Charlotte Balbier

timeless beauty. pronovias for classic wedding at eshott hall – steph & nick

April 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (22)

This morning’s real wedding features a serious dress crush for us! Steph’s lace Pronovias gown is what wedding dreams are made of as far as we’re concerned, with its gorgeous detailing and elegant high-neck.

There’s lots more stunning features to this classic wedding too including the venue, styling and groom’s attire, all picked to stand the test of time. Mission accomplished we say!

With images by Focal Point Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (13)

steph says: We got engaged at The Samling Hotel near Lake Windemere. We had stayed at a different location in the lakes for a couple of nights to celebrate Nick’s birthday. On the day I assumed we were leaving, we were about to pass The Samling and Nick turned in to its approach. The head concierge met us at the car and Nick explained we had a room booked, much to my surprise. We spent the afternoon exploring the grounds and had a picnic in the garden overlooking the lake. It was a lovely hot day. Later that evening, we had an amazing meal in the hotel restaurant. I didn’t know, but Nick could see the staff setting up the alcove where he had planned to propose. After the meal, I wanted a cup of tea but Nick suggested we go for a walk first. We got to the alcove and it was lit with candles and decorated with petals. Nick got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – and I said yes!

We were married on the 25th July 2015. We chose that date as we wanted a summer wedding and it coincided with the start of the summer holidays as Nick is a teacher.

An Elegant Wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Focal Point Photography (46)

Our ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church in Ponteland, which we chose as Nick’s family is from the area and we enjoy spending time there. We had our reception at Eshott Hall, just north of Morpeth. Eshott was the first venue we looked at and we immediately fell in love with it. It is a very intimate setting, surrounded by gorgeous grounds and we could instantly imagine our friends and family liking it too.

We had a classic theme as we felt it represented our tastes and fitted with Eshott Hall nicely. The colour scheme was champagne gold, to enhance the theme.

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blushing romance: a rose quartz inspired styled shoot at the arches

March 30th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’ve made no secret of the fact that us girls here at Brides Up North HQ are totally crushing on Pantone’s colours for 2016, serenity and rose quartz. We were so taken with the dreamy colours in fact that we put together a style sheet to help inspire brides wanting to incorporate the hot hues into their weddings.

And today we bring you further pretty Pantone inspiration in the form of this stunning styled shoot put together by a talented bunch of Northern suppliers and captured at The Arches @ Dean Clough, a fairly new venue to the Yorkshire wedding scene that’s attracting great attention.

So grab your notebooks and fire up your Pinterest boards as we hand over the blog to Tabby Clegg, Director of Mode for…Events, who was involved in the shoot, to give us the all-important deets!

With images by Georgia Nolan of Happily Ever Captured and videography by Charlotte Brownridge of Charlotte Emily Videography.

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tabby says: The concept for this shoot came from the fabulous Claire at Sweet Sugar Sixpence, and together with Natasha, from Natasha Jane Events, they developed this dreamy image which I recommended they shoot at one the fantastic venues I work with, The Arches @ Dean Clough in Halifax.

The venue is a beautiful converted Victorian Mill with stone floors, arched brick vaulted ceilings and steel columns. It’s a truly inspiring space which I love working with and it’s proving to be a new hot choice with brides and grooms in the North since it launched as a wedding venue in October 2015.

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For the concept, Claire was inspired by one of the Pantone colours for 2016, rose quartz, and the trend she had seen creeping through for geodes and crystals (particularly on cakes).

claire says: “I wanted to put together a shoot using real rose quartz. The obvious way to go would have been a hippy/boho look but Natasha and I felt that didn’t really fit the typical ‘Arches couple’ so we looked at how to make it more chic and romantic. I pulled together a colour scheme of pinks, greys and silvers and sourced a heap of rose quartz from the wonderful Natalie at Gallery 339 in Halifax. We asked some amazing suppliers to come on board with us and rather than dictating what we wanted, described our imaginary couple and scheme and asked them to ‘do their thing.’ This meant we had a really natural, un-contrived end result. Each element reflects not only the theme of the shoot but also who we are as individual suppliers. We didn’t name the shoot until afterwards when we saw the amazing video by Charlotte, which is so romantic and dreamy; the name ‘Blushing Romance’ was thrown in the pot by Tabby and we all loved it!”

The Arches @ Dean Clough Stylised Shoot from Charlotte Brownridge on Vimeo.

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a modern love. pronovias for a contemporary wedding at the baltic – jayne & keith

January 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Modern Wedding at The Baltic (c) Andy Hudson Photography (39)

And breathe, for Friday has arrived once again! To celebrate the impending weekend we’re starting the day in style with the gorgeous real wedding of Jayne and Keith.

Picking Newcastle’s iconic Baltic Flour Mill building as the venue for their big day celebrations, the happy couple kept things modern & minimalistic in terms of their colour scheme and styling, which worked a treat with the artistic surroundings.

We just love a city centre wedding and we have to say, this one is a real beauty!

With images by Andy Hudson Photography.

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jayne says: We got engaged on 31st August 2014, while in Pefkos, Rhodes. Pefkos was the place that Keith and I had our very first holiday just the two of us. After a few years of visiting other places Keith was adamant that he wanted to go back, so we did. On our first night of the holiday Keith took me to our favourite restaurant, a celebration he said that we hadn’t been on holiday for a year or two and to start the holiday the way we meant to go on.

We sat down at what was possibly the nicest table in the restaurant, overlooking the beach with the sun setting, still I didn’t suspect a thing. After ordering drinks and our meal, out of nowhere Keith was down on one knee with the most gorgeous ring I could have ever imagined. Not being a particularly quiet and shy person, I think this was the one and only time I have ever been totally speechless. But then burst in to tears. It was all I had ever hoped when thinking of someone asking me to marry them, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. The rest of the night and holiday we celebrated!

A Modern Wedding at The Baltic (c) Andy Hudson Photography (40)

Our wedding was on 17th October 2015. We knew that we didn’t want to drag the engagement out as we had already been together seven years and when we found the venue, it all fell into place. Weather was naturally a concern for October but we were really lucky and it was sunny for the majority of the day.

We had our ceremony at St Andrews Church, Lamesley, followed by a reception at Six Restaurant at The Baltic in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

We had a few venues in mind for our wedding but on visiting they weren’t quite right for a number of reasons. The Baltic was suggested to us by a work colleague of mine, which at first we weren’t so keen on. One Saturday we went to visit and instantly fell in love with the place, both leaving with ear-to-ear grins. It really reflected us as a couple, it was in the city that we love and had views to die for.

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simply chic. pronovias for a white wedding at middleton hall – natalie & richard

January 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we’re bringing you another glorious helping of real wedding inspiration in the form of Natalie and Richard’s beautiful big day at Middleton Hall.

To match the fine setting, bride Natalie came up with a simple and elegant theme comprising of romantic candlelight and white and green blooms.

The style stakes were kept high in terms of attire too, with Natalie looking picture perfect in a lace Pronovias gown and Richard a dapper groom in a textured navy suit and dicky bow!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jamie Penfold Photography.

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natalie says: We got engaged at the top of a rock in Monserrat, Barcelona, on 29th September 2013. It was a really beautiful day!

Our wedding took place on 3rd October 2015, at Middleton Hall in Belford, Northumberland. We loved how elegant Middleton Hall was and that we could have the venue for the weekend with our friends and family being able to stay for the duration. It was perfect.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but we just knew that we wanted an elegant and chic wedding with plenty of candles and all white flowers with some green foliage. As such, we went for a simple white colour scheme with mint and pale green touches.

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wrapped in lace. a pretty pink wedding at jesmond dene house – lucy and david

December 16th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s couple had made their minds up about one key element of their wedding before the proposal had even taken place – the venue. For David and Lucy fell head over heels for the gorgeous Jesmond Dene House from the very first time they visited.

With the setting taken care of, David and Lucy built in a pretty theme using burlap and lace along with touches of pink which featured in the bridesmaid dresses and beautiful blooms.

With images by most excellent Brides Up North Sponsor, Jamie Penfold Photography.

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lucy says: David proposed at Jesmond Dene House in the middle of the restaurant (mid-meal) on the 2nd November 2013 after we’d gone, accidentally, to a wedding fare a couple months beforehand and fallen in love with the building. After that, David came up with a plan to propose, and as both of us are obsessed with great customer service, David wanted to go and stay there to make sure Jesmond Dene House was up to his standards! Luckily it was – and he proposed!

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We booked the wedding for 15th of August 2015 at Jesmond Dene House. It holds a special place in our hearts as it was where David proposed and we both totally fell in love with its surroundings. We didn’t really have a set them as such but we did use a mixture of burlap and lace mixture throughout the wedding and chose a colour scheme of pinks with hints of green, silver and cream.

I decide on a strapless lace Pronovias gown which I bought from Mia Sposa Bridal Boutique in Newcastle Upon Tyne. As my something borrowed for the wedding, I had one of my best friend’s/bridesmaid’s lace veil – hopefully a tradition all of my friends will pass on.

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hessian & lace. pronovias for a vintage wedding in cheshire – sarah & anthony

December 3rd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Oh So Pretty Cheshire Wedding (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (25)

Today’s wedding is pretty – and we mean, oh so pretty!

From bride Sarah’s stunning lace detailed Pronovias gown and the sweet pastel bridesmaid dresses, to the vintage wedding transport and fabulous country garden style blooms, we adore it all!

With images by Jessica O’Shaughnessy.

An Oh So Pretty Cheshire Wedding (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (18)

anthony says: We got engaged on the 13th July 2013. I decided to surprise Sarah with a city break to Paris as part of her birthday gifts. I had planned to propose to Sarah for a while but she had no clue.

The week after Sarah’s birthday we flew to Paris and we stayed in a quaint hotel in the Opera District. We spent the weekend just spending quality time with one another and enjoying the moment. On the day of the proposal, we had been admiring the landmarks and scenery that Paris had to offer.

Later in the evening, following a romantic meal, Sarah and I enjoyed Paris by Night and headed for a walk in the Eiffel Tower Gardens, I found a bench in a quiet location of the gardens, got down on one knee and asked Sarah to marry me.

An Oh So Pretty Cheshire Wedding (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy (21)

sarah says: Our wedding date was on the 28th June 2015. I always wanted to be a June bride, for they say when you marry in June, you will always be a bride. We also hoped that June would give us a warm sunny day, which, luckily it did.

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