Charlotte Balbier

eggstra special. a spring wedding at grays court hotel, york – christine & christopher

May 29th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If, like me, you’ve got a sweet tooth, this real wedding is going to have you reaching for the ‘treat tin’ as its peppered with delicious treats in a nod to the Easter season.

From Lindt bunny favours and an epic chocolatey wedding cake to a full-scale egg hunt, bride and groom Christine and Christopher certainly spoilt their guests.

And there are more delectable details to feast your eyes on too – cue a beautifully embellished wedding gown, pretty mint colour scheme and pet dog Sybil acting as flower girl. We love!

With images by Stevie Jay Photography

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christine says: We got engaged on 27th March 2016, Easter Sunday. Chris hid an engagement ring inside a chocolate Easter egg and hid it in the woods in Sutton Park in Sutton-on-the-Forest, near York, where we live. We took Sybil our dog out for a walk and Chris asked me to find an egg, he then got down on one knee and proposed. Chocolate and a ring, what more could a woman want!?

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We got married on 15th April 2017. We chose the date because it was Easter Saturday and a year from when we got engaged. We both love chocolate so had to choose Easter.

Our chosen venue was Grays Court Hotel in York, where we had both our ceremony and reception. We saw the venue every time we walked along the York city walls and fell in love with it.

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Our theme was Easter related and we had an Easter egg hunt for the children (and adults!) and lots of chocolate eggs for guests to help themselves to.

We chose a soft mint colour scheme for bridesmaid dresses, ties and a few other bits just because it was a nice spring colour.

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I chose a Morilee by Madeleine Gardner dress in ivory lace with an embellished back. I bought the dress from the Northallerton Outlet wedding shop and had it expertly altered by Thimbelina in York. I fell in love with dress after seeing it on another bride and had to wait with fingers crossed that she would choose another dress so I could have it!

Mine and my bridesmaids’ hair was styled by Escape Hair in Strensall. I’d would recommend them for bridal hair, we got so many compliments on how lovely our hair looked.

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Chris and his best man wore T.M.Lewin dark grey suits with a soft mint coloured tie.

My bridesmaids wore embellished one shoulder mint colour maxi dressed from Asos.

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Stevie Jay Photography captured our day for us and we would definitely recommend her to others! We loved her relaxed documentary style and she captured so many amazing photographs. We were only away on our honeymoon for a week and when we got back the photos were ready, we were so happy to be able to share them with family and friends so quickly.

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In terms of flowers, I chose a seasonal bouquet from Ducks & Daffodils in Strensall, York. I had lovely pastel colour flowers organically grown locally.

The venue didn’t need much decoration as it’s already a gorgeous building so we did all of the decoration ourselves. We used gypsophila flowers to decorate the table for the wedding breakfast with tea cups filled with mini eggs.

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As favours, we gave Lindt bunnies which were attached to each guests’ place name.

My mother made the wedding cake; a three-tier chocolate and vanilla marble cake. I helped her decorate it with chocolate icing and lots of white chocolate bunnies.

We picked our wedding breakfast from the venue’s wedding menu options. The food was very high quality; we chose fish cakes to start, followed by chicken and a chocolate brownie for dessert.

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When it came to the entertainment, we decided to choose our own playlist created on Spotify so it was more personal to us. We hired sound and lighting from Elite Sound UK based near Leeds. They were very helpful and made the set up easy to use.

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As a special touch to the day, we chose to have our dog Sybil as a flower girl and the venue was happy for her to walk down the aisle wearing a floral necklace.

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Following our wedding, we would recommend Grays Court to everyone – we are already planning to book in for our first anniversary. They are a family business and that shows in how much they care about every detail. Rhiannon the wedding planner took all the stress out of planning the big day so we could relax and enjoy each moment.

My favourite part of the day was stepping out into the garden of Grays Court after the ceremony as Mr and Mrs. The sun was shining and lots of people were watching us celebrate from the city walls, we felt like a famous couple!

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For our honeymoon, we went to Iceland and stayed in Reykjavik. We booked some amazing tours including snowmobiling and the Golden Circle. We enjoyed some relaxing time in the spa in our hotel and hired a car to escape to the spectacular coastline for a day.

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My top tip to other Brides Up North is – make sure you take ten minutes away from your guests together as newlyweds. The day goes so quickly and it was so nice to step away and chat about how exciting it all is.

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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