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princess perfect. ronald joyce for a blush pink wedding at matfen hall – rebecca & robert

October 12th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re rather excited about today’s real wedding as it takes place at a venue where we will be hosting a very special Luxury Wedding Fair alongside UNVEILED magazine, to reveal the results of an impressive refurbishment.

Already a gorgeous Northumberland venue, the developments will see Matfen Hall taken from stunning to super-stunning. But we can’t tell all just yet, you will have to join us there on Sunday 4th March 2018, to see for yourselves.

This morning’s featured couple, Rebecca and Robert, are equally as passionate about the venue as us, and knew instantly it would be the perfect place to stage their big day. Plus, the hall formed the setting for Robert’s incredibly well-thought-out and crazily-romantic proposal too – seriously, full fiancée marks!

There are many beautiful elements to this classic big day, including super-pretty blooms, décor and cake, plus a Ronald Joyce gown fit for a princess!

With images by David Lawson Photography.

A Romantic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) David Lawson Photography (4)

rebecca says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015. I used to be in a choir when I was in middle school and always said to Robert I would love to see a carol service on Christmas Eve. As I went to settle in for the night Robert said there was a carol service at Matfen Hall and we should go and see it.

The Great Hall that we were shown through to had a huge magical Christmas tree, a choir and chairs set up for the carol service but every chair in the audience was empty. As we took our seats I whispered to Robert that we must have got the wrong time.

No sooner had we sat down, the choir started singing. After three carols Robert stood up and took my hand (I was rather confused) he stood me next to the Christmas tree and handed me an envelope, inside was a card listing all the reasons he loved me (not expected from a rugby-playing farmer). Once I looked up from reading his beautiful words he was down on one knee. I don’t even think I gave him a chance to ask me ‘the’ question – I threw my arms around him and said “yes”, crying my eyes out!

A Romantic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) David Lawson Photography (31)

Our wedding date was Friday the 14th July. We always wanted to get married at Corbridge St Andrew’s Church, this is our local village and the church just sits so idyllically in the market place.

We held our wedding reception at Matfen Hall (it is our favourite place and having got engaged there made it all the more fitting!) We had our wedding breakfast within the Great Hall, which is slightly different as normally the wedding breakfast is in the Terrace Room. We just felt the Great Hall is amazing and really wanted to make the most of such an amazing space. It is so dramatic when you walk through the entrance doors and see the huge fireplace and stained-glass window!

A Romantic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) David Lawson Photography (9)

We wanted to keep the wedding as classic as possible so in ten years’ time we can look back at photographs and it won’t have dated too much.

We kept the colour scheme very simple and had blush and creams throughout. We had gorgeous blush sequin table runners and chair sashes. And the most amazing flowers, which were the focal point of the day.

A Romantic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) David Lawson Photography (48)

When it came to picking my dress, I had no idea what I wanted. I just took my mum with me as I wanted to keep my dress a surprise for everyone (even the bridesmaids!) I decided to go to A J Bridal in Newburn, they had come highly recommended.

The ladies at A J were so welcoming and asked me to look through the dresses and pick ones I liked the look of, I was instantly drawn to a princess style dress so picked that along with a few assorted styles. I tried on the first dress I had be drawn to and that was it – love at first sight! I proceeded to try on a couple of other gowns just to make sure I was making the right decision but I was certain the first dress was ‘the one’ I almost felt regal in it. I picked a Ronald Joyce dress, it doesn’t have a lot of bling just around the waist and had a full bottom with lace. Robert and I go to dinner dances and I get the chance to wear some lovely ball dresses and this was the sort of dress I would only get the chance to wear on my wedding day and it made me feel like a real-life princess.

The ladies at A J suggested trying it with a cathedral-length veil and a gorgeous diamanté head piece which sat slightly to the side. Once I had these on I fell in love again!

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let’s get this party started: hardwick hall hotel

October 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have seen that our jam packed series of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs are bigger and more beautiful than ever this season.

With our portfolio at it’s very best, every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait for another weekend of the finest wedding inspiration and welcoming you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel for our bridal party Luxury Wedding Fair on Sunday 8th October 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run the largest and most exciting free entry bridal exhibitions in the North East.  Hardwick Hall is a special one too. It’s going to be packed to the rafters – and it’s twinkling crystal chandeliers – with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.

Watch out for our DESIGNER DRESS SALE, tiny tipi tents, styling showcases, prosecco bar & glossy media packs, sponsored by Unveiled Magazine, for each visiting bride.

For this event, we are filling the whole of the Coleman Suite – and it’s going to be spectacular! We don’t just squash in any old exhibitors either! Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, we can promise you the very best choice of the best bridal experts in the region.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented.

If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We adore hearing your love stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person. I just love saying hello to my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday. Who wouldn’t love this job?

Well then, what are you waiting for? Grab your girls or your groom, and we’ll see you there!

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors.  As demand is high, to pick up your goody bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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want to exhibit with us?

We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details and pricing. 
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unveiled. issue #08

August 26th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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She’s here! She’s here! *does little dance*

Team Brides Up North are slightly delirious after a week of all-nighters spent getting our glossy magazine to print, but I’m certain that issue #08 must be our most stunning copy of UNVEILED to date! Each creative spread is packed with so much beauty and talent that I hope will delight, including some sensational fashion and venue exclusives, new collection reveals, never seen before spaces in which to say “I do” and more pages of stylish real weddings than ever before!

As we turn over so much online content here on these pretty pages on a daily basis, we aim for UNVEILED, our print product, to be covetable and collectable: a coffee table magazine that our brides – and contributors – will be proud to display and will dip into time and time again. The magazine is inspirational, of course, but it’s vital to us that it’s accessible too: every single supplier within it’s glossy pages is available to join your own wedding day team, and can work with a range of budgets.

We ask our readers to expect more: whatever your style or spend, our styled editorial shoots, supplier interviews and real bride features should resonate if you are looking for quality across every detail of your wedding day.

For AW2017, the inspiration doesn’t stop with our printed pages. A bit of exclusive news right here: from September 2017, look out for the launch of our slick new UNVEILED digital platform to sit alongside the magazine and our site here at Brides Up North!  Expect all the hottest bridal fashion news, expert styling tips, real weddings, previously unpublished creative footage and behind the scenes action, daily at www.unveiledmagazine.co.uk. It’s coming soon, and YOU will be the first to know about it!

The print magazine hits the shelves on Friday 8th September, but if you can’t wait till then (we definitely couldn’t!) you can also download the online version of the print magazine direct to your phone or tablet via our dedicated UNVEILED App. Just search ‘Unveiled Magazine’ on the App Store, or click here.

Let the wedmin begin! I hope you love every page of Issue 08.

julia & the team

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#unveiled07

March 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We are thrilled to present issue 07 of our beautiful print magazine, ‘The Luxury Edit’.

We are really proud that as of mid-December, UNVEILED became a trading name of Brides Up North Ltd, and the magazine was transferred into our ownership. UNVEILED is now be managed entirely by our team, both creatively (as before) and now commercially, in order to continue to grow and develop this stunning title.

At UNVEILED, we’re all about quality: the high-end, glossy finish and bespoke cover image which makes us the ultimate collectable bridal title; fewer adverts cluttering our 260 pages of unique editorial space for a more enjoyable read; no less than six, self-styled creative shoots featuring the very best wedding professionals in the North and exciting collaborations with the leading lights in the bridal fashion industry.

We aim to be both aspirational and inclusive. Every supplier that we feature in UNVEILED would love to work with you to create your own dream wedding day, and can accommodate a range of budgets. The teams who fuel our fashion shoots and feature pages are the best in the business, bar none, and I’d implore you to snap them up to be in your wedding planning corner.

You can order your copy of UNVEILED in our dedicated online shop, found here

If you’ve discovered UNVEILED as you start your wedding dress search, you are in luck.  We’ve more pages dedicated to the cause in this issue than ever before, starting with an exclusive shoot and interview from bridal fashion’s leading lady, the inimitable Caroline Castigliano.

We’ve also kept our now longstanding appointment with the North’s most fabulous bridal boutiques, as we go behind the scenes to find out more about their beautiful collections, exceptional service and to get the low down on the trends landing in a shop near you soon.

As Brides Up North readers already know, I love to see a real bride with sensational style, and so we’ve packed this issue with almost 70 pages of real wedding inspiration. We feature more pages of real weddings than any other regional title, and as the luxury wedding magazine for the North, are proud to support the talented local professionals who helped our brides to make their vision a reality.

The inspiration continues in our dedicated venues section too, as we showcase some of the most sensational spaces to say ‘I Do’. The hunt stops here. Pop that prosecco!

We are proud that UNVEILED is stocked at WHSmith, WHSmith Travel, in hundreds of independent retailers and distributed at the very best wedding fairs right across the North as well as direct to trade at the UK’s largest industry events. New for 2017, you can also pop us in your pocket – we are now live via App Store with our own dedicated UNVEILED App to download to your phone or tablet.

Whether you pick up your copy in the newsagents, online, at a bridal event or during a visit to one of our venue or boutique partners, I hope that you love every page of Issue #07.

Get set, wed!

julia & the team x

p.s. We’ve also been busy building a stunning new website: UNVEILEDdigital. Over on the new site, we’ll applying our online skills to create a truly sleek and smart online resource for UNVEILED readers, including a brand new blog, digital edition, brands directory, live catwalk content and many more innovative and exciting features. We can’t wait for the big reveal, coming very soon…

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2017, unveiled.

January 10th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Almost exactly two years ago I wrote a blog post (here) announcing that I would be joining the team at glossy, luxury wedding magazine unveiled as Editor In Chief. My role? To help the publishing team build on the stellar work that they had done in creating their first three issues and to produce a truly aspirational bi-annual bridal print product that was still accessible for brides to be planning their stylish wedding in the north of the UK (and successful in supporting the suppliers who could help them to achieve that).

How time flies when you are having fun!

Two years and three more issues under our belt, I’m proud to say that we faced the challenge head on and absolutely smashed it.

As I wrote in my Editor’s letter for Issue 06 of UNVEILED, I can finally say with confidence that this magazine has truly become the respected luxury title that I hoped it would when I accepted the post in January 2015. UNVEILED is making waves in the luxury bridal industry, gaining the very valued support of internationally celebrated bridal couturiers and brands whilst still celebrating and collaborating with the very best talent to be found in your local area.

UNVEILED asks that our readers, sponsors and collaborators expect more, and we aim to raise the bar even higher with each new issue. We’ve always shot our own cover images and every single editorial shoot found within UNVEILED’S beautiful pages is conceived and styled entirely in-house by our creative team – with the help of trusted teams of industry experts –  to create sensational, fashion forward and cutting-edge content to inspire your own wedding day look.

We feature more pages of real weddings than any other regional title and are proud to support the talented local professionals who helped our stylish brides to make their vision a reality. We work with big names, emerging talent, long established businesses and start ups alike, all with one thing in common: from luxury bridal boutiques to fine art floral designers, superstar photographers to sugar craft experts – if it’s beautiful, we want to know about it.

UNVEILED has an unrivaled distribution across the entire north of the UK, via our exclusive partnership with Brides Up North (who else?) as the largest host of luxury bridal events across three regions and special relationships with all the other biggest and best wedding shows such as The National Wedding Show, The UK Wedding Shows and other brilliant independent promoters. The magazine is available to purchase via the UNVEILED online store, on the newstand at WHSmith and independent retailers and new for SS17 will be at WHSmith travel outlets and available to download digitally via the App Store. UNVEILED is also a media partner for leading bridal trade events such as White Gallery, The London Bridal Show and The Harrogate Bridal Show.

This mag is going places…. and its pretty damn beautiful too.

Whilst planning and perfecting UNVEILED alongside the Brides Up North branded events and our pretty pages here on the blog, we prefer to let both products stand alone and speak for themselves, so despite announcing each new issue here on the site, we haven’t really shared any of our work for the magazine online. So why the change today?

We are really proud that as of mid-December, UNVEILED became a trading name of Brides Up North Ltd, and the magazine was transferred into our ownership. We are thrilled to announce that UNVEILED will now be managed entirely by our team, both creatively (as before) and now commercially, in order to continue to grow and develop this stunning title.

Die hard UNVEILED fans (like, er… me) can rest assured that the aesthetics of the magazine won’t be changing.  The magazine’s Founder, Craig – now a very good friend – remains an important part of the UNVEILED team and his support has been paramount in making the transition of ownership seamless. Pink might be our thing here at Brides Up North, but its almost a dirty word over on the UNVEILED side of the office! Instead, we’ll be keeping both products separate but drawing on our skills and contacts and pooling our resources across both titles. We’ve already proved that together we are stronger. UNVEILED is the most gorgeous bridal print title in the UK and we can’t wait to see where we can take it to next.

First up, we’ve got our SS17 issue to complete, for our end of February print date, and the line up of creative shoots, fashion features, venue showcases and styling inspiration is looking even better than ever. We can’t wait to share our hard work with you.

We’ve also been busy building a stunning new website: UNVEILEDdigital. Over on the new site, we’ll be applying our online skills to create a truly sleek and smart online resource for UNVEILED readers, including a brand new blog, digital edition, brands directory, live catwalk content and many more innovative and exciting features. We can’t wait for the big reveal, to coincide with the launch of Issue 07 and beyond.

And that’s just the beginning.

It should go without saying, and I’d like to reiterate that we may have big dreams, but we’ll never forget our roots.  I’ve already shared our news with many of our trusted collaborators and I’d like to thank our wonderful northern wedding industry colleagues who continue to support our journey, fuel our fashion shoots and feature pages.  They are the best in the business, bar none, and this will always be their magazine.

So, 2017, to work….

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for Issue 07. Please contact sales@unveiledmagazine.co.uk to request your Media Pack and for more information. We would love to hear from you. 

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#unveiled06

September 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Unveiled Issue 06

We are so excited to announce a new arrival: issue#06 of Unveiled Magazine is OUT TODAY!

(and how cool is our cover?!)

This, our third issue at the helm of beautiful print magazine Unveiled, has been a complete whirlwind – not least because I welcomed my new baby daughter, Lili Charlotte, at the end of June! Personally, all bets are off, but professionally, I can finally say with confidence that the magazine is truly becoming the respected luxury title that I hoped it would when I accepted the post of Editor-In-Chief in January 2015.

Unveiled is making waves in the luxury bridal industry, gaining the very valued support of internationally celebrated bridal couturiers and brands. We are so proud to feature some heavyweight talent in this issue, with contributions from the likes of Suzanne Neville, Ian Stuart, Caroline Castigliano, Sassi Holford, twobirds Bridesmaid and Emmy London. Their enthusiasm for our magazine and passion for their craft delights me. We are also excited to work alongside newer luxury labels that are creating quite the stir such as House Of Ollichon, Houghton Bride, Charlotte Mills, Andrea Hawkes and Poppy Dover. These designers are redefining the concept of bridal design and widening the fashion options for stylish women like you on your wedding day.

If you pick up your copy of Unveiled as you start your wedding dress hunt, you are in luck.  We’ve more pages dedicated to bridal fashion in this issue than ever before, with collection previews, designer interviews and insights to assist your style choices. We’ve dedicated no less than five fashion shoots – including a few Unveiled exclusives – to the cause too, as always conceived and styled entirely in house by our creative team with the help of our trusted industry expert colleagues. I hope that these excite and inspire you.

We’ve also kept our now longstanding appointment with the North’s most fabulous bridal boutiques, as we go behind the scenes to find out more about their beautiful collections, exceptional service and to get the low down on the trends landing in a shop near you soon.

More than anything though, I love to see a real bride with sensational style, and so we’ve packed this issue with over 50 pages of real wedding inspiration. We feature more pages of real weddings than any other regional title, and as the luxury wedding magazine for the North, are proud to support the talented local professionals who helped our brides to make their vision a reality.

We may have big dreams, but we’ll never forget our roots, and we’d like to thank our wonderful Northern wedding industry colleagues who continue to fuel our fashion shoots and feature pages.  They are the best in the business, bar none, and I’d implore you to snap them up to be in your own wedding day team.  This will always be their magazine.

I hope that you love every page of Issue #06. Get set, wed.

Enjoy!

julia x

Editor-In-Chief

Unveiled is available to buy at WHSmith, hundreds of independent retailers and via www.unveiledmagazine.co.uk.  You can also collect your complimentary copy at all the very best bridal events across the North of the UK.

Cover image: CARRO Studio // Bridal Jumpsuit: House Of Ollichon // Shoes: Stylist’s Own // Ring: Stylist’s Own // Hair: Gareth Lambert at Aqua The Salon // Make Up: Jo Leversuch // Stylist: Julia Braime // Model: Katherine

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