February 28th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s wedding is something of a dreamy countryside affair, close to the historic spa town of Ilkley in Yorkshire. And the location plays another key role for our bride and groom, Emily and Tim, as it’s also the overarching theme for their special day – giving the bride’s Canadian family a little taster of her hubby-to-be’s local heritage!
The couple chose their venue, Denton Hall – a Brides Up North Sponsor and Luxury Wedding Fair venue, no less (in fact, this feature is full of our lovely suppliers *waves*) – for both their ceremony and reception, and is often the case – the venue not only looked the part, but it was also conveniently placed for their guests. A little reminder that practicalities also beckon when it comes to those all-important big decisions!
But, getting back to the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop – there’s 2,500 acres of stunning parkland and gorgeous country views to fall head over in heels in love with; all exquisitely captured in the couple’s stunning wedding photography.
Stepping inside the 18th century stately home – crystal chandeliers, ornate fireplaces and a spiral staircase are just a few of the standout features delivering elegant Georgian vibes by the bucket-load.
And we simply must mention the couple’s colour palette – navy blue and pink, two of the bride’s favourite colours. Just look at the oh-so-pretty bouquets, floral arrangements and cheese tower, and you’ll see why this combination works together so beautifully.
There’s lots of other special moments to pore over today, so we’ll hand over the reins to Emily and let her talk us through all the splendorous highlights.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.
emily says: We got engaged on 13th February 2016, while in Miami, Florida.
It was in our hotel room after a romantic dinner. Tim had hurt his back the day before so was struggling to get down on one knee. I couldn’t figure out what he was doing and kept on telling him, not to move but he was so determined! I was too focused on getting him to stop moving that I didn’t listen to what he was saying. When he took out the ring I was so surprised and had to ask him to repeat his proposal.
We got married on 6th May 2017. We chose this date as it was one of the few available at our venue that year.
We held our ceremony and reception at Denton Hall in Ilkley. We loved the house and wanted the venue to be close by for Tim’s parents, who live in Ilkley. We also wanted my family and friends to be able to stay at the venue as they were all travelling to the wedding from Vancouver, Canada.
Our wedding had a Yorkshire theme because Tim wanted the Canadians to experience his culture! We teamed this with a navy blue and pink colour scheme – two of my favourite colours.
I wore a vintage dress which I fell in love with as soon as I tried it on.
Tim and all the groomsmen wore matching suits from Harrogate Suit Hire. The bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore elegant twobrird dresses. They also wore custom-made earrings of the traditional Yorkshire rose with Canadian maple leaves.
Laura Calderwood was our photographer. Laura was absolutely fabulous throughout our entire wedding. From the engagement photos to the day itself. It wasn’t just the quality of Laura’s photographs which made our choice such a perfect one, it was her soft, calm, relaxed and gentle manner throughout the whole experience which also made her the perfect choice.
All of Laura’s little surprises along the way were added bonuses and totally unexpected. The way she presented the photos when the memory stick arrived and the little extras in the box were just a joy to receive.
It almost goes without saying that Laura’s photographs hugely exceeded our expectations. The combination of posed family photographs and informal snapshots were brilliant. We had total trust in Laura right from the start. As soon we met Laura she totally understood what we were looking for and she made it happen. We just couldn’t have made a better choice.
My bouquet consisted of pretty blue and white hydrangeas with pink and white roses. I used the same arrangement for the floral decorations in the venue, all supplied by Leafy Couture.
We gave our guests chocolates from Canada as our favours: Yorkshire roses and Vancouver killer whales.
We didn’t have a cake, instead we opted for a cheese tower made by The Box Tree – who also catered for our wedding breakfast. We wanted this to be in keeping with our Yorkshire theme, so for our starter we had caramelised red onion and blue cheese tart with Waldorf dressing. This was followed by local sirloin of beef or chicken, with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings. We then rounded off the meal with an assiette of mini desserts comprising white chocolate parfait, lemon tartlet, treacle tart with clotted cream, and strawberry and champagne foam.
For the entertainment, we booked a DJ because my family love to dance, and as it happens; they did a special dance to My Girl! We also had a string quartet for the ceremony and drinks reception.
As a special touch, in the morning, everyone went clay pigeon shooting so that the Canadian guests could experience an English country activity.
A special mention goes to Box Tree Events and Bridal PA who were amazing in planning and executing the wedding. I would highly recommend Michelle Hudson. I can’t say enough good things about her. I don’t think I could have planned the wedding here in England from Canada without her. She was so calm and helpful.
Denton Hall was fabulous and their whole team were extremely professional and easy to work with; and know how to make you feel so special.
I couldn’t choose just one highlight from the wedding day as I enjoyed every minute of it. I had the time of my life.
For our honeymoon, we went to Tanzania for a beach holiday and then to Kenya on a safari. We went off-season so had the resort to ourselves. Neither of us had been to Africa before, and it was just amazing. We would love to go back. It took me a while to convince my husband to go to Africa for our honeymoon, but I’m so glad I persevered!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is, get a wedding planner as they are well worth the money. They keep you on track and have great recommendations; they know what suppliers you can trust and also help to keep everything on track on the day of the wedding itself. I am an extremely organised person so thought I could do it on my own, but my husband convinced me we needed a planner and I am so thankful he did!
We also used Brides Up North to look at different suppliers during the planning, which was extremely useful.
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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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