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its another double the inspiration #supersunday!

April 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North

Now we really are spoiling you.

It’ll be double the #APRILinspo again THIS Sunday 24th April 2016, 11am till 3pm at our beautiful venues, Allerton Castle, Knaresborough and The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland.

Finishing the month on a high, these are two of the loveliest events in our spring calendar: make sure to pop in and see us and soak up all the wedding pretty. We’ve got every detail covered from wedding dresses to cakes to your finishing touches, and a handpicked selection of both regions’ very best wedding suppliers at both. And if you’re still venue hunting then, well… look no further.

We’ll see you there!

Allerton Castle Luxury Wedding Exhibition April 2016

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Allerton Castle, Allerton Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG5 0SE

Sunday 24th April 2016

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

Set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade 1 listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.

We’ve put together a stellar selection of the most brilliant wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire. Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, pose in our photo booths, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

One of our very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury.  Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Who wants to play at princesses?!

The Alnwick Garden Spring 2016

the alnwick garden

The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1NQ

Sunday 24th April 2016

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY for Bride or Groom +1 Guest 

Each wedding at The Alnwick Garden is an original.

Whether for an intimate and relaxed event or a more formal and lavish affair, The Alnwick Garden is a truly unique setting for the most wonderful wedding day: a light and contemporary space overlooking one of the world’s most exciting gardens.

We’ll be filling the gorgeous Pavilion with over 35 of the region’s most wonderful wedding exhibitors.  Even if you’ve already got your venue in the bag, the setting and the suppliers are so bloomin’ amazing that you’ll leave feeling super inspired to create your own dream day.

The Alnwick Garden team is dedicated to making your day perfect and unique, and they can’t wait to meet you on Sunday!

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW FOR EITHER EVENT 

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under the sea. maggie sottero for a teal wedding at allerton castle – nicola & nick

April 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Water Inspired Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (77)

Today’s real wedding has a somewhat unusual theme to it, though we just love to see brides and grooms thinking outside the box and injecting a little of their personalities into the day. This is exactly what Nick and Nicola did by picking an underwater wedding theme to reflect their favourite hobbies: angling and scuba diving.

To complete the look, Nick and Nicola chose a beautiful teal colour scheme, which tied in with their chosen theme, as well as the venue’s existing décor, perfectly.

We will be visiting the fabulous Allerton Castle in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, ourselves this Sunday to host one of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Exhibitions. The event will give couples the opportunity to see this impressive venue for themselves whilst also meeting some of the area’s top wedding suppliers, several of which were a part of Nicola and Nick’s glorious big day. So if you like what you see be sure to register for the event here, it’s free entry!

With images by Laura Calderwood Photography.

A Water Inspired Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (1)

A Water Inspired Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (78)

nicola says: We got engaged at Thorpe Perrow Arboretum, which has always been a special place of ours to walk and relax. We wandered to our favourite spot with the lake in front of us and the trees behind, next to the giant acorn sculpture! I thought we had just come out for a nice stroll in the sunshine, but as I turned around Nick got down on one knee and asked “will you marry me?” I couldn’t believe it, of course I said yes! Nick had a mini bottle of champagne in his back pack, which we enjoyed in the sunshine. It was such a peaceful place and very romantic. When we went back home, our parents were waiting for us and had decorated the house in banners and balloons, it was such a lovely surprise and I had no idea it had all been planned!

A Water Inspired Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (73)

Our wedding date was Sunday 24th May 2015. We wanted to get married in spring, in the hope for some nice weather on the big day. We chose the Sunday as it was the bank holiday weekend, and it was nice to have the whole family celebrate for a long weekend. It also meant that those who had to travel long distances would not have to take any time off work.

We got married at Allerton Castle, which is a beautiful place. We went to our first wedding fair at the castle and it just took our breath away. As we looked round other venues, we kept comparing them back to Allerton Castle, we just knew straight away it was the place for us. Another practical point was that Allerton Castle were willing to hold smaller weddings on a weekend, requiring 60 guests during the day. Other venues insisted on a minimum of 100, or even 150 guests, for a weekend, which we thought was quite unfair. We had 65 guests during the day and 85 in the evening, it was just the right number for us.

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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)

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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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE 

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 contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk 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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understated glamour. sassi holford for classic wedding at rudding park – michaela & ben

April 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Chic Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (38)

Prepare to get pinning ladies as this morning’s real wedding is a true beauty!

Having dreamt about her wedding day since being a little girl, bride Michaela knew exactly what she wanted for her moment in the limelight – from her dress to the décor!

The result of her careful planning is a beautifully classic wedding celebration, centred round a romantic colour scheme of white, grey and silver (a Brides Up North favourite!) The attire of the wedding party is a definite highlight for us; from the men’s dapper suits and bridesmaids’ lacy dresses and, of course, Michaela’s fabulous Sassi Holford gown.

With images by our superstar Brides Up North Sponsor Laura Calderwood Photography.

A Chic Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (41)

michaela says: We got engaged on the 13th February 2013, in the middle of Central Park, New York. New York was in the middle of a snow storm with below freezing weather conditions so our trip was definitely a cold one. The sun was shining on the 13th and the temperatures had increased so we took a stroll through the park. We started off with a horse carriage ride around the park where Ben had initially planned to pop the questions but our rider had plenty to say and Ben could not get a word in edge ways so he had to change his plan. As we were walking through the park he got down on one knee near the John Lennon memorial “Strawberry Fields” in front of a lot of tourists. I could tell Ben was very nervous  and embarrassed doing it in front of others and it took me a while to get my response out from nervous laughing but I eventually said “yes, of course”.  He said he felt like he was down on one knee for ages with people starring and taking photos.

A Chic Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (57)

Our wedding took place on the 1st May 2015. I always wanted a spring wedding as it’s my favourite season and the 1st May is a special day for me as it’s my grandma’s birthday. It was lovely that my grandma got a double celebration on her birthday plus she got to spend it with all her family.  It was a double advantage that it fell on a Bank Holiday weekend so we had an extra-long weekend of celebrations.

We got married at the Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate. We knew as soon as went to visit that it was the perfect place for us to have our big day. It was a mixture of old and new, modern and traditional, which is exactly what we wanted – plus it had gorgeous grounds, which was another thing on my wish list.

A Chic Wedding at Rudding Park (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (43)

I always wanted a classic wedding with a modern twist so this was the theme I ran with. I had grown up watching American chick flick movies and got a lot inspiration from them when I was a teenager so I knew from a young age things I wanted when the time came for me to have my own wedding.

As our planning got underway we chose a lot of grey, silver and white which came to form the colour scheme. We also added a mixture of mirrored objects into the decor to give it a stylish modern twist.

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pops of pink. a bespoke dress for a romantic wedding at denton hall – katie & james

April 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Elegant Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (43)

Not every bride’s dream dress is found hanging on the rails of a bridal boutique as this morning’s bride Katie goes to show.

Having envisaged the type of gown that she would love to walk the aisle in, Katie found a talented dress maker to bring her wedding wishes to life. The result is a stunning fishtail lace dress with beautiful capped sleeves, which we love.

The big day took place at Denton Hall – a stunning venue in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, which we will soon be visiting for ourselves to stage our spring Luxury Wedding Exhibition. So if you want to see this fabulous hall for yourself, be sure to join us between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 17th April 2016.

With images by Bethany Clarke Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (36)

An Elegant Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (31)

katie says: James and I met at whilst I was at university in Newcastle. We subsequently moved to my home town of Leeds and after spending two years renovating our home, we were very excited to be spending our first Christmas there together.

As Christmas is my most favourite time of the year, James set about to make that Christmas the most special of all. On Christmas Eve James cooked a fabulous meal. We resided to our living room, which James had filled with candles, and he proposed by the Christmas tree. He arranged for us to spend a night at the Savoy in London, and for us to choose an engagement ring together. It was magical.

An Elegant Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (57)

The number 13 is lucky for us, so we set the date 13th June. We hoped for beautiful summer weather to enjoy the fabulous views from our venue. Our friends laugh as the weather forecast was driving rain until the morning of our wedding. We were so lucky to have the most beautiful hazy summer’s day.

James found our wedding reception venue. He’s a keen cyclist and often cycled past Denton Hall and so he arranged for us to go to see it. We fell in love with it the moment we walked through the door! The grand hall is nestled within the beautiful Ilkley countryside with the most stunning views, which we made the most of during our drinks reception.

For the ceremony, we both wanted a small traditional church wedding and we were lucky enough to marry at the picture perfect St Helen’s church in Denton, Ilkley. Denton Hall is about 200 metres from the church, so after the ceremony we walked, with our guests, across to the hall.

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the forecast: sunday looks set to be pretty!

April 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime

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It’s another Super Sunday!  Let’s get this pretty party started! We’re thrilled to present a weekend of serious gorgeousness at two of our favourite spots to say ‘I do’ as we present two secret-garden-style affairs at Hilltop Country House in Prestbury and Newby Hall near Ripon.  It’s free entry at both locations for you and your whole bridal entourage, and we can’t wait to see you there…

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Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE

Sunday 3rd April 2016

11am till 3pm 

FREE ENTRY

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A luxury wedding exhibition spanning the beautiful house, gardens and marquee at beautiful Newby Hall. We’ve added 30+ of the area’s most fabulous wedding industry suppliers to create a perfect day of wedding planning! Watch out for the Classic Marquees’ big top and our beautifully dressed ceremony and wedding decor inspiration areas. Hilltop April 2016-1

Cheshire’s prettiest bridal event by far! Over 30 luxury exhibitors with a vintage twist in this stunning garden venue’s beautiful marquee. The house and gardens (open to the public all day) speak for themselves, but with our added delectable details and inspiring wedding suppliers, you are sure to create your dream day: #tooeasy.

hilltop country house

Hilltop Country House, Flash Lane, Prestbury, SK10 4ED

Sunday 3rd April 2016

12pm till 4pm 

FREE ENTRY

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is register using the link below.

While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE

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