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Queen Of The Castle! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Grace & Tony

July 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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An Allerton Castle Wedding by Steve Ramsden Photography

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Today’s breathtakingly beautiful Real Wedding, sent to me by real bride Grace and Steve Ramsden Photography, caught my interest as soon as it landed in my inbox.  That’s because Allerton Castle is one of the fabulous venues that I work with in Yorkshire to host the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives events for all you lovely brides to be.

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I think once you see today’s wedding, you’ll be wanting to put the date of our next show in your diaries to come along too!

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Sunday 16th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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Click here to register for your free VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag and speedy entry. 

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This is your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at North Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venue! As well as the Dine team hosting venue tours, over 30 of the regions finest bridal suppliers will be in attendance to inspire and advise – everything from flowers, to bridal fashion to photobooths – only the best will do!

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I’ll see you there, and in the meantime, enjoy today’s stunning celebration. 

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Grace says:  We got engaged in January 2011 at the Crab and Lobster, Asenby just before I went to Spain to ride in the Spanish Sunshine Tour for eight weeks.

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We were married on 12th May 2012 at St Marys Church at Myton on Swale, the first wedding at the church for nine years, with our reception at Allerton Castle near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.  Allerton Castle was the first venue we looked at and no where else compared, it was just amazing, a fairytale castle.

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We didn’t have a particular theme and just wanted something simple but traditional.  The colours that we chose were ivory with touches of red. 

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I chose an ivory tulle dress from Andrea Bambridge of York with a long train of tulle, and flowers scattered across the bodice and skirt. I wore a veil and tiara previously worn by my sister Charlotte who was married six years ago and gorgeous Swarovski shoes by Gina.

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My four adult bridesmaids wore red Anoushka G dresses from House of Frazer, and our four flowergirls wore ivory dresses with a red bow on the back.  Our pageboy who was two wore an ivory suit with a waistcoat but he decided he wanted to be like the girls so he wore one of the flowergirls’ cardigans during the ceremony!

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The other guys wore traditional outfits by York Suit Hire

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The church service was the most emotional and nervous part of the day and meant the most because our marriage is really what the day was about.  

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Vocalis Choir of Harrogate sang in the church.  Amongst other songs they performed ‘I Will Follow Him’ originally sung by the choir and Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act.

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I carried a traditional shower bouquet of David Austin Patience Roses and Calla Lilies, and Dendrobium OrchidS.  My adult bridesmaids’ carried natural hand-tied bouquets of red roses and the flowergirls carried hearts decorated with Dendrobium Orchids, all provided by Elise Flowers. Two of the hearts are now hanging at either side of the fireplace as a momentum of the day. There were arrangements of flowers inside the church and there was an arch of flowers over the church door. At Allerton Castle table decorations were also provided by Elise Flowers and the staircase was decorated with ivy, fairylights and storm lanterns, and a wishing tree was placed in the conservatory.  This has now been planted as a reminder of our day.

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A chimney sweep – Pete the Sweep – attended to wish us luck!  This is a tradition derived 200 years ago when King George II was riding his horse in a royal procession when without warning a stray dog began nipping the legs of the King’s horse causing it to rear up and the King lost control. As the crowd looked on in horror, a chimney sweep came from the crowd, regained control of the horse and returned to the crowd. After the procession the King was unable to thank the sweep personally for his bravery so he decreed that from that day onwards all chimney sweeps should be considered lucky.

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We travelled to Allerton Castle in an amazing 1950 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, provided by Superior Motor Cars. 

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Dine at Allerton Castle looked after us so well all day – coordinating the whole wedding and providing all the catering.

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Our cake was provided by a family friend and was seven tiers which were all different, fruit cake, carrot cake, chocolate cake, with the top layers being sponge cake. 

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During the drinks reception Pure Silk Jazz played to entertain 90 guests followed by Sounds Familiar, a local band from Tollerton, who played during the meal and then Pure Silk Cutz played in the evening.

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Our first dance was a waltz, with a few twists and turns, to Take That’s Rule the World.  We rehearsed our first dance with The Butterfly School of Dance in Thirsk. 

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After the wedding, we honeymooned in Goa in India for fifteen nights and stayed in the Taj Exotica Hotel, with miles of beach to ourselves before returning to rainy Yorkshire.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to stand back and look, see what is going on around you and take it all in, it goes so fast.

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HEARTCongratulations Grace & Tony! HEART

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Are you newly wed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North.

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  – Images © 2012 Steve Ramsden Photography

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Julia Braime
Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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