October 11th, 2018 | Julia Braime
We’re so excited to return as the official blogger for The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th October 2018!
I’ll be on site at the event, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming like mad (from a front row seat at the designer catwalk no less) and trying to meet as many of you lovely brides to be as possible.
Joining me this autumn will be over 200 of the most trusted suppliers from Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool. I always love it when the suppliers have gone that extra mile, be it in the visual styling of their stand, the experience that they are offering to their customers or their beautiful products. Having checked out the exhibitor line up for this event, it’s going to be a gorgeous one!
And no wedding show is complete without a bit of dress shopping, is it? We’ll be immersing ourselves in clouds of lace and tulle as we check out the Catwalk Show to see what our favourite bridal boutiques and designers have to offer for the season ahead.
The best boutiques in the North West will be on hand to help you find the best type and fit of dress for you and your whole wedding party. The Catwalk brings the latest looks for brides and bridesmaidsto life in a fabulous show that takes place four times a day at the National Wedding Show Manchester. Watch out for dream dresses by Berketex, Ladybird, Oriental Pearl, Willow Bride, White Gallery, Diane Harbridge, Wedding Style Collective and The Confetti Box!
Whilst the bridal dresses are the obvious showstoppers, you’ll also see beautiful make-up looks by Lancôme, a variety of on-trend hairstyles from Anna Sorbie, shoes to fall in love with from Rainbow Club, Mother Of The Bride by Maria Morris and Nigel Raymont and even inspiration for bouquets and other accessories!
We wouldn’t forget the groom either, there’ll be some seriously swoon worthy looks on the catwalk from the likes of Slaters, Ben Sherman, Swarbricks Formal Hire, Youngs Hire and Moss Bros.
It’s a must-see for everyone visiting the show so why not guarantee yourself a seat with a Brides Up North VIP ticket? Then you can pick up a glass of fizz from the Champagne Bar and settle in to “ooh”, “aah” and enjoy the show! Catwalk shows are at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm every day.
Images supplied by The National Wedding Show
October 9th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
We’re stepping back into warmer climes today as we recount Holly and Ashley’s fabulous July wedding at the beautiful Crathorne Hall in Yarm.
Set in 15 acres of private grounds on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, this is a wedding venue that’s brimming in pure elegance and romantic wedding day feels. It’s no surprise that the couple fell in love with the space, complementing the dreamy setting with their very own Yorkshire-inspired wedding. Think tractors, horses and outdoor games and you’ll start to picture the scene!
The couple, who welcomed family and friends from around the globe, kept things classic and elegant – from the pastel hued blooms to the turquoise bridesmaids’ dresses and handmade centrepieces. All understated and flawlessly perfect.
Other special touches to look out for include their horseshoe favours and messages in a bottle, which the bride and groom plan on opening in the years to come.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.
holly says: We got engaged on 4th August 2017. It was Ashley’s birthday and we went out for dinner at the Jet Miners in Broughton. After dinner, Ash insisted on going for a walk so we headed for Cod Beck Reservoir in Osmotherley. We walked half way around the reservoir and he challenged me to skim stones. As I was searching for a stone to skim, Ash called my name, I turned around and he was there on one knee! An absolutely perfect and unexpected proposal.
We got married on 20th July 2018. We chose this date because it was one of the very few available during the summer for the year following our engagement. We couldn’t wait to get a date booked.
We got married at Crathorne Hall. We viewed several venues and Crathorne Hall was the one that ticked all of the boxes. Gorgeous, accessible and it had rooms on-site. It was perfect.
When we started wedding planning, we were keen to have a Yorkshire theme. We both originate from down south but have always lived together in North Yorkshire. However, as things developed, so did the theme. Our wedding just became a party that represented us – tractors, horses, travel and food.
We didn’t really choose a colour scheme. We just went for natural and neutral colours that we both liked.
When I went dress shopping, I tried on a lot of dresses in many different shops. With our wedding date booked for less than a year away, there was a lot of pressure to get a dress ordered as quickly as possible so it would be ready in time. I eventually chose a dress from Victoria Robson in Northallerton. Victoria made it easy and stress-free and I knew that the dress was the one!
Ash chose his suit from Peter Posh – it was a combination of styles which suited his taste perfectly. We got the grooms’ suits from the same supplier and it was very straightforward to organise.
October 8th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We’re getting your week off to a glorious start with a wedding at one of our very favourite Yorkshire venues – The Mansion in Leeds. Situated in the stunning surroundings of Roundhay Park, this gem of a venue is chic and stylish with elegant décor and opulent touches in the furnishings and fittings for a big day that brims with luxury.
Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us at our Luxury Wedding Show at this spectacular venue on Sunday 28th October, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, when you will be able to appreciate its beauty first hand while meeting the super-efficient and knowledge team from Dine who run The Mansion providing first class catering and faultless service. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by a selection of the area’s very best wedding suppliers to help bringing together every element of your big day seamlessly.
You never know, you might just fall in love with The Mansion at first slight, just as today’s featured couple, Scott and Samantha, did.
Opting for a vintage style wedding with rustic touches, Samantha’s gorgeous Enzoani gown set the tone for the day with beautiful detailed lace overlay and long flowing train, finished off beautifully with a dazzling back jewellery piece that’s sending our eyes all heart-shaped.
The ‘just picked’ style flowers add a rustic twist along with the beautiful floral print stationery produced by graphic designer groom Scott.
Other highlights for us include the stylish laser-cut name places, the men’s dapper navy suits and not forgetting those beautiful magenta tone bridesmaid gowns – otherwise expertly described by Samantha’s dad as “summer fruits yoghurt” – a truly delicious hue indeed!
With images by Freya Raby.
samantha says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2016. Scott proposed at home before we set off to Leeds for dinner at San Carlo (our favourite restaurant). Later we met friends to celebrate and ring in the New Year!
We got married on 4th August 2018. We both knew we wanted a summer wedding but, as I’m a teacher, the school summer holidays were an ideal time.
We held both our ceremony and reception at The Mansion, Leeds. It was the first venue we both viewed and we instantly fell in love with it. We booked it the same day! We particularly loved the sweeping staircase, the chandelier and its perfect location, overlooking Roundhay Park. We would absolutely recommend it – it’s simply stunning. We were worried about having the public in the park but it was no bother at all on the day. Craig Squelch, our wedding planner from Dine , was unbelievable. Everything went to plan – apart from the fire alarm going off, but this only added to the memories of our day.
The theme of the wedding was vintage/rustic. Scott works as a graphic designer so he set the tone with his save the date cards and it went from there, really. Colour-wise, Scott knew he wanted the boys in navy and, as my dress was a non-traditional colour (mocha with an ivory lace), matching up the bridesmaids with the groomsmen and bride was initially tricky. It was by chance that we came across the deep pink/purple dresses the girls wore, which were purchased from Biba. The shade is difficult to describe when people ask – we often jokingly referred to it as “summer fruits yoghurt” as my dad said that was what it reminded him of when he first saw them! The dresses with the navy suits really worked with the darker wedding dress I had chosen.
My dress is called Hollywood by Enzoani. I tried on dozens of dresses before I visited Broughton’s Bridals in Garforth. After trying many dresses on there, Sam, the owner, suggested the Hollywood. On the hanger, it didn’t look much but, when I put it on, things got emotional – my mum and grandma both began with the tears as soon as I stepped out wearing it. Adding the five-string back jewellery piece finished it off perfectly (this was an additional accessory purchased separately from Broughton’s to complement the dress). The saying really does go – when you know, you know!
Scott hired French Connection suits from Moss Bros for him, the bridesman and the groomsmen.
October 5th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Soughton Hall – a stunning Georgian country house on the border of North Wales and Cheshire – is today’s enchanting backdrop to Ashleigh and Rhys’ special day in early August.
Opting for a classic white theme accentuated by beautiful cleans lines and lots of shimmering glass, the wedding is a blueprint for a truly timeless décor and look. And, unconventionally, the bride even wanted her bridesmaids dressed in white, but eventually settled on an Instagram-worthy pastel pink shade instead. Equally divine!
Along with some utterly beautiful outdoor pics – there are plenty of other pretty touches and moments to pore over; from the bride’s gorgeous calla lily bouquet and confetti balloons to the stunning four-tiered cake and shortbread biscuit favours.
So, as we gear up for the weekend ahead – which for us, and you lovely brides-to-be that join us, will include spectacular Luxury Wedding Shows at Saltmarshe Hall, East Yorkshire, and Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire – we’ll leave you in Ashleigh’s capable hands as she talks though all her wonderful wedding day highlights – enjoy!
With images by Samantha Kay Photography.
ashleigh says: We got engaged while in Liverpool. Rhys pretended we were going to meet friends for the evening but took me for a surprise meal at our favourite restaurant, The Art School. The ring was hidden in the starter board which featured a number of small boxes containing different foods. I opened the box with the ring and the next thing I knew, he was down on one knee! Awkwardly, I had just taken a very fishy mouthful of the starter so was reluctant to kiss him after saying yes! We then continued with the seven-course tasting menu and then headed to Alma de Cuba to dance the night away with my brand-new rock!
We got married on 4th August 2018. It was one of the Saturday summer dates Soughton Hall had available for 2018, and we were adamant that the wedding needed to take place in the summer holidays as we’re both teachers. If I’m honest, I also liked the even numbers; 04/08/18 has a nice ring to it!
We were married at Caldy Church about 200 metres from my mum and dad’s house, where I got ready on the morning of the wedding.
We had the wedding breakfast and evening do at Soughton Hall down the road from Rhys’ mum and dad in North Wales. Rhys worked there when he was younger and we had walked past several times walking his dog and always said we’d love to get married there. We didn’t even bother to go and view any other venues – we knew that was the one.
In terms of the styling of the wedding, I wanted clean lines and modern simplicity so there was a lot of glass: vases and circular glass plates with flowers underneath on the table. I tend to take the reins when it comes to interior, fashion and design so Rhys was happy to let me run with ideas.
As for the colour scheme – this was white, white, white – you can’t go wrong! Also, its timeless nature was important to me.
October 1st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
After the wonderful summer we’ve had, it’s becoming a recurring theme to show you gorgeous cerulean skies and baking hot sunshine as par for the course in our real wedding features. Today’s wedding showcase is no exception, taking place on one of the hottest days of the year – more south of France than north of the UK! Despite the challenging heat, the bride, Rachael, looks radiant in her Amanda Wyatt gown, with its French Chantilly lace bodice, soft tulle A-line skirt and classic lace-up back, accessorised with a gorgeous red lip. Being an historian who especially loves the Georgian period, it’s no surprise she’s chosen a pair of heels with a Georgian sense of style to complete her look. We also love the white feather fan she uses to keep herself cool during the day – a good tip for any summer brides-to-be.
The theme of Rachael and Luke’s big day was travel and they did a sterling job of reflecting this in their choice of decorations. The world map table plan is particularly charming, and they’ve added little details throughout, like the globe that accompanies the rather regal-looking cake during the wedding breakfast.
It’s not always easy to dress a marquee as the all-white appearance can add a cool tone, but Rachael and Luke added a curtain of fairy lights behind the top table to warm up the scene and some on-trend love lights to add depth to the room. With beautiful white blooms and greenery aplenty, the effect is elegant and classic.
With images by Madison Picture.
rachael says: We got engaged while in Iceland. I had planned a trip there to celebrate Luke’s 30th birthday. Being a geographer, it was a place he had always wanted to go, and I was pleased with myself that I could make it happen. Therefore, being proposed to on the trip was the last thing I expected. On the third day of our trip, we spent the day visiting geysers, hot springs and lava fields. On our way back to the hotel, Luke suggested we visit one last waterfall. I was pretty exhausted, but Luke was insistent. The waterfall, Skógafoss, was breath-taking. Luke set up his camera on the tripod and suggested we jump in front of the waterfall in order to catch it on camera. I didn’t realise he was actually filming and, after we both jumped, he got down on one knee. Hilariously, it didn’t quite go to plan and Luke fell backwards almost into a running stream. As I tried to pull him up, he would not get off his knee. Being a joker, I thought he was pulling a prank, until I saw the ring. He asked me to marry him and, after saying yes, the rest was a bit of a blur. It was the best feeling ever. On our return leg of the journey, he had created a CD full of my favourite songs and those that meant so much to us both. We drove back feeling on top of the world.
We chose 27th July 2018 as our wedding date. Originally, I wanted to go for 27/7/2017. Being the seventh child of two parents who were also the seventh child in their family, the number is very lucky for me! However, living in Dubai, we felt it would be too soon to plan the wedding, so settled for 27/7/18.
We had our ceremony at St Mary’s Church, Whitewell. It was important to us both that we were married in a church and St Mary’s is beautiful. We met the most wonderful people every time we attended mass. Rev Veronica Green and Carolyn Wort did everything in their power to help us to get married there, despite us living in the UAE. Over the two years of planning, we built up a lovely friendship with them both and Veronica gave the most beautiful service. She helped to make me feel calm on the day and not only gave a beautiful sermon but also gave us such fantastic advice on the importance of marriage and the foundations of a successful partnership.
We had our reception at Iscoyd Park in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Being an historian, I always knew I wanted to get married at a Georgian wedding venue and Iscoyd was the 18th century venue I was looking for. Photographs really do not do the place justice. Arriving at Iscoyd for a viewing, I was almost in tears at the beauty of the venue. Not only did it have the charm of an 18th century building but the renovation by the Godsal family was breath-taking. Every room in the house was perfectly designed to reflect the history of Iscoyd whilst bringing it into the 21st century. The attention to detail was unreal and each aspect of the house was unique. We knew instantly we would want to have more than one night at Iscoyd, so we decided to book two so that our families could enjoy a little break away whilst getting to know each other fully the night before.
One of the most important reasons we also decided on Iscoyd Park was due to the staff. We were given such a warm welcome from Philip Godsal and, despite it being his family home, he was clear to us from the start that he wanted us to feel like Iscoyd Park was our home for those couple of days that we would be staying there. Every person we came into contact with at Iscoyd was fantastic. They were incredibly warm and welcoming and made us feel as though nothing was too much trouble for them. We would absolutely recommend Iscoyd Park to other brides and grooms. We both felt so sad when the experience came to an end and we had to leave Iscoyd and their wonderful staff. We hope to visit again in the future and envy those who have their wedding still to come.
In terms of a theme, we decided to go for a simple and classic style; as the venue itself is so stunning, we didn’t really need to make many additions and we didn’t want to detract from the beauty of the place. We opted for a travel theme as this is something that is important to both our lives. Each table was named after a place we had been together, and we used old-fashioned travel posters on each table to show this. I also filled the room with a variety of beautiful quotes written on the theme of love.
For the colour scheme, we decided to go for light blue/grey with simple white flowers throughout. I wanted something fresh and classic and something that would fit with the venue we had chosen.
September 28th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We adore all the gorgeous weddings that we get to share with you here on Brides Up North, but today’s beauty has us doubly excited as the spectacular backdrop to the celebrations is a North Yorkshire venue that we’ve just added to our collection of Luxury Wedding Shows. Feast your eyes on The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, a beautifully polished rustic gem of a venue set in acres of rolling countryside with stunning ceremony and reception space, plus plentiful accommodation on site. Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us the evening of Thursday 18th October for our Stylish Wedding Show at Yorkshire Wedding Barn, open 6pm to 9pm, FREE ENTRY, when we will be showcasing this incredible venue while also welcoming a fabulous line-up of the area’s very best suppliers to help inspire and achieve your big day visions.
But for now, on with the gorgeous wedding of Rebecca and Joshua who chose Yorkshire Wedding Barn for their Mexican inspired wedding, complete with a glorious pink and orange colour scheme and a Mariachi soundtrack.
The bridesmaids are a vision in sunset-coloured dresses and the bouquets are bold and bright to evoke a taste of Mexico that packs a real punch, not to mention the vibrant flower wall in front of which Rebecca and Joshua exchanged their vows.
Rebecca wanted a ‘Cinderella’ gown and Blue by Enzoani hit the nail on the head, with a frothy, layered skirt and a crystal bodice with a sweetheart neckline (apt, as the bride and groom are childhood sweethearts!) and delicate barely-there straps. Paired with every girls’ dream shoe, the Louboutin, and a softly styled up do, Rebecca is definitely the belle of the ball!
We love the idea of each table at the wedding breakfast representing a year of Rebecca and Joshua’s courtship, complete with photos to illustrate that time in their lives. After more than ten years together, there were plenty of memories to share – and, by the looks of it, the memory bank was well and truly topped up at this joyful and colourful celebration.
With images by Barnaby Aldrick.
rebecca says: We engaged while in Lanzarote – we booked the holiday to celebrate nine years since Josh asked me to be his girlfriend. From first being together in school, we always knew we wanted to get married to each other. After having a long-distance relationship for five years living at different universities (Newcastle and Liverpool), we finally moved in together and went through great stresses renovating our home. I had been hoping for Josh to propose but he still managed to surprise me by getting down on one knee at sunset on a windswept clifftop on the second night of our holiday.
We got married on Friday 17th August 2018. We had always said we wanted to get married in summer 2018 and, as a teacher, I was limited to the summer holidays if we wanted to go straight on honeymoon. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it and knew the compromise of getting married on a Friday instead of a Saturday was totally worth it.
The venue was Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Gilling West. We decided we’d really like a barn wedding, allowing us to bring our own style to the day, and lots of the barns we looked at were, as you can imagine, full of hay bales and hessian décor. However, the Yorkshire Wedding Barn ticked all the boxes, giving us the upmarket luxury we wanted but still providing a blank canvas for us to decorate in our own way. It was everything we ever wanted and a lot of this came down to Olivia, who organised everything perfectly. We would 100% recommend this venue to any couples wanting to have a wedding day that lasts longer than just a day. The onsite accommodation enabled us to have all of our closest friends and family with us the night before our wedding and Olivia helped arrange breakfast for us all the morning after the wedding as well.
In terms of a theme, having a DIY wedding meant we were able to keep everything really personal. We chose a catering company run by a family friend who agreed to do our absolute favourite food – Mexican – in sharing-style platters for our main course. Danny, an usher, suggested continuing the theme by booking a Mariachi band, so I used Alive Network to source an authentic Mexican Mariachi band, Mariachi King, to play us out of the ceremony and during the drinks reception. Having visited Mexico recently, we ran with this theme, incorporating cacti in the centrepieces, Mexican props for our photo booth and having tequila shots after the incredible best man/usher speech.
Colour-wise, we wanted a bright summer wedding, so we had different shades of pink and orange throughout the colour scheme. These are mine and Josh’s favourite colours and we have a lot of these in our house, so we could keep the decorations afterwards.
When choosing my dress, I went to about four dress shops before I found the one. I knew I wanted a ‘Cinderella’ dress and thought it would probably be strapless – definitely no lace. I tried on so many different types of dress just to be sure (even full lace) but when I went to The Harrogate Wedding Lounge they could tell I knew which style I wanted and picked out lots of beautiful princess dresses. My best friend and maid of honour, Fiona, picked out a Blue by Enzoani dress that I had missed as it had straps. My mum later came into the shop and picked out the same dress so I agreed to try it on, trusting their opinions. It was perfect and there were so many tears from my bridal party when they saw it (not to mention my husband when I walked down the aisle!). After ordering my dress I lost quite a lot of weight, but The Harrogate Wedding Lounge did a great job of taking it in two dress sizes so that it fit perfectly on the day.
To accessorise, I had always dreamt of getting married in a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes so I went to Harvey Nichols, Leeds to buy my dream pair in pink glitter, so I can’t wait to wear them again.
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