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Lovely Lartington. A Styled Bridal Shoot For Unveiled Magazine

March 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I know all you Yorkshire ladies have our fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion in your diaries for this Sunday 16th March, right?  If you don’t, click here for all the details of this stunning show (super chic and one of my very favourites in our entire calendar). But for our North East sisters who are still in need of a dose of the pretty – even following our massive Brides Up North Super Showcase event last weekend, if you’re still standing – our friends at Unveiled Magazine (a new title for whom I’m a regular feature columnist) would like to invite you to something rather beautiful, somewhere rather beautiful…

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Jane of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Stan Seaton Photography says:  We had heard so much about the historic Grade II listed building Lartington Hall, which is based just outside Barnard Castle in Co. Durham. When we were approached by Unveiled Magazine to do a photo shoot to promote this newly refurbished, amazing wedding venue camera bags were immediately at the ready, lenses cleaned and primed, cards formatted and we were raring to go.

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It was a pleasure, as always, to work with make up artist Jo Leversuch from Make up by Jo, Becci Evemy from Hair by Becci and Anna who was the model we also used for the iconic image featured on the front cover of the first edition of Unveiled. We arrived at Jo’s bright and early as we wanted to start photographing by mid morning due to the winter light being rather unpredictable.

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On driving through the gateway to Lartington we were certainly not disappointed, the impressive drive up to the Hall itself fills you with a great sense of anticipation before you even arrive on the drive. Once inside Lartington Hall, we were warmly welcomed by John Harper-Wilkes who along with his wife Shona has lovingly and without compromise restored this beautiful building back to it’s former glory.

It was lovely to hear some of history attached to Lartington Hall. Throughout it’s history this beautiful house has always been used for parties, making it an ideal location to host the biggest party of a couple’s life. This quintessential English country house, with it’s elegantly decorated reception rooms and bedroom suites, not to mention the amazing ballroom, certainly can boast the claim of being the perfect location for that fairy-tale Wedding.

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The beautiful bridal gowns were by two of our favourite wedding dress designers Maggie Sottero and Ian Stuart and were supplied by Poppy Bridal of Darlington. Flowers for the shoot were very kindly supplied and delivered by Flowers by Nattrass of Darlington.

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Craig at Unveiled Magazine says:  We cannot wait to open the doors to this fabulous venue on Sunday. Lartington Hall, based just outside of Barnard Castle is an exclusive hire wedding venue just outside of Barnard Castle, and it is going to be very popular indeed!  With twelve beautiful en-suite bedrooms, ballroom, grand corridor, chapel and romantic gardens, there’s plenty to take your fancy.

Think of Lartington Hall not as a hotel but as your very own private countryside hideaway. The delightfully unexpected happens at Lartington Hall where no two events are ever the same. We are passionate about every detail at Lartington Hall. Whatever your event or special occasion, it will be unique to you and your guests – Uncover your own Lartington surprises!

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Playing host to globally recognised fashion shoots with its sumptuous furnishings, BOSE music systems and precious antiques, Lartington Hall is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside! Authentic and tasteful, it’s stylish yet welcoming. Nestled in 75 acres of romantic parkland, it’s a piece of heaven in a tranquil haven. 

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Lartington Hall will be open on Sunday 16th March 2014, from 11am till 3pm.  Click here for more details. 

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Falling In Louvre. A Real Destination Engagement Shoot In Paris – Becci & Ian

November 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I don’t know if it’s the fact that my husband got down on one knee there (pretty much in the spot exactly above, actually) or just the enduring and ceaseless romance of the city, but to me, there’s nowhere better to be in love than in Paris.

Brides Up North reader Becci clearly agrees, as it was there that she and future hubby Ian chose to celebrate their engagement, taking Brides Up North Featured Supplier Stan Seaton Photography along for the ride too. 

Stan and Jane have worked closely with Becci in the past in her role as Senior Wedding Co-ordinator at the beautiful Rockliffe Hall – and have always wanted to photograph an engaged couple in Paris – so when Becci & Ian said they would love to have their engagement shoot there, they couldn’t resist. 

Stan says:  Paris certainly is the perfect romantic setting, it’s beauty strikes you at every turn, with it’s elegant but impressive architecture, iconic monuments and subtle combination of art, history and nature we were all blown away. A photographers dream! The weather as ever was a challenge and on our first day we had torrential rain and on the second day it was rather murky to say the least, but eventually the Eiffel Tower and the sun emerged through the fog, to create a dreamy and mystical backdrop, perfect!

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Stan Seaton Photography

Becci says: Ian proposed on Christmas Day 2011 at home, it was a complete surprise and he picked the perfect ring!  We are getting married at Rockliffe Hall in March 2014. 

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Stan Seaton Photography

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We worked together at Fitness First after I’d left school, had been friends ever since, getting together eight years later.  For our first date we met in Yarm for a few drinks and laughed the night away, complete and utter love at first sight even eight years later!

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Stan Seaton Photography

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I love how we are the male and female equivalent of each other, we have the same sense of humour and never stop having fun!

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Stan Seaton Photography

Our biggest wish for married life is to start a family and live a long and happy life together – the best piece of advice we were given was "make sure you have fun every day!"

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Stan Seaton Photography

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We chose to have an engagement shoot as I have worked with Stan and Jane over the years but really wanted Ian to get to know them as I wouldn’t have picked anyone else!

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We loved every minute (excluding the flight home!) and have pictures up all over the house – we are even using one for guests to sign at the wedding.

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Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

Stan Seaton Photography

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I love Brides Up North because it has great features and is a lovely blog to read – it’s helped us to plan the perfect wedding!  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding with you soon…

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Stan Seaton Photography

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Congratulations Becci & Ian!

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THIS SUNDAY! It’s The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

September 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s safe to say that Brides Up North’s luxury wedding exhibition season is in full swing!  With two fantastic North East events already under our belts and over 2,000 people past our registration desk (hello lovelies!), it’s time we visited Yorkshire. 

We do like to start as we mean to go on – with the very best exhibitors at the very best venues – and where better than the glorious state rooms of the absolutely knock em’ dead venue that is Allerton Castle?  It’s all going on THIS SUNDAY 15th September 2013 from 12pm till 4pm, and it’s completely free. 

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One of my very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury.  Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: meet the Dine wedding planners and their award winning catering teams, have a good look around, be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, be dazzled by sparkling diamond wedding bands, try a vintage motor for size, pose in our photo booths, pick out some sharp suits for your wedding party, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

Come along and meet Andy Hook Photography, Angel Brides , Booth Revolution , Buttercream Cupcakes, Cakes By Mitch, Cat Hepple Photography, Chris Chambers Photography, Curvy Bridal, DJB Photography, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eddie Brown Tours, Exclusive Entertainments, Function 54, Harrogate Suit Company, Helen James Flowers, Iain Henderson Designs, Jill Ryder, Joshua James, Leafy Couture, Love Hair & Beauty Boutique, Patisserie Viennoise, Silk Floral Art, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Stan Seaton Photography, Stark Film Pictures, Swing Thing Duo, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Twisted Willow Floristry, Ferrensby Fireworks, Unforgettable Memories and more!

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwicks York.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “ALLERTON CASTLE in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. 

PLEASE NOTE – LEAVE YOUR STILLETTOS AT HOME!  Due to the historic nature of Allerton Castle’s wooden floor, ladies are kindly asked to wear heels no smaller than a postage stamp. Should you not bear to be parted from your Manolos, on the day heel protectors will be available for purchase from the Castle staff @ £4 per pair. 

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Brides Up North Dream Venue: Middleton Lodge

July 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m nothing if not a diligent wedding blogger – and prefer to visit and scope out each and every one of my dream venue recommendations before suggesting them to my readers.  It makes sense and keeps my conscience clear (and my appetite for mini breaks well stated)!

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I was lucky enough to be invited to stay over at the beautiful Middleton Lodge recently, partake in a special tour of the house and gardens and indulge in their fabulous Supper Club.  The result? I couldn’t recommend this place more highly.  If I were in the market for a simply stunning wedding venue, this place would be very, very near the top of my list.  See for yourselves.

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Middleton Lodge is located in the heart of Yorkshire in the quaint village of Middleton Tyas and is the perfect private event location. With 17 bedrooms, 200 capacity marquee, cellar (home to the Cellar Door Supper Club), cinema, cellar bar, private dining room, tennis court, and plenty of land to accommodate clay pigeon shooting which is popular all year round. The venue also has an external helicopter landing field site for those wishing to arrive in style!

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Unfortunately, I had to settle for arriving by clapped out VW Golf…

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Tell Brides Up North about weddings at Middleton Lodge?

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Middleton Lodge and its 250 acre Georgian estate offers the perfect setting for a traditional country wedding – with a slightly modern twist. We have our own wedding license, vast grounds, beautiful interiors, numerous reception rooms for eating and drinking, and 17 individually designed bedrooms.

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From early spring onwards our grounds really come into their own. BBQ’s on the terrace on a Friday night, drinks receptions on the lawns and making the most of the outside space is a must. Our private parkland with striking vistas creates the perfect backdrop for photos, whilst your guests can enjoy the English countryside to its full. Smaller weddings can then take over the house and larger functions head to the marquee, which you can decorate however you would like.

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With roaring fires in the house, Christmas decorations, mulled wine & Winter Pimms, the Lodge can be a truly magical place in the winter months. Our fully heated marquee creates a stunning venue for any Christmas wedding with its star cloth backdrop, candles and Christmas trees. We even have an awning connecting the marquee to the Drawing Room, so none of your guests have to venture outside.

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Is Middleton Lodge licensed for civil ceremonies?

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We hold civil ceremonies for up to 120 guests, using three different locations, including Yorkshire’s only licensed outdoor space. For more intimate receptions we use the house function rooms seating up to 45 dinner guests. For larger numbers between 65 and 180, we use our own permanent marquee set within the grounds. The marquee – which overlooks fabulous country views, can comfortably seat 200 and has also recently undergone a refurbishment.

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We wish for all guests to make themselves at home and treat our home as their own, for the duration of their stay. We specialise in exclusive weekend and intimate mid-week weddings and our packages are designed to be a flexible guide rather than set in stone. We tailor most things to individual requirements and recommend that couples hire Middleton Lodge over 2 nights, that way they really do get to experience the Lodge at its best.

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What makes Middleton Lodge a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

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Middleton Lodge offers total exclusivity of the house and grounds for the duration of your stay, we also offer the Bride and Groom a totally bespoke service to suit their needs. We believe in total flexibility and adopt a professional yet personable approach. Here at the Lodge we also have our own wedding planner and coordinator included within all packages and are more than happy for all Bride & Groom’s to visit as many times as they wish in the run up to their big day. Our aim is to provide an unforgettable experience for those sharing their special day with us.

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What sort of woman would be a Middleton Lodge bride?

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A Middleton Lodge bride is typically a charismatic individual who is bursting with ideas; she’s usually spent a lot of time planning and has a strong creative vision for her special day.

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How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

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At Middleton Lodge we have our own in house Wedding Planner to help you plan your day to perfection. We organise regular Bridal Appointments and taster Evenings when the Wedding Team and Chef’s are on hand to discuss all aspects of the day including the itinerary & menu requirements. On the day of your wedding our Wedding Co Coordinator will run the day for you, liaising with your photographers and any other suppliers you have chosen to use, and will make sure all guests are looked after and that everything run’s like clockwork.

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Can guests stay over at your venue? 

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Guests usually stay over at the Lodge the evening before and the night of the wedding. We have 17 luxury rooms, all with fabulous en-suite bathrooms. We have a great large open plan Guest Kitchen for use by all house guests and a cosy Breakfast room with open fires. Guests are free to make themselves at home for the duration of their stay.

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Tell us about your food, menus and wines? 

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Our award-winning Head Chef Robert Taylor (as recently seen on BBC’s Master Chef) has worked with Chris Bax (Country File), TV Chef Rosemary Shrager, developed recipes for ‘Shepherds Purse Cheeses’ with Judy Bell M.B.E as well as regularly contributing to regional food shows like ‘Great Yorkshire Show’ and ‘The York Food & Drink Festival’.

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Specialising in modern British food with a Twist, Chef is passionate about the food here at Middleton Lodge and aims to create the best food from some of the finest products and ingredients, from the concept of dishes right through to presentation and service.

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Chef works closely with local suppliers to source the best in seasonal produce, designing a bespoke menu tailored to the individual requirements of each Bridal Party. Chef invites all future Bride & Grooms to attend a tasting evening prior to their big day in order to meet with him and the team to discuss a range of exciting menu choices. Throughout this period and thereafter, Chef is always on hand to offer his expert advice.

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We also have big plans for the Estate and in the near future we hope to be able to open our own farm deli, selling produce from our kitchen gardens & farming business.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price/ any special packages available?

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Middleton Lodge have some amazing late availability Deals for a weekend in September 2013 and for two weekends in December 2013 – contact Sue on 01325 377977 or email info@middletonlodge.co.uk for further details. 

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Any really memorable weddings at the venue? 

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Lizzie and Alex, a charming young couple decided to share their special day with Middleton Lodge on 7th – 9th June 2013. The couple, who had obviously worked hard to create the day of their dreams, were at the heart of a wonderful weekend which left guests and staff alike talking about the ‘Wedding of the Year’ for weeks to follow.

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It was an absolutely idyllic wedding from start to finish, and a pleasure to be a part of.  From the glorious weather and gorgeous outdoor ceremony to Lizzie’s beautiful beige Valentino Shoes and dress to die for, the couple’s stay at the Lodge was faultless.  It was effortlessly elegant, a beautiful weekend. Lizzie and Alex created something so different, so pure. The atmosphere was unrivalled, everyone seemed so happy to have been a part of their celebrations.

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What are the future plans for the venue?

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We are currently renovating the Estate and work has already begun on our new Restaurant and Boutique Hotel. We will also be restoring the Lodge’s very own Kitchen Gardens with the hope of producing our own home grown produce from 2014.

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Do you have any bridal events coming up shortly that my readers should know about?

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We have regular Open Viewing Days where prospective Bride & Grooms are welcome to come along and view the House dressed for a Wedding. The day gives future Brides the opportunity to meet a handpicked selection of recommended suppliers, sample foods, taste wines and chat to our friendly Wedding staff and Chef’s Team. The next date for your diary is Sunday 13th October 2013, appointments are available between 1pm and 7pm and must be booked in advance.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with the venue?

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For all general enquiries please call Sue, James or Fiona on 01325 377977.  Enquiries can also be made via our website www.middletonlodge.co.uk and you can also get connected with us across our social media platforms, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @MiddletonLodge. If you prefer you can also email us at info@middletonlodge.co.uk.

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Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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Keep an eye on our website www.middletonlodge.co.uk for further details or apply to become a Supper Club member to join Chef Robert Taylor on one of his regular Restaurant evenings. Applications for exclusive membership should be sent to sue@middletonlodge.co.uk

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Middleton Lodge and credited as tagged Stan Seaton Photography, Tobiah Tayo Photography, GASP Photography, Barnaby Aldrick Photography, Gary Walsh Photography

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Light On Black: Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham & Enzoani For A Styled Bridal Shoot At Middleton Hall

April 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Is anyone still at their screens this morning, or have you all bunked off for the North West Jenny Packham end of line sale?!  In case there’s anyone still out there…I’ve started so I’ll finish…

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There’s a lot of negative chat in the blogosphere about styled bridal shoots.  Now, I hate negative chat in general, but particularly when it’s based on unfounded generalisation.  Its unfair to generalise when there are creative, talented people out there working hard to do things well: whether that be styled shoots, wedding fairs (cough, cough!) or supplying excellent wedding services.  Some of us do things differently

In my opinion, styled bridal shoots are fantastic – an opportunity for talented suppliers to get together, forge relationships, show what they can do and work towards a common goal.  All it takes is their time and their imagination.  And when it’s done right – like today’s shoot (featuring not one or two but three Brides Up North Featured Suppliers no less – hello to the fabulous Stan Seaton Photography, Middleton Lodge and Make Up By Jo teams!) – the results can be spectacular.

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This shoot, originally for editorial in Darlington Weddings’ latest issue (did you pick up your copy and catch up on my regular column?), tells the story of a bride who is persuaded to go over to the dark side… and is really just a chance to show off some beautiful gowns, a stunning venue and some really very striking bridal looks.  Enjoy this little piece of perfection. 

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Jane at Stan Seaton Photography says:  Have you ever asked yourself what type of bride you want to be? Are you perfectly classic, and favour the more traditional simplicity in structure and style or are you more unconventional, pushing the boundaries and testing the limits?

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There is a focus on colours this season where soft blush tones and compelling ivories contrast fiercely with the daring black, adding drama and elegance to every silhouette.  Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham and Enzoani have allured us with their latest bridal collections, where beautiful feminine lines and softly contoured layers create a second skin in a world where nothing is as it seems…

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Little Black Book

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Images: Stan Seaton Photography 
Dresses and accessories: Poppy Bridal
Make Up: Make up by Jo

Hair: Contemporary Hair Darlington
Location: Middleton Lodge

Flowers: Eliza Blooms

Stylist: Peta Clarke for Darlington Weddings Magazine
Models : Anna Miller & Katherine Lees
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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Stan Seaton Photography

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