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golden touch. an atmospheric autumnal wedding at east riddlesden hall – suzanne & dale

September 12th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Stunning seasonal inspiration is rife in today’s real wedding which centred around the beauty of autumn.

From gorgeous elements of nature – including leaves, pine cones and pumpkins – to a deep, jewel toned palette of aubergine and pinks, bride and groom Suzanne and Dale absolutely aced it!

Their rustic choice of venue and fine finishing touches brought the whole look and feel of the season together perfectly for an atmospheric celebration, complete with romantic candle light.

We’re also going all heart-eyed over that stunning trailing bouquet, cute Pug Max, and that stack of Krispy Kremes!

With images by Photography34

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suzanne says: We got engaged in September 2015, while we were on holiday in Turkey. Looking back now, I don’t know how I didn’t click that Dale was going to propose, but I didn’t – it was completely out of the blue! I cried a lot and nearly dropped the ring down the gaps in the jetty. Dale had to prompt me again “so is that a yes?” as I was too busy crying.

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We got married on 21st October 2016 at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire. We chose our venue after attending a wedding fair there and absolutely falling in love. We loved the romantic cosy feel the barn had and thought it was perfect for the intimate wedding we wanted.

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Our theme was ‘autumnal’. We had dried leaves, spray-painted gold leaves, pine cones, pumpkins, lanterns and candles, and fairly lights everywhere to give it that cosy autumnal theme.

Our colour scheme was aubergine. We felt this was a really nice autumnal colour. We had mini pumpkins that were sprayed this colour and it was weaved into my bouquet and my bridesmaids’ bouquets.

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I chose a beautiful lace wedding dress from Ava Rose Hamilton. I knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on! It was so comfy as well – letting me dance the night away.

Dale wore a tailor-made brown tweed suit from Michelsburg Tailoring. Dale’s best men were in navy blue suits from Next – they all had matching burgundy ties from TM Lewin.

My bridesmaids were in aubergine dresses with ruffles around the neck.

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Our day was captured by Tony from Photography34 – the best photographer we could have asked for! He knew exactly what would work and just got on with it. Our photographs were extremely important to us and trusting someone with taking them was a big thing for us. As soon as we met Tony we felt comfortable. He blended in well and we really enjoyed having him with us on our special day.

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Lynne from Stems Design was our florist – but much more than a florist – she is super creative and talented. I wanted a messy, wild bouquet with deep purples in and I totally trusted Lynne to do it. We had met a few times to discuss ideas and what she came up with completely surpassed all my expectations. She helped us with styling the venue too, along with Rachel from Simply Vintage – again, an amazingly creative and talented lady.

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Our caterers were Eat Me Drink Me, who did a fantastic job throughout! From our welcome drinks to our meal – all the guests commented on how nice the food was.

Our caterers also made our cake. We went for a naked chocolate cake with honeycomb shards. We felt it really went with our autumn theme and chosen colours. We served it up to guests as dessert.

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Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good doughnut and pick and mix, so these simply had to a part of the wedding day! We had pick and mix sweets, bags and scoops along with a Krispy Kreme donut tower. As a further sweet treat, we also had handmade gingerbread men for the table favours, which I baked 150 of a couple of days before the wedding!

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We had The Good Citizens as our evening entertainment. They are a local three-piece band that plays motown, reggae, rock and pop songs with their own acoustic twist. They played our first dance song which was Oasis Songbird, and did an amazing job – they are truly brilliant!

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In terms of special touches to the day, I had asked my mum to do a speech – little did I know she had a full Power Point presentation prepared with my not so finest fashion looks from over the years, along with a rhyming speech. It was amazing and had everyone laughing.

Also, our Pug Max joined us for an hour after the ceremony, which was amazing – huge thank you to his walkers Alpha Pets, who sorted all this out for us.

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Looking back, I think my favourite part of the day was just after the ceremony having drinks in the gardens. The sun was out and everyone was having a nice time, it was nice to see people for the first time that day and catch up with old friends. I also really enjoyed getting ready with my bridesmaids and my mum – it was a lovely morning.

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We went on a minimoon straight after the wedding to the Lake District. We have been up a number of times and love it there. We then went to New York for Christmas and Jamaica for New Year – it was amazing, but hard to pack for!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute – not only on the day because it is over in the blink of an eye, but every moment leading up to it too!

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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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