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Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

dream venue: denton hall

February 14th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We feel a surge of ‘just engaged’ selfies and shiny ring shots filling up our social feeds throughout the day as guys (and some gals!) seize this most romantic day of the year to get down on bended knee.

If you’re freshly engaged yourself (*waves whilst flashing my own bling*) we highly advise getting ahead of the St Valentine’s crowd and getting the all-important venue hunt underway – trust us, when we say the best ones sure do book up fast!

For those of you looking for a picturesque big day setting in Yorkshire, you’ve joined as at a perfect time, as today on the blog we’re catching up with the lovely team at our stunning Sponsor venue and Luxury Wedding Show partner Denton Hall. If you’ve not had this fabulous venue on your must-visit radar before, that’s because it’s something of a hidden gem, nestled in the Yorkshire Dales just outside of the historic spa town of Ilkley – and its team are at the ready to tell you all about its wonderful wedding offering…

Images: Barnaby Aldrick, Joel Skingle, Richard Perry & Wynn Davies Photography, with thanks.

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Can you tell us a little about the history of Denton Hall and describe the look and feel of the venue?

denton hall say: The Hall was designed by famous architect John Carr and built in 1778. Today the beautiful building provides a venue that is brimming with timeless elegance and situated in a luxurious rural setting. Being nestled in 2,500 acres with stunning views across to the Ilkley moor, we really are spoilt with some of the best views in Yorkshire. The building has been beautifully restored to mirror its original style and retain its unique character. From the stunning spiral stair case to crystal chandeliers, there are so many areas just perfect for photographs and for friends and family to relax in.

Tell us about the ceremony and reception areas at Denton Hall…

With three stunning rooms within the hall licensed for civil ceremonies and the local church just a stone’s throw away in the village of Denton, getting married here could not be easier. Typically, we use the front terrace of the Hall, which has sweeping views across to the Ilkley moor for your drinks reception – as well as our newly refurbished reception area and bar, before moving through into the elegant dining room. After dinner, its back to the bar and reception area to dance the night away until the small hours with our late licence. We can host up to 100 guests for the day reception and then 160 for the evening.

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What makes Denton Hall a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

We like to think that what we offer here at Denton is truly a magical experience, we like to get to know our couples and with the exclusive use for the whole weekend, you really do become part of the Denton family. You are our only guests and we get to look after you and your loved ones from the moment you all arrive on Friday until you all depart on Sunday.

Each and every wedding is as individual and different as the couple; so with this in mind we don’t have set packages which couples adhere to. Instead each and every couple sit down with us and we create a bespoke day tailored exactly as they want it – from the reception drinks all the way through the day to evening food.

What sort of bride would be a Denton Hall bride?

Any bride can be a Denton bride, whatever their vision. With the bespoke tailored packages we can caterer for all wants and desires.

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How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

We like to try and make the planning process as easy as possible for our couples by offering our guidance and expertise on; from suppliers and styling, to traditions and seasonal food/drink. We are always on hand to answer questions and queries – whether that’s on the phone, over email, face to face, or even text.

On the big day one of the team is here from the moment the first guest arrives on Friday afternoon until check out on Sunday. Ourselves and the catering managers from Box Tree Events always ensure that the bridal party are aware of who we are and that they can come to us with anything they need, plus we are on hand for you both all day too.

Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?

Our couples can make a full weekend out of the exclusive use of the hall, we have 24 guest bedrooms plus our luxury bridal suite and lodge suites. We don’t book our rooms out to anyone other than the wedding party and get the bride and groom to allocate the bedrooms – that way you can make sure that those who definitely need a room have one.

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Tell us about your catering services and what makes them special? 

One thing we are immensely proud of here at Denton is our catering. We have worked exclusively with the amazing and fabulous team at Box Tree Events for the past seven years, who will delight and excite couples with their wonderful wedding menus and choices.

What is the feedback like from couples about Denton Hall?

One of the bets parts of the wedding weekend for us is seeing just how happy our couples are. The joy just beams out of their faces. We often get feedback which thanks us for being part of the whole journey, from the first show around until check out on the Sunday morning. Working with Box Tree Events also ensures the food is just sensational. There are always comments from our couples and their friends and family on just how delicious the entire wedding breakfast was.

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this sunday! brides with style: a luxury wedding show at lartington hall

February 10th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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The lovely wedding fairies at Lartington Hall have teamed up with Brides Up North and UNVEILED Magazine to bring you a Brides With Style, A Luxury Wedding Fair at the heart-stoppingly beautiful, exclusive use venue THIS SUNDAY, 11th February 2018, 11am till 3pm, and it’s FREE ENTRY, everyone welcome!

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Expect stunning styling, perfect interiors, all the details from fine art florals to bridal fashion, cakes, photographers, stationers, live music and more.  Come along and see what makes Lartington Hall just that extra bit special, from it’s delicious food to every little considered last touch of décor and comfort. This really is one of our very favourite places in the world – when we visit, we never want to leave!

The whole of the Hall, including it’s beautiful Ballroom, Chapel, bedroom suites and gardens will be open to explore and enjoy.  If you haven’t found your venue yet (or even if you have and just fancy some serious wedding inspiration) then we would love to see you there.  Register now!

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Lartington Hall has quickly become one of the most sought after country house wedding destinations in the North of England. Having been lovingly restored, the Grade II listed building set amongst 78 acres of romantic parkland is now equally stunning on the outside as within; housing an opulent collection of ceremony and reception rooms, luxurious, boutique style accommodation and its very own private chapel.

The quality of the restoration and attention to detail is nothing short of spectacular; from reclaimed venetian marble floors and regency antiques, to Nina Campbell furnishings and state-of-the-art Bose sound systems, the old and new have been blended together seamlessly.

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For weddings, the impressive country house, which combines the glamour of The Great Gatsby with the grandeur of Downton Abbey, becomes couples’ very own rural retreat for their special day, with exclusive use of the entire building for just them and their chosen guests. Helping to bring the perfect package together, a wedding specialist, stylist and, of course, a butler, will be on hand to assist brides and grooms with their every wish.

Find out more about the venue at www.lartingtonhall.co.uk.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (full of treats and glossy mags including the latest issue of our collectable glossy UNVEILED Magazine), simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to Lartington Hall. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

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fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.

Click here to view the schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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Images supplied by Lartington Hall.

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dream venue: halifax hall, sheffield

January 31st, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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If your wedding venue tick list includes: historic building, gorgeous grounds, excellent service and delicious food, then prepare to take note of our new Yorkshire Sponsor Halifax Hall, that we’re introducing on the blog today.

Set in leafy Sheffield, the stunning boutique hotel has a choice of beautifully presented function rooms, with adaptable space for small, intimate weddings as well as those up to 120 guests.

Keen to shape days around individual couples, the Hall’s staff take a personal approach to planning, with weddings priced on a bespoke basis to ensure brides and grooms have their every wish catered for, including being able to handpick their wedding breakfast and evening food.

We’re handing over the blog to the Hall’s team now to expand on the details, but if this fine venue has already piqued your interest, then be sure to mark down Sunday 25th February in your diary when you can visit Halifax Hall during its wedding open day, from 12 noon to 3pm, free admission.

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Where is the venue located?

halifax hall say: The venue is located in south west Sheffield, just a short walk from Ecclesall Road and the Botanical Gardens. The Hall is situated on the edge of the Endcliffe Village in picturesque gardens and has become established as one of Sheffield’s leading wedding venues, consistently being voted in the top ten hotels on TripAdvisor.

Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

Originally a Victorian steel baron’s mansion, and more recently a University hall of residence, Halifax Hall Hotel is a beautiful period property built in 1840, which was converted to a boutique hotel in 2013.

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Halifax Hall’s stunning architecture provides an amazing backdrop for wedding photography and is the perfect venue for intimate ceremonies catering for between ten and 120 guests.

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Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas?

Couples can hold their wedding ceremony in our light and airy Ennis Suite or the grander Dining Room, both of which offer neutral decor and plenty of natural light. The couple can then hire any of our five unique reception rooms for their wedding breakfast and evening celebrations.

What makes Halifax Hall a special wedding venue?

Due to the unique and bespoke way in which we approach weddings, we believe we offer a fantastic and flexible option to every bride and groom.

Our dedicated wedding team work with our couples to create a totally bespoke package for their big day, including personalised menus created by our talented chefs.

We support and encourage every couple’s individuality and ensure we commit a coordinator to be their point of contact from initial show round and throughout the planning process to create the day they imagined.

This level of service and versatility sets us apart and is a barometer of our commitment to ensure the perfect day each and every time.

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pretty blooms & antique gold. a stylish wedding at middleton lodge – jemma & david

January 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s picturesque wedding is all about the elegance, pairing a gorgeous ivory, blush pink and antique gold colour scheme with the grand and impressive backdrop of Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire.

Bride and groom Jemma and David, had their heart set on a summer’s wedding, and we can easily see why they fell for this stunning venue, which just so happens to be a Sponsor of Brides Up North.

Their special day featured a traditional church ceremony (the couple’s personal highlight from the whole day) followed by the wedding breakfast in a marquee beautifully adorned with peonies, roses, hydrangeas and witch hazel – the epitome of a classic country estate wedding.

Other Pinterest-worthy elements include the three-tiered cake with its oh so pretty ruffle and marble design, and the bride’s dreamy satin ivory dress with a mermaid tail.

Diary date: We will be holding a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at the stunning Middleton Lodge Estate on Sunday 4th March, 12 noon to 3pm, FREE ENTRY. Be sure to join us then to view this beautiful venue firsthand, including its new Fig House and Kitchen Garden wedding space, plus the beautiful Lodge House and Garden Marquee. 

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jenny Maden.

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jemma says: We got engaged in April 2016, at Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh! I had actually planned the trip to celebrate Dave’s birthday and couldn’t have been more surprised! Having no clue what he had planned, on our way up to the top we passed a beautiful lake with some swans. To which I said: “Wouldn’t this be a nice place to get engaged?” Little did I know that ten minutes later we would be!

We got married on 4th August 2017. We were quite flexible on the date as long as it was in the summer.

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We tied the knot at Middleton Lodge in Richmond, North Yorkshire. We wanted an exclusive use venue that our guests would love and Middleton Lodge has it all. It is a Georgian manor house set in acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The wedding breakfast was held in a marquee adjoined to the house and then late night partying in the red bricked Cellar Bar sold it for us!

There was no specific theme. We very much wanted a classic, elegant wedding. Tones of ivory, blush pink and antique gold were used in our wedding stationery and blooms.

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When it came to wedding dress shopping, I told myself that I would try on literally every style! Of course, I liked some styles more than others, but I really wanted to get the perfect dress that suited my figure and that I felt amazing in. So many of my friends have said they chose a dress that they never would have thought they would go for – so this fuelled my thought process!

In the end, I went for a very elegant satin ivory gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline. There was a mermaid tail littered with diamond and it had buttons down the back. I chose a diamond belt to add some more sparkle. My dress was from Abigail’s Bridal in Leeds and I can’t recommend them highly enough. Margaret and the whole team were fabulous and so accommodating!

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Dave wore a traditional navy morning suit. He was not a fan of wearing blush pink (surprise surprise!) so instead we opted for a light silver/ grey waistcoat and gunmetal grey ties.

The groomsmen wore the same as Dave; meanwhile the bridesmaids wore blush pink multi-way dresses that they looked beautiful in!

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dream venue: matfen hall, northumberland

January 19th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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And just when you thought we couldn’t provide you with anymore inspiration for your big day setting on the blog this week, we come along with another dreamy venue for you to consider.

This time it’s one for all the North East brides-to-be out there, as we’re sharing details of our Sponsor venue, Matfen Hall, which has a lot to shout about in 2018.

Having undergone a first-class refurbishment during the winter months, the team at this award-winning Northumbrian venue are set to reveal the spectacular results of the transformation during a Luxury Wedding Show with none other than Brides Up North and, luxury bridal magazine for the north, UNVEILED.

And the best bit? You’re all invited and it’s FREE ENTRY! So, be sure to block out 11am to 2pm on Sunday 4th March when we’ll be opening the Hall’s doors so you can view this stunning venue, while meeting its super team and a special collection of suppliers from the surrounding area.

In order to give you a glimpse of what’s to come and build the suspense further, we’re getting all the details from the Matfen team on what makes the Hall such a stunning venue, and hearing how the refurb will boost its glowing reputation even further…

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Where is Matfen Hall located? 

matfen hall say: Set in 300 acres of beautiful Northumbrian countryside, Matfen Hall is located in a picturesque village only 17 miles from Newcastle city centre. The stunning Northumberland countryside Matfen Hall is set within offers so many options for your wedding imagery – from stunning golden corn fields to manicured gardens to wild woodland. The benefit of such dramatic interiors mean that even if the weather is not with you on your big day, your opportunity for photographs with amazing backdrops is still available!

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Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

Matfen Hall and its surrounding estate has been in the Blackett family for more than 250 years.  The Hall was built on the site of an earlier Jacobean house in 1832 by Sir Edward Blackett, the 6th Baronet. Following a massive programme of work to the fabric of the building Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett opened the doors as in 1999. We have so many original features in the Hall, including a fireplace in our Terrace Room that was originally intended for Buckingham Palace.

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Matfen Hall is a unique and historic venue set in stunning Northumberland surroundings; it boasts a luxurious and traditional atmosphere for a wedding. We offer exclusivity of the East Wing, so that our couples can relax in the knowledge that they will be the only wedding taking place that day and have the utmost dedicated team to take care of them with more than 35 years’ experience between us!

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Matfen Hall is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment that will transform several of its main reception rooms for weddings. Please can you tell us more about this?

We are delighted with the refurbishment work to the Hall’s East Wing, which has been underway for several months, and that will be completed by the end of February. This investment will transform the Great Hall, Terrace Room and Sir Edwards Bar. We are working with the talented interior designers Space ID, who are Newcastle based, though they have completed some incredible projects across the UK.

Entering the theatrical space that is the Great Hall, eyes will be drawn to the spectacular original oak ceiling, sensitively highlighted with led lights and suspended contemporary orbs of light creating a virtual firework display overhead. A dance of coloured light will spill over the bespoke gold ring seats from the original rose window, across the sweeping oak staircase with teal carpet runner, and will reflect in the antique mirror arches.

Leading from the Great Hall to the left, guests will be entertained within the sumptuous cocktail lounge with crystal lights, enveloping wingback chairs and relaxing music. Sir Edward’s Bar provides a relaxing space, with textured wall finishes, in rich blues and greens accented with artisan brass metalwork on the bar counter.

Leaving Sir Edward’s Bar, guests will be guided to the pièce de résistance, The Terrace Room. The original Jacobean windows with centuries old timber panelling frame the spectacular backdrop of Matfen Hall gardens and golf course. The high ceilings adorned with decorative plasterwork, sympathetically picked out in muted colours to match the panelled walls inset with crystal cut antique mirror panels.

We are really looking forward to revealing the East Wing once the work is complete and can’t wait to host many weddings in the new space.

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Can you tell us how couples can use the various areas of Matfen Hall on their wedding day?

The Great Hall is the ultimate setting for the most romantic and intimate part of your day, make your entrance down the magnificent Great Hall staircase before taking your vows in front of the large feature fireplace. This room can cater for up to 120 guests for a seated ceremony.

We also have our Dutch garden and cloister courtyard, for a more unique outdoor ceremony! Our private south facing Dutch Garden also makes a beautiful area for a cocktail drinks reception, then venture off into the surrounding woodland and estate, or, on a winter’s day, take your drinks reception in front of the roaring log burning fire in the Great Hall.

For those who would like a church ceremony, our neighbouring village only a short walk away from the East Wing hosts the cosy Holy Trinity Church, originally built by our current owner’s great-grandfather, Sir Edward Blackett, the 6th Baronet who also built Matfen Hall.

The choice of rooms for your wedding breakfast makes Matfen a truly special venue, the high ceilings and garden views out of the bay windows are just breath-taking.

Your evening celebration takes you to the Vault Bar and Cloister, historically the cellars of the original stately home. The décor creates a stylish and unique space for you and your guests to dance the night away! The Cloister courtyard can be used throughout various parts of your wedding day – the magical festoon lit area is perfect for outdoor ceremonies, alfresco dining or your sparkler send off at midnight!

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cool venue alert: inox, sheffield

January 16th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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With a rise in the number of cool city locations available for weddings, we’re delighted to be introducing a brand-new Brides Up North Sponsor venue to the blog today, which is situated in the heart of Sheffield.

Contemporary and flexible, Inox is a stunning event space located within the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building, which boasts fabulous ceremony and reception spaces, amazing cityscape views and an award-winning kitchen team.

Able to accommodate weddings of all sizes, couples are invited to utilise and design the space as they wish (which includes a fabulous outdoor balcony area!) to produce a day that is truly unique to them.

If Inox sounds right up your street, then be sure to mark Saturday 27th January in your diary as the venue will be hosting a Wedding Open Day 11am to 2pm, providing a great opportunity to view this impressive space for yourself while meeting Inox team and a selection of local suppliers.

In the meantime, we’ll hand over to the Inox team for more information on the venue’s awesome wedding offering…

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Where is the venue located?

inox say: Inox is located on level five of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building. Situated in the heart of Sheffield, Inox has a cool city centre vibe and is ideally located close to transport links making it an easy location for guests to reach.

Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

Inox was opened in 2013 as part of a multi-million-pound redevelopment of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building. We have developed our offering over the years to suit couples’ needs and provide very flexible and bespoke services for individual wedding celebrations.

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How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Stylish, contemporary and unique, Inox offers a flexible option, which is fully adaptable. Inox aims to provide a fun, modern and unique venue for couples to design and use as they wish. It boasts a large bar and outdoor balcony area too, with fabulous views of the city.

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for?  

Inox is ideal for celebrations of all sizes. The venue can host wedding receptions of up to 250 guests, or is suitable for intimate wedding breakfasts for just close friends and family. It is available for civil ceremonies in the restaurant and the Discovery Rooms, which boast incredible views across Sheffield, providing a stunning backdrop to the proceedings. Couples get exclusive use of the venue’s facilities for their wedding breakfasts and evening receptions.

What makes Inox a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

Inox includes a first-class restaurant and bar, catered for by award-winning head chef Joe Berry and his team, using only the freshest, seasonal produce from Sheffield’s finest local producers. The chic bar serves cocktails, a wide range of spirits, beers and fine wines. You can shape our suites to cater for anywhere between ten and 200 guests and put your own unique spin on our space in order to make your special day truly yours.

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