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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2014. Pretty Pastels. A Romantic Real Wedding At Middleton Lodge – Samantha & Dan

July 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, 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 7th July 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  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.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Dan and Sam’s wedding is all about the gorgeous details, their amazing venue (Brides Up North Featured Supplier Middleton Lodge) and lots of big belly laughs.  I’ve adored every minute of putting this feature together, and I hope it brightens up your Tuesday.

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

Be very inspired!

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Samantha says:  Dan asked me to marry him on August 13th 2011 in London at St Paul’s Cathedral in the Whispering Gallery (rumoured to bring you good luck for the rest of your marriage if you are proposed to there)! 

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

We were married on Saturday 29th June 2013 at Middleton Lodge, Richmond, North Yorkshire. 

We wanted a venue that was not only stunning, but that we could also have as our home for the weekend to allow exclusivity but also a homely feel for us and our guests.  A huge bonus of this amazing venue is that we could marry on the stunning grounds and a summer outdoor wedding was something that particularly I had dreamed of.

We travelled there on the Friday evening, so the whole wedding took place at Middleton Lodge – we didn’t need to travel and could just relax and enjoy the three day celebrations.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

The theme was whimsical, rustic and fun and we opted for a pastel colour scheme with pastel green for the bridesmaid dresses and men’s ties and pastel pink for the flowers.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

My dress was a delicate lace dress, strapless with a sweetheart neckline and dramatic fishtail and train by Enzoani and called ‘Dakota’. I bought it from Boda Bridal in Chester.

Dan wore a dark grey suit from Groom suit hire with pastel green Dessy tie and handkerchief to match the bridesmaid’s dresses.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

My bridesmaids wore pastel green Dessy dresses and flower girl wore an ivory dress with lace detail and the groomsmen wore dark grey suits from Groom suit hire with pastel green Dessy tie to match the bridesmaid’s dresses.

The Pageboy work the same as the groomsmen but with black converse.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

My bouquet was a mixture of pink Peonies wrapped in vintage lace – the bridesmaids carried a smaller version of my bouquet and my flower girl carried a peony wand.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Hair and Make-up was by Deborah Schofield at Ruby Red Lips.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

The entertainment was important to us.  We chose the North East Soiree string quartet to add atmosphere to our outdoor wedding.  Howard Wing (who just won the Best Wedding Entertainer North West) was definitely the star of the day… he had our guests dancing on their chairs during the wedding breakfast!

The Imposters Band took over in the evening with an awesome mix of soulful funky and modern songs that got everyone on the dance floor.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

for our guests to wave once we had tied the knot, retro milk bottle with candy stripe straws for the children’s drinks, retro sweet stand, fun props for photographs (including a vintage pop-up photo booth), homemade fabric lavender heart favours, homemade typewriter stamped place cards, DIY pom poms that hung around the marquee, Dan made a rustic wooden cake stand and wedding sign so our guests knew where the wedding was. We had various pictures of loved ones from our parents and grandparents wedding days, faux grass with tea-cups sat on top filled with peonies, homemade scrabble ‘Mr & Mrs’ and ‘Love’ signs and a quirky suitcase on legs holding our cards and gifts in the day, then dancing shoes (flip flops) in the evening.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

We used Whimsical Wedding Hire for vintage hire and styling and The Finishing Touch Company, to add our finishing touches!  All our flowers were by Bels Flowers.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

My mother-in-law’s best friend made our ivory ruffle wedding cake with pink and white creamed sponge inside. It sat on a rustic tree stump wedding stand that Dan made and we also had cupcakes in lace cups and cake pops for the kids.

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography is an amazing lady who has an eye for catching a story book of memories of your day that you will have to cherish forever!

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

My Mum and Dad looking so proud when they saw me in my dress will always stay with me, walking down the aisle (outdoors because the weather shone for us!) and seeing Dan at the other end waiting for me was magical, but our favourite part was walking in to the wedding breakfast to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Made to Love Her’.  Howard Wing rocked the place and everyone was clapping and cheering.  The Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and then Best Man all walked in to different songs before us to get the room warmed up! I loved seeing all of our guests enjoying themselves and people just letting go and having genuine fun!

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

For our honeymoon we had an amazing three weeks trip to the West Coast of America. We started in Las Vegas and then made our way to San Francisco, Carmel, and across the Big Sur to Santa Barbara/L.A. We finished our amazing trip in NYC… we did not want it to ever end!

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy all of the planning and remember that this is your big day – you cannot please everyone all of the time.

Try not to over complicate the table plan and spend hours over the decision of where to seat your guests – they will all have an amazing time and it really will not matter on the day… just enjoy!

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography

 

Congratulations Samantha and Dan!

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comments

  • January 7, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    What a great shot of the groom and his groomsmen!

  • January 8, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    What a belter! Sam and Dan were so much fun, they made my job very easy. One of my top weddings 2013.. Worked with Helen for the first time on this wedding too! Double bonus!

  • Emma
    January 8, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    Fab pictures and looked like an amazing day.
    I’m getting married here this year….eeeeeek!

    I love how the marquee is dressed and using the Pom poms on the side rather than hanging

  • Jon Kay
    January 10, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    Brings back memories of a fantastic day, enjoyed by everyone!

    This weddings will take some beating, it was planned with some much detail, fantastic….

    Great couple – Sam & Dan

  • Samantha Houghton
    January 10, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    It’s the Bride here! Thank you for featuring our awesome wedding! We adored every second of it and couldn’t have done it without our amazing photographer and of course Howard Wing…the day would never have been as much fun without him!

    Emma I am so jealous…you have 110% picked the most amazing venue and will have the best day ever!!! The staff are amazing at Middleton lodge and the venue is to die for – make sure you have the cellar bar for late drinks and dancing too!

    Love the Houghton xx

  • January 14, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing feature, I loved working with Sam she made a stunning bride. Middleton Lodge was a fabulous grande location. So much effort & thought was put into Sam & Dans wedding. Just beautiful xx

  • July 6, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    Lovely to look back at this amazing wedding from a year ago! Sam & Dans wedding was just amazing!!

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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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