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rustic romance. phase eight for a relaxed wedding at east riddlesden hall – emma & dan

July 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (59)

The bride from this morning’s real wedding has lots of words of wisdom for you ladies in the planning stages, so have a sit down with a comforting cuppa and prepare to take note.

Organising their big day in just six months, bride and groom Emma and Dan, decided on a relaxed occasion for their family and friends that would also be pretty and fun. Finding tuned-in suppliers to help their vision become reality, Emma described the rustic feel she wanted to create and left it to the experts, who well and truly delivered.

This left Emma and Dan time to concentrate on nailing the other key areas, such as catering and entertainment, plus their attire. Can you believe Emma’s stunningly detailed dress is from the high street?! Us neither!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor James Tracey Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (54)

emma says: We got engaged in November2015 in New York. I had bought a trip to New York for Dan’s 30thBirthday in July. Dan had decided this was where he was going to propose and in the months leading up he had sourced and designed my engagement ring through a family friend – Barnard’s Jewellers. We had decided to spend the day exploring central park and thought it would be fun to hire a rowing boat on Central Park lake. Whilst out on the boat Dan proposed. It was very lovely and a total surprise! We celebrated with a bottle of Prosecco in the boat house.

Once we had got engaged we knew we wanted to get married the next year. We started to look at some venues in the north as Dan is from Yorkshire and I am from the North West. We were really flexible and although I had a rustic theme in my head we were open to what that looked like.

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (19)

In the end we chose to marry at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, which is a National Trust site. I had wanted a rustic feel to our wedding so we had looked at both barns and marquees but when we looked at East Riddlesden we loved the set up and the grounds, having some outdoor open space was important to us. The barn itself was also really pretty, I loved the lights and rustic feel. Although we went to view the venue on a cold wet day in December I could see that it was the perfect location. When we met the wedding team and East Riddlesden, not only were they lovely and full of enthusiasm but we couldn’t believe how much support we would have from them, not only the day, but the run up too.

Our wedding date was Friday 13thMay 2016. East Riddlesden said they had a cancellation and had availability for that date so we just decided to go for it. Some people may have been a bit suspicious of Friday 13th but it didn’t really bother us.

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (45)

We didn’t have a specific wedding theme, but I’d say our style was rustic and relaxed. I didn’t want a wedding were I would feel uncomfortable, I just wanted it to be a fun day that was an extension of us. We knew we wanted everyone to have fun and that played a part in choosing aspects of our day. We didn’t want anything too formal for the wedding party and so the colours and style for suits and dresses happened quite organically as did the decoration and flowers. The venue really spoke for itself and so all we had to really do was enjoy it.

I really wanted to keep the wedding very soft and romantic, so we went for a neutral colour palette, picking soft blush pinks and creams.

A Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (33)

I really didn’t have an idea of what dress I wanted and so was really open to the style. I wanted it to be in keeping with the venue so I knew it wouldn’t be too traditional. I had seen the Jenny Packham Esme and fell in love with the style but couldn’t really justify the price tag. I tried similar styles and found the Phase Eight Hope dress. When I tried the dress I knew this was the one. To make it feel a little more personal had the back altered, lowering the internal panel, the straps shortened and a bustle fitted.

To keep with the vintage feel of the dress I opted for a Juliet cap veil, which I felt suited the dress perfectly. I had the veil made and loved the fact that I could take it off later in the evening but still have the head band in place. I wore Jenny Packham No1 shoes and decided to go with a blush colour to match the bridesmaids.

My make up was done by Lauren Sally Make Up.

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dream venue: cutlers’ hall

May 31st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (31)

If you’re currently on the hunt for a glamorous wedding venue that’s brimming with history and charm, you might want to pay extra close attention to this morning’s post, as we introduce another of our fabulous Dream Venues.

Situated in the heart of Sheffield’s city centre, Cutlers’ Hall is a truly unique venue that will tick boxes for those of you wanting to stage an opulent big day. Think Great Gatsby/Downtown Abbey style elegance and you’re along the right lines.

But there’s no need to just take our word for it. In October we will be staging one of our popular Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this fabulous venue – and you’re all invited to come along and view the beauty for yourselves.

In the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to Chloe Wood, business development executive at The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, to help set the scene and tell us more about Cutlers’ Hall’s impressive wedding offering…

Images by RJH Photography.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (17)

Where is Cutlers’ Hall located and what is the history of the building?

chloe says: Cutlers’ Hall is a Grade II* listed venue situated in the centre of vibrant Sheffield and is home to the Cutlers Company in Hallamshire. The Cutlers’ Company was established by a parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624 and for almost four hundred years has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufactured cutlery and steel products and to promote the name of Sheffield. As manufacturing in the region has changed over the centuries, the company reflects this by highlighting the innovation in the region as well as upholding Sheffield’s proud heritage.

The hall is renowned for hosting weddings, conferences and dinners. Without doubt the history of the venue and its impressive silver collection complements the hall’s natural charm and elegance perfectly.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (32)

Tell us about the space available for weddings at Cutlers’ Hall…

The hall has four rooms licensed to hold civil ceremonies and available for receptions of all shapes and sizes. Our Drawing and Reception Room are ideal for smaller weddings for up to 80 guests, while our Old Banqueting Hall can accommodate up to 120 guests, and for larger celebrations our Main Hall can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (3)

What makes Cutlers’ Hall a special and sets it apart from other wedding venues?

Cutlers’ Hall is a unique, one-of-a-kind venue. The décor of the hall is absolutely breath-taking and certainly offers the wow factor, plus there is an abundance of glamorous photo opportunities. Our flexible approach allows the wedding day to run exactly how our wedding couples have dreamed of. And while we do have generic packages, we prefer to offer tailor made packages to make celebrations both individual and memorable.

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a very big house in the country. it’s our denton hall luxury wedding exhibition!

April 12th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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It’s only  Tuesday (and we’re still in recovery from our sensationally pretty events this weekend) but we are looking ahead to another #SuperSunday weekend at not one but two seriously beautiful venues.

We’ve already let our Cheshire readers know all about our stunning showcase at The Bowdon Rooms (click here if you missed it), but now we want to extend a really rather lovely invitation to our Yorkshire brides.  This Sunday 17th April 2016, 11am till 3pm, its our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Denton Hall, Ilkley.

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (40)

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.

This 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.

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (36)

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.

But don’t take our word for it, come and see it all for yourselves…

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (57)

denton hall

Denton Hall, Denton Rd, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0HH

Sunday 17th April 2016

11am till 3pm

Free Entry

bride to be? register now

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


An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (32)

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (46)

wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.

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 for details.

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (56)

Images from Katie & Ben’s wedding at Denton Hall as featured on Brides Up North by Bethany Clarke Photographyclick here to see the whole day in full.

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diary date: the black swan wedding open day

October 21st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today we have a little something for our readers who have recently put a ring on it and are now searching for the perfect venue in which to say their ‘I dos’. While it can be fairly straight forward to draw up a short list of potential contenders via an online search, a visit to the venues is when couples truly know if they’ve found ‘the one’.

Keen for couples to fall head over heel for its unique character and stunning setting, Brides Up North Sponsor and top Yorkshire wedding venue, the black swan in Helmsley, is welcoming couples through its doors on Sunday 1st November 2016 for a special Wedding Open Day.

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Renowned for being one of the North’s finest weddings venues and voted ‘Best Venue in the North East’ for two years in the Wedding Industry Awards, the cosy boutique hotel will showcase its country charm for brides and grooms-to-be at the afternoon event, which will be held between 12 noon and 4pm.

In addition to being able to see two of the hotel’s unique reception rooms, The Garden Room and The Gallery individually styled for a wedding reception, the event is also a fabulous opportunity for couples to bring their dream wedding day ideas to life and to meet the venue’s preferred suppliers and the friendly in-house team, including wedding coordinator, Nicola Bolden.

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The Black Swan boasts four beautiful reception rooms in total: The Crosland Room, ideal for small, sophisticated parties; the hotel’s restaurant The Gallery, the largest of the spaces; the cosy and intimate Tudor Lounge, and the lovely Garden Room, with access onto the hotel’s English walled gardens and the locally hand-crafted oak gazebo, which is licensed for al fresco ceremonies and perfect for making the most of an English summer wedding.

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Furthermore couples looking to save time and money when planning their big day could take advantage of The Black Swan’s all-inclusive wedding package. Available on select dates during 2016, the package includes use of the superb venue, food and drink, the cake, photographer, overnight accommodation, plus many other extras, including a special first wedding anniversary celebration, with a trip back to The Black Swan.

The all-inclusive wedding package is priced at £5,300, based on 50 guests, or £7,900, based on 80 guests. There’s also the chance for couples to secure a generous 20% discount off the hotel’s standard wedding package in January, February and March 2016, making the venue a very appealing proposal indeed!

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Preferred wedding suppliers supporting the Wedding Open Day will include Emma Dodsworth and Annemarie King Photography, Brides of York and The Bridal Lounge Northallerton, Libby Butler Jewellers, Busy Liz’s Floral Design, Kate Pymm Hair and Make-up, Fabulously Finished Events Decor and Hire, Noble Fine Arts, Celebrate Country Cake Design, Yorkshire Chauffeur Company, and live entertainment, courtesy of Val Boyers and pianist, David Robertshaw. The event will also include opportunities for canapés and wine sampling. Entry is complimentary and so is car parking at the hotel.

Images by Annemarie King Photography/ supplied by The Black Swan.

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this beautiful new yorkshire wedding venue launches next week: and you’re invited!

September 9th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Riverside Events

We are really excited to be able to share exclusive news of a brand new wedding and event venue launching in Yorkshire this month… and you are invited to see it for yourselves, before anyone else gets there first!

Brides Up North are excited to attend Tanfield House’s Open Event on Thursday 17th September 2015, 6pm till 9pm, and hope to see lots of our wedding industry friends and bride to be readers there.  There is also a second Open Event on Saturday 19th September 2015 from 12pm till 3pm, if you can’t make the first date.

Contact Allanah for further information or an appointment at: or on 07768 121 966.

Riverside Events

tanfield house is home to Allanah and Neil Bourne-Arton of Riverside Events Yorkshire and their family. With combined backgrounds in hospitality and project management, and a passion for people (and fun!), Neil and Allanah delight in creating the perfect event and sharing their much loved home. The couple will be on hand throughout your planning, preparation and run-up to your event.

Located in the scenic village of West Tanfield and situated on the edge of both the Yorkshire Dales and the Vale of York.  The market towns of Ripon, Masham, Bedale and Thirsk are all within easy reach.

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The sensationally pretty space aims to offer a personal and refreshing approach to venue hire. Situated in the most tranquil English country garden setting, amongst the weeping willows on the banks of the River Ure, Tanfield House delivers a very personal and flexible ‘at home’ experience, allowing you to tailor your event, so you can have your day your way!

The house retains the character and warmth of a family home, whilst retaining its sophistication and charm. In this romantic setting – which will be exclusive use only for your event – you will have access to the stunning Riverside Garden Marquee and use of the main house for your drinks reception, civil ceremony, dining and accommodation.  The site is fully licensed for civil ceremonies, which can take place in the period Drawing Room or Riverside Pavillion.

There is accommodation for up to nine on site with additional accommodation in the village, or the use of camping space.  The luxurious Crompton Suite has plenty of room for your make up artist, hairdresser and bridesmaids to help you get ready, whilst relaxing with a glass of champagne, or two!

Better still, there’s absolutely no corkage charge!

For those of you planning an intimate celebration with close friends and family, at a venue you can make your own, Tanfield House may just be the place for you.

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For more information about Riverside Event’s launch events contact:
07768 121 966

Riverside Events

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great georgian. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at nostell priory – sarah & scott

July 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (28)

Today’s real wedding has lots of lovely personal touches with theming based around the venue and season as well as the couple’s interests.

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition venue Nostell Priory (have you got the date in your diary?) provided the perfect backdrop to Scott and Sarah’s vintage styled wedding with pretty dusky pink touches in the décor, attire and flowers.

Sarah’s bouquet is particularly stunning featuring pale roses, ranunculus and hyacinth, but the element of the wedding that caught my eye most was – surprisingly – the favours. Homemade sloe gin in pretty bottles, which tick boxes for looking good, tasting good and being a personalised and useful (well, sort of) gift. Cheers to that idea!

With images by Chris Chambers Photography.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (14)

sarah says: We got engaged when we were having dinner on the beach in Borneo in October 2013. Scott had somehow managed to buy a ring – which fit perfectly – and get it half way across the world without me knowing. We were having a pre-dinner Singapore Sling watching the sunset when he brought out the ring and popped the question!

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (6)

We were married on 7th February 2015. We love winter but didn’t want the wedding to clash with the shooting season so waited until after February 1st.

We chose Nostell Priory as our venue because we love its Georgian style and the Robert Adam Top Hall is so beautiful. We walk our two cocker spaniels in the grounds quite often so it was nice to get married somewhere which meant something to us and where we will go back again and again. We also liked that Nostell is a bit of a blank canvas so we could have lots a personal touches and really make the day ours.

We wanted to complement Nostell’s lovely Georgian features and so we went for a classic, romantic, vintage-style theme for the big day.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (10)

Our colour scheme was dusky pink and ivory as we wanted winter tones but without being Christmassy. The dusky pink also worked well with Nostell’s neutral colours and went beautifully with ivory.

I’m a bit of a stickler for detail so even the confetti had to match the colour scheme. We bought our own mix of pink and white rose and delphinium petals from Shropshire Petals which we put into glassine envelopes for our guests.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (15)

I chose a Justin Alexander ball-gown cut, ivory satin dress with chapel length train from Mia Sposa in Huddersfield. Justin Alexander’s designs stood out for me when I was going through wedding magazines and the moment I saw this dress on Pinterest knew it was ‘the one’! Mia Sposa were absolutely amazing – the dress was hard to find but they managed to hunt one down and made sure it fit perfectly.

To complete my attire I also had an ivory marabou feather shrug – I’m not brave enough for bare shoulders in February! We ordered extra dress fabric and the ladies at Mia Sposa made the ties on the shrug so that they would match the dress perfectly.

To finish I wore a chapel-length lace veil from Etsy – I loved it and never wanted to take it off! I kept jewellery simple so that the dress detail wasn’t over powered and chose a beautiful diamante cuff by Debbie Carlisle at Beloved Bridal and wore a vintage cameo ring. Finally, I had a pair of Swarovski stud earrings.

Scott Beswick MUA did makeup on the wedding day and Danielle Wright did the hair for myself, the bridesmaids and my mum. Scott is so much fun as well as being a brilliant makeup artist. Danielle is incredibly talented and created a flawless look. They both made us all feel stunning on the day and finished the look perfectly.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (11)

Scott wore a grey three-piece suit with tailcoat from Ashworth & Bird. He had an ivory waistcoat and cravat. He had no intention of wearing tails, having initially thought he would prefer a lounge suit, but the lady in Ashworth & Bird convinced him to try the tails and they were perfect.

I made personalised cufflinks for Scott and the groomsmen; Scott’s had quotes from our readings whilst the groomsmen all had quotes relating to their role/ relationship or details about the day. To complete the look, I bought Scott a personalised pocket watch as his wedding present.

Our bridesmaids wore dusky pink floor-length dresses from House of Fraser and ivory fur shrugs and the groomsmen wore three piece suits to match the grooms, all from Ashworth & Bird. All the groomsmen also had dusky pink cravats.

The pageboys – our 18 month old nephews – wore grey suits with ivory waistcoats and cravats from Roco Clothing.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (18)

As transport we hired a 1937 Rolls Royce from Yesteryear Cars. It went perfectly with our vintage style and we loved that it was maroon rather than the usual white wedding car.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (24)

Chris of Chris Chambers Photography took our wedding photos. Chris was recommended to us and when we saw his style we knew that’s what we wanted. Not only does he take amazing photos, he is also really friendly and professional. We had an engagement shoot a few weeks ahead of the wedding which was great for getting used to the camera and Chris’s photos were so good we knew we didn’t need to worry about them at all. We would definitely recommend him – all the photos are incredible so it’s really hard choosing them for the album!

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (25)

On the day I had a loose bouquet with ivory and dusky pink roses, ranunculus and hyacinth, wrapped in a ribbon made from the same fabric as my dress. The bridesmaids all had small versions of my bouquet. They were by BlossEm. Emily there is a fantastic florist; she has so much style and as soon as we met her we knew the flowers would be absolutely amazing. I was completely in love with my bouquet which looked, and smelled, beautiful.

Emily also made little bunches of gypsophila for our hair, instead of hairpieces. The groomsmen had buttonholes made with similar flowers but with small game bird feathers and the page boys had small gypsophila buttonholes.

Bloss Em provided all the flowers for the reception too. We had small bouquets at the ends of the aisles in the Top Hall. For the tables we had candelabras filled with flowers, complemented with game bird feathers – as it got dark the candles gave the room a really warm, romantic feel. The top table was filled with small vases and bottles full of flowers. Emily also made a garland for the balcony, filled with fairy lights. It was breath taking when we walked in and saw how beautiful the room was.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (27)

I had seen some lace chair hoods on Pinterest which were perfect for the reception but couldn’t find any UK stockists, so I whipped out the sewing machine and made my own! I also made lace table runners. They really softened the look and added to the vintage feel.

I bought signs and other bits and pieces in the run up to the wedding as and when I saw them to add to the decor. Instead of a guest book we had a white ‘wishing tree’ decorated with wicker hearts. My sister made tags to match the stationery which guests could write their wishes on.

As favours we made sloe gin using sloe berries that we had collected last winter and put it into personalised bottles made by my sister. The little ones had similar bottles filled with pink and white jelly beans, to match the wedding colours.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (29)

For our wedding cake we had a magnificent croquembouche (a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls bound with threads of caramel) made by Thierry Dumouchel. It was delicious and definitely had the wow-factor!

We wanted traditional but delicious food and our caterers Dine definitely delivered. Canapés included mini Yorkshire Puddings and Roast Beef and the wedding breakfast was Potted Shrimp, Sirloin Steak and Crème Brulee. We had bacon and sausage sandwiches in the evening, which were just the ticket after a few drinks!

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (41)

As entertainment we had Silver Strings quartet for the ceremony and reception which complemented the classic styling. They even played the theme from Scott’s favourite movie – Indiana Jones.

In the evening we had a DJ sourced by Dine. We wanted everyone to get up and dance on the evening so we kicked things off with our first dance, Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News (from another classic movie, Back to the Future). The DJ said it was the first time in ten years he has played that as a first dance!

We also had a photobooth, run by Chris Chambers. It was great to see everyone from the toddlers to the nannas embrace their silly side!

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (35)

To make the day more personal we added in some special touches such as asking our grandmas to sign the register – it was so nice that they could be involved in a special part of the day.

We also named the tables after game birds – another nod to the country sports – and for the table plan I hand-drew a tree filled with the birds. Emily at Bloss Em complemented this with the feathers in the candelabra flowers. My very talented sister made all our beautiful wedding stationery and all our invitations were sealed with a personalised wax stamp – another little vintage touch.

I sewed little trinkets into my dress for ‘old’, ‘blue’ and ‘borrowed’. My old was a tiny horseshoe charm which has been the ‘old’ for my mum and sister’s weddings before mine. My ‘borrowed’ was a pendant which Scott’s Nanna always wore. She passed away a few years ago so it was a way to have her with us on the day. I also had a small blue bow.

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (44)

We would definitely recommend Nostell Priory to other wedding couples. The whole venue is stunning but especially the Top Hall. Craig at Dine was brilliant, accommodating every little detail and putting up with all my ‘bridezilla’ moments! His attention to detail on the day was second to none and he really did make sure everything was perfect.

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After the wedding we had a few days in Oxford before jetting off for a week in Jamaica and a week in Barbados. It was nice to be able to relax together in the sun after spending so many months wedding planning. I think the highlight was swimming with turtles – it was an incredible experience.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute, from the engagement until the last day of the honeymoon. Oh and, do what you want to do – everyone will love being a part of your day simply because it is yours.

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