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effortlessly elegant. an intimate & stylish wedding at bowcliffe hall – michelle & steve

January 25th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

Michelle & Steve's Elegant Bowcliffe Hall Wedding & Blackburn Wi

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…

Michelle & Steve's Elegant Bowcliffe Hall Wedding & Blackburn Wi

With images by Catherine Kerr at Eyecapture Photography.

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!

Michelle & Steve's Elegant Bowcliffe Hall Wedding & Blackburn Wi

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.

Michelle & Steve's Elegant Bowcliffe Hall Wedding & Blackburn Wi

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.

Michelle & Steve's Elegant Bowcliffe Hall Wedding & Blackburn Wi

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.

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dream venue: bowcliffe hall

January 17th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Following the festive period, we’re seeing a surge of newly-engaged readers to the blog (including myself – eep – !) and we’re super keen to help you with the first, and possibly most challenging part, of your planning journey – picking a venue.

We’re very fortunate in the North to have such a diverse range of amazing settings for big day celebrations; from cool urban structures, to grand countryside retreats, modern new-builds and fascinating historic venues. But it’s a case of finding the one that’s a reflection of you as a couple and the special day you dream of.

For those on the hunt in the Yorkshire area, we highly recommend adding our Sponsor venue, the stunning Bowcliffe Hall to your ‘to explore’ list. Exclusive and individual, the venue located in Bramham, near Wetherby, only holds a limited number of weddings a year, ensuring those that it does host are totally tailored to the couple exchanging their vows.

With a choice of magnificent spaces and wow-factor-worthy food as standard brides and grooms can have an influence on everything from how the rooms are used on their day to the menu that is served to their guests.

So prepare to take note as we hand over to Bowcliffe Hall’s team now to tell us more about their bespoke approach and personal service…

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

bowcliffe hall say: At the heart of the Bowcliffe Estate is Grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall, built between 1805 and 1825. Once home to the Lane Fox family and subsequently aviation pioneer, Robert Blackburn, Bowcliffe Hall hosted many guests including Winston Churchill and Amy Johnson. In 2013, the current owner and custodian, Jonathan Turner, began an extensive restoration and development programme, sympathetically restoring many rooms to their former glory and creating a diverse collection of spectacular event spaces.

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

Set in 38 acres of spectacularly landscaped grounds, Bowcliffe is no ordinary country estate. From the Georgian splendour of Grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall with its glamorous Ballroom and sumptuous Bowcliffe Drivers Club, to the multi-award-winning Blackburn Wing, a copper and glass masterpiece which took more than 50 weeks and 30,000 man hours to build, Bowcliffe is a personal and unique venue offering an unparalleled choice of venue space and flexibility for any wedding.

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

Bowcliffe offers total flexibility for weddings of all sizes, with a choice of event space available across the estate. The seriously stylish, multi-award winning, Blackburn Wing is a modern-day treehouse shaped like an airplane wing. The fairytale Ballroom has a romantic and glamorous feel harking back to a bygone era with its elegant sparkling chandelier and art deco bar. The Bowcliffe Room is a splendid drawing room with beautiful Georgian period features and double doors leading to spectacularly maintained gardens. The Bowcliffe Drivers Club is the estate’s private members club. Dark mahogany panelled walls, 1920’s inspired décor and the largest collection of motoring art and artefacts outside London create an opulent, sumptuous and intimate atmosphere. For a larger wedding, Bowcliffe’s 38 acres of beautifully maintained grounds offer a perfect location for a marquee wedding.

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

An unrivalled choice of spectacular venue space allows the flexibility to create the perfect day that truly reflects your personal taste and style. With fully exclusive use for every wedding, Bowcliffe offers a truly bespoke approach where exceptional service is a given and the belief is that the food should be as much of a wow factor as the dress or the venue.

What sort of bride would be a Bowcliffe bride?

A Bowcliffe bride appreciates exclusivity, exceptional standards and meticulous attention to detail, whether in the presentation of the venue, food or the service, as well as the opportunity of creating a truly bespoke wedding day based on the flexibility that Bowcliffe can provide.

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

We believe that offering outstanding service should be the norm. Because we only host a limited number of weddings each year, the highly-experienced events team have the opportunity of delivering a very personal service. A dedicated member of the events team will be the single point of contact throughout the whole planning process, taking the time to work with each couple to create their perfect wedding day.

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a venue with a difference: the deep, hull

December 14th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Cluskey Smith Wedding Photography

Cluskey Smith Wedding Photography

While all some brides have ever dreamt of is the traditional church wedding followed by an elegant hotel reception, others desire something more unusual for their ‘I do’ setting.

Thanks to relaxed wedding laws, the options for couples are now pretty much endless – from cinemas and art galleries to barns, warehouses and even treehouses; there really is venue to suit all styles, personalities and interests.

And in celebration of this choice and freedom, we’re catching up with one of our out-of-the-ordinary Sponsor venues on the blog today, Yorkshire-based aquarium, The Deep.

Perfect for marine fans out there, or those that simply want to stray on the other side of tradition, this spectacular venue promises ceremony and reception spaces like no other, with couples able to take their vows in-front of rare sea-life filled tanks, or even have a waddle of penguins observe their ring exchange. And don’t even get us started on the photo opportunities!

We’ll now hand over to The Deep’s events team to find out all that this extraordinary venue has to offer…

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Insight Photography

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue and what style of weddings does it suit?

the deep say: With amazing aquaria, stunning corals and bold architecture, The Deep is one of the most unique venues in Yorkshire. From traditional to romantic, or even a little bit quirky, any theme can find a home with us.

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

We can accommodate celebrations of varying sizes – whether your wedding is a small, intimate affair or something much bigger, we have some great spaces for you to celebrate.

The Deep is licenced to hold civil ceremonies around the attraction, and so couples can choose from a range of locations to say ‘I do’.  These include Endless Ocean alongside majestic green sawfish, sharks and rays, the dark and intimate Cool Seas, or in front of the quirky Gentoo penguins. We can also host ceremonies in the fourth-floor glass Observatory, which boasts views over Hull and the Humber.

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

The Deep offers unusual and distinctive locations for wedding celebrations and the photographs. Couples can be captured walking through the underwater tunnel, with the beautiful jellyfish or maybe a catfish or two! Then head to the Observatory at sunset to capture romantic moments like no other.

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

Our dedicated events team pride themselves on attention to detail and ensuring the most important day of your life goes without a hitch.

Do you have any accommodation or getting ready areas at the venue?

There are rooms on site that can be used for changing subject to availability. The Deep doesn’t have its own accommodation but is close to several hotels that suit a variety of budgets.

Tell us about your catering options at the venue…

Your first meal as a married couple is extremely important, so be assured that our in-house chefs can muster up a masterpiece. From simple canapés to a three-course dinner, all our food is sourced locally, prepared in-house and served to you by our experienced corporate team. We do not allow external catering to be brought onto site, but we are able to cater for special dietary requirements including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan.

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remember, remember: this sunday, our denton hall luxury bridal show!

November 3rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’ve one final Super Sunday of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows to round off an absolutely epic season of Brides Up North events! For the Yorkshire ladies amongst us, we have one very special date for the diary: a Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show at Denton Hall, Ilkley, Sunday 5th November 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE entry. 

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Neil Jackson Photographic (7)

As your very own exclusive-use country house for the weekend, the team at Denton Hall pride themselves on meeting your needs with a personal touch. Denton Hall blends its rich history with a bespoke, flexible modern-day service – including a Michelin-starred fine dining experience courtesy of award winning Box Tree Events – to ensure that your special day is as successful, enjoyable and memorable as possible.

A week on Sunday, we’ve enlisted the help of 30+ luxury wedding exhibitors who plan to fill it’s stately rooms with wedding inspiration to help make your day even more perfect.

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The Hall is set in the heart of 2,500 acres of colourful, secluded, landscaped grounds and the exquisite interior of the Hall itself complements these beautiful surroundings. Featuring two magnificent reception rooms full of stately grandeur, with smaller, more intimate areas including an oak-panelled library and a charming period dining room you are truly Lord and Lady of the Manor at Denton.

Watch out for the Hall’s many charming features including a spiral staircase, hand-crafted genuine vintage Mouseman oak furniture, Adam style fireplaces and ceilings and crystal chandeliers. There are also 24 newly-refurbished bedrooms and two luxury suites – including an elegant bridal suite.

Come and see it all for yourselves…

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Neil Jackson Photographic (11)

bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine), simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Bridal Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Neil Jackson Photographic (29)

wedding industry pro?

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.

Click here to view the full 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.

Images by Neil Jackson Photographic as featured on Brides Up North – click here to Sarah & Chris’s whole day in full.

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tonight’s the time to sparkle! a luxury evening wedding fair at hornington manor, york

November 2nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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For those on the hunt for a blank canvas style venue with a hint of rustic charm, we’d highly recommended putting our stunning Sponsor venue Hornington Manor, on your must-visit list. Set within rural Yorkshire, this homely venue invites brides, grooms and their guests to enjoy a full weekend of celebrations with fabulous accommodation, ceremony and reception spaces, all on site.

We know just how special this place is and are so excited welcome brides to our sparkling evening event at this stunning venue TONIGHT!  On Thursday 2nd November 2017, 6pm till 9pm, FREE ENTRY, we’re transforming the already gorgeous Hornington Manor Wedding Barn into a twinkling wedding inspiration paradise! And you are all invited…

Joe Stenson Photography

Joe Stenson Photography

bride to be?

Even if you’re venue is already sorted, the inspo at this event is out of this world!  We’d love to see you and your bridal party there!

We’re giving away up to 100 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North and UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

wedding industry pro?

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT ON EXHIBITOR SPACE.

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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We’ve invited the lovely Hannah from Hornington Manor to get the party started and tell us more…!

Where is Hornington Manor located?

hornington manor say: Our venue located in the picturesque village of Bolton Percy, nestled into the rolling North Yorkshire countryside. It is approximately ten miles from the historic city of York, and less than 20 miles from the bustling city of Leeds. With easy access from the A1 and M1 motorways – great for travelling guests.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

Hornington Manor was built in 1770 and is set on a beautiful 300-acre working farm. The Grade II listed farm house was lovingly restored when farm was brought back to life in 2009 by local bed-makers Harrison Spinks, with the aim of growing some of its own natural mattress fillings. The 18th century Hornington Manor wedding barn was, until very recently, nothing more than a lambing barn.

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Mark J Hillyer

Is Hornington Manor licensed for civil ceremonies and, if so, what areas of the venue are available for weddings and what capacity can they cater for?

Hornington Manor is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of remarkable locations around its grounds to suit couples’ individual preference. Hornington Gallery has huge floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the sheep grazing in the fields outside and is wonderfully bright and airy, holding 120 guests.

Our most popular place to hold wedding ceremonies is in the infamous Hornington Wedding Barn. The original 18th Century rustic barn can comfortably house up to 150 guests and is beautifully decorated with huge external doors opening onto the Manor courtyard.

For more intimate ceremonies, the lavish ballroom in the West Wing of the Manor could be perfect. Alternatively, couples may wish to take advantage of the stunning surroundings and hold their ceremony outside. Saying their vows under the charming Lych Gate in the Manor Courtyard, or facing the gentle fields on the Manor Lawn.

And what areas are available for the reception?

The beautiful wedding barn is available for wedding receptions, and can seat 150 guests comfortably. Other than boasting a stunning bar and relaxing snug areas, the wood panelled walls and exposed brick is a blank canvas for brides and grooms to style as they wish.

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Kate Cooper

How would you describe the look and feel of Hornington Manor?

The Manor has a rustic feel to it whilst also being the perfect untouched setting. Brides and grooms can choose to draw on the organic features of the venue, or alternatively use the blank backdrop for a more glamorous theme – anything goes! We’ve seen some amazing ideas; some of which can be seen on the blog section of our website.

What makes Hornington Manor a special wedding venue?

Hornington Manor is so special due to its unique surroundings and its magical element of exclusivity. Not many people can say they’ve married with a flock of sheep as members of the audience! If you’re lucky enough to wed during lambing season, some guests have the extra bonus of feeding pet lambs before the wedding begins! Our team endeavour to do all they can to make each wedding day special, unique and seamless.

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What sort of bride would be a Hornington Manor bride?

A Hornington Manor bride is excited by the chance to create their very own dream wedding – brides can be as creative as they wish. A Hornington Manor bride also appreciates the time before and after their wedding – being able to spend the whole weekend with their family in the house and grounds of the Manor.

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

Our wedding co-ordinator Jo and her assistant Hayley will be on hand from the moment you have your first viewing, to the moment you leave Hornington Manor as a married couple. Their nothing-is-too-much attitude means our brides and grooms can plan their wedding with peace of mind that everything will run smoothly. On call throughout the big day and in the lead up to a wedding, they will go the extra mile to make sure every couple has the wedding day of their dreams. We also have a number of trusted and recommended suppliers, many of which are regulars at Hornington weddings; and are featured on our website under Recommended Suppliers.

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light me up. a rustic barn wedding at hornington manor – natalie & luke

July 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Whimsical Wedding at Hornington Manor (c) Joe Stenson Photography (49)

Today on the blog, we’re joining the Naylors as they reminisce about their gorgeous April wedding at the magnificent Hornington Manor in Yorkshire – and the good news is that there wasn’t an April shower in sight!

The venue’s exquisitely transformed barn provided the captivating backdrop to our bride and groom’s celebrations. Inspired by Pinterest – and real wedding features here on BUN – the couple chose a rustic and romantic theme offset by a classic palette of blush pink and cream.

Serving up a tasty selection of canapés, a Yorkshire platter and a traditional Sunday lunch followed by a hog roast in the evening (and we’ve not even mentioned the stunning cake yet…) this was a sheer delight for foodies. What we really love though is that the couple celebrated all weekend-long with family and friends, and made good use of their hot tub!

With images by Joe Stenson.

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natalie says: Luke proposed on my 21st birthday in front of all our friends and family. It was a complete surprise and I hadn’t suspected a thing. My parents had surprised me with a car and then Luke got down on one knee!

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Our wedding took place on 8th April 2017, which was the last available date our venue had available for that year. We were worried about the weather but were really lucky and managed to land a very sunny, hot weekend!

We got married at All Saint’s Church, Bolton Percy – this was just around the corner from our reception venue, Hornington Manor. We hired the manor Friday through to Monday, which meant an entire weekend of celebrations as all of our closest friends and family stayed there with us.

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We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding but our Pinterest boards both matched and were mostly rustic, romantic, whimsical and timeless. Luke was very hands-on with the styling of our wedding and I think he spent more time on Pinterest than I did!

We went for a blush pink, white and cream palette. We don’t really like bright tones and I loved the look of these colours together; they create just the right amount of warmth.

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During my dress hunt, I went to five bridal shops but finally decided on ‘the one’ when I visited The Bridal Boutique in Baildon. I knew that I wanted something fitted but not fish tail as I am only 5’2”. I also wanted something backless and lacey but without any bling. As it happens, I picked a dress with lots of sparkle within the lace! It was also a sample dress, which meant it was almost half the price. My veil was a cathedral length single tier with scattered crystals. I bought my shoes from Dune and, as a surprise, Luke wrote ‘love you’ on the soles.

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