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relaxed romance. stephanie allin for a wedding at ellingham hall – sarah & bryan

February 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Ah Friday, how we love you! To kick-start the weekend (and give you a lovely distraction from your ‘to-do’ list) we’re sharing the stunning wedding of Sarah and Bryan on the blog today.

Having found the perfect venue in Northumberland’s Ellingham Hall, Sarah had her heart set on a relaxed wedding day that was both simple and elegant.

Looking at the images below, we’d say she most certainly achieved it. From Sarah’s gorgeous Stephanie Allin structured gown, to the regal wedding transport and pale blooms, everything about this beautiful big day says ‘class’.

So while you await wine-o’clock, pour a cuppa and enjoy the pretty

With images by Barry Forshaw Photography.

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sarah says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014 on Gwithian beach in Cornwall. We had both done the Great North Run the day before and then driven down to Cornwall to our family’s holiday chalet on the beach. It’s a very special place for us with lots of happy memories of family holidays. One of our traditions when we are there is to go down into the sand dunes and watch the sun set. On this occasion we were both pretty sore from the run and feeling a bit tired and grumpy but still went to watch the sunset. When we got to our usual spot, Bry called out my name and as I turned round he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. When we returned to the chalet we opened a bottle of fizz and rang our friends and family to tell them the happy news.

We got married on 24th September 2015, the day after my birthday. We didn’t intentionally pick the date for that reason, but it worked out lovely as it meant I got to see all my friends and family the night before the wedding for my birthday.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (22)

Our venue was Ellingham Hall in Northumberland. We knew we wanted a really relaxed wedding but not in a hotel – as soon as we arrived at Ellingham we just knew it was the venue for us. The house is stunning and set in beautiful grounds, with the reception room being just perfect for a relaxed family wedding. Our ceremony was at St Maurice’s Church, in Ellingham village, which meant guests were able to walk through the grounds of the hall and down the lane to the church. Luckily we had the most perfect weather and it all worked out exactly as we planned!

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destination sunshine: hummingbird hall jamaica

February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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While we are, of course, huge advocates of couples who choose to wed in the north of the UK, we understand that its unpredictable climate isn’t for all.

Today therefore, we’re sharing the details of Hummingbird Hall Jamaica – a rather special wedding venue on a tropical island complete with white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and a whole lot of sunshine!

Furthermore, this paradise-like venue offers amazing all-inclusive packages with everything you could ever dream of for a luxurious overseas wedding; from drinks, décor and dining to flowers, cake and entertainment!

So sit back (and put on your sunnies) as Hummingbird Hall Jamaica’s client service manager, Michelle Patterson, tells us more about this Caribbean delight.

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Tell us a about Hummingbird Hall Jamaica…

michelle says: We’re perched on a gorgeous hillside – that overlooks the Caribbean ocean – on a dreamy 5,000 acre private estate in Montego Bay. We’ve been hosting destination weddings for six years, and have won WeddingWire’s ‘Couple’s Choice Award’ every year that we have been in operation!

We started hosting weddings because we wanted to offer couples an alternative to the conveyor-belt, cookie-cutter style weddings hosted by resorts. Our weddings are personalised, very private, and have more goodies as standard than other venues in Jamaica.

What makes Hummingbird Hall Jamaica so special?

So many things! We are the only all-inclusive, stand-alone wedding venue in Jamaica (i.e. venue that does not offer accommodation). This means that couples can marry at Hummingbird Hall without the pressure of forcing guests – who may well have different budgets – to stay at a particular hotel.

We offer truly private and mansion style weddings, hosting just one wedding per day, that are adored by celebrities and couples who seek absolute exclusivity.

As an all-inclusive venue the planning process is very convenient and our staff are friendly, approachable and very experienced. We also have the friendliest birds and butterflies in Jamaica – really! They are tame and often make delightful entrances during our events.

We love, live and breathe our weddings!

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What are the benefits for couples who choose to marry at Hummingbird Hall Jamaica?

In addition to the above, we have more inclusions as standard in our packages than other wedding venues in Jamaica. To name a few, our packages boast a live band, DJ for the duration of the wedding, custom wedding design, wedding coordination, custom wedding cake, unlimited reception alcoholic bar, delicious and plentiful Jamaican cuisine, bouquets and boutonnières, celebrant and marriage licence!

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individual ink: julia ogden

February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Julia Ogden produces handmade, one off wedding stationery, completely unique to each couple. Viewing her designs as art works in their own right, we meet the artist behind the inks…

Julia is currently offering 10% off all packages until Valentines Day. In addition to that Brides Up North readers will have a free screen print when they place their stationery order, including the bride and groom’s names and their wedding date. Quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Images by Sarah Mason Photography.

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What is the story behind your business and your background?

julia says: I began my wedding stationery business in 2013. I studied illustration at University and have always had a love of combining text and image, so when a gallery (Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge) I supplied artwork to, mentioned they were having a wedding fair I jumped at the chance to create a stationery range for it.

Who is a Julia Ogden bride?

A Julia Ogden bride has a love of handmade, bespoke items. They would want their stationery to give a true sense of their relationship; loves, places and memories.

Julia Ogden (c) Sarah Mason Photography (22)

Where are you based? 

I am based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. I can work by appointment or if the client is further afield I can work online; emailing stationery ideas and sketches.

Tell us about your gorgeous hand printed designs? 

Each design I make is tailor made so I am happy to make any products the client would wish for. I do have packages on my website but I can always quote for additional items. The invitations are hand screen printed by me in Hebden Bridge.

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Is every design really completely bespoke? 

I begin the process of making the invitations by chatting to the couple and getting to know them (online or in person). I then sketch some ideas for their stationery, these could be based on their wedding location, the bride and grooms favourite things or to match the colour palette of their wedding. When the couple have decided on their favourite design I then screen print them.

This is a hand printed process; pushing ink through a thin mesh screen with the design on it to make the image. Every single invite is hand printed in this way and therefore truly bespoke. I draw all the illustrations for the invites and pride myself on them being completely unique to each couple.

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pretty history. jenny packham for a vintage styled wedding at saltmarshe hall – catriona & pete

February 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Vintage Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Tulip Photography (55)

As the cold weather continues to bite, we’re bringing you a little piece of summer this afternoon in the form of Catriona and Pete’s oh-so-pretty wedding day.

Super-sweet and elegant from beginning to end, we love everything about this beautiful celebration. Highlights include Catriona’s stunning Jenny Packham gown, colourful blooms, dainty china and lots of cake!

With images by Tulip Photography.

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catriona says: We got engaged on the 23rd January 2013, at Fountains Abbey. We always consider my 21st birthday to be the start of our relationship, the 23rd of January is Pete’s birthday so both birthdays are significant milestones for us. Prior to the proposal it had been snowing. When we arrived at Fountains Abbey and walked down into the ruins to find that we were the only people there. There is a ledge in one of the largest parts of the building and when we got to the top Pete got down on one knee, presented me with the most beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes! We enjoyed the rest of the day walking in the snow as a newly engaged couple and then went home to tell our families the exciting news.

We got married on the 19th July 2014. Pete particularly wanted a summer wedding and we have numerous teachers in our family so the start of the school summer holiday seemed like a natural fit. Pete also wanted to wait for the football World Cup to be over – to avoid any distracted guests! This gave us a year-and-a-half to plan the wedding, which I think is a reasonable time frame. A significant proportion of Pete’s family guests were traveling from Canada to join us and so the timing also allowed for an English summer holiday afterwards.

A Vintage Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Tulip Photography (85)

We got married at Saltmarshe Hall, which is near Howden, East Yorkshire. This is a lovely historic property, which has only recently become a wedding venue. We considered a few local venues and while they all offered different wedding packages, there were none that we felt fit with how we wanted our day to be.  When we first went to Saltmarshe and met Kate, the owner, we felt really relaxed and she offered us a level of flexibility, which meant we could shape the entire day exactly as we wanted it to be, including bringing in our own catering and access to numerous rooms and their stunning gardens. We took our parents to look around and fortunately they shared our love of the venue as we had already made our minds up and booked it there and then.

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visit the north west wedding fair with brides up north!

February 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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I’m extremely excited to be reprising my role as official blogger for The North West Wedding Fair for the fifth time this spring!

Whilst our own events are bespoke, exclusive and perfectly formed (…are they in your diaries yet !?), The North West Wedding Fair is the largest premium show for brides from the North West and I love that every one of their Exhibitors and Partners are dedicated to serving the North West region. Isn’t that what Brides Up North encourages: thinking local?

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Our position as one of the top wedding blogs in the UK – and the only one specifically for Northern Brides – is extremely valuable, so alliances like this one need to be right for us. It is Mercury Events’ excellent reputation in the market that gave me the confidence to join up with The North West Wedding Fair in spring 2014, and I‘m happy to report that it was the start of a beautiful friendship.

As well as hosting my own features over on the show’s official blog, I’ll also be on site at the event, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming like mad (from a front row seat on their designer catwalk no less), trying to meet as many of you lovely brides to be as possible and also putting my judging hat on to award the “best in show” exhibitor prize.

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The show brings you the finest collection of over 180 wedding suppliers and experts from your area. Try, buy, book and hire all you need for your perfect day. Every detail is covered; from venues to favours, transport to catering, stationery to cakes, and much more. There are also free expert workshops and live entertainment acts.

Eight stylish Catwalk Shows take place throughout each day of the show, showing a hand-picked selection of dresses in their very best light and keeping brides-to-be up to date on the latest trends.

Plus all of the show’s regular features return, including The Vintage Village and the live Entertainment Stage, where you can hold your own auditions for your big day’s entertainment.

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My top picks for any bride’s visit include:

  • The Entertainment Stage
  • Those Beautiful Catwalk Shows
  • The Essential Bridalwear Collection
  • The Stylish Prosecco Bar (of course!)
  • Meet The Experts
  • Inspired Bakes Gallery (cake!)
  • The Vintage Village

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Go VIP for an extra special girl’s day out. For the ultimate in wedding show experiences, treat yourself to a day out to remember. Enjoy FastTrack entry to the show and make your way to the You & Your Wedding VIP lounge for some all-day pampering. Pick up your bridal beauty tote from Benefit Cosmetics, sip on some bubbly and then make your way to your reserved seating at the popular catwalk shows.

VIP tickets include FastTrack entry, access to the VIP lounge & dedicated Prosecco Bar, Benefit Bridal Beauty Tote Bag, glass of bubbly, Benefit makeup masterclasses and reserved catwalk seating.

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save 1/3 on standard tickets

Save 1/3 on standard tickets by quoting the code LN70 when booking.

Standard Adult tickets £15 each (£10 with 1/3 off). VIP ticket £25 and not included in 1/3 off offer. Booking fees apply. 1/3 offer closes at midnight on 11th March 2016.

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Visit the website for more details and to book your tickets now

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eye candy: the separates collection by charlotte balbier

February 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Our lead Sponsor here at Brides Up North, Charlotte Balbier is famous for celebrating a bride’s individuality and style and sometimes, just sometimes, breaking all the bridal rules (kinda why we love her)!

With great delight we are proud to debut the new Balbier separates collection on our pretty pages.  Charlotte has created 11 inter-changeable separates all designed for the bride to build and create her own individual look.

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Maybe a satin slip with a lace topper and satin sash, or a ball gown skirt, crop top and lace reverse bolero? Whatever your personality and look the new separates collection offers a diverse way of creating your very own bridal syle.

charlotte says: Now, more than ever before, a Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style, expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.

Girls, get ready for some serious dress crushing…

Harper

Harper:  A slipper satin dress with shoestring straps and low back. Fabulous with one of the lace overlay gowns, lace toppers or worn simply as it is.

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