Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

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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cool venue alert: inox, sheffield

January 16th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

Inox

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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country luxe: a seasonally glamorous styled shoot at castle farm barn

January 12th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (17)

You’d be forgiven for thinking an entire garden had gone into the creation of today’s styled shoot. The frothy floral creations bursting with abundant rich greenery brought together by our wonderful Sponsor Leafy Couture, plus the most wonderful sweet treats gracing the dessert table (and the cute little tomatillos on the place settings), are enough to turn our eyes heart-shaped!

The shoot was orchestrated by florist extraordinaire Sarah of Leafy Couture, who runs flower classes, including DIY wedding flower classes for beginners and hen party flower crown tutorials – great options for our crafty brides-to-be out there!

It’s fair to say we are totally blown away by this shoot as there is so much beauty to feast your eyes on and gorgeous inspiration to take note of. As such, we’ll hand over the blog to the lovely Sarah, so she can fill us in on the all-important details…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (28)

sarah says: Castle Farm Barn in Knaresborough, is a beautiful space in a gorgeous setting; the perfect blank canvas. The inspiration for our styled shoot was the fact we really wanted to show how to make the tables stand out and add interest to a barn space. We wanted to portray a luxury feel while keeping a country vibe, using textured foliage and seasonal-inspired tones. Small details were added, such as autumn fruits and velvet ribbons, to complement the linen and tableware. Bridal P.A. styled the shoot, assisted by L27 Weddings.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (60)

In the bouquet, we used beautiful seasonal flowers, including antirrhinums, avalanche roses, eryngium, eucalyptus parvifolia, wax flower, succulents, astilbe and prunus. In the frame, we used succulents, wax flower, eryngium, tuberose, astilbe, moss and ranunculus. The buttonholes comprised an avalanche rose, euc parvi, wax flower and succulent, while the wrist cuff showcased a succulent, wax flower and viburnum tinus. We were assisted in the floristry by The Mindful Florist, Inspirations 288 and Sandra’s Flower Studio.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (46)

For the styling, we used gold icon vases, antique gold candelabras and floral hoops to make use of the roof space within the barn. Extra details were added with votives, candlelight and fresh petals, all creating an opulent feel.

Country Luxe at Castle Farm Barn (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (12)

Our models, Phoebe and Eve, wore amazing wedding dresses designed and supplied by Charlotte Balbier and bridesmaid dresses by ASOS. The wedding gowns had an elegant, timeless look with a touch of 1940’s/50’s Hollywood glamour. The makeup by Smink Make-up Artistry (who also styled the hair) was natural with an understated feel, yet achieved a glamorous look with berried tones.

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#girlsquad sorted: introducing joy’s bella bridesmaids

January 9th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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There’s no doubt that picking your bridesmaids can be a tricky task, but often choosing what they will wear for the big day can be even more difficult. There are different colours and styles to debate, and while one of your leading ladies might love your suggestions, another could take a little more convincing.

In order to help ensure shopping for your gals is an enjoyable rather than exasperating experience, we’re introducing you to our fabulous Sponsor Hannah of Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids, who has numerous bridesmaid dress designers and styles all under one roof with something to suit all ages, preferences and styles.

Frustrated that there wasn’t a special boutique that catered for groups of ladies to find the perfect gowns for their key role in the proceedings, owner Hannah Robinson set up Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids in North Yorkshire, which has proved hugely successful as news of its unique offering has spread.

With more than 300 different dress styles stocked at the boutique and a full floor dedicated to trying and fitting with spacious changing rooms and comfortable seating for brides to have fun with their bridesmaids, this is serious wedding #girlsquad heaven!

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When and why did you decide to set up Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids?

hannah says: I set up the boutique in September 2015, I married in May 2015, and my sister got married the year before. We both really struggled to find somewhere to go to choose bridesmaids dresses. We found we had an amazing experience as a bride choosing our bridal gown but when it came to buying the bridesmaids dresses we were really limited. We couldn’t find a boutique that had a large selection of styles, colours and designers to try all in one place. I thought that there must be a better way to do things which led to opening Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids. I wanted to create the same experience for bridesmaids as the bride has. You choose your family and your best friends to be your bridesmaids, it is such an important and special time.

Where is Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids located and can you describe the boutique?

The boutique is in a rural location between York and Selby, in a converted granary. It’s definitely peaceful and a very relaxed atmosphere. When I was choosing premises for the shop I wanted somewhere a little off the beaten track with a lot of space and plenty of parking right outside. I think The Old Granary is perfect!

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Can you tell us a little about the designers that you stock at the boutique?

I stock Sorella Vita, Dessy, twobirds and Amanda Wyatt. I wanted to have the highest quality designers that offer the largest range of styles and colours. Each of my designers offer something different, whether it’s Dessy who offer such a variety of fabrics, Sorella Vita with their sequin collections, twobirds which have such an ingenious solution for a large number of bridesmaids or Amanda Wyatt who have matching styles for all ages.

How do you select the designers that you stock?

A lot of research! The designers have to mirror the image and feel that I am creating within the boutique, they have to be so focused on getting it right for the bride.

Do you also stock flower girl dresses too?

I do stock flower girls dresses, they range from classic ivory dresses with matching sash to so many different styles to coordinate with adult dresses.

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real wedding recap 2017: a country vintage style wedding at the grange hotel – debbie & matthew

December 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

www.allyouneedislovephotography.co.uk

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

The keen Pinners out there are going to adore today’s celebration as its country vintage wedding theme means it has an abundance of gorgeous décor and details.Cue hessian bound jars and tree slices, loose wild bloom displays, wooden crates and love hearts, plus one super sweet cake.

We have to say the bar is sky high across the board, resulting on some serious #weddinggoals! From the fine choice of venue to the stunning attire (both on the bride and groom’s side), not to mention the incredible florals. Guys, we’re head-over-heels for this one – and we think you might be too!

With images by All You Need is Love Photography.

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debbie says: We got engaged on Christmas Day morning in 2015. Matthew proposed in front of my three girls as he wanted then to be a part of it, which was very sweet. He sat me on the sofa told me to close my eyes and proposed. He then asked the girls if he could be their step dad, which was lovely.

Our wedding date was 10th August 2017, as this was the date of our first date, four years previous.

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We chose The Grange Hotel as our venue – a beautiful Victorian hotel with a modern feel in our lovely home town of York.

Our theme was vintage, country style so lots of wood and hessian. The colour theme was browns, creams and blues to go with a vintage style theme.

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My dress was a long, vintage style off-white design with a laced detailed back from a small wedding boutique, one-of-a-kind made-to-measure.

Matthew’s suit was handmade by his brother, who is a tailor on Saville Row in London. It was dark brown with baby blue stripes – again, one-of-a-kind.

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The groomsman wore handmade suits also made by Matt’s brother, these were in navy.

My bridesmaids and flower girl wore matching dresses from BHS from their wedding collection, they were called Marylebone.

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real wedding recap 2017: a luxe woodland wedding in west yorkshire – rosie & ben

December 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (27)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

If your morning caffeine hit hasn’t managed to fully wake you up, we’re pretty sure this stunning real wedding will open your eyes – and possibly cause them to pop out of your head – as this is an outdoor celebration with a difference! We’re talking chandeliers, sofas, mirrors and all kinds of opulent details that you wouldn’t expect in this woodland setting.

Opting for Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds, this backdrop was everything they could wish for, giving them free rein over the décor, entertainment and catering for their special day. The transparent marquee offering stunning views of the tree canopies above sounds positively dreamy, and as for the cocktail shack – this is the kind of bar we’d just love to stumble upon in the forest!

Here, Rosie tells us more about how they brought their original and boldly imaginative theme – The Ritz in the Woodland – to life…

With images by A Little Picture.

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (16)

rosie says: We got engaged on 10th of December 2015, in Lake Bled, Slovenia. Every year we go away for a short break during the festive period and we had decided on Lake Bled for its fairytale, picturesque landscape. On our first day, whilst we were walking round the lake, I stopped to take a photo to send to friends, when I turned around Ben was on one knee! We continued the walk together knowing it was only the two of us who knew, and stopped for lunch and champagne to celebrate!

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (25)

We got married on 19th August 2017. We didn’t choose the date for any particular reason. We knew we didn’t want a traditional reception venue, such as a manor house, and I came across Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings. They had only done one wedding before and we knew we could make it our own. They had two dates left for 2017 – so the 19th August it was!

We held our service at St Mary’s Church, Mirfield, which is our local church and happens to be stunning, and then the reception at Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds. We knew we wanted a traditional church service and a different reception venue. We have been to a lot of weddings and though each was beautiful, we wanted something different. At Applewood you can do whatever you want (within reason), so we could pick the decoration, food, music, drinks, entertainment, cake – everything!

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (40)

The theme for our wedding was ‘The Ritz in the Woodland’. We wanted to create a complete juxtaposition between what people would traditionally expect of a woodland wedding (bunting, wellies, burlap, hay bales) and instead create drama with chandeliers in the trees, plush sofas, mirrors, texture, all white flowers and minimal greenery.

We had a three-course meal, including steak and wine on white table linen with champagne velvet table runners. We had a transparent marquee so people could sit in luxury and see the trees, and walk through the woodland and see elegance and opulence every step of the way.

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (29)

Our colour scheme was simply ink blue and white. We wanted to keep it classy and elegant.

White flowers with a focus on peonies, roses and hydrangea stood out from the dramatic woodland background – the concept was to use flowers that you wouldn’t find in a woodland setting. We had white table linen and white flowers on mirrored centrepieces.

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