February 21st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Imagine almost setting fire to your wedding dress while exchanging vows with your hubby-to-be, and imagine being completely unaware that it was happening… Deep breath, readers, as this story has a happy ending! Today’s bride, Emily, thankfully, can laugh about this near-miss incident now. And as you’re about to discover, the rest of her picture-perfect wedding to partner Philip went without a hitch. Hurrah!
In fact, we’re pretty bowled over by the gorgeous details and original ideas incorporated within their special day. There’s Dexter, their dog, who walked down the aisle and even filmed some of the ceremony. Then there’s the elderflower pale ale brewed by the couple in the lead up to the wedding, with the help of the micro-brewery on-site at their fabulous venue, Carlton Towers, in Yorkshire.
Self-confessed foodies, the couple provided their guests with plenty of options for the wedding breakfast and evening buffet, as well as a candy table brimming with sweets. And we haven’t even talked about their dreamy pastel colour scheme and classic theme which featured – as Emily nicely puts it – ‘a touch of grandeur’, tying in wonderfully with the venue’s spectacular, gothic backdrop. We think it’s about time we handed the blog over to the bride and let her delve into all the finer details. Enjoy!
With images by Bloom Weddings.
emily says: We got engaged in Rome, in February 2016. I booked a weekend break as a surprise for Phil’s birthday, letting him know where we were going only three weeks before – I had no idea the surprise would actually be on me! On the second night of our trip, we went for a lovely romantic meal in a restaurant called That’s Amore. Being a cosy, candlelit restaurant, we were quite warm but I had no idea why Phil wouldn’t take off his jacket! As it happens, he was smuggling a ring in his inside pocket.
After dinner we took a short walk to the Trevi Fountain, which was beautifully lit up. As it was February, the area wasn’t too busy, with around 100 people sat on the steps down to the fountains. Phil insisted we get some pictures beside the fountain, which I thought unusual as he’s never one to insist on photographs! After we’d posed away in front of the fountain, Phil gave me a hug and said “Em…” before getting down on one knee, taking a box out of his pocket and asking, “will you marry me?”. I was taken by such surprise, I thought he was joking, and was absolutely speechless! When I managed to find my words, I said “Yes, of course I will!”. The tourists began to cheer and applaud!
We got married on Saturday 26th August 2017. We chose this date as we were keen to get married in the summer, and thought, what better time than the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend? This allowed relatives from further afield to spend longer up in Yorkshire too before returning to work, and for guests to properly let their hair down with two days to recover before heading back to work! Plus, it’s the weekend of my birthday.
We hosted the whole day at Carlton Towers in the Selby District of North Yorkshire. We were seeking a venue where we could host both the ceremony and reception under one roof, and which also had accommodation. Carlton Towers immediately made the shortlist for those practical reasons. And when we viewed the venue, we immediately fell in love with it! Carlton Towers was the first venue we saw, and no other came close to competing.
We loved the gothic grandeur, its history and that it is family owned. We wanted a classic, traditional venue with a wow factor and with just enough grandeur inside for our more formal photographs, in case the August bank holiday weather made the weekend a wash out! Thankfully, we got lucky in that respect.
Our style was actually very in keeping with the venue – traditional, classic and with a touch of grandeur. We also wanted something timeless, so that in years to come, our wedding wouldn’t look dated.
Our colour scheme centered on summer pastels, think blush pink and a light mint and sage green. Although we chose a formal venue, we wanted the feel of the wedding to be summery, bright, light and relaxed, which is why we chose this palette. Plus, we wanted relaxed floral arrangements, with traditional blooms interspersed with more relaxed flowers and arranged with a touch of wildness. Succulents featured throughout the floral arrangements too, complementing our blush wild roses and, of course, our pastel colour scheme.
February 19th, 2018 | Julia Braime
The pretty just keeps on coming around here!
This Sunday 25th February 2018 from 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY we will be opening the doors to Leeds’ most gorgeous boutique – exclusive use – wedding venue: Dine’s The Mansion, Roundhay Park, for a Brides Up North Bespoke Luxury Bridal Show with some serious style.
I’ve said it before, but you have to see The Mansion for yourself: visit the venue’s website to check out this swanky space! And even if you have already found your dream venue, come along and tick some wedmin off that list. Only the most fabulous wedding day suppliers have been handpicked to attend and with loads of wedding inspiration on site this Sunday, it’s certainly one for the stylish bride.
So what are you waiting for, grab your #bridesquad gals, it’s time to get inspired!
We’re giving away up to 150 free VIP media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North (including the current issue of UNVEILED Magazine and a pair of complimentary tickets to The National Wedding Show worth £40!). As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
February 14th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Happy Valentine’s Day! We feel a surge of ‘just engaged’ selfies and shiny ring shots filling up our social feeds throughout the day as guys (and some gals!) seize this most romantic day of the year to get down on bended knee.
If you’re freshly engaged yourself (*waves whilst flashing my own bling*) we highly advise getting ahead of the St Valentine’s crowd and getting the all-important venue hunt underway – trust us, when we say the best ones sure do book up fast!
For those of you looking for a picturesque big day setting in Yorkshire, you’ve joined as at a perfect time, as today on the blog we’re catching up with the lovely team at our stunning Sponsor venue and Luxury Wedding Show partner Denton Hall. If you’ve not had this fabulous venue on your must-visit radar before, that’s because it’s something of a hidden gem, nestled in the Yorkshire Dales just outside of the historic spa town of Ilkley – and its team are at the ready to tell you all about its wonderful wedding offering…
Can you tell us a little about the history of Denton Hall and describe the look and feel of the venue?
denton hall say: The Hall was designed by famous architect John Carr and built in 1778. Today the beautiful building provides a venue that is brimming with timeless elegance and situated in a luxurious rural setting. Being nestled in 2,500 acres with stunning views across to the Ilkley moor, we really are spoilt with some of the best views in Yorkshire. The building has been beautifully restored to mirror its original style and retain its unique character. From the stunning spiral stair case to crystal chandeliers, there are so many areas just perfect for photographs and for friends and family to relax in.
Tell us about the ceremony and reception areas at Denton Hall…
With three stunning rooms within the hall licensed for civil ceremonies and the local church just a stone’s throw away in the village of Denton, getting married here could not be easier. Typically, we use the front terrace of the Hall, which has sweeping views across to the Ilkley moor for your drinks reception – as well as our newly refurbished reception area and bar, before moving through into the elegant dining room. After dinner, its back to the bar and reception area to dance the night away until the small hours with our late licence. We can host up to 100 guests for the day reception and then 160 for the evening.
What makes Denton Hall a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?
We like to think that what we offer here at Denton is truly a magical experience, we like to get to know our couples and with the exclusive use for the whole weekend, you really do become part of the Denton family. You are our only guests and we get to look after you and your loved ones from the moment you all arrive on Friday until you all depart on Sunday.
Each and every wedding is as individual and different as the couple; so with this in mind we don’t have set packages which couples adhere to. Instead each and every couple sit down with us and we create a bespoke day tailored exactly as they want it – from the reception drinks all the way through the day to evening food.
What sort of bride would be a Denton Hall bride?
Any bride can be a Denton bride, whatever their vision. With the bespoke tailored packages we can caterer for all wants and desires.
How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?
We like to try and make the planning process as easy as possible for our couples by offering our guidance and expertise on; from suppliers and styling, to traditions and seasonal food/drink. We are always on hand to answer questions and queries – whether that’s on the phone, over email, face to face, or even text.
On the big day one of the team is here from the moment the first guest arrives on Friday afternoon until check out on Sunday. Ourselves and the catering managers from Box Tree Events always ensure that the bridal party are aware of who we are and that they can come to us with anything they need, plus we are on hand for you both all day too.
Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?
Our couples can make a full weekend out of the exclusive use of the hall, we have 24 guest bedrooms plus our luxury bridal suite and lodge suites. We don’t book our rooms out to anyone other than the wedding party and get the bride and groom to allocate the bedrooms – that way you can make sure that those who definitely need a room have one.
Tell us about your catering services and what makes them special?
One thing we are immensely proud of here at Denton is our catering. We have worked exclusively with the amazing and fabulous team at Box Tree Events for the past seven years, who will delight and excite couples with their wonderful wedding menus and choices.
What is the feedback like from couples about Denton Hall?
One of the bets parts of the wedding weekend for us is seeing just how happy our couples are. The joy just beams out of their faces. We often get feedback which thanks us for being part of the whole journey, from the first show around until check out on the Sunday morning. Working with Box Tree Events also ensures the food is just sensational. There are always comments from our couples and their friends and family on just how delicious the entire wedding breakfast was.
February 9th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We may be desperately trying to shake off the current cold season and focus on the brighter months ahead, but we’re finishing the week with a truly delectable dose of winter wedding inspiration.
Those of you planning your wedding for such time of year are certainly going to want to have your Pinning-fingers at the ready, as this shoot epitomises an opulent winter wedding at its finest, complete with a warming palette of golds and berry reds, plus plenty of crystal and jewel detailing.
Engineered by a talented group of Yorkshire suppliers, the shoot, captured late last year, took some of its inspiration from festive season and shows how utterly gorgeous an alternative Christmas wedding can be – thankfully there’s not a single candy cane in sight!
Here to tell us more is the award-winning Betty Timbo of Bespoke Vintage Castle, who made the beautiful accessories featured in the shoot – including a rather gorgeous clutch bag that us magpies at Brides Up North just love!
With images by Jane Beadnell Photography.
betty says: The shoot was inspired by all things seasonal and wonderful, full of rich vibrancy, opulent flowers and exciting glittery elements. A jubilant collection of colours, moods and textures were evoked by the Christmas spirit with the shoot taking place late last year. We were also keen to showcase the very best Yorkshire talent and what a wedding could be like when this theme comes together.
The location – The Orangery at Settrington – was perfectly chosen by photographer Jane Beadnell, who wanted to capture a place with bold structure, clean colours and a decadent finish. We loved the venue’s large windows that drew in the cooling winter sun, stunning pillars that shaped the room and the warming glow of the muted colour palette. We were free to roam the grounds and were met with beautiful leafy arches, artistic sculptures and marble structures. The Orangery at Settrington is a beautiful location in all seasons and we really wanted to showcase all its art, beauty and refinement in our finished images.
The decoration was beautifully designed and put together by Laura from Ambience Venue Styling in York. The team worked with a rich, opulent burgundy, gold and red tonal colour palette and there were tables laden with scented candles, extravagant golden cutlery and sequined tablecloths.
The stunning cakes by Zoe’s Fancy Cakes echoed the colour theme and were each hand-adorned with colours and breath-taking artwork.
January 31st, 2018 | Rachel Parry
If your wedding venue tick list includes: historic building, gorgeous grounds, excellent service and delicious food, then prepare to take note of our new Yorkshire Sponsor Halifax Hall, that we’re introducing on the blog today.
Set in leafy Sheffield, the stunning boutique hotel has a choice of beautifully presented function rooms, with adaptable space for small, intimate weddings as well as those up to 120 guests.
Keen to shape days around individual couples, the Hall’s staff take a personal approach to planning, with weddings priced on a bespoke basis to ensure brides and grooms have their every wish catered for, including being able to handpick their wedding breakfast and evening food.
We’re handing over the blog to the Hall’s team now to expand on the details, but if this fine venue has already piqued your interest, then be sure to mark down Sunday 25th February in your diary when you can visit Halifax Hall during its wedding open day, from 12 noon to 3pm, free admission.
Where is the venue located?
halifax hall say: The venue is located in south west Sheffield, just a short walk from Ecclesall Road and the Botanical Gardens. The Hall is situated on the edge of the Endcliffe Village in picturesque gardens and has become established as one of Sheffield’s leading wedding venues, consistently being voted in the top ten hotels on TripAdvisor.
Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?
Originally a Victorian steel baron’s mansion, and more recently a University hall of residence, Halifax Hall Hotel is a beautiful period property built in 1840, which was converted to a boutique hotel in 2013.
How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?
Halifax Hall’s stunning architecture provides an amazing backdrop for wedding photography and is the perfect venue for intimate ceremonies catering for between ten and 120 guests.
Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas?
Couples can hold their wedding ceremony in our light and airy Ennis Suite or the grander Dining Room, both of which offer neutral decor and plenty of natural light. The couple can then hire any of our five unique reception rooms for their wedding breakfast and evening celebrations.
What makes Halifax Hall a special wedding venue?
Due to the unique and bespoke way in which we approach weddings, we believe we offer a fantastic and flexible option to every bride and groom.
Our dedicated wedding team work with our couples to create a totally bespoke package for their big day, including personalised menus created by our talented chefs.
We support and encourage every couple’s individuality and ensure we commit a coordinator to be their point of contact from initial show round and throughout the planning process to create the day they imagined.
This level of service and versatility sets us apart and is a barometer of our commitment to ensure the perfect day each and every time.
January 25th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
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…
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!
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.
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.
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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