Brides Up North

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

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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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The Editorials: All White Weddings

January 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wedding Magazine August/ September 2012

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Recently, I talked about how away from the pages of this site, I write for a huge range of regional and National glossy bridal magazines, with regular columns in some of my favourite titles (you can see the full list on my about page).  Obviously, features for print have to be fresh, so I hold back in sharing my pieces on the pages of the blog until after publication.  A month or so on though, rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy.

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I will be sharing my pre-published offline content, online.  Double the pretty! 

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First up, my feature for my regular column in Wedding Magazine, with my comments on the fresh and fabulous trend for all white weddings.  In my opinion, pale is always interesting…

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There’s something going on in wedding blog land. Where you’d previously find matchy-matchy colour schemes or rainbow brights, it’s suddenly a total white out! Following the pale palette used so successfully at last year’s Royal Wedding, the trend for all white weddings is still going strong. In my opinion big days have never looked so beautiful.

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Bleached out blooms, snowy centre pieces and neutral details work together to create a wonderland that’s not just for Winter. This simple colour scheme, which can be classic or modern in equal measure, is effective across all four seasons. Keep things soft and pretty with vintage elements or sharpen the look up with chic styling. Choose any colour, so long as it’s white!

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Image by Katy Melling Photography

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When working with an exclusively white or ivory colour base, don’t feel that whole wedding party has to match. Choosing complimentary hues or contrasting darker shades for your bridesmaids will create a striking backdrop for your wedding dress and make light posies pop.

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Colour Charts

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Diamond white, vintage cream, ivory. There’s more than one shade of pale! Keep things interesting by layering tones, textures and fabrics for a luxe look.

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Lesley Meredith Photography - Red Floral Architecture

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Twinkle Twinkle!

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Add interest to starched table settings with a sprinkling of sparkle, shining silverware and springs of greenery.

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For the whitest, brightest bouquets keep your choice of flowers seasonal. Choose paper whites and lily of the valley in Spring months and try adding a touch of mistletoe to a hand tied bunch at Christmas time.

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A neutral canvas is easy to style. For a classy wedding day look, choose a high fashion heel or chic clutch in a tonal colour to add drama that’s perfectly understated.

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Purely Wedding Research, Honest! A Styled Menswear Shoot In The North East

October 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Affleck & Moffat Menwear by Stan Seaton Photography

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So, fancy a bit of eye candy on a Saturday?

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I’m off to see the latest 007 this afternoon so I’ll be getting my kicks Daniel Craig-stylee, and thought it most unfair not to leave something lovely for you ladies to gaze upon, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Stan Seaton Photography and Darlington Weddings (pick up the latest issue to see this shoot in print along with my spread on styling a winter wedding). 

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Plus, I’ve seen first hand that Affleck & Moffat – one of my amazing exhibitors at our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibitions – really know how to dress a gent, so they’d be worth a visit for his wedding day styling.

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If he asks: its wedding research.  Got it? 

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Affleck & Moffat Menwear by Stan Seaton Photography

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Affleck & Moffat Menwear by Stan Seaton Photography

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Jane and Stan of Stan Seaton Photography say: We love photographing brides and ensuring that their wedding day photos reflect how amazingly beautiful and happy they looked and felt on their big day, but it is good to show our clients – and especially the girls – how good their grooms can look too!  When Darlington Weddings offered us the opportunity to do a featured menswear photo shoot for their latest magazine, in conjunction with Affleck & Moffat menswear, Paul David Hairdressing and Crathorne Hall Hotel, we couldn’t resist!

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I say: Hello, boys!

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Little Black Book

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Images: Stan Seaton Photography

Menswear: Affleck & Moffat

Grooming: Paul David Hairdressing

Venue: Crathorne Hall Hotel

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Diary Date: The etc Magazine Wedding Show

September 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, it may be a wrap on this year’s Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition (click here for details of our Wedding Exclusives in Yorkshire) but North East brides have still got lots of wedding inspiration right at their fingertips with a jam packed schedule of wedding fairs and events across the region this Autumn.  I’ll be letting you know about the very best here on these pages.

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Taking place on Sunday September 30th 2012, in the magnificent surroundings of the five-star Rockliffe Hall, just outside of Darlington, the etc Wedding Show will host 30 exhibitors representing the best of the region’s wedding industry.

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etc editor Georga Spottiswood says: You’re engaged. You may have even set the date. It’s the most wonderful and exciting time of your life. But when the initial buzz has died down and you start to plan the rest of your big day, it can be a bit of nightmare knowing where to start.

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Having just been a bridesmaid for etc’s Cara Houchen, I understand the stress that brides-to-be can be under. From choosing the wedding stationery to marrying the colour scheme to the table centrepieces and bouquets, it can be a daunting experience.  That’s why we’ve chosen the best the wedding industry has to offer here in the North East and our array of exhibitors will be there to help brides-to-be make their big day go off with a bang.

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W Salon and Eve Beauty will be there to offer wedding hair and beauty ideas, while Durham-based Ava Rose Hamilton can help you find the dress of your dreams. 

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But it is not just about the brides – prospective grooms can make sure they’re looking dapper on the day with formal wear and suit hire experts Affleck & Moffatt  and Bakers.

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Stan Seaton Photography and Camera A will show you how they can capture the magic of your big day, while Prime Entertainment and Snaparazzi Photobooths can provide some quality entertainment for your guests. 
Flowers by Nattrass will be there to guide brides and grooms through bouquets and buttonholes, while Berry Boutique will be showcasing a beautiful range of bridal bling.

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And if you want a honeymoon to remember, let the experts at Travel Bureau help you pick a first-class destination.

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etc publisher Linda Burnside says: Last year was our first ever wedding event and we really did pull out all the stops to make it a top-class day, but we’re hoping this year will be even bigger and better.  The etc Wedding Show will take place from 12 to 4pm. Guests will be greeted with a goodie bag and a glass of champagne, after which they can see what’s on offer and talk to the exhibitors at their leisure. There will also be a glamorous bridal fashion show, with entertainment from wedding swing singer Anthony Stringer.

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For soon-to-be brides and grooms, and their families, this is one event that is not be missed – even if we do say so ourselves!

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Tickets for this event are free, all you have to do is pre-book at www.etcnortheast.co.uk or call 0191 501 7195.

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I hope you love these images by Stan Seaton Photography – styled by yours’ truly at Rockliffe Hall for a Journal fashion spread (click here to see the full shoot).  Watch out for ’s brand new column in the October issue of etc Magazine – out soon!

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Twinkling Ivories! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ben

May 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve recently been working on a column for Wedding Magazine all about a trend I have noticed for beautiful all white weddings (like this one and this one), so when this submission from Stan Seaton Photography pinged into my inbox I just knew that I had to share Rachel and Ben’s gorgeous wedding in the North East on the wedding blog’s swirly silver pages too!

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Rachel says: Ben asked me to marry him in December 2009 in New York at the Statue of Liberty. We then took a trip to Tiffany’s to choose the ring. It was all very special.

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We were married on 11th September 2011 at St Augustine’s RC Church and afterwards at Wynyard Hall.  Wynyard Hall is perfect for a wedding – a fabulous setting with breath taking views & grand rooms. We knew we wanted a traditional wedding and Wynyard seemed like the perfect choice.

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The bridal party was very pampered on the morning of the wedding – Nick from Hobson & Holmes did our hair and Cocoon were on hand for make up and pre-wedding treatments.  Our photographers Stan Seaton Photography and Joey Weir Videographer were with us throughout the day. 

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I chose a wedding dress by Naomi Neoh Atelier.  It had a couture ivory French lace bodice with a French lace jacket and full silk chiffon skirt. 

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My bridesmaids wore full length ivory gowns by Dessy

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My favourite moment was meeting Ben at the bottom of the aisle and seeing him for the first time on our wedding day. 

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We opted for a romantic theme for the day, with a neutral colour scheme. Our favours for the ladies were hearts on a ribbon – each had a different love quote message attached. We also had the letters ‘R & B’ next to the cake and ‘Amore’ and ‘Love’ scattered around the venue. Real dried ivory and green hydrangea petals were used for the confetti to add to our neutral colour scheme. Ben is a very keen golfer so having the tables named after his favourite courses around the world added a personal touch.

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Our flowers were by Wild and Wonderful florist with chair covers and bows by Ivory White Events. 

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We had music from Opus Four String Quartet – during the ceremony and drinks reception – and then we were entertained by Lauren Housley Band and DJ in the evening. 

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Our cake was a three tier in ivory from good old Marks and Spencer – sponge with white chocolate icing.   

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Mauritius – Ben wanted to surprise me and so I had no idea which part of the island or where we were staying. He did not disappoint!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be as organised as possible as it really does pay off – I had lists, lists and more lists! Enjoy every minute – the day goes so quickly

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Congratulations Rachel & Ben!

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Are you a Bride Up North?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories here. 

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Vibrant Love! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Brett

March 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Wednesday!  It’s a beautiful day and we are over half way to the weekend!

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If you need any more reasons to be cheerful, this vibrant and emotive Real Wedding in the North East should do the trick.  Rachel and Brett’s colourful wedding day was sent to me by Jane at County Durham Wedding Photographer Stan Seaton Photography, who has kindly agreed to tell us a little more about the occasion too.  

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Jane says: Brett & Rachel’s wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful ballroom at The Morritt, Greta Bridge. 

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Rachel’s elaborate dress was designed by Dizzie Lizzie and supplied by Dobinsons, Grange Road, Darlington.   Rachel carried a beautiful, natural looking, hand tied rose bouquet from Carl Banks.

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Brett will never forget the moment in the ceremony when he was standing waiting for Rachel to walk through the door, and the whole of the guests had also turned to look back to see a very emotional Rachel make her entrance.

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After the ceremony the guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the lovely landscaped gardens of The Morritt, before returning to the Ballroom to enjoy a three course meal and emotional and entertaining speeches from Rachel’s Dad, Brett and the two Best Men.

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Rachel couldn’t believe what a lovely day they had, packed with emotion,fun and laughter. She particularly enjoyed the few minutes when her and Brett sneaked away from the crowds and were watching all the guests chatting and laughing in the gardens from an upstairs window.

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Congratulations Rachel & Brett!

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Would you like to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North?  Contact me!

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