September 11th, 2018 | Julia Braime
We’re so excited to be hosting our first wedding event at The Highfield House, Driffield, THIS SUNDAY 16th September 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY!
A fascinating new addition to the Yorkshire wedding scene, Highfield House invites couples to indulge and celebrate in lavishly styled surroundings, complete with exciting art and creative food and drink. Highfield House appears private and discrete from the outside but has a grand, exciting and memorable personality hiding within for couples to discover and explore.
As one of Yorkshire’s finest Grade II listed buildings, the striking Elizabethan styled Arts and Crafts home has a rich and varied history dating back to the early 1800s. It has served under many guises; from a windmill to a lavish country home, an Army base to a memorable country club. It has grown and shrunk, been re-imagined and remodelled.
Most recently, international designers Andy and Lindsey Lampard have refurbished each of its rooms in their beautiful style and contemporary standard of luxury to create a venue unlike any other.
This Sunday we are opening up the whole building for you to see, and adding 20+ of the area’s very loveliest wedding creatives too, to make sure that every finely tuned detail of your wedding is just as perfect as these finely tuned surroundings! It’s going to be such a gorgeous day and we can’t wait to welcome you.
Entry is completely FREE for you and your whole party, and as well as our usual goody bag full of little treats from Brides Up North, including the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine, we also have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive! Bonus!
REGISTER NOW and you’ll take home our VIP media pack containing the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine and lots of other glossy mags and treats from Brides Up North, plus speedy entry! Only the bride or groom need register for larger groups.
Visit our events page to REGISTER NOW.
To make an exhibitor enquiry, please email email@example.com ASAP – availability is now VERY limited, we would love to hear from amazing suppliers who want to be a part of something special!
And in anticipation of Sunday, lets take a peep inside…
Particularly well suited to fashion-conscious couples looking for a relaxed yet refined experience, Highfield’s interiors are unapologetically bold, stylish and luxurious. Available for exclusive full hire, whether celebrations are grand or intimate, the house boasts a variety of mesmerising rooms that can be used as couples wish.
The Grand Hall, a timber carved, vaulted and panelled room can seat 60 guests and house a band or string quartet from the secret minstrels’ gallery.
The ornately panelled Drawing Room has exquisitely decorated ceilings and is a beautiful space to present a civil ceremony, host a wedding breakfast or enjoy the evening entertainment with access out onto the terrace and lawns below.
The Evening Parlour can accommodate up to 60 guests. With its plaster moulded ceilings, panelled walls and elegant style it makes the perfect space to relax, hold speeches or intimately dine before the big day.
The Library Bar, Reception Hall and Galleries house art collections, antiques and curiosities and provide beautiful backdrop for the day’s orchestrations.
Outside the house is set within an exclusive, seven-acre oasis of natural beauty, comprising 250-year-old trees, entertaining lawns, manicured gardens, bridged weir and picturesque waterfalls, providing stunning backdrops for photographs. For larger parties, Highfield can arrange to accommodate a marquee or tipi within its grounds.
Food and drink are two of Highfield House’s greatest passions and so couples can be sure of a memorable dining experience as part of their celebrations.
Highfield also has its own in-house bar team who specialise in bespoke cocktails, served and presented to perfection. Skilful mixologists will work with couples to create imaginative tipples and will stock the bar to individual tastes and requirements.
Beyond a secret house door, couples will discover Highfield’s East Wing Apartment. Housing two-double bedrooms, the space is often used by the bride and her bridesmaids on the eve of the wedding, and is then prepared again for the newlyweds on their wedding night.
In line with the venue’s exceptional style, the apartment is decorated in rich velvets, stunning antiques and contemporary colours. Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home with Highfield’s team happy to facilitate additional requirements, such as arranging spa treatments from the comfort of the apartment on the wedding eve, through to a personal chef cooking for the bride and her party.
July 20th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
For the second time this week we’re visiting one of our very favourite Yorkshire venues, Saltmarshe Hall, located near the lovely town of Howden. Did you notice that we are hosting another of our Brides Up North Bespoke Luxury Wedding Shows here on Sunday 7th October, 12pm till 3pm, free entry? Pop that one in your diaries!
As well as ours, the Hall holds a very special place in today’s featured couple’s hearts, as it was where the bride’s grandparents worked and first met. It’s a heart-warming connection that we could only dream of when searching for our perfect wedding venue.
Tying the knot earlier this spring, Faye and David opted for a classic grey colour palette that beautifully complemented the elegance of the Grade II listed venue. Throw in a DIY approach to some of the key decorations on the day – think calligraphy, pebbles and agate, and you’ve got one seriously pretty backdrop.
We just have to mention the bride’s beautiful Enzoani dress and bouquet of earl grey roses, menthe roses, avalanche roses, and foliage. Again, perfectly in keeping with the backdrop and a truly classic bridal look that we’re crushing on big style!
It’s now time to hand the blog over to our bride to share all the precious moments from the couple’s special day – prepare to be inspired!
With images by Clique Visuals.
faye says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2016. On the morning, I was quite angry with David as he’d had a few too many drinks the night before and said he felt ill. I went off to eat my breakfast with my family and when I came back into the room he had dressed our baby girl in a vest that said, ‘Will you marry my Daddy’. It was the sweetest thing and he was obviously let off the hook, although he never did get down on one knee. I said yes, and it was the most perfect Christmas Day.
We tied the knot on April 28th 2018. We chose a spring date because our venue has the most beautiful gardens and we hoped to get some pictures with the flowers in full bloom.
We hosted both our ceremony and reception at Saltmarshe Hall, East Yorkshire. We fell in love with the Hall the moment we saw it, as the recent renovations are both luxurious and elegant. It was important to us to have exclusive use of the venue, which created such an intimate and comfortable feeling for our guests on the day. It is also a very dear place to my family as my great grandma and granddad both met and worked at the Hall as a maid and grounds man. We would not hesitate to recommend this venue to anyone, our wedding planner Kate was so lovely and attentive, she made our day extra special.
Choosing a theme for the wedding was something which caused me some stress during the planning phase. Our vision for the day was for our decor and styling to complement the beautiful decor and surroundings at the venue. I was keen for the wedding to be romantic and timelessly elegant.
The colour palette for our wedding was shades of grey. The delicate tones of lilac, blue and blush really worked especially on the slightly overcast spring day. I wore the Juri gown by Enzoani purchased at The Bridal Lounge in Stockport. The dress was probably the exact opposite of what I had in mind that I would like, but my sister insisted I try it – and she was right. We knew it was the one instantly.
David wore a Prince of Wales morning jacket and navy waistcoat and pants from Best Man Suit Hire in Stockport. The groomsmen, meanwhile, wore navy morning suits, also from Best Man Suit Hire.
February 14th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
We love a good love story here at Brides Up North and today’s couple, Amy and Mostafa, prove that a long-distance relationship can indeed lead to that happily ever after moment down the aisle.
After five years together doing the long-distance thing, Amy had finally joined Mostafa over in Dubai. But when it came to tying the knot, Amy yearned to return to her native North East for their special day. And we’re glad they did! The couple got married last autumn at As You Like It, a quirky urban venue in Newcastle.
Trying to plan the wedding while overseas was a tricky process for the couple (cue lots of conversations with their suppliers via Skype!) but like any good story, it all came together seamlessly in the end.
A literary theme snuck in, as well as a nod to Mostafa’s Egyptian heritage. There are lots of other beautiful and personal touches to look out for too (just wait until you see those flowers!) but we’ll let Amy talk us through all the finer details…
With images by JPR Shah Photography.
amy says: Mostafa proposed during the sunset one evening while we were in Abu Dhabi. I was hurrying to get a good view of the presidential palace to take some pictures, and when I turned around he was on one knee with the most beautiful ring in his hand. It was a total surprise!
We got married on 8th September 2017. Mostafa is from Egypt and we both live together in Dubai, so we have friends and family all over the world. September seemed like a perfect month for as many of our guests as possible to attend and we hoped the summer would hang on enough for us to get a nice day for them – which it did!
Living abroad, it was really important for me to come back to the North East to get married. We got married at As You Like It in Jesmond. I chose the venue without Mostafa as he was in Dubai and I was in UK at the time. I called, begging him to let me book it after going to a wedding fair with my mum and absolutely falling in love with it. Thankfully he trusted me and when he saw it a year later, he loved it just as much as I did.
We didn’t have a theme as such, but I’m a bit of a book nerd so we had a literary theme with the table names and centerpieces, which went down really well with the guests. Since Mostafa is Egyptian, we decided to play some Arabic music during the ceremony and chose one of our favourite romantic ballads by Amr Diab.
Our colour scheme was a gorgeous blue as it has always been my favourite colour and seemed to match so well with the venue. I also wanted to honour my granddad who had the most bright blue eyes, so the colour scheme was special in that way too. I kept a small picture of him tied around my flowers to feel like he was with me on such a big day.
My dress was by Art Couture bridal and I bought it at Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton. I had pointed it out to my mum as we entered the shop, but she said she didn’t like it, so I tried on other dresses without any success. Tired and hungry, we were about to leave but I decided to try on the first dress I’d seen, to satisfy my curiosity. As soon as I put it on – I knew it was the one, and my mum agreed!
Mostafa wore a grey suit and waistcoat from Debenhams, and the groomsmen wore the same. The ties were handmade using one of the bridesmaid dresses by Ohh Sew Beautiful and Make N Mend as I wanted the colour to match perfectly.
January 30th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s couple know a thing or two about picture perfect settings. After a romantic proposal on the terrace of a medieval castle in Italy, Sophie and Michael then decided to host their special day in the Peak District National Park, at the exquisite Upper House in Hayfield, overlooking Kinder Reservoir.
The couple tied the knot last summer, extending their wedding celebrations across the bank holiday weekend. Opting for a classic colour scheme of blush pink and ivory, they adorned the venue with the most beautiful of floral arrangements and foliage. Festoon lighting and glowing candles, meanwhile, added a mesmerising ambience to the space.
Not only did their wedding look the part, it was also a lot of fun! Their guests were certainly in for a treat during the weekend, with a prosecco van, pizzas and ice cream, as well as garden games, a silent disco and a live band to keep everybody entertained. Everything, we think, you could possibly want for you and your guests on your big day!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
sophie says: Michael proposed while on a surprise trip to Italy on the 9th October 2015. We visited a small village called Castelfalfi in Tuscany, and Michael got down on one knee on the terrace of the medieval castle that stands in the centre of the village. We then had dinner overlooking the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany. He even managed to get the moment videoed. It was the most magical day!
We got married on Saturday 26th August 2017. We chose the bank holiday weekend as we wanted to extend our wedding celebrations. We invited all of our guests back to our venue on the Sunday to continue the party. The day consisted of lots of garden games for the children (and adults!) gorgeous pizzas supplied by The Woodland Rover, delicious ice cream by Ice Cream Dub and fantastic entertainment by Alexander Stewart. Our guests also enjoyed a silent disco.
We tied the knot at St Thomas’ Church in Mellor, and held our wedding reception at Upper House, Hayfield. Upper House stands alone on the magnificent Kinder Scout in the Peak District National Park and has to be seen to be believed. We knew instantly it was the venue for us. From the incredible views, to the courtyard, the Great Hall, the beautiful bedrooms to even having its own mini pub – Upper House is simply stunning. I couldn’t have imagined having our wedding anywhere else.
As we got engaged in Italy but chose to get married in the UK we wanted to bring a little Italian style to our wedding. This consisted of olive trees dotted around the venue, the black tie dress code, festoon lighting over the courtyard, a prosecco van and a string quartet.
I wanted a romantic and sophisticated look, so we went for a blush pink and ivory colour scheme paired with lots of candles and foliage, which I felt suited the venue and the Italian theme.
I wore a beautiful dress by Pronovias from Maria Modes in Macclesfield. I had my dress customised to include shoulder straps, buttons down the back and a sparkling belt. I also wore a Pronovias veil. My dress was one of the first I ever tried on and I absolutely fell in love with it and I knew instantly it was the one. I loved all of the ruffles and the long train, it was everything I’d ever dreamed off. I also wore Jimmy Choo shoes. I didn’t want to go for traditional satin wedding shoes, so I chose some that sparkled instead!
On the morning of our wedding myself, my bridesmaids and my mum all wore matching robes from Plum Pretty Sugar and had our makeup and hair styled by the very talented and gorgeous Samantha Green of DonebySG. She put my whole wedding party at ease and ensured we all had a fun and relaxed wedding morning.
January 25th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
Michelle and Steve’s small but perfectly formed celebration has us all a-quiver here at Brides Up North. They were determined to keep things intimate, elegant and classic and, looking at these stunning images, we’re sure you’ll agree that they achieved their goals.
Brides Up North Sponsor, the stunning Bowcliffe Hall hosted their ceremony and reception and this classy couple opted make to use of the entire venue. Steve was already a Bowcliffe fan, but for Michelle it was love at first viewing – the different rooms and idiosyncratic layout provided endless potential for wedding day planning. They were even lucky enough to have a private blessing in the tiny garden Chapel – a beautiful moment of still and calm reflection before the partying began.
Over to the lovely Michelle to spill the gorgeous details…
With images by Catherine Kerr at Boho Chic Weddings.
michelle says: Steve and I met through work and had been together for four years. Steve proposed whilst on holiday in the Maldives and we were married exactly a year later.
Steve hadn’t really planned the actual proposal in advance; he just felt the time was right and that it would be good to have some time alone whilst we were on holiday. The biggest challenge, apparently, was keeping the ring hidden and safe until he actually proposed. He was paranoid I’d find it, or he’d lose it before he actually popped the question! Luckily, though, he kept it safe and decided to ask me mid-way through our holiday one morning after breakfast. He’d written the big question in the sand before we went to breakfast and thankfully it was still there when we headed to the beach!
We live locally to Bowcliffe Hall and Steve is also a member of the Drivers Club, so he knew the venue well. He thought from the beginning that it might fit the bill but hadn’t mentioned it to me. When I saw the Hall for the first time, however, I knew instantly that it was going to be the place where we would get married. It was fantastic – it made the decision so easy, we didn’t even visit anywhere else. It was the perfect choice.
From the start we were both focused on ensuring that the wedding would be intimate and tailored to the things we love the most. We had a vision of a small family wedding with approximately 50 guests at the ceremony and wedding breakfast and an additional 20 joining us for the evening celebrations. The Hall is so unique with the various rooms that we decided to use the entire venue including the wing and the chapel – after the main ceremony we had a wedding blessing with only our parents present, which was incredibly special. It was a moment of calm and reflection which gave us all time to truly appreciate our wedding and the day.
In terms of a colour scheme, we went for cream with a touch of pink – very subtle and classic. The venue accommodated our every wish and the rooms looked amazing, utilising the lighting with hints of pink throughout.
I went with my mum to choose my wedding dress from Abigail’s Brides and I was more than delighted with the end result. It was by British designer Nicola Anne from her Vintage collection. I’ve never felt so amazing in a dress and I absolutely loved the lace detail and the fish tail. I got my shoes from Nine West.
Steve had always wanted bespoke tailored suit, so he treated himself to one for our special day. He tracked down a tailor, James Shipton, he’d met at a dinner a few years earlier as he’d promised him that if he ever was going to have a suit tailored then he’d ask him. He did a fantastic job. Steve completed the outfit with a pair of navy Jeffery West navy.
January 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
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 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months.
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.
Today’s featured bride is a florist by day, so it goes without saying, she had a very clear idea of (a) her favourite season and (b) what floral arrangements she wanted for her wedding with hubby-to-be, Gareth. And they truly are exceptional – with exquisite terracotta pots and a beautiful trellis just two of the floral highlights.
Tying the knot at Hotel du Vin in York, the venue is beyond pretty, brimming with character. And just a short car ride away lies the Museum Gardens, lending another captivating backdrop to the couple’s fabulous wedding photography.
Beth has recounted so many wonderful and touching details from their special celebrations – we suggest you grab a cuppa and join us as we soak up this impressive springtime wedding…
With images by Sarah Beth Photo.
beth says: Gareth proposed in Rome on July 4th 2015. We had just bought our first house together and decided a city break away was just what we needed before a hectic couple of months moving in and decorating our house. We’d gone for a romantic meal near the Trevi Fountain and Gareth had been very quiet and said that he was tired from a busy day of sightseeing. We then walked along to St Peters Square to see it lit up at night. We were both admiring the view and I was busy taking photos. I then turned around and Gareth was on his knee! It was perfect, and even more so that a kind lady had captured it all, unbeknown to us; a very special photo that we will treasure forever.
We got married on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Spring is one of our favourite times of the year as we love anything outdoorsy. As a florist, I automatically thought, when are my favourite flowers in season?! So it had to be April. We chose the back end of the month hoping there’d be more chance of sunshine, and we certainly did get that! We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day.
We chose Hotel Du Vin in York as our wedding venue. We spend a lot of time in York as it’s one of our favourite cities. Gareth and I made an appointment to speak to Mollie, the events organiser, and we loved it. The style and décor of the hotel is timeless and simple. The courtyard where our ceremony and evening reception was held has a glass roof so it felt as though we were outside, which was just what we were after.
We had our wedding breakfast in the bistro – another beautiful room with lots of character. We only had 50 guests during the day, so it was lovely to be so close to our family and friends.
There wasn’t any particular theme to the day. Flowers and springtime were obviously a big part of the wedding, but the main thing was creating a relaxed and happy day.
I wanted to include little personal touches, too. I had some gorgeous signs made by Painted by Katie: an order of the day, Instagram hashtag (#happilyeverstorey), and a special board made for a table featuring photos of my grandma and gramps, who I have lost. It meant the world to me having their photos there for everyone to admire. I also had my gran’s brooch attached to the binding of my bouquet, it really felt as though she was there with us.
The colours tied in with spring, with lemons, mint green, cornflower blue and lots of green foliage throughout. They are my absolute favourite colours.
I chose an Enzoani dress from The Harrogate Bridal Lounge. It was the first shop I went to and the fifth dress I tried on. The girls were amazing at the shop, so friendly, professional and full of knowledge about all the dresses and designers.
The dress was everything I said I didn’t want! Flicking through the rails, my mum loved the Kerianna dress. It was very detailed with beautiful pearls, crystals and delicate lace which I loved, but it was strapless. She persuaded me to give it a try and, of course, as always, mum was right! I wore a veil, too, which made me feel less exposed around my shoulders and back; it finished my bridal look perfectly.
My Rachel Simpson shoes were so pretty and they were comfy all day, I took them off for the last hour of the night so I think I did pretty well to stay in heels for nearly 12 hours!
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