June 19th, 2018 | Julia Braime
It took a capsized kayak in Mexico and a tequila shot before today’s groom, Ross, could put a ring on it and pop the question to his bride-to-be Claire! But thankfully, their wedding day here in the UK back in February was a smoother and much more relaxed affair.
Opting for a small, intimate wedding with 40 guests, Claire and Ross chose an exquisite Georgian venue in East Yorkshire for their special day – the stunning Dunedin Country House, which dates back to the 1840s. The beautiful grounds provided the enviable backdrop to their wedding photos and just wait until you see that dreamy sunset!
Their big day was peppered with so many lovely, personal touches too which we simply must draw to your attention to! There’s the toast from Ross’s adorable six-year-old daughter, pork scratchings as a little nod to the groom’s parents and a fabulous cheese and pork pie wedding cake!
So, cosy up and get ready to scroll through all the pretty highlights, as we hand the blog over to newlywed, Claire.
With images by Richard Perry Photography.
claire says: We got engaged in Mexico on 10th November 2016. Ross had attempted to once before but failed! We went out on a kayak which capsized in the middle of the sea and we ended up being rescued by the lifeguards, with the whole beach witnessing this. He then left it a few days before taking me for a romantic meal, ending with a tequila shot and when I put the shot glass down he had the ring ready to pop the question!
We tied the knot on 24th February 2018. It was classed as a ‘diamond date’ at the venue, Dunedin Country House, which meant we got all the same amenities at a much-discounted rate. Plus, I always wanted to get married in the winter months. The venue has beautiful grounds and we just instantly loved the relaxed feel of the house, plus we had been to a wedding reception there previously and loved it.
There was no set theme we just wanted to keep it simple and relaxed, with a hint of a boho style feel. We chose a dusky pink colour scheme. There was no reason behind this choice; once we found the bridesmaid dresses, we took it from there.
I chose a fitted boho style, full-length Maggie Sottero gown named Bexley, from Deborah Moore Bridal in Hessle, Hull. I loved the dress as it was alternative, stylish and understated – and it made me feel like a bride. I also purchased a swan feather jacket from the same place, which was a good choice for the outdoor pictures.
I stayed over the night before and Ross was brought to the venue by my dad in his Jaguar. We didn’t want to spend money on transport as we felt this wasn’t an important part of our day and would rather prioritise other things instead.
Richard Perry was our photographer. He was absolutely amazing and we can’t thank him enough for capturing our day. Looking back at the photos, there are many we didn’t even realise he took! The images are so natural which is exactly want we wanted. Rich was relaxed and professional and suggested capturing some great shots such as the sunset pictures. The venue had commented on how easy Rich is to work with and we couldn’t agree more.
I carried a brooch bouquet by Amore Headwear as an alternative to flowers and something I could keep. I also added some pearls that my late granddad had bought for my nana as my ‘something old’, as a personal touch. I also wore an oversized headpiece.
Hair and makeup on the day was done by Bows Hair. Both Ellie and Amy were amazing – they glammed up team bride! It was such a lovely morning with the girls.
My bridesmaids wore gypsophila crowns and the men wore gypsophila buttonholes, all provided by A Perfect Wedding. They also supplied gypsophila for our centrepieces, placed in jugs and on top of logs.
The rest of the décor we did ourselves. For example, we placed candles around the venue and made our own candles in teacups to accompany the log centrepieces. We also made small gypsophila pots.
We handed out Lottery tickets as our favours and also had a sweet table. We also had bags of pork scratchings – a personal touch from Ross’s parents, as it’s a native food from Birmingham where his parents originate.
We had a cheese and pork pie wedding cake made by the West Country Cheese Company, which we ordered online and was couriered up on the date and time arranged. This was one of our favourite details and an alternative to a traditional cake. I also made my own bride and groom cake topper for it. We loved the cheese cake and so did the guests – it was gone by the end of the night!
For our wedding breakfast, we had ham hock for starters, followed by feather blade of beef with roast potatoes and vegetables, rounded off with sticky toffee pudding. Then in the evening, we had burgers and chips in a basket. We are foodies so the food was an important part of our day. We just chose dishes we would like!
For the evening entertainment, we had the venue’s resident DJ, which was included as part of our wedding package.
Everything we chose was personal to us. We didn’t want anything over the top – it was just a small day do for 40 people and we wanted to keep it simple and relaxed.
Following our wedding, we would definitely recommend our choice of venue. Mrs B there looked after us completely, she took away all the worry and stress and made sure everything went exactly how we wanted. She even had a chat with a very nervous groom on arrival and made him feel very at ease. The food was fab and all the guests complimented our menu. The rooms at the venue are simply stunning – each decorated individually and oozing style and class.
The speeches were a definite highlight from the day. Ross’s six-year-old daughter had written a speech. We weren’t sure if she was going to go through with it, but she confidently interrupted before the best man was about to take centre stage and blew us all away. She had everyone laughing raising a toast (she raised an actual slice of toast) and then she was away! It was all her own words and the whole room was laughing and in tears.
For our honeymoon, we went to New York for four nights. It was our first time to the USA. We took in as much of New York as we could, visiting all the big attractions. This was followed by a two-week break in Mauritius which was complete relaxation!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be: do what you can yourself. We actually enjoyed making things. You don’t need to spend millions for a wedding to be perfect – we kept it simple and stuck to what we wanted; a mix of traditional and our individual style. Brides definitely need a good bridesmaid squad too – and I had the best!
During the planning, I enjoyed reading the real weddings on Brides Up North and they definitely gave us plenty of inspiration and ideas!
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…
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