October 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Lets get this pretty party started.
I’ve some absolutely cracking wedding inspiration for you lovely lot this week, starting with this beautiful real wedding with lots of DIY detailing high on the Yorkshire moors, and culminating with our gorgeous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, this Sunday (have you pre-registered for this really very special bridal event? Click here to join the fun). Don’t say we never do anything for you!
So, it’s off to Danby this Monday as we join Helen and Harry for their cute countryside wedding. There’s colour pops and perfect props, all finished off with a hearty serving of Whitby’s finest. Enjoy!
With images by Stott & Atkinson.
Helen says: Harry asked me to marry him in Central Park in New York on 26th June 2012, and we were married on 28th September 2013 at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Stokesley, followed by reception at Danby Castle.
The church was my local church when I was growing up. We looked at several reception venues but Danby Castle just felt right – it’s in a beautiful location, characterful and the staff are amazing.
We chose teal as a base colour and we kept the general feel quite rustic in keeping with the setting.
My wedding dress was a beautiful Pronovias lace fishtail with a bolero which I found in my local wedding shop in Wimbledon (Teokath).
Harry and his groomsmen wore medium grey suits with tails hired from Moss Bros.
My bridesmaids wore teal dresses from In One Clothing in different styles. These worked incredibly well as there was a six months pregnant bridesmaid and a bridesmaid who had given birth three weeks earlier! The flower girl wore a matching teal sash (also from In One Clothing) around a white dress from Monsoon.
I carried a mixture of roses and freesias, with a wild flower feel. The buttonholes were heather based in keeping with the moors.
I travelled in a 1970s VWBeetle called Digby from Lovedub Cars – we didn’t want anything too grand.
We added lots of home made touches to our day.
We made the table name cards using tickets from sporting venues we had been to together with some facts from the matches we attended and little flags with Mr & Mrs R, 28.09.2013 on for the straws in the reception drinks.
My Dad produced lots of twigs so all the guests could play poohsticks after the church ceremony and we had jigsaws made with the menus on to keep the guests entertained whilst they were waiting for the speeches to end…
The amazing food was served up by Danby Castle’s chef Em who produced some incredibly tasty pie and sticky toffee pudding.
We had a DJ for the evening music and an iPod playing a selection of music during the drinks reception. We learnt a foxtrot for our first dance, being big Strictly Come Dancing fans!
After the wedding we honeymooned in Peru – a week by Lake Titicaca followed by hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu then a few days in the Amazon rainforest.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is that it’s your day – do what makes you happy, and (hopefully!) doing that will make your guests happy.
Congratulations Helen & Harry!
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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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