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breaking news: a brand new secret garden wedding space at middleton lodge

June 15th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Well, Brides Up North – hold the 3pm latte! – have we got some breaking news for you this Thursday afternoon! One of our very favourite spots to say I do, and host of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show, Middleton Lodge Estate is set to launch a brand new wedding venue for Spring 2018!

Yes, you read that right!  Another super space within this already gorgeous setting. You can now celebrate your wedding day in your very own secret garden.

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Designed by critically acclaimed landscape designer, Tom Stuart Smith, The Kitchen Garden is a private two-acre garden filled with wildlife, home grown produce and seasonal blooms. Nestled in the walled garden is the recently restored Orangery. Drawing influence from the award-winning Coach House, expect a stylish and unique wedding venue, idyllic for an English summer wedding.

The Orangery’s main room can host up 50 guests for the Ceremony and 100 guests for the Reception, with natural light streaming through the large Georgian windows and doors onto the guests. For those looking for a smaller wedding, The Old Forge Barn, located behind the Farmhouse, is perfect for a larger ceremony with space for up to 100 guests.

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Overlooking the Kitchen Garden, after the ceremony the wedding party can step outside onto the terrace and celebrate with a glass of champagne surrounded by perfect lawns, wild meadows and herbaceous borders.

Guests will also have exclusive use of the Boiler House Bar and the Potting Shed bedrooms. As well as the picture perfect Farmhouse, set in its own tranquil meadow, which is all yours for the night.

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The Wedding Breakfast will be served in The Orangery, overlooking the Kitchen Garden. Expect a relaxed feast of seasonal produce sourced straight from the estate, the surrounding woodland and handpicked local suppliers.

After the meal, wedding guests can party into the night at The Old Forge Barn, just a short two-minute walk from The Kitchen Garden through the estate grounds. With its late night bar, it’s all yours for the evening. Just try not to wake the sheep next door! Additional bedrooms are available across the estate for wedding guests.

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Available to book for exclusive hire weddings from Spring 2018. Book an appointment now with the award-winning Wedding Team for an exclusive sneak preview of this beautiful new venue to the Middleton Lodge Estate.

Photographs by GASP Photo Co.

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winter romance. suzanne neville for an elegant wedding at middleton lodge – kerry & stuart

January 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Though Christmas has been and gone it’s still very much winter outdoors and so to start the week in style we’re sharing the seasonal wedding of Stuart and Kerry. Taking place in late December, their big day celebrations include subtle hints to the season and a stunning white, midnight blue and metallic colour scheme.

We adore the atmospheric candle light décor, elegant floral displays and sparkling cake, not to mention Kerry’s gorgeous Suzanne Neville dress – pure perfection!

With images by Andy Gaines.

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kerry says: We got engaged on October 5th 2013, in the mirror garden at the Palace of Versaille, Paris. The lake there had fountains in that played to classical music. Stuart said we have the fountains on one side and a statue of Venus on the other, then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

We set the date for 28th December 2014. We decided we wanted a small, intimate wedding and Christmas time seemed ideal for this.

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Our chosen venue was Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire. It ticked all of our boxes and meant that we could get married on site and get ready in our rooms. It is a beautiful home and has a really cool cellar bar to party in. It also wasn’t too far for relatives and friends to travel. I also love the area having spent a lot of time at my auntie and uncle’s house nearby.

The venue had also recently opened up a restaurant called The Coach House and guest rooms in the grounds. This meant we could have people stay there as well as the house. We chose to have dinner at The Coach House the night before the wedding with our family and friends; they gave us the private dining room and the food was fabulous. It was also a good celebration for my dad’s birthday on the 27th.

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I gave up on a theme for the wedding quite early and decided I wanted it to be elegant, informal but timeless. So I stuck with a colour theme of white, silver and golds for the flowers, cake and decorations. The bridesmaids wore midnight blue, which suited them all and again, I hoped it would look elegant and wouldn’t make us all cringe in 20 years when we look back on photos!

Stuart also requested that all of the males who attended that had medals, wear them. Stuart’s always had an interest in them after learning about the medals his grandfather was awarded in WWII; he also has his own from serving as a police officer. Stuart asked his nephew to wear miniatures of his late grandpa’s medals, which made him really proud as his grandpa was very important to him.

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When it came choosing my dress, I selected a simple, fitted gown from Suzanne Neville called Memoire, which was from the Vintage Rose 2014 collection. It was ivory with pearls scattered across the top front and back. Suzanne fitted a corset for me so that I didn’t have to worry about finding the right underwear! I had seen it in on the website before I went for my appointment. I had a fine silk cathedral veil with tiny pearls embroidered on. Despite trying many on before, I just knew I would find my dress at Suzanne’s showroom. She was lovely, as were all of her staff.

To accompany my dress, I had gold Jimmy Choos and wore pearl earrings from DanniJo.

Cat Johnson, from Harrogate, did my make-up as well as my mama’s and all of the bridesmaids. She did a brilliant job and my godmother’s daughter used her for her wedding last year.

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one pretty party. caroline castigliano for a navy & copper wedding at middleton lodge – laura & andrew

December 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s real wedding comes courtesy of Brides Up North reader Laura, and oh boy, is it a good one!

From the choice of venue through to the stylish colour scheme, fabulous blooms and Laura’s incredible dress, we adore everything about this wedding, which was planned in just four months. Yep, you read right, four months!

We’re also thrilled to see lots of our fabulous Sponsor suppliers contributing to this gorgeous celebration (if you’re on the hunt for talented professionals to make your day perfect, be sure to take a look at our ‘Suppliers We Love’ online directory).

Laura and Andrew wanted a relaxed and informal big day with a rockin’ party atmosphere, and by the looks of things, that’s exactly what they got!

With images by York Place Studios.

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laura says: We got engaged at home, in September 2015. It was a total surprise – we have been together for ten years, after meeting at Uni. We’d recently moved into our new home and Andrew got up early to do some painting, when I got up he’d written “will you marry me” on the wall!

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We booked the wedding for 12th March 2016, as we fell in love with our venue – Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire – as soon as we saw it and they had an opening for this date. It meant that we had just four months from viewing the venue to the wedding day!

Middleton Lodge had everything we were looking for – character yet it still felt relaxed. We wanted the wedding to be a whole weekend party without people having to worry about taxis and getting home. At Middleton Lodge everyone could stay and the house was exclusively ours for the weekend. We also immediately loved the cellar bar as it was totally different from the house and knew we’d completely change the dynamic of the day when we went down there in the evening.

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We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, things were just relaxed and informal, though we wanted it to have a real party atmosphere.

Our colour scheme was navy and copper. We loved the colours as we’d seen them a lot in home interiors but we’d not seen them being used for weddings.

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My wedding dress was a 50’s inspired Caroline Castigliano dress, called Hepburn, from The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. It had a very full skirt but other than that was very plain and simple. The dress was the one thing I didn’t want to compromise on if we’re going to organise the whole wedding in four months so I chose this before we committed to the venue and date. My shoes were Jimmy Choos.

On the day of the wedding my hair was styled by Bows Hair, and my makeup was done by Anna Mason of Cordelia & Co – both were great and I’d definitely recommend them.

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vintage romance. sophia tolli for an elegant wedding at middleton lodge – beccy & craig

September 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding is the type that calls for some serious pinning, so mood boards at the ready ladies, as this one is brimming with gorgeous inspiration.

Tying the knot at one of our fabulous Sponsor and Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair venues, the wonderful Middleton Lodge, Beccy and Craig took cue from the elegant setting planning a sophisticated yet fun wedding weekend, complete with stunning attire, dreamy décor, delicious food and fabulous entertainment. Top marks guys!

With images by Lucy G Photography.

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beccy says: We got engaged on 13th December 2014, just four months after we starting going out (we have known each other for nearly four years though). Craig proposed at my parents’ house, in their dining room! We live in Cheshire but Craig is from Teesside originally. His parents had come to stay with us for the weekend and had brought the engagement ring with them, which he’d bought from Whittakers in Yarm, but didn’t have a way of collecting without me knowing.  He had been thinking about all the different ways to propose and hadn’t decided on the best approach, so when we got to my parents for a joint-family meal Craig managed to get my mum on her own to show her the ring and told her he wasn’t sure when he was going to do it. She told him it didn’t matter where or when because she knew I would say yes.  The parents were all so beside themselves with excitement, Craig thought then was as good a time as any… and beside which, both sets of parents may have spontaneously combusted at any point otherwise! I had been wondering what was wrong with him given that he offered me his dessert and I’ve never seen Craig not finish a meal before!

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Our wedding was on 20th February 2016, as we wanted to get married as soon as we could.  We visited our venue on their open day and asked about availability.  We nearly went for November 2015 but decided that February would be a good time as it would give us something to really look forward to after Christmas and the New Year.  We also knew it would be good weather for where we wanted to go on our honeymoon.

We got married at Middleton Lodge, which is in Middleton Tyas, near Richmond in North Yorkshire. We started looking for venues as soon as we got engaged and were initially thinking of somewhere between Cheshire and Teesdale, like the Lake District, but we didn’t really find anywhere that we loved. We saw Middleton Lodge on hitched.co.uk and we fell in love with it immediately. We went along to an open day there, having not viewed any other venues, and as soon as we saw it, we knew it was the place for us – it was perfect!

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We didn’t really have a theme as such for the wedding, our inspiration stemmed from the venue but also my dress, although Craig didn’t know that of course!  My dress wasn’t white or ivory – it was classed as blush but it was a very, very pale peachy/champagne pink. Given the colour of my dress, I thought that grey would work best for the chief bridesmaid and her dress was really sophisticated and beautiful.  The feel of the venue combined with the look of my dress and my bridesmaid’s dress inspired us to aim for a vintage, glamorous look. We therefore decided to use lots of silver/mercury glass as a key feature. We actually sprayed an awful lot of glass bottles, jars and containers to look like mercury glass ourselves. The glasses had been saved up by us and both sets of parents over the course of a year, so lots of jam had been eaten, along with wine and whiskey drunk, all for the good of the wedding! We dotted these around Middleton Lodge, lighting tea lights in the jars to give off a glow which reflected against the bottles to create a lovely, warm atmosphere. We also had silver candelabras as our centre displays on the guests’ tables with silver candlesticks, which had pearls draped over them. Our wedding stationery also complemented the feel and featured a grey ribbon with a pearl embellishment, as I had lots of pearls on my dress.

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I got my wedding dress was from 7th Heaven in Congleton, where we live. The shop is owned and run by the delightful and totally gorgeous Helen Allen. I feel very honoured and privileged to call this lady my friend. Choosing my dress from 7th Heaven was really special. Helen, her mum Brenda, Leslie and the seamstress Carolyn are just amazing. The shop is beautiful inside and out and you are made to feel incredibly special – you never want to leave! I tried on a number of dresses and was struggling to decide between a few until Helen’s mum came down from her fitting appointment to see how we were getting on. She reminded us that they wanted me to try on the dress on the mannequin in the window because it was a little different. As soon as I put it on my mum cried and I knew that was the one!

I absolutely adored my dress, it was Sophia Tolli and it was called Starling.  I really felt like a princess in it. The dress was very different to those I had previously tried given its colour and detailing. It was a strapless ball gown with a sweetheart neckline in lace and tulle which had a fitted, lace up bodice. It flared out from the hips into a big skirt and had a chapel length train.  The dress was a blush/champagne pink and covered in charcoal grey lace and crystal and pearl beading.  It also had a beautiful and very sparkly satin belt to match that went around the waist.continue reading

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dream venue: middleton lodge

January 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We are fortunate to hold our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at some of the finest venues in the north, from historic castles and fascinating manor houses to gorgeous boutique hotels, which means we’re pretty clued up when it comes to finding the perfect place to say those all-important ‘I dos’.

One such venue that features highly on our list is the stunning Middleton Lodge tucked away in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. With a magnificent manor house, stylish accommodation, heavenly Treatment Rooms and to-die-for-food, this is one of those venues that has something to offer to all.  Shh! We’ve also heard that there may be a few very limited, select dates still available at the venue in 2016 – info that you might be wanting to keep to yourselves!

On Sunday 10th April 2016, we will be staging one of our fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this super chic venue giving brides and grooms the opportunity to see its amazing big day offering for themselves, but in the meantime we’ve asked Anna Russell, Middleton Lodge’s wedding and events manager, to give us a taste of what couples can expect…

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Where is Middleton Lodge located?

anna says: Middleton Lodge is situated in a stunning location just on the outskirts of Richmond in North Yorkshire. It’s a gorgeous Georgian country estate, nestled within 200 acres of grounds, with views across the Yorkshire Dales and Cleveland Hills.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

Middleton Lodge was built for Leonard Hartley, a local mining family, in 1780 and designed by renowned architect John Carr of York.

The main house remains a family home and is available for exclusive private hire, whilst the Coach House is an award-winning restaurant with rooms.

The house has a stunning main atrium and reception rooms with vistas across parkland towards the North Yorkshire Moors. There are 17 guest bedrooms along with a snooker room, library bar, drawing room, dining room, guest kitchen and cellar bar.

The Allison family bought the estate in 1980 and over the last 30 years have sensitively restored the estate to its former glory. Couples now have the choice of the beautiful 17th century reception rooms in the main house, with space for up to 80 guests, or for those looking for something bigger we have our marquee. This canvas can hold up to 200 guests, providing a large space to decorate with your own spectacular touches, creating an event that is truly personal and unique to your wedding.

Launched in 2014, The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is located in the 200 acres grounds of Middleton Lodge. The boutique hotel and restaurant is a fresh take on a country retreat, offering an authentic and contemporary setting for guests to relax and enjoy.

Full of original character, The Coach House has been sensitively restored to create an original space, with 14 bedrooms altogether, five of which are part of the Scandinavian inspired Farmhouse, all located only a few footsteps from the bar and restaurant.

Each bedroom has been personalised and designed to reflect the style and spirit of the restaurant and hotel. Carefully selected quirky antiques and unique pieces from local craftsman create a unique ambience for each room.

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Does Middleton Lodge cater for weddings?

Yes. Couples have the chance to host family and friends in their own private mansion for their exclusive wedding, with personal staff, private chefs, 17 bedrooms and the freedom to have the day exactly the way they want it.

Guests can hide away late into the evening in the atmospheric Cellar Bar at Middleton Lodge. With exposed bricks and vaulted ceilings, you can dance the night away, enjoy the late license bar or relax and toast the morning sunrise across the stunning hills that surround the country estate.

Is Middleton Lodge licensed for civil ceremonies?

Yes, we are fully licensed in three different areas of the Lodge. The Inner Hall, which seats up to 75 and up to 130 additional guests standing on the balcony. The Drawing Room, which seats up to 75, and the Outside Pavilion (weather dependent) which is available for 100 seated on gravel area, more if lawn is dry.

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The Treatment Rooms are a recent addition to Middleton Lodge, can you tell us about the facilities?

The Treatment Rooms offer a variety of facials and massages, using the most organic and natural products from exclusive brands REN and VOYA. Derived from plants and minerals, REN’s core principle focus on purity, pleasure and high performance. VOYA is a completely organic seaweed based product range that’s hand harvested in Ireland by the same family-run business.

Located just footsteps from the main house, the therapists at The Treatment Room offer everything from wedding make up to blissful massages and luxurious manicures, all perfect for the bridal party and guests to indulge and relax ahead of the big day.

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sunny delight. enzoani for an elegant outdoor wedding at middleton lodge – elizabeth & stuart

March 19th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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The unpredictable British weather is a concern for many wedding couples in the run up to their big day, particularly for those saying their ‘I dos’ outdoors.

Thankfully luck was on the side of today’s real wedding couple Elizabeth and Stuart when they tied the knot during a gorgeous wedding in the grounds of Middleton Lodge. I love the bright, breezy and relaxed vibes that come from this wedding and I’m sure you’ll agree Elizabeth looks stunning in her lace Enzoani gown.

Girl done good!

p.s. You can join Brides Up North for our Luxury Wedding Exhibition at this oh-so-beautiful wedding venue on Sunday 12th April 2015, 1pm till 4pm.  Click here to pre-register.

With images by Stan Seaton Photography.

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elizabeth says: We got engaged in Bali in June 2013 on the beach whilst having a romantic candlelit dinner on our last night of our holiday. Stuart got down on one knee and gave me a pretend ring!

When we returned we set the date for Thursday 24th July 2014. We always wanted a summer wedding and in particular to have the service outdoors.

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Our venue was Middleton Lodge, Richmond. We chose it simply because we both instantly fell in love with the lodge and its surroundings – the gardens are so beautiful!

We didn’t have a theme as such but used a colour scheme of champagne and natural shades to style the wedding.

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My dress was a lace fitted Enzoani design with scallop finish from Poppy Bridal. I chose it because I love lace and found the perfect dress for my maid of honour which complemented it and was also from Poppy’s. I wore Jimmy Choo Evelyn shoes and a diamond and pearl hair comb. I kept my jewellery simple with diamond drop earrings that matched my engagement ring and a diamond bracelet.

Stuart wore a Hugo Boss navy blue fitted suit from Cruise in Newcastle and teamed it with a champagne coloured tie and handkerchief from Affleck and Moffatt.

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My sister Claire, who was my maid of honour, wore an Alvina Valenta champagne full-length dress with a lace detail while my flower girl, my niece Isla, wore a lace dress from John Lewis.

Stuart’s best man his brother Craig wore a navy suit from House of Fraser as did the rest of the groomsmen. Their champagne coloured ties and handkerchiefs were from Affleck and Moffat.

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Myself, mum, sister and godmother stayed at The Coach House at Middleton Lodge the night before the wedding, which was a lovely start the celebrations. We walked over to Middleton Lodge in the morning for breakfast and pampering! Selena from Cocoon did my make-up as well as my mum’s and sister’s and Dianne Minnes did our hair.

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Jane and Stan from Stan Seaton Photography were our photographers which was a special wedding present from my godmother Lesley. They gave us many laughs and made us feel very comfortable but are extremely professional and we would recommend them to anyone – they are simply the best!

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Both my sister and I had a cream roses in our bouquets and Isla had a flower wand. On the tables we had pink hydrangeas and cream roses on mirrored plates and crystals. Beth from Eliza Blooms provided all the flowers and they were exactly how we imagined them.

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For favours we gave each of our guests a slate heart with their name chalked on the front and the date of our wedding date on the back. We got then from Dotty’s Place in Richmond.

Our cake was a cream rose chocolate three-tier cake from Marks & Spencer.

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For the entertainment we had John McGeough playing chilled out sax whilst we had our drinks reception and The Imposters were our band for the night.

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The whole day was absolutely perfect. My best friend Rochelle did a beautiful reading at our wedding service that stands out as a special part of the day. I walked down the aisle to Stevie Wonder, My Cherie Amour, and our first dance was to John Legend, PDA.

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We would definitely recommend Middleton Lodge everyone as it’s so friendly and the team there work to such a high standard. It’s a special place that you can go back to visit after the wedding and recall such happy memories.

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We went to Abu Dhabi and the Seychelles for our honeymoon straight after the wedding which was very romantic! However, after being ill for three months after the wedding we decided we needed a second honeymoon after all the worry and celebrated again by going to LA and New Zealand in January.

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Our tip for other Brides Up North would be just to enjoy every stage. All the planning can be quite stressful but is also so much fun and you actually miss it afterwards so just enjoy every minute!

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