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back story. ronald joyce for a timeless yorkshire wedding – lauren & andrew

December 14th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (56)

Today’s couple, Lauren and Andrew, wanted timeless over trendy for their special day, and so tails, armfuls of roses and a traditional hearty Yorkshire menu were the order of the day.

Light-up letters, live music and a talented DJ ensured their reception went with a bang, as well as an alternative guest book in the form of some fun photobooth action.

Of all the gorgeous details you’ll see below, however, there’s one that really stands out: Lauren’s gown. In our humble opinion, her stunning Ronald Joyce creation steals the show – the lace overlay, sequin detailing and that beaded string back is Choirs-Of-Angels-Singing-Halleluiah levels of stunningness – just take a look for yourselves…

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.

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lauren says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015, and chose Saturday 2nd September 2017 as our wedding date. We liked the fact that we would get the end of summer/early autumn colours outside but also hoped for a warm, sunny day (which we got!) It was also important to give my sister and husband enough time to fly in from New Zealand for the wedding.

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We were married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Sicklinghall. It’s a catholic church which was important to Andrew, but had the attractive setting that I’d always imagined getting married in.

The reception was at The Bridge Hotel & Spa Wetherby. It was the first place we looked round after researching some places that took our fancy. It was an instant hit and nothing we saw afterwards compared to the overall package they were offering. It had a spacious function room and lovely grounds but still had a ‘country inn’ feel to the bar and restaurant, which we loved.

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (57)

Colour-wise, we went for coral. We felt it matched with the time of year and the coloured roses we wanted for the bouquets.

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My dress was a Ronald Joyce gown from Platinum Brides, Leeds. I loved it from the moment I tried it on, and the fact that it was different to the ‘norm’, especially the back, made it perfect.

Andrew wore a silk slate grey suit with tails and a white waistcoat from Bridal Apparel, Leeds. We wanted a more traditional look compared to a normal suit and felt it was important for a once-in-a-lifetime day. He matched it with a coral cravat and handkerchief.

Our bridesmaids wore coral Morilee dresses from Platinum Brides, and the groomsmen wore the same as Andrew but with grey waistcoat.

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (6)

We hired a 1957 Bentley S1 from Keith Snowden Wedding Cars in Ripon for transport to the venues on the day of the wedding.

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Our amazing photographers were Bethany Clarke and her glamourous assistant Matt Lloyd – who we would definitely recommend. They were friendly, approachable and completely understood the kind of photos we wanted from the day. They tried to keep posed shots to a minimum and instead caught everyone enjoying the day naturally, which made for a far better set of photos.

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Our flowers were provided by Kath Lambert from The Wedding Flower Company. We chose lots of coral roses complemented with other white seasonal flowers and green foliage. At the venue, these were displayed in tall Martini glasses on mirrored plates, which worked very well as table decorations. They were tall enough to look impressive but still allowed everyone to see each other round the table and talk. Tea lights, coral petals and clear sequins scattered on the tables made the perfect finishing touches.

To decorate the function room, we hired large 4ft tall “Mr & Mrs Firth” lights behind the dancefloor provided by Marvellous Glow. They looked great at night lit up when the rest of the lights were turned down.

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Our favours were silver heart-shaped tins of mints with our names and date of the wedding, along with a small chocolate and a cartoon picture of a bride dragging the groom off for a bit of fun – they were Andrew’s choice!

Our three-tiered wedding cake had one carrot layer, one chocolate and one vanilla sponge. On top were icing figures of us, the bride and groom. It was decorated with coral hearts cascading down the edge and our names and date of the wedding on the bottom tier.

Our guests enjoyed a drinks reception with a selection of canapes, then the wedding meal began with a starter of Yorkshire farmhouse terrine with home-made spiced apple chutney and toasted brioche. The main was a classic roast sirloin of beef, Yorkshire pudding and rich red wine gravy, served with roasted and dauphinoise potatoes, honey-glazed carrots and glazed Mediterranean vegetables in tomato sauce. The dessert was warm sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and honeycomb ice cream.

In the evening, we served a hog roast with roast potatoes, homemade coleslaw, salads and much more – delicious!

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John Penn, an exceptionally talented singer from Carlisle, provided entertainment by singing outside on the terrace for the drinks reception and again during the wedding breakfast. He also did an upbeat live performance of some of our favourite songs and filled in the other times with his DJ set. We wanted a live performance to make things a bit more personal and to keep everyone up dancing all night.

As extra entertainment, we also had a photobooth from Picture Us Photobooths where we encouraged people to take silly photos. They could keep one copy and place another in a guest book and sign it with a message. It was easy to book at a reasonable cost and came with attendant, who was very helpful!

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Following our wedding, we’d definitely recommend our choice of venue to other couples. The setting was great, especially on a sunny day like we were so lucky to get. The hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment of certain areas which has brought it up to a modern spec, but still maintains a traditional look in terms of the country-style bar and restaurant area.

The wedding coordinator couldn’t do enough for us, and most of it was done ‘behind the scenes’ so we didn’t have to constantly chase up what was happening. The process was easy to follow, from the initial look around to the sorting the finishing touches in the final few days. The staff in the bar area, hotel reception and all the waiters and waitresses were exceptional in their service and friendliness to us all.

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Both parts of our day were unforgettable. Obviously, the church service was so important and memorable with all our friends and family around us. The evening do was also a night to remember as we got to party with all of our loved ones in one place – something you don’t get to do very often! The live music and dancing just made it that extra bit special and memorable.

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We had a minimoon to Skiathos the week after the wedding, which was also partly to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was great to just chill out and relax after a busy few months in the lead up to the wedding. Our actual honeymoon is yet to come in January; we’ve booked two weeks in Mauritius and we can’t wait to escape the British weather!

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (51)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – you don’t need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on unnecessary gimmicks. Instead, make sure you spend money and time on the bits that last longer than just the day, i.e. the photographs and the memories. The most important thing to remember is everyone you invite is there because they want to support you and celebrate your day.

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Laura McDonagh
Laura is a true Northophile: she married Adam in Durham in 2011 accompanied by 200 Northumbrian lamb shanks and a Mackem 1950s tribute band who did a rockabilly cover version of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On. They honeymooned in Northumberland in a 1972 MG convertible, went surfing in Alnmouth and made it to the Edinburgh Fringe (let's ignore the fact that it rained all week). Her big mantra is 'no regrets'...but if she could travel back in time and wear a wedding dress with a Peter Pan collar and pockets, she'd pretty much die happy.

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