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blissed out bride: seaham hall

November 24th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, things are pretty busy! We’re already working a year ahead to bring you almost 40 sensational (and each unique and different!) bespoke bridal shows for 2018 and work has started in earnest on Issue 09 of our gorgeous bi-annual glossy magazine, UNVEILED, out in March. Add an impending site relaunch (yes (!), watch this space), a brand spanking new digital platform for UNVEILED (launching next week people!) and all the juggle that comes with being a mummy of two littles away from the office, and this editor was seriously in need of some R&R.

So, when the lovely people at Seaham Hall in Country Durham waved an overnight spa stay for two my way, I grabbed the husband, set the out of office and used up some babysitting credits. It was time to test out Seaham’s offering to make sure that you lovely Brides Up North stay blissed out in the run up to your big day and beyond.

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Now, this place is incredible and some. Recently awarded the Conde Nast Johansens UK Readers’ Award 2017 (and from the facilities and service you can see why) this coastal gem is full of charm.

Pre-stay, the hotel’s website had boasted that, ‘set within 37 acres of delightful gardens in a stunning cliff top location overlooking the sea and the coast of the Durham Heritage Coastline, Seaham Hall is a beautiful Georgian Mansion ideally located in Durham for a luxurious overnight retreat’. They weren’t wrong.

On the menu for us was a stay in one of Seaham Hall’s beautiful suites, decorated artfully in shades of grey, teal and a zingy yellow – with enough wallpapers, cushions and objets d’art to keep this interiors magpie very happy indeed; a spa day for two (is it a bit cringy to read your own magazine by the pool? Maybe, but I don’t care!) with some delightful treatments thrown in; pre-dinner mojitos delivered to our suite (nice touch!) and a fine dining dinner in Byron’s Restaurant, followed by the best night’s sleep that I’d had in a long, long time.

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Byron’s Restaurant has recently been awarded a 1st in the Taste Durham Awards, recognising the hotel’s hard work towards supporting and championing local producers and suppliers. My husband and I shared the Chateaubriand, and can vouch for its flavour, freshness and presentation. And although we didn’t try it ourselves, the dishes served in the venue’s Pan-Asian Restaurant ‘The Ozone’ located within the Serenity Spa looked absolutely delightful.

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Now onto that spa. As well as a fully equipped gym (which I didn’t try out – my bad!) the sensational Serenity Spa boasts a 20 metre pool with massage stations; hamman with snail showers and jacuzzi, Asian herbal samarium, salt sauna, Indian steam chamber, hydrotherapy pool, ice fountain, plunge pools and my favourite bit – outdoor hot tubs.

The hubby and I spent a glorious few hours trying out the various heat experiences, bubbling in the hot tubs and relaxing poolside, before it was time for our treatments.

The Serenity Spa offers unique and bespoke holistic treatment rituals from Asia that deliver luxurious, indulgent experiences. Their therapists are chosen not only for their ability but their intuition to your individual needs and the treatments tailored specifically to you. Just lovely!

To aid my too-much-screen-time and sugar skin, I chose a Sunari Prescriptive Facial, which promised to reawaken and rejuvenate my skin with a holistic techinque customised for my skin’s specific needs. Naturally active ingredients were custom blended for intensive exfoliation and renewal; and Seaham Hall’s signature MarMassage (pressure point stimulation) completed the experience, for newly radiant skin. I was glowing!

The hubby meanwhile was treated to a Serenity Signature Massage, a full body massage which unlocks tension and induces a sense of relaxation, wellness and inner calm.

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I’d wholeheartedly recommend Seaham Hall for a pre-wedding break to bliss out with the girls or reconnect with your hubby to be amid the planning madness. This would also be the ideal spot for a “just because” romantic break (we are all about those here at Brides Up North HQ!) or a really delightful minimoon.

And if you’ve fallen as much in love as we have here at Brides Up North, why not really commit? Seaham Hall also plays host to a number of luxury weddings a year. Offering exclusive use weddings and ceremonies, a wedding at Seaham Hall would truly be an occasion to remember.

For more information visit www.seaham-hall.co.uk

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a little blush. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at seaham hall – kirsty & ryan

November 8th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s bride Kirsty, says that the perfect wedding dress took her by surprise by being everything she supposedly didn’t want. The dress in question – a romantic, swishy Justin Alexander creation – was a truly stunning choice from what we can see!

Kirsty also said she wanted her day to be defined by the words “classy” and “romantic”. Well, mission accomplished, just take a look at the stunning photographs!

Ready for some serious pretty? Let’s dive right in…

With images by Leighton Bainbridge Photography.

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kirsty says: Ryan and I got engaged on 1st August 2014 while on holiday in Mexico. Ryan had organised a private, romantic meal on the pier, looking over the ocean where we could watch the sun set. We had a gorgeous meal with champagne. Once we’d finished our meal, Ryan got down on one knee and the waiter presented my ring on a silver plate. It was perfect and the waiter caught it all on camera so I will always be able to look back at that moment. I had no idea, which made it even more special.

We got married on 6th August 2016. We always wanted to get married in the summer and this date worked well around my work. I’m a teacher and wanted to have a few weeks off before the wedding as well as being able to go on our honeymoon before the new term started. Plus, we hoped that in August we’d have sunny weather – which we did!

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We were married at our local church in Houghton-le-Spring and then went onto Seaham Hall in County Durham. I’d always wanted to have my wedding there. The hotel is so beautiful I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Plus, we loved the fact that we could have an exclusive wedding with the whole venue and facilities to ourselves. We booked all 20 of the hotel rooms, which meant our close family and friends could stay over. The hotel boasts a sports room with a pool table, which was ideal for the men, plus there was a quiet lounge for the ‘oldies’.

I’d always wanted a big wedding and Ryan just went along with it! The two words I wanted to define the day were “classy” and “romantic”. When we got engaged the rustic, vintage theme was very popular and I loved the idea of lots of little details. However, I still wanted the overall feel to be contemporary as Seaham Hall is quite modern.

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Making a decision on the colour scheme wasn’t difficult. I’m a girly girl and knew I wanted pink. We decided on a very soft blush; we knew it would suit both bridesmaids as well as the groomsmen. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Mia Sposa in Newcastle; I chose a full-length lace gown in blush pink. They chose their own shoes so that they were comfortable on the day.

The choice of my own dress took me by surprise. It was everything I supposedly didn’t want. I chose a Justin Alexander dress also from Mia Sposa in Newcastle (the girls there are fab!) It had a full skirt, long train and lace straps, creating a ‘v’ shape at the front and back. The lace detail went all the way down the fitted bodice and past my hips where it faded out and then also all around the hem of the skirt. I loved the buttons at the back as they too went all the way down the skirt. When I spun it swished around me; I really felt like a princess! I also wore a veil, which was the full length of my dress and decorated with small crystals.

Mel Hedley did the bridal party’s makeup for the wedding. She was fantastic! Francesca Hair Design in Pelton, then did the bridal party’s hair. We had such a laugh getting ready and they all went beyond the call of duty!

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We hired Ryan’s suit from Just Perfect in Shotton Colliery. He wore a French navy suit with a tweed waistcoat. He had a blush pink tie and tan shoes. The combined effect was gorgeous. The groomsmen wore the same as the groom however their waistcoat was the same French navy as the suit, also from Just Perfect.

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

April 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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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.

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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.

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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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Diary Date! The Etc Magazine Wedding Show This Sunday

March 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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It’s still light outside (wahey!) and I’m whizzing by with a late post this first day of Spring (hope you’ve managed to get out in the fresh air to smell the daffodils today!) to bring news of a wedding event near you – if you’re a North East bride to be that is – this weekend, from my friends at etc. Magazine

etc. Magazine, your luxury lifestyle magazine for the North East – and home to my monthly Bridal Buzz columns – is set to host a wedding show this weekend at the Radisson Blu in Durham. The free event will take place this Sunday from 12-3pm and will feature more than 30 hand-picked exhibitors from across the region.

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etc editor Georga Spottiswood says: If you’re planning on getting married then make sure you head along. We’ll be featuring everything you need to make your day extra special.

From wedding cars and cakes to dresses and suit hire, the day will cater for all your wedding needs. Models from Miss 24 Carat Beauty Pageant, in Sunderland, will be strutting their stuff in a dazzling catwalk show. They’ll be wearing wedding dresses from bridal shop Opal, in Coxhoe, and First Glance, in Sunderland, along with bridesmaid gowns from Middlesbrough-based Kate Fearnley boutique and accessories.

It’s the second wedding show etc has held this month, as loved-up couples headed to Seaham Hall last Sunday. More than 200 people filled the five-star venue, on Durham’s Heritage Coast, for the extravaganza.  etc launched its popular wedding shows more than three years ago, but it is the first time the magazine has worked with Seaham Hall.

Georga says:  What a day, what a venue! Brides and grooms were in awe of the place when they walked through the grand entrance, and I’m not surprised. With its glistening chandeliers, stunning courtyard room with glass ceiling and beautiful grounds, it’s the perfect place to wed.  I am really looking forward to welcoming brides and grooms to our wedding event at the Radisson Blu in Durham this weekend, which I hope will be as equally as busy.

It’s in the diary Georgia!

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Rent a Groom?! Eye Candy: Mia Sposa Menswear

February 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, sent me these fab images from their latest menswear shoot at Seaham Hall Hotel and Spa.  Like what you see?  Visit their website or pop into their Grainger Street boutique, Newcastle Upon Tyne, to get your man measured up.

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Well. If that lovely lot haven’t cheered up your Thursday night, I don’t know what will!  I will firmly be filing this post under “Eye Candy”…

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MIA SPOSA Bridal and Menswear

42-44 Grainger Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 5JG
Telephone:   0191 2211 688 

Appointments and Customer Dress Queries: miasposa@btconnect.com

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