July 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog, we’re joining the Naylors as they reminisce about their gorgeous April wedding at the magnificent Hornington Manor in Yorkshire – and the good news is that there wasn’t an April shower in sight!
The venue’s exquisitely transformed barn provided the captivating backdrop to our bride and groom’s celebrations. Inspired by Pinterest – and real wedding features here on BUN – the couple chose a rustic and romantic theme offset by a classic palette of blush pink and cream.
Serving up a tasty selection of canapés, a Yorkshire platter and a traditional Sunday lunch followed by a hog roast in the evening (and we’ve not even mentioned the stunning cake yet…) this was a sheer delight for foodies. What we really love though is that the couple celebrated all weekend-long with family and friends, and made good use of their hot tub!
With images by Joe Stenson.
natalie says: Luke proposed on my 21st birthday in front of all our friends and family. It was a complete surprise and I hadn’t suspected a thing. My parents had surprised me with a car and then Luke got down on one knee!
Our wedding took place on 8th April 2017, which was the last available date our venue had available for that year. We were worried about the weather but were really lucky and managed to land a very sunny, hot weekend!
We got married at All Saint’s Church, Bolton Percy – this was just around the corner from our reception venue, Hornington Manor. We hired the manor Friday through to Monday, which meant an entire weekend of celebrations as all of our closest friends and family stayed there with us.
We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding but our Pinterest boards both matched and were mostly rustic, romantic, whimsical and timeless. Luke was very hands-on with the styling of our wedding and I think he spent more time on Pinterest than I did!
We went for a blush pink, white and cream palette. We don’t really like bright tones and I loved the look of these colours together; they create just the right amount of warmth.
During my dress hunt, I went to five bridal shops but finally decided on ‘the one’ when I visited The Bridal Boutique in Baildon. I knew that I wanted something fitted but not fish tail as I am only 5’2”. I also wanted something backless and lacey but without any bling. As it happens, I picked a dress with lots of sparkle within the lace! It was also a sample dress, which meant it was almost half the price. My veil was a cathedral length single tier with scattered crystals. I bought my shoes from Dune and, as a surprise, Luke wrote ‘love you’ on the soles.
Luke’s suit was from Joshua Adams. We knew we wanted blue but wanted a cream tweed waistcoat, which was quite hard to find. Joshua Adams had exactly what we wanted and we hired them all. Luke wore a polka dot tie after being inspired by Pinterest.
Luke had three best men and one page boy, and they all wore suits hired from Joshua Adams too – the same as Luke’s but with blush pink ties to match with the bridesmaids.
As for the bridesmaids, their multiway dresses were purchased from Debenhams, which were the perfect colour and complemented each of my bridesmaids beautifully.
For our wedding transport, we hired a Range Rover Autobiography in champagne from Cupid Carriages.
Joe Stenson captured our day. We booked Joe before even meeting him but then bumped into him at a wedding fair and immediately knew we had made the right choice. Joe was amazing on the day, so laid back and friendly but still got amazing shots.
We also have to give a mention to our videographers – Blue Ridge Videography – they were amazing and we were blown away with our wedding film. We are so glad we decided to invest in a videographer.
Paperwhite Flowers did all of our flowers. Wendy is amazing – she cares so much about what she does and is so talented. We had a meeting with Wendy in her lovely home in Harrogate and were made to feel so welcome. On the day, her work took my breath away – I think my bouquet and the table flowers were two of my favourite things; they were everything I had imagined and more.
On the tables, we had a mixture of martini glasses filled with lots of creamy, white flowers and beautiful blush pink roses; and kilner jars with candles surrounded by flower rings. On the top table my bouquet took centre stage with lots of small vases of flowers, trailing ivy and lots and lots of candles. I love scented candles so had them everywhere!
We didn’t do favours but instead had wooden place names made by VMBespoke, which all of our guests took home as a memento.
We had a ‘nearly naked’ Victoria sponge cake covered with buttercream. My favourite thing ever is afternoon tea and that’s exactly what it tasted like! Our florist decorated the cake with flowers and we topped it with a ‘Mr & Mrs Naylor’ wooden sign, also made by VMBespoke.
Friends 4 Dinner provided the wedding food and were outstanding! We had beautiful canapes – stuffed potato skins, lamb and apricot skewers, mini glazed sausages and mini burgers. We also had a Yorkshire platter starter which was a mixture of ham, cheese, pork pie, sausage rolls etc. For our main, we had roast beef Sunday lunch followed by a trio of desserts: white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, chocolate brownie and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream – and then ice cream sundaes for the kids. In the evening, we served a hog roast.
We booked Issimo Music for our entertainment. Mark and Abi were amazing and really got the party started, they sound unreal both individually and together. They also look so cool, especially when they played acoustic in the courtyard in their sunglasses – we couldn’t have asked for more!
We had lots of children at our wedding, including our two-year-old daughter, so wanted to make sure that they were entertained too. The older ones could go into the house and play X-Box. For the younger ones, we had activity packs, bubbles and a sweet table which went down a treat with both the kids and adults.
As we were at our venue for the weekend we hired a hot tub which worked out amazingly because we had so much sunshine. The day after the wedding we had a barbecue with all our friends and family and spent most of the day in the hot tub, drinking and reminiscing about such a wonderful day.
We would most definitely recommend Hornington Manor to other brides and grooms – it was certainly the perfect place for us to have our wedding. We loved the fact that it was all ours for the whole weekend. It’s like having your very own mansion for a few days and the barn is stunning. You feel like you’re in your very own little bubble in the middle of nowhere. The people who run Hornington are wonderful too and just so professional.
Looking back, it’s so hard to choose a favourite moment from the day. I was so happy from the moment I woke up and loved getting ready with all of my bridesmaids. In the morning, I received a really personal present from Luke which was a complete surprise – he had kept cards we had sent each other over the past ten years and made a scrap book out of them. It also included a treasured possession of mine, which was a card from my late Nanna and at the end it featured our wedding invitation and other bits of stationery – so thoughtful and lovely! I loved walking into the church and seeing Luke, even though we only had spent 24 hours apart before the wedding. I also loved arriving at Hornington Manor as Mr & Mrs Naylor in the sunshine and seeing all of our family and friends there. We were greeted with our chosen drinks (a bottle of beer and a ‘mrs’ cocktail) and our band were playing – it was just perfect.
For our honeymoon, we went to the Maldives for ten days – our two-year-old daughter came along with us too. We were a little apprehensive taking her on such a long flight but she was amazing and made our honeymoon even more special! It was exactly what you see in magazines; we had a villa on the beach with an outdoor shower. We spent the days sunbathing, taking walks on the amazing sandy stretches, eating amazing food and generally relaxing – paradise!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, set time aside to sit together and ‘plan’. We were very much a ‘team’ when it came to wedding planning and I think that is so important. This made the whole process relatively stress free – in fact all of my friends thought I was going to have a meltdown on the day as I had been so laid back during the lead up.
Luke’s nickname throughout the planning was ‘groomzilla’ as he was so much more into the finer detail planning than I was! He made all the signs as he’s so artistic and was running around the night before tinkering with tealights and decorations whilst I sat back with a glass of wine!
I’d also say to set a budget and try to stick to it. And last of all, just remember the reason you are doing it and don’t forget to make time for each other and don’t get bogged down by the planning.
In the run up to the wedding, I also read lots of the real weddings on Brides Up North, which really inspired our style for the day. I also attended the wedding fairs – it was great to see people and their products in the flesh!
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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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