April 6th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s couple, Sadie and Lee, know how to throw a good party. Celebrating their wedding on New Year’s Eve in the exquisite surroundings of a country house hotel in the Yorkshire Dales – the couple’s vintage themed nuptials are the epitome of modern day elegance combined with retro charm.
With splashes of vibrant florals, gorgeous lace and some rather dapper woolen suits – there’s lots of beautiful wedding inspo to indulge in. Sadie tells us more…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography
sadie says: We got engaged on 14th March 2015. We were at home about to head out for a meal, when Lee appeared with pink champagne. He proposed before we left the house, as he knew I wouldn’t want a scene in public.
We chose to get married on Saturday 31st December 2016. We knew we wanted a wintery Christmas wedding and New Year fell on a Saturday, so it just seemed like the perfect fit – we wanted a good party!
We decided on the setting of Falcon Manor as soon as we visited the venue. The building really stands out. When we went for a look around, it had just re-opened after a full refurbishment. It was so lovely; we didn’t look anywhere else.
We both wanted a vintage theme, with wool suits, lace and 50’s length dresses. This seemed to fit perfectly with the style and interior of the venue too.
We had a mixture of colours and textures that all fitted with our theme. The men wore darker colours and the girls wore vintage florals. When it came to table colours, we kept it simple with white and then lace for the sashes. We added splashes of colour using jars and flowers on the tables.
I struggled to find a dress I liked, partly due to being only 5ft tall with a petite frame. So I took a risk and ordered a dress from a website called Lily and Louie. It was made to my measurements – a 1950s inspired tea length dress with a petticoat. I added a lace slip over the top for the ceremony.
The groom and groomsmen’s suits were from the heritage range at Next. They were perfect because they came in a range of sizes, lengths and fit to accommodate the whole groom’s party. Lee chose navy wool fleck suit trousers and a waistcoat, and the jacket was in the same material but in a camel colour with a wool bow tie. His shoes were tan brown, purchased from Goodwin Smith. The groomsmen all wore the same suits but with a tie.
I am a hairdresser so my business partner and I chose to do the bridesmaids’ hair and we booked a makeup artist called Annabel Bailey.
We didn’t need transport on the day, as the bridal party got ready at Falcon Manor and the groom’s party arrived in their own cars. But we did put a coach on for the guests and used a company called City Travel Yorkshire Limited.
Our photographer was Richard Perry, who did a fantastic job. The pictures are amazing and he made everyone feel at ease. He went all out to get the pictures he knew would look great. We would highly recommend him.
We also used an app called ‘WedPics‘ which our guests could upload and share their pictures to.
Staying with the vintage theme, I sourced a vintage brooch bouquet online. The bridesmaids carried small vintage style bags, so I opted for a simple vintage corsage instead of flowers.
The flowers for the ceremony, top table and buttonholes were supplied from a local florist in Settle called Catkins. I put together some jars with flowers for the tables, which were complemented by mirror plates and candelabras.
The venue is amazing and so we didn’t need to add much to it décor wise, but we did have a light up ‘love’ sign. And for the ceremony we had a carpet runner and sprinkled petals, which really finished it off.
For our favours, we chose individual chocolate bars wrapped in clear cellophane with a ribbon.
Our cake was an amazing three tiers of chocolate, carrot and lemon. All gorgeous! It was made by a local cake maker called Personal Ice Cakes and decorated with lace, ribbon and vintage brooches.
Our reception drinks included bottles of Peroni and pink fizz. We then had Prosecco for the toast, and bottles of Merlot and Pinot Grigio with the meal. We decided to do the speeches before the meal though, so that everyone could relax and enjoy their food.
For our three-courses we chose, Yorkshire blue cheese hash brown with black pudding, poached hen’s egg and hollandaise sauce, followed by sirloin of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and fondant potatoes served with seasonal vegetables and red wine jus. For dessert, we had sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream and ice cream.
In terms of entertainment, our package with the venue included a DJ – Dean from Dance Floor Couture. He was great and kept the dance floor busy all night, right into the New Year!
We would absolutely recommend Falcon Manor as a wedding venue or as a place to call in to for a lovely meal or afternoon tea. The whole place is perfect. The food, drink and setting are all gorgeous.
We loved all of our wedding day – from getting ready to going to bed. But the ceremony in particular was so special – it was definitely the best part.
We haven’t booked our honeymoon yet, but we will be doing so in the near future, we are going to go as a family with our two boys.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be enjoy it, relax and don’t get too wound up on the day.
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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