Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

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

June 15th, 2017 | Julia Braime


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.

Kitchen Garden and Orangery with sketch

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.


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.


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.


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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real wedding recap: pronovias for a secret garden wedding in cheshire – katherine & phil

December 30th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (58)

Today’s wedding is nothing short of gorgeous and included a fair few surprises for the guests.

After a traditional church ceremony, the wedding party headed to bride Katherine’s parents’ house for a marquee ‘Secret Garden’ reception, held in the back garden. The blooms and décor that make up the setting are incredible and we think that bride Katherine looks absolutely stunning in her silk Pronovias gown.

The video that comes with this wedding is nothing like we’ve ever seen before and reflects the light-hearted and fun-loving atmosphere of the day perfectly. If you do one thing today, watch this! Next time, please can we join in?

With images by Jess Yarwood Photography and video by Lightspeed Film Co

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (48)

katherine says: We were in Meribel in France skiing with the family when we got engaged. The proposal started with a fantastic meal in our chalet, followed by a surprise firework display where Phil went down on one knee in the snow holding a giant LED flashing rocket reading “Will you marry me?”

We set the date for 28th May 2016, which was the Bank Holiday weekend. We got married at St John’s the Evangelist Church and then had the reception at my parents’ house in Kingsley, Cheshire, where I grew up. It has been a wish of mine most of my life.

Grease Wedding Video – Katherine & Philip – May 28th 2016 from Lightspeed Film Co. on Vimeo.

The theme was secret garden and cherry blossom. We had a secret garden filled with real flowers and a running waterfall made by my dad and brother. There was even a special gate that lead us to the evening celebrations that was kept a complete secret from Phil and I. To fit in with the theme we had a colour scheme of cherry blossom pink and grey.

A Secret Garden Wedding in Cheshire (c) Jess Yarwood Photography (52)

I chose a classic dress by Pronovias, which I purchased from Eternity Bridalwear. It was a simple, off-the-shoulder design made from Mikado silk. It was the neckline that I fell in love with and I always knew I wanted a long train. I never thought it would be that big though! My wedding day makeup was done by Lucinka Hodnett.

Phil wore a navy suit with a grey tweed waistcoat from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow. All the groomsmen wore the same suits as Phil from and the bridesmaids wore pink dresses by the brand Mascara.

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Wedding Inspiration Wednesday: Secret Garden

September 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime


The official plan was to share this beautiful wedding inspiration mood board next week in it’s usual fortnightly spot, but staring forlornly out of Brides Up North HQ’s windows at the lashing rain I needed one last hurrah with summer styling before I declare the season officially over.


Step forward our guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next with her gorgeous Secret Garden mood board prepared especially for Brides Up North reader Tara following a request via Facebook.


The perfect adieu to Summer 2012 (a bit of a washout yeah, but totally redeemed by all the Olympic and Jubilee excitement). 


Wedding Inspiration Secret Garden 


1. Wild Bouquet 2. ‘Violet’ Vintage Style Gown 3. Vintage Key Place Names 4. Lulu Townsend Heels 5. Champagne Bridesmaids 6. Glass Terrarium 7. Floral Carved Diamond Ring 8. Floral Crown & Veil Image 9. Vicky Trainor Linear Collection 10. Hydrangea Cake

Katy says:  Bride-to-be Tara gave me ‘Secret Garden’ for this week’s wedding inspiration mood board. With free reign on style and colours, I stepped outside my comfort zone with the palette for this board which features a beautiful mix of champagne, dove grey and pistachio with a flash of iris blue. The Secret Garden novel is set in the early 1900’s so i used modern influences of Victorian and Edwardian style, which isn’t to everyone’s taste but is gorgeously effective in vintage style weddings.

The fabulously individual Sally Lacock dress is decorated with delicately embroidered florals, beautiful draping and a lightly gathered skirt – perfect for an outdoor or barn wedding! The dress needs little or no accessories but would look fabulous with a natural flower crown and light veil. If this era of vintage isn’t your thing, keep the soft floaty fabrics but go for a more modern silhouette such as an A line gown with a sweetheart neckline. The beautiful almost ‘tea stain’ shade of the bridesmaids dresses gives the bridal party an antiqued look that compliments the very English country garden style bouquet (top left).

For ‘Secret Garden’ decor you can’t go wrong with plenty of florals and foliage. Even slightly decaying leaves or dried flowers would look fabulous with this theme. If you are following the book theme you could mix bare branches with fresh vibrant florals to represent the changes the garden goes through. If you do want to use props, how about tiny lanterns, wrought iron candelabras, stone plant pots or bird baths full of tea lights – everyday garden items that can be used to decorate a venue? A beautiful idea for a table plan is to use vintage or rusty keys with tags as place cards for your guests. You could hang them on a Secret Garden style wooden door and let the guests choose their own seats. I love the terrarium jar idea for centrepieces. They could even double up as favours for your guests – giving them their own little Secret Garden!





Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.


If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.



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