February 19th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
When choosing a venue for the big day there is much more to think about than the room where your ceremony will take place; what about standout areas for your wedding photography, first-class catering and exclusivity to ensure you have the whole place to yourselves during your celebrations? Today’s featured wedding took place at a stunning venue that offers all that (and more!) – The Mansion, in Leeds.
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As so many couples do, today’s brides and groom, Charlotte and Amarvir, fell in love with The Mansion’s idyllic position, nestled within the beautiful Roundhay Park – and its faultless service and elegant style ticked all other boxes!
Picking a theme that would complement both the setting and season, Charlotte chose a pretty pink and cream colour scheme with opulent pops of gold.
We adore her diamanté-embellishment Maggie Sottero gown, which twinkled perfectly on the dancefloor as she and Amarvir enjoyed their first dance, which they had specially choreographed and took professional lessons for, no less!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.
charlotte says: We got engaged on holiday in Mauritius in August 2016. Amarvir’s proposal was very romantic. He had planned a special dinner at a beautiful restaurant – champagne, rose petals on the table, etc. After our romantic dinner, we went for a walk along the beach and sat on a jetty, dipping our feet into the Indian Ocean under the moon and stars and that is when Amarvir asked me to marry him! It was the most perfect evening.
We got married on 19th August 2017, as we wanted a summer wedding on a Saturday. We chose The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, as our venue due to the beautiful park surroundings and because we would have exclusive use of the venue on our big day, which was important to us.
We chose a summer theme – lots of pink, gold, rose gold and cream to create a lovely summery floral atmosphere, which fitted the time of year and location of the venue in the park.
Amarvir hired his morning suit from Moss Bros. He wore a black tail coat with grey striped suit trousers, a light pink cravat and a dove grey double-breasted waistcoat and held a grey top hat for our photos. For the evening reception, Amarvir changed into a white tux jacket, black tux trousers, black bow tie and his black and white dancing shoes!
My bridesmaids wore a full-length, light pink dress with lace detail on the top half, which I bought online from Stacees and which complemented my wedding dress and the overall theme.
The groomsmen wore morning suits like Amarvir, also hired from Moss Bros, and they had gold cravats.
For the transport, I travelled to the venue in a white vintage Rolls Royce with my parents and my two bridesmaids. The car from Cupid Carriages based in Sheffield.
Our photographer was Bethany Clarke and her husband Matthew. We would definitely recommend them – they are lovely, friendly and very professional photographers. Their photos are very natural and they seamlessly fit into the whole day. The photo album they have produced for us is wonderful – really special memories for us to cherish forever.
We also had a videographer – Midgley Wedding Cinematography. We would highly recommend them to capture everything from the big day. They are very friendly, very professional and have produced a wonderful feature film and separate highlights film from our big day, which means we can re-live the whole day over and over again!
For the flowers, my bouquet was made up of beautiful roses and a variety of seasonal flowers provided by Twisted Willow Floristry based in Ripon. They were very professional and provided flowers for the whole venue on our big day to complement our colour scheme. We had two large statement pieces at the end of the aisle and small arrangements in vases on the registrar table, which we then used for our top table. For the guest tables we had lovely arrangements of flowers and candles in glass votives. For the cake table, we had my bouquet along with the bridesmaids’ bouquets in vases. My bridesmaids had bouquets made up of white gypsophila.
To style the reception room, we used Tahlia at Function 54 for our chair covers and table swagging. We chose antique rose pink for our chair sashes, which were tied with beautiful diamanté brooches, and the same colours for the table swagging.
For our stationery, we had a beautifully designed post box for our wedding cards, a table plan and a guestbook all handmade for us by Ann Butler of Pawprintz based in Leeds. She did a wonderful job and hand-made all our invitations too. Her creations are beautiful and we loved all our stationery she made for us.
For the favours, we put out small pink and gold boxes on the tables, which contained a mixture of pink- and gold-coated chocolates.
Our cake was made by Zoe’s Fancy Cakes in Leeds, and it was amazing! It was three tiers and the sponge flavours were chocolate and Victoria. It was decorated with white icing with a paisley design on the bottom tier. Our initials were written in gold decorative script and our cake toppers were a personalised bride and groom made by Zoe, which actually looked like us – she had even designed my dress and Amarvir’s morning suit to look the same as what we wore on the day!
Our catering was provided by Dine at The Mansion and it was delicious. The canapés were Thai chicken satay, filo-wrapped king prawns and caprini goat’s cheese served with prosecco/soft drink. For our wedding breakfast, we had a tartlet of lightly curried haddock to start with, followed by duck confit with honey and thyme and Eton mess for dessert. Coffee and chocolates were served at the end of the meal. In the evening, we chose bacon sandwiches, fish finger sandwiches and mozzarella pesto paninis. The wines to accompany the meal were Dine’s house sauvignon blanc and merlot. We had a tasting of the menu prior to the big day, which helped us confirm all our choices. We did the speeches before the wedding breakfast, as we felt this would allow all those speaking to fully relax and enjoy the rest of the day.
For the entertainment, we had a string quartet for the wedding ceremony and drinks reception. We chose High Row Music, who were great and provided a lovely atmosphere to start off the day. In the evening, we hired a four-piece jazz band – The Jazz Prescription led by Jeremy Sassoon – and they were great at getting the party started with jazzy classics such as Frank Sinatra. To end the evening, we hired Dine’s DJ and pre-chose our playlist for the evening. We also hired a photobooth from Smile Big Booth Photography, which was great fun and highly recommended.
We had other special touches too. Amarvir’s brother actually conducted our symbolic ceremony as we had legally got married prior to this – we felt this really added a special personal touch to our day. One of Amarvir’s best friends played a guitar solo for us just before the wedding breakfast – this was also a very special moment.
Following our wedding, would definitley recommend The Mansion to other couples. It’s a gorgeous venue for a wedding in the gorgeous setting of Roundhay Park, which makes for some beautiful wedding photos. Also, the exclusivity of the venue for your wedding day is great, and the catering provided by Dine is top quality.
I think my favourite part of the day was just after our first dance. We had taken dance lessons in the lead up to our wedding as we wanted to dance a special first dance (and neither of us could dance before this!). We had a wedding dance instructor called Nicola Cullen from North Leeds Dance Academy (NLDA) and we worked with her to create a special first dance. We would highly recommend NLDA – especially Nicola – if you would like to learn to dance for your big day! It went really well and we ended it with a dip and a kiss and, at that moment, I truly felt we were husband and wife!
Our honeymoon was absolute paradise. We went to the Maldives. We stayed in two resorts – Kuramathi and Velassaru – and it was everything we could ever have wished for and more! Beautiful white sandy beaches, warm, crystal clear, turquoise ocean, unlimited snorkelling seeing all the amazing sea life and luxurious food and drink! It really was a paradise on earth.
My top tips for other Brides Up North would be:
Carry some tissues on you or have someone on hand nearby who has some tissues. I was completely overwhelmed during our ceremony when we were saying our vows to each other and I could not hold back the tears!
Wear comfortable shoes. I wore a lovely pair of white heels with diamanté design and they were comfortable. You are on your feet for a long time, so it’s important to be comfortable so you can enjoy the day and not be in pain!
Savour every moment of the day. Everyone told me how fast the day would go, and it really does fly by! Before I knew it, it was midnight; I couldn’t believe how fast the day went. So really enjoy every moment of your special day!
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Aislinn has a background in journalism, having filled all manner of publishing roles from editor to copywriter to feature writer. She is a former wedding photographer who ran her own business with her husband Michael. Together, they have travelled as far as Australia to photograph a client’s wedding (and spent all their earnings on a campervan trip up the Aussie coast!). Aislinn left wedding photography behind to take on the biggest commitment of her life as mummy to her young son Tom. She has been a bride, bridesmaid and even best woman (she has the speech to prove it!), which is almost all angles covered!
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