July 30th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Happy Monday y’all! Let’s start it as we mean to go on… with a little hyper pretty! If you love a picturesque backdrop then the good news is that today’s real wedding has got this in spades! We’re heading to the Yorkshire Dales for Rebecca and Dominic’s special day at the quaint 13th Century Barden Tower, set within Grade I listed surroundings.
Tying the knot back in June – the very weekend the bride’s parents got married 32 years previously – the couple chose this date in hope of landing some beautiful weather, which we’re pleased to hear, they got! And boy, does the wonderful weather lend itself to some rather unforgettable photographs of the couple amidst the venue’s mystical historical ruins.
Inside, the venue is equally as stunning, with exposed stonewalls, high ceilings and chandeliers providing a breathtaking setting for the couple’s ceremony and celebrations afterwards. Combine this with the couple’s pastel colour scheme and abundance of roses, peonies and greenery, and you’ve got yourself a wedding that’s like something straight out of a romantic period novel. Enjoy!
With images by A Little Picture.
rebecca says: We got engaged in Australia, at Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay. Dom proposed following a romantic meal. We went to a beautiful beach with amazing views that was just across the road from where we were staying, and there was no one else around when he popped the question.
We tied the knot on 23rd June 2018. We chose this date as we were hoping for beautiful weather (which we got!) to complement the stunning venue at Barden Tower with the fantastic picturesque scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. It happened to be the same weekend that my parents had got married 32 years before as well as being an even year (which was one of my requirements!).
We got married at the stunning venue that is Barden Tower in Barden. It is a gorgeous Grade I listed geographical location with phenomenal views and surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. The staff and especially Debbie (the lady in charge at the venue) were so accommodating and put us at ease throughout the whole process making it as stress free as possible. It was the perfect place for our special day.
We went with a very natural theme for our wedding. This included more pastel-based colours of natural pinks, greens and cream reflected in all of the flowers and my bouquet. This colour scheme also complemented the fresh flowers that decorated the stunning venue and the bridesmaids’ dresses.
When it came to my dress, I went to many shops and tried on many dresses before I found it. I wanted something that replicated me and my personality and as soon as I tried my dress on, I just knew it was the one. It was an Enzoani design elegant, full-length, mesh chiffon sheath gown featuring a high halter neckline and Guipure lace. It had a keyhole back and a delicate tulle and Guipure lace train. I loved it. I purchased it from Scarlet Poppy in Leeds and they were amazing – from the sales assistant to the seamstress, Louise.
Dominic wore a peppered blue suit with a tweed style grey waistcoat with blue checks and a knitted blue bow tie – all were purchased from Moss Bros in Leeds. This was a tailored option with a personalised trim. He wore blue brogues with a blue suede trim, purchased from Slaters in Leeds.
I had five bridesmaids; all with different skin tones so it was a real challenge to find a colour that complimented them all. They wore a gorgeous sage green dress from ASOS, and they all looked stunning.
My best friend is a makeup artist at Chanel and she did my makeup and all the bridesmaids too. Our hair was done by Danielle Matthews who is super professional and absolutely fabulous – I can’t thank her enough for the amazing job she did.
The groomsmen wore the same peppered blue suits from Moss Bros with a sage green tie from Etsy to match with the bridesmaids.
On the day of the wedding, I travelled from Pately Bridge by a VW campervan with my dad whilst my bridesmaids travelled with my mum in a second VW campervan. These were hired from the Yorkshire Wedding Car Company and the North West Vintage VW Company.
Our photographer was Alice Little of A Little Picture. She was absolutely fabulous; such a lovely, sweet and kind person who instantly made us feel comfortable from the moment we met her in a local pub. She was so friendly and was really helpful and understood exactly what we wanted. Alice has a beautiful eye for natural photography and captured the most amazing moments that we will cherish forever. I cannot recommend her enough.
Our flowers where done by Debbie Leathley, the lady that runs Barden Tower, and she was fabulous. My bouquet was made from a mixture of eucalyptus, roses, peonies and gypsophila.
We didn’t do favours, however we did put a sweetie table out for our guests to nibble and enjoy, which included a mix of our favourite sweets such as foam bananas and jelly strawberries.
We chose a four-tiered round wedding cake with two tiers of lemon and two tiers of vanilla. It had white chocolate ganache all the way round. It tasted great and was made by Fran Dunderdale at Every Cloud Cakes & Bakes.
For the wedding breakfast, we had a three-course meal supplied by the venue. The starter consisted of a herb crusted goats cheese, red onion and basil jam granary disc with wild rocket, followed by grain-fed chicken supreme, fondant potato, crisp parma ham and sweet cider juice. This was finished with a chocolate and orange torte, raspberry coulis and tuile curls. We chose this set menu as it sounded amazing. We had house red, white and rose wine from the venue for each table.
In terms of entertainment, we had background music throughout the pre-ceremony, post ceremony and whilst we were eating, and this was a selection of our favourite music. Our evening was finished with a live band called Agent Smith – they were brilliant and worked the crowd wonderfully and made it a fantastic party.
Instead of a photo booth, we had a Polaroid camera so that guests could take pictures home or place them into our message book, which resulted in a collection of lovely hand-written messages and photos of our guests from the day.
Following our wedding we would certainly recommend our choice of venue to other couples. The venue was breath-taking when we both arrived; the pictures do not do it justice with how fantastic it looked and how amazing the staff were on the day. They took all the stress out of the occasion and you could see how much they cared about us having a wonderful time. The local grounds were stunning and in the evening were decorated with candles and flame lamps illuminating the beautiful listed buildings.
My personal highlight of our day would be walking down the aisle with my dad and holding his arm, then meeting Dom at the top – where we could begin our day together.
After the wedding, we went on a minimoon to Shropshire and Herefordshire so we could take our 12-month-old Labrador puppy and walk in the beautiful countryside as a family. We are due to go on our honeymoon later this year to Thailand as this is a place where we both have always dreamed about going, not only to experience the culture but relax in a beautiful setting.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is – take in the day as much as you can and the fact you have all your family, friends and all the people you love in the same room together, all for you, to help celebrate the day.
During the planning we found Brides Up North a great resource for gathering ideas and inspirations for our wedding day. In particular, the real wedding features were really helpful.
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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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