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True Romance. A Palette of Pinks For A Real Wedding At Woodlands Hotel, Leeds – Nicola & Silas

June 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

This afternoon’s real bride Nicola is a lady after my own heart.  Can you guess what our mutual favourite colour is? Once, in another life when I was a practising lawyer I asked my sister in law the same question and she guessed grey.  Honestly!  I think I knew right then that I was in the wrong job. 

Anyway, my life got a lot more colourful after that (thank god) and things are always, always prettier in pink.  Isn’t that right, Nicola?

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

Nicola says: We went to Brighton for a long weekend in July 2012. We were getting ready for a meal out and I had taken time doing my hair and makeup. Just as we were leaving Silas said I didn’t look quite right, there was something missing. I was a little annoyed until he got down on one knee and proposed!

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

We got married on 3rd May. No specific reason but as it turned out was quite a nervous day for the groom. His beloved Notts Country were in a relegation battle… luckily for me, they survived to fight another season…

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

We chose the Woodlands Hotel in Leeds, it’s a beautiful venue with a marquee. There are only twenty three rooms which means it felt like we had the whole hotel to ourselves. Lauren the wedding planner at the hotel was fab at suggesting extra things to make the day even more special.

Through the whole planning process, nothing was too much trouble and on the day, they fully kept me informed of everything. The food was amazing, the rooms immaculate and the hotel and grounds itself were better than I had remembered. All this made it a perfect day.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

The colour scheme was pink and ivory. I love pink – it’s my favourite colour!

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My dress was a strapless gown with satin bust and lace to the floor. I actually bought it from a wedding fair  at the NEC. It was too big to start with but then I got pregnant and Evie (our daughter) was only four months old when we got married and the dress didn’t need too much taking in! I tried so many different dresses on – the style I though I would want looks silly on me as I am only 5ft – but fell in love with my dress as soon as I put it on.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

The bridesmaids wore floor length chiffon dresses from Ted Baker. They were beautiful. The groomsmen work the same suits as the groom, which was a grey morning suit and an ivory tie from Young’s Formal Hire

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

I chose pink peonies for myself and white peonies for the bridesmaids. Sally at Serendipity Flowers did them and they were beautiful.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My work colleague offered to drive us to the wedding as he has a selection of vintage cars! How lucky!

It was a cream Morris Minor Moggy convertible. It had red leather interior and was stunning! The weather was amazing on the day and we travelled from the church to the Woodlands with the roof down. Good job I had plenty of hairspray on.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

Hayley Baxter Photography did the photographs. I couldn’t have chosen anyone better to capture our special day. She put us at ease and the pictures are so much better than I could have imagined.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

Helen Archer was my make up artist and did an amazing job! I wanted something subtle and feminine… and it lasted all day & night.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

I wanted a clean fresh & modern look for the marquee – I chose to make a feature of the gorgeous bouquet’s & peonies by placing them in vases on the top table.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

For favours, I chose Yankee Candles in Wedding Day for all the ladies and Silas got betting slips for all the men for football matches on the closing day of the season for the men… I am not aware of any winners!

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My chief bridesmaid and best friend Jodie and her family bought us the wedding cake as a gift. Netty’s Cakes made it for us. We chose a three tier cake made of chocolate and plain sponge with a frosting which started off dark and then graduated lighter, all in shades of pink of course. I am not a massive fan of fruit cake and so I went for sponge instead.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

We had a band called The Saints and they were great! The dance floor was full and they played some good crowd pleasing songs. Looking back, I am not sure if we asked for Gangnam Style or Cotton Eye Jo but hey, people seemed to enjoy it.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My favourite part of the day was dancing with all my friends. It was quite emotional, it was nearly the end of the night and all the hard work and planning was nearly over. I enjoyed spending that time with the people who had helped me to make the day so great.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

For our honeymoon we went to Crete. We took Evie with us so we didn’t want to go too far.

(c) Hayley Baxter Photography at Woodlands Hotel

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning! I really enjoyed planning of the wedding as much as I enjoyed the day. Its all so special.

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Congratulations Nicola & Silas!

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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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