque city of Rome and then tied the knot in Northumberland a year later.

Opting for a simple yet classic white themed wedding, the bride and groom complemented this traditional look with a soft palette of silver grey and peachy pink, plus some of the most beautiful floral arrangements of white hydrangea and gyp we have ever seen.

With images by Darren Irwin Photography.

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (49)

emma says: To celebrate our ten-year anniversary in September 2015, we took a very special trip to Holy Island, spending time outdoors taking in the beautiful Northumberland coast. It was perfect! We then flew straight out to Rome. Mike had visited Rome on a university trip and always said he would take me there one day. On our first full day in the beautiful city we visited the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona, but the best was saved till last.

It was 7pm and the sun was setting at the Spanish Steps, we found a quiet spot on the rooftop of a little wine bar overlooking the steps. I was snapping away with the camera whilst Mike disappeared. The waiter then appeared, handed me a phone and said: “Madam, would you please play this video.”

Mike had recorded himself outside of our school, where we first met, and outside my house, where we shared our first kiss. The video continued to play photo snap shots of our lives together, from when we first met to the present day. I was in floods of (happy) tears and by the time it finished, Mike appeared by my side, got down on one knee and that’s when he proposed!

We got married on 4th September 2016, one year after our engagement.

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (23)

In terms of the venue, we really wanted our entire day to be spent in one location, as opposed to travelling from place to place, so when we visited Matfen Hall it ticked every box. The Great Hall where the ceremony took place feels like a church setting and is such an impressive room. The grounds are immaculate and there is so much outside space where guests can enjoy their welcome drinks. There’s also a separate bar and dining room, as well as a vault bar downstairs, which has a club-like atmosphere for a real party setting. We had sparklers out in the courtyard area, too.

The majority of our accessories were white, to match our idea of a traditional white wedding. We complemented this with a silver grey and soft peachy pink colour scheme.

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (32)

When it came to dress shopping, Si Bridal in Low Fell, had caught my eye, as I drive past their window every day and the dresses on display always look stunning! I knew the style of dress that wouldn’t suit me, so that was my starting point. Pinterest was a massive help. I showed my ideas to the girls in the shop and they picked out a selection of dresses they thought I might like – and my dress – the Demetrios 595, was one of them! The detailing on my dress was incredible; a mixture of lace and beading, as well as to the back. The dress I tried on was ivory with a nude underlay – couture in style – however I ordered it white on white, in keeping with the theme of the wedding. It was made in New York and sent over a few months later.

My shoes were from Jimmy Choo Lottie sandals in champagne glitter. I wanted to get married in Choos, as I knew this would probably be the first and last pair I would ever have the pleasure of owning! They were just perfect. Super glittery and comfortable.

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (40)

Mike wore a full three-piece suit from Next in navy blue, with a silver tie, pocket chief, tie clip and cuff links. He also wore a brown belt and brown leather shoes. The best man, groomsman and fathers also wore the same.

The adult bridesmaids wore silver grey floor-length dresses from the Debut range in Debenhams. Meanwhile, the younger bridesmaids and ring bearer wore floor length peachy pink dresses from BHS. They all wore their own shoes in whichever style they preferred, with the glitter theme.

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just peachy. maggie sottero for a romantic wedding at matfen hall – lisa & paul

December 2nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (50)

Where to start with today’s wedding? We love it all!

From the venue to the wedding party’s attire, everything about Lisa and Paul’s big day says elegance and class in an effective yet understated manner.

The pretty colour palette of peaches, pastels and nudes work effortlessly with the setting and with the gorgeous gold, sparkly decor that’s been added for the perfect touch of glamour.

Ladies, you might want to get pinning

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (24)

lisa says: We got engaged in June 2013. I was on a hen weekend in Marbella and Paul decided to purchase the ring while I was away and proposed to me as soon as I returned home!

We set the date for 27th March 2015 as we wanted a spring wedding and plenty of time to plan! Matfen Hall was our chosen venue. It was the first place we looked at and following viewing numerous other venues, we always went back to Matfen. The east wing and basement, in particular, sold it to us!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (52)

We decided on a vintage/ art deco theme with a colour scheme of peaches, pastels and nudes. We worked around the colour of the bridesmaid dresses which were warm colours for the time of year that we were getting married.

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Mistletoe and Wine, A Real Wedding – Jenny & Tom

January 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It was truly the best day of our lives and ran smoothly from start to finish. The men wore Ascot morning suits, the groom sported an ivory cravat whilst the other men wore red cravats to match the bridesmaids.

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The bridesmaids wore long dark red Alfred Angelo dresses with ivory shrugs and ivory roses to match. My wedding dress was also by Alfred Angelo. It was exactly as I had always imagined, with a tiara and veil.  It was traditionally ivory in colour, strapless and figure hugging with a bit of sparkle and laced up at the back. My bouquet was a cluster of big deep red roses.

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The Great Hall where wedding ceremonies take place boasts a huge sweeping staircase – enough to make any bride feel like a princess. We filled the room with flowers and candles which were complimented by the large Christmas tree and big open fire..

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Matfen Hall is surrounded by beautiful Northumbrian countryside which was covered with crisp white snow and sparkled in the winter sunshine.

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We had a wonderful day with all our close friends and family around us which made it even more special. Some guests even described the day as the most romantic wedding they had ever been to.
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Brides and Grooms, contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding featured here!

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Karen McGowran Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Wedding Fair Alert – Matfen Hall this Sunday!

December 30th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Matfen Hall, a very special wedding venue in Northumberland, got in touch via twitter and asked Brides Up North to tell all you lovely brides to be about their early wedding fair this Sunday.

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What you need to know:

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Matfen Hall Wedding Fair

Matfen, Northumberland

Sunday 2 January 2011

12pm  till 4pm

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Get your New Year planning off to a flying start with Matfen Hall… the early bride catches the groom!

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Please check with the venue that the event is going ahead before travelling.

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Venues and exhibitors – contact me to let me know about your Wedding Showcases in 2011!

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This is not a sponsored post

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