August 24th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The stately home of Sledmere House in Yorkshire is giving us all the romantic wedding feels today on the blog, as we delve into Hattie and Joe’s glorious big day, which took place earlier this summer.
Offering a little bit of everything – a church, a grandiose country house and a marquee – the couple’s wedding brings together all our favourite backdrops, and then some! With no overbearing colour scheme or theme – the bride just wanted a relaxed country wedding and we think she fulfilled the brief rather nicely thanks to the choice of venue, floral arrangements and special touches (contain your excitement – there’s a fairytale-like horse and cart!).
What we especially love though, is that amidst their classic and supremely chic day the couple hosted a 90s power hour DJ set featuring all of their favourite songs and glow sticks, of course! The most perfect example of how a couple can really let their personalities shine through on their special day – and bring a real dose of nostalgic fun to proceedings too!
With images by A Little Picture.
hattie says: Joe proposed to me at Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales on 29th December 2016. As it was a popular spot we went early in the morning and there was a heavy frost, so it looked even more beautiful. It was the day of Joe’s 30th birthday so I didn’t see it coming.
We got married on 7th July 2018. We wanted a summer wedding but as we ran the London Marathon in April 2017 and all our time was taken up with training, we gave ourselves an extra year to plan and decided on 2018.
We got married at Sledmere House, East Yorkshire. The ceremony was in the church, with a drinks reception in the house followed by the wedding breakfast and dancing in the marquee in the grounds. I picked the venue because it had everything all in one place in the most beautiful setting. The first three times I visited the venue it was either raining, snowing or thick fog but despite all this, it was still beautiful. They always say the one thing you can’t control on your wedding day is the weather and I thought, if it looked beautiful on a grey rainy day then if were are lucky enough to have sun it will look incredible – and it did!
I wanted a relaxed country wedding with a romantic feel. We live in London and most of my friends had never been to Yorkshire, so I wanted to show off the beautiful countryside and have locally sourced flowers and food.
I didn’t really have a set theme – I just wanted it to be relaxed, country and floaty. The bridesmaids wore forest green dresses from Rewritten. I wanted them to wear pale pastel colours but when they tried on the dresses they all looked so beautiful in the green ones and a bit washed out in the pastels. So, we went with green. I felt with the light pinks, greens and whites of the flowers – they worked perfectly.
During the search for my dress I must have visited eight shops in the north and London. I ended up buying the most beautiful Charlie Brear dress from a boutique called The White Closet in Didsbury. Despite visiting so many shops I didn’t find anything I liked apart from in The White Closet where I actually found two that were amazing. The experience was fun and friendly and they transformed me into the exact bride I was looking to be, all so effortlessly. The dress I chose was great as it was a simple slip dress overlaid with lace, which I removed in the evening and then added a sequin belt to. It felt amazing and was so light and flowing.
The groomsmen wore morning suits with tartan waistcoats from Christopher Scotney in Leicester.
For the bridesmaids, we decided that everyone could wear the same colour but have whatever style they liked the best. They are all very different shapes and sizes and ultimately, I wanted them to feel comfortable.
I drove myself and my bridesmaids from York (they met me at the hairdressers) then to Sledmere House, where we listened to our 90s power hour playlist and had a good sing-along! All the guests were taken by Ingleby’s Coaches from York.
Our photographer was Alice Little of A Little Picture, and she was fantastic. She did so well to get everyone in the right position and calm things down when people started getting stressed (mainly me!). The photos she took were amazing and despite her being so lovely and friendly, I did on occasion forget she was even taking pictures.
Our florist was Wendy from Fenwick Flowers. She used all locally sourced seasonal flowers which looked incredible. I had full confidence from day one when I met her, but the flowers were even better than I could have imagined. She made me a beautiful bouquet with pinks, whites and greens. Wendy transformed the church and the marquee with fresh local flowers, too.
We didn’t do favours but we did give out glow sticks during our 90s power hour DJ set on the dancefloor!
Joe’s mother Sue made the cake with the help of my friend Louise Stimson.
We picked Alice from Homegrown Hospitality as our caterer because her food was delicious and she was really open and flexible to our ideas. We wanted sharing platters of meat and lots of fresh salads to go long side it. For the bar we had Lee from Louisianna’s mobile bar. He was so nice when we met him and did his best to provide us with all our weird and wonderful requests such as alcopops for the 90s power hour. We also had an amazing fish and chip van that everyone was delighted with.
For our entertainment, we had a seven-piece band with two vocalists who were incredible called The Feel Good. As mentioned a few times, we had a 90s power hour in between the band’s set where the DJ played all our favourite 90s hip-hop, RnB and garage classics.
As a special touch, a horse and cart took us from the church to the walled garden where we had our photos taken. When we were announced at the reception we also had petals drop from above as we ascended the stairs.
The marquee company – Florida Marquees were brilliant. Paul, Rachel and Megan were so helpful and really responsive whenever I had any questions. They really look into consideration the venue and made it look beautiful.
We would also recommend our beautiful choice of venue. The views from Sledmere House are stunning and it’s so nice to be able to walk from the church to the drinks reception and the marquee. The grandeur of the location made it feel like we were the stars of our own movie! Michaela helped to make everything run really smoothly so all we had to do was enjoy ourselves.
For me, my favourite moment was during the wedding breakfast when I looked out at the tables and saw all my friends and family having fun. I also loved dancing with everyone and munching on some fish and chips at the end of the night.
We went to Indonesia – Bali and Java – for our honeymoon. We spent a few days at the start in Ubud in Bali to relax and do some yoga, then went to Java to see the sunrise over Borobudur – the largest Buddhist temple, followed by Kura Kura, a private island off Karimunjawa. We then climbed Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen, two active volcanoes, and watched the sunrise. We finished our trip in Seminyak in Bali.
My top tips for other Brides Up North are: don’t worry if things don’t go perfectly as planned, nobody will notice; take a moment to step back and watch what is going on around you; don’t worry if you don’t get to speak to everyone, they are just happy to be there; and walk slowly down the aisle and savour every moment.
During the planning I spent quite a bit of time on Brides Up North looking at the real weddings and inspiration features. I also followed Brides Up North on Instagram for ideas too.
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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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