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girls only: the wedding edit.

October 9th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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As bloggers, we’re the first to rave about how useful the internet is in sourcing wedding suppliers and gaining glorious big day ideas. However, we also value the importance of meeting suppliers face to face, hence our epic season of Brides Up North wedding fairs held at some of the finest venues across the North (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our upcoming events here.)

While we’ll be taking a one-weekend break from the wedding fair scene on Sunday 29th October, we have details of a massively swoon-worthy event staged by our fabulous Sponsor, LOVE Bridal Boutique, at gorgeous Cheshire wedding venue, Styal Lodge – well we wouldn’t leave your diaries with a gap in now, would we?!

Now in its fourth year, The Wedding Edit is a strictly girls-only event, that unveils LOVE’s latest dress collections providing heaps of heavenly styling inspiration. Furthermore, a hand-picked selection of North West suppliers will be in attendance to showcase their talents, and we hear there are some tasty culinary treats in store too!

Here to give us the full low-down on the event, including details on how to get your hands on tickets (which are free!), is owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique, our mate, Emma Draper…

Images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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When is the event taking place and what will it include?

emma says: The Wedding Edit will take place from 12 noon until around 3pm on Sunday 29th October. The main event will be the catwalk show where we are proudly showcasing the latest collections from Sarah Seven, Sassi Holford, Enzoani, and our new collection from Savannah Miller will make its debut.

Brides and their guests will be welcomed with drinks and throughout the course of the event will have the opportunity to chat about all things wedding with some of the very best wedding suppliers in the North West, who will be there to offer their advice, guidance and inspiration.

What suppliers will be involved in the day?

We, LOVE Bridal Boutique will be hosting the event at Styal Lodge and will be joined by Jonny Draper Photography; The Flower Lounge and The Soiree Stylists, who will dressing the event; The Switch Entertainment, featuring Ellie Sax, Laserboy Wonder and Sash Sings; Flossy and Leigh, who will be styling our models and will be on hand to talk bridal hair and makeup; Pink Pepper, who will be providing stunning edible treats – and we will have a little surprise for our guests too! Other suppliers include Cakes by Yolk, Whitfield and Ward, Adam Wing Films, Lucy Wright Events, The Word is Love, Hipswing and Eleventh Heaven by Ann McAvney, plus shoes from Harriet Wilde and Charlotte Mills will feature on the catwalk.

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What can brides-to-be planning their wedding get out of the event?

Strictly a girls-only event, brides-to-be and their guest will have the opportunity to see all of the brand-new collections that have only just arrived in store.

They will be able to take inspiration on how dresses can be styled, looking at accessories, hair and makeup as well as get a real sense of how the dresses move and fit, off the hanger.

My team and I will be on hand to chat about the dresses and the process/timescales involved in buying a wedding dress as well as the opportunity to book an exclusive appointment.

Will there be any special treats in store?

Cocktails on tap, goody bags for our brides, treats to sample, heaps of inspiration and plenty of selfie opportunities – a definite Instagrammable event!

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What are you looking forward to most about the event?

Seeing the look on our guests faces when we unveil our new collections! Now in its fourth year, we still can’t get enough of the vibe and eager anticipation as everyone takes their seats for the catwalk show.

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How do brides register for the event?

Email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk to reserve a space on our guest list. Limited number of places available so be quick!

For more brides can also visit our website or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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get the look: pippa middleton

June 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Though not technically royal family herself, Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding to her millionaire beau James Mathews caused media waves across the globe, with newsrooms worldwide on high alert ready for the first reveal of the blushing bride.

Dubbed the “society wedding of the year” many were intrigued to see which high profile individuals and celebs had, or even more so, hadn’t made the guest list. For us though the intrigue was all about the dress – questions that had been lingering for months would finally be answered; who designed the gown? Slinky or princess? Lace, satin or silk?

Contrary to what some people had predicted, Pippa covered up the curves that made her a household name at her sister Kate’s royal wedding back in 2011, instead opting for a stunning lace princess gown with beautiful A-line skirt for a demure look with a stylish twist.

We would certainly love to wear such a gorgeous gown for our nuptials – and if you too are crushing on Pippa’s big day look, we’re going to discuss how to mirror her impeccable style in today’s celebrity spy post. Prepare to take notes ladies!

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Giles Deacon was the designer who put Miss Middleton’s breath-takingly beautiful gown together – and we loved e-v-er-ything about it. However, if the rumours are anything to go by, such a gown would take a £40,000 chunk out of the wedding budget, placing it out of most bride’s reach.

Though all is not lost, for Pippa wore a classic shaped gown and some of the key detailing on her dress features in many other designers’ collections, meaning you can steal this style without blowing the entire wedding budget!

Though stunning, full lace gowns usually come with quite a hefty price tag and so savvy brides may prefer to look for gowns similar to Pippa’s but that just feature lace on just the top half of the dress. Then there’s the sleeves to consider – whether to go for a cute capped sleeve like Pippa or throw in some inspiration from sister Kate with full length lace sleeves instead.

The super elegant high-neck though not a hugely popular trend (yet!) could be spotted in some designs on the recent White Gallery catwalk and is a look worn by one of our other fav celebrity brides, Nicky Hilton.

Perhaps a little unexpected was the heart-shaped key-hole back to Pippa’s dress that revealed a hint of skin. For those wanting to follow in Pippa’s style steps, there are plenty of gowns with such detailing, from princess designs similar to Pippa’s as well as more fitted gowns. If feeling brave then you could go for more of a cut away design that would show off a larger proportion of skin.

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In classic bride style, Pippa chose to wear her hair up in a chignon inspired do with all locks pulled clear of her face to show-off that beautiful high-neck detail.
Pippa’s do was loose but still had an element of structure. Chignons come in all varieties, from sleek and polished to almost messy and undone, so ladies can pick a style to suit their overall bridal look.

Pippa finished off her look with just a touch of sparkle in the form of a delicate tiara and drop earrings.

the makeup

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Pretty Pippa chose to keep things real on the makeup front with a natural English rose look.

Her slightly tanned skin has a luminous glow though and there are no signs of heavy liquids, powders or contouring. Instead just a flush of pink blush is swept across the cheeks, eyes are delicately lined and brows defined. A coat of mascara and pretty pink lippy finishes off the look perfectly.

Royal, or not, this lady has certainly earned herself a spot in our celebrity bride hall of fame!

hey north west? its wedstival’17 (yay)

May 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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The wait is OVER! #WEDSTIVAL’17 is FINALLY here!

wedstival17: a brides up north wedding festival

Capesthorne Hall, Congelton Road, Macclesfield
Sunday 21st May 2017, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’17 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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Brides Up North in association with Shades, Big Chief Tipis, Capesthorne Hall, UNVEILED Magazine and the North West’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s original and finest dedicated festival wedding fairs in 2017.

We’ve just celebrated two absolutely EPIC weekends on the trot at Stockeld Park and Ormesby Hall (photos coming very soon!) but we’re not ready to hang up our flower crowns yet… oh no! The WEDFEST’17 TOUR continues!

With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 21st May 2017 Capesthorne Hall will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

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There’ll be a huge sail cloth tent, tipi hats, vintage MASH tent, a blow up pub (yes really!), a honeymoon bell tent, Pimms, prosecco, street food – and drink, LOTS of drink! – vendors (so stay for lunch and a tipple or ten!), a cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion – including a brilliant designer dress sale and a pop up boutique with gowns starting at just a fraction of the original price! – and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures and the grand building itself, come rain or shine (we know you love a bit of drizzle and we come prepared!), we’ve got your inspiration sorted.

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Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny!

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTIVAL17‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

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Images from previous events by Peace Wedding Photography and Jonny Draper Photography.

celtic spirit. madeline gardner for a fun-filled wedding at heaton house farm – lindsey & rory

February 9th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s real wedding will really get you in the party mood, with bagpipes, live music, caricatures, Irish dancing, magic and more!

Lindsey and Rory had the perfect countryside church wedding and celebrated afterwards with a rustic-themed do at Heaton House Farm.

You have been warned, though: further reading may result in foot-tapping, seat-dancing and a sudden urge for a glass of stout. Maybe best to leave this one until you’re out of the office…

With images by Jonny Draper

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lindsey says: We got engaged in Dublin at Clontarf Castle on 16th May 2014. The beginning of that week Rory asked me to get the Friday off work as he fancied going away for the weekend – then he surprised me and told me that we were going to Dublin. I assumed we would be staying in the centre of Dublin where we have stayed before; however, we carried on and arrived at Clontarf Castle. I still didn’t have an inclination! During the afternoon, Rory suggested we have a few drinks in the bar before getting ready to head out for our meal later on. I remember just wanting to relax but little did I know that Rory had arranged for the room to be made up with rose petals scattered round the room and a dress he had bought for me laid out on the bed, along with champagne and chocolates. As we left the room Rory said he ‘forgot his wallet’ but that was just so he could get the ring from his bag and leave it in the bathroom bin ready for the proposal! After a few drinks we came upstairs and I was surprised at the room all beautifully decorated…I turned around and there he was on one knee! It was perfect in every way and I was glad it was just the two of us sharing the special moment together.

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We got married on Friday 11th September 2015. We originally wanted Saturday 12th September, as that was the anniversary of the day we met, but it wasn’t available. Looking back, we made the right decision as the weather was perfect whereas on the Saturday it was chucking it down!

We got married at Gawsworth Church, St James The Great near Macclesfield, and our reception was held at Heaton House Farm. I’d always wanted a church wedding and the church is set in the beautiful countryside – the perfect scene for a wedding. Heaton House Farm is only 20 minutes away from the church and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue for our reception.

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Both Rory and I love all things rustic and so a rustic wedding theme was an easy decision. I went for a purple/pink colour for my three bridesmaids and Rory and his groomsmen wore blue suits. Once they were both chosen it was easier to think about a colour scheme for flowers and decorations. Purple was the main colour throughout, however we incorporated other colours that would complement this and even it all out.

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I didn’t shop around much for wedding dresses as I found a designer that I loved so it was just a case of looking for bridal shops which stocked her dresses. I ended up going to Amelia’s Bridal Boutique in Clitheroe, Lancashire, where I found my Morilee dress designed by Madeline Gardner. Her collections were just what I was looking for – elegant, feminine and stylish – and my chosen dress was just gorgeous. It was a white, trumpet style gown with a sweetheart neckline with beading and gems to the top of my neck. I also wore a long veil decorated with a few gems so that it would catch the light and complement my dress.

As I’d had such a good experience at Amelia’s Bridal, we decided to get Rory’s suit from there too. It was blue with a white shirt, a blue tweed tie, a grey tweed waistcoat with blue and brown checks on it and brown shoes.

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real wedding recap: stewart parvin for a luxurious winter wedding at colshaw hall – luisa & peter

January 3rd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016. 

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.

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Luisa and Peter pulled off the impressive feat of a winter wedding without a can of snow spray or a gilded pine cone in sight. Instead, their big day at Colshaw Hall in Cheshire, was led by an organic woodland theme, full of warm earthy tones and plenty of grown-up black-tie glamour.

The food and the playlist were particular focal points for this Manchester music-loving pair, and the following day saw the festivities extended with an aprés-ski extravaganza. So get comfortable, perhaps with a glass of Malbec or a mulled wine – go on, Luisa would definitely approve!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography

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luisa says: Peter and I got engaged in Barbados. One night we went down for dinner and, instead of heading for our usual table in the restaurant, we were led down a path lined with candles that took us to a private beach and a table for two. When we sat down and opened the menus, I saw all of my favourite foods and champagne. Then a steel band appeared playing Elvis Presley’s I Cant Help Falling In Love With You. When I looked around, Peter was down on one knee; it was a truly magical moment. He made a beautiful speech and, of course, I said yes. We spent the rest of the week celebrating and relaxing; it was just so perfect!

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We chose to get married on 19th December 2015 because it was the closest Saturday to the Winter Solstice – a date important to me and my mum. We wanted a winter wedding as we felt that there were lots more options to explore in terms of the decorations and the vibe that we could create.

For the venue, we chose Colshaw Hall in Cheshire. We wanted to make sure that the event was totally private and this was the huge bonus of Colshaw: the venue and all of its grounds are hired exclusively so we wouldn’t be sharing our special day with anyone else. Secondly, as Peter’s family are based in Suffolk, we wanted to make sure that there was accommodation onsite to ensure that the wedding weekend was as easy as possible for those travelling. Having looked at quite a few venues in the area, Colshaw’s accommodation was, we felt, the most beautiful. Each room has its own stunning theme and beautiful view over the grounds. Colshaw’s Peel Suite also offered a beautiful blank canvas; no wedding looks the same there. We had hired the main house for the drinks and canapés straight after the service and this offered a unique, cosy, Christmas drinks party atmosphere.

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Theme-wise, we wanted to create a natural and organic winter forest. Peter and I love walking our dog Digby up on the Edge and we wanted to recreate that same earthy, woodland environment. I wanted my wedding to be just that little bit ‘out there’, and having the trees as the centrepiece certainly achieved that goal. As our wedding was the weekend before Christmas, I think people expected us to go down the more conventional festive route and it was truly lovely seeing their reactions to the chapel and the main room. We’d focused on lots of earthy tones, such as dark greens and ambers, making sure that everything was lit by candles to create warmth.

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I had chosen quite a traditional and simple gown designed by Stewart Parvin with the lace detail as a nod to my Italian heritage. My dress was bought and styled by the incredible ladies at LOVE Bridal in Cheshire. They helped accessorise my gown with a Stewart Parvin veil, lace jacket and honey-toned belt which contemporised it perfectly. My shoes were Hangisis by Manolo Blahnik; I just loved their quirkiness. In the evening, I removed the lace jacket and added a thin sparkly belt to liven it up for the dancing. I visited several bridal stores and LOVE Bridal’s service surpassed all the London boutiques. From the beautiful little cakes they serve to the ‘grand reveal’, the wonderful Emma and Clare have it covered.

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wreaths & roses. lusan mandongus for a pretty christmas wedding in cheshire – rachel & james

December 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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With just a matter of days to go until it’s fizz, presents and turkey all the way, we’re getting into the spirit of things with this gorgeous Christmas wedding.

Rachel and James opted for a traditional church ceremony, made personal with input from family and friends, followed by a gorgeous rustic reception at Owen House Wedding Barn.

We love the subtle seasonal touches such as berries, wreathes and fairy lights, plus the bridesmaids’ sparkling dresses, which give just a nod to the (most wonderful) time of the year!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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rachel says: We got engaged in Mozambique on New Year ’s Eve in 2014, just before midnight. At that time we were living and working in Malawi as volunteers and were taking a Christmas break. We had arrived in the beautiful coastal town of Vilanculos that evening and had a lovely dinner on the beach before going to see the New Year in with fireworks on the beach front.

We returned from travelling in late July 2015, and had our date set within a few weeks. We decided on 29th December 2015, as we both love that time of year and knew a lot of our friends and family would be home and able to attend.

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The wedding ceremony was held in St Chads Catholic Church, in Cheadle, as this is my home parish church and the church my family have always attended. We have a lot of connections with the church and were able to include friends and family throughout the service to give the wedding a more personal touch. We also used the adjoining church hall for tea, coffee, canapés and prosecco after the service which was provided by a local coffee shop (Rustic Coffee Co) and childhood friend.

The wedding reception was held at Owen House Wedding Barn, in Mobberley. The venue was perfect in every way and everything we both wanted. We had looked through hundreds of venues online and as soon as we walked in, I knew it was the right place.

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We didn’t pick any particular theme for the wedding. We just wanted a relaxed atmosphere with as little fuss as possible so everyone could enjoy themselves.

We didn’t really pick a colour scheme either, but everything came together really well. I had picked the bridesmaids dresses first as I had fallen in love with them at first sight and fitted everything around them. They were perfect for Christmas and matched in the boy’s ties and the flowers.

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Wedding dress shopping was a little rushed as I only had five months to pick and order the dress. I looked in three local boutiques and chose a dress by Lusan Mandongus. I wanted a simple but elegant dress and wanted it to be comfortable and to be able to dance all night.

James chose the suits from Next and we had them tailored to fit each individual groomsman. They were a lovely colour and suited everyone really well. James’ tie was from Liberty and somehow linked all the colours of the wedding together.

The best man, groomsmen and fathers all wore three-piece suits from Next.

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