September 28th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We adore all the gorgeous weddings that we get to share with you here on Brides Up North, but today’s beauty has us doubly excited as the spectacular backdrop to the celebrations is a North Yorkshire venue that we’ve just added to our collection of Luxury Wedding Shows. Feast your eyes on The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, a beautifully polished rustic gem of a venue set in acres of rolling countryside with stunning ceremony and reception space, plus plentiful accommodation on site. Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us the evening of Thursday 18th October for our Stylish Wedding Show at Yorkshire Wedding Barn, open 6pm to 9pm, FREE ENTRY, when we will be showcasing this incredible venue while also welcoming a fabulous line-up of the area’s very best suppliers to help inspire and achieve your big day visions.
But for now, on with the gorgeous wedding of Rebecca and Joshua who chose Yorkshire Wedding Barn for their Mexican inspired wedding, complete with a glorious pink and orange colour scheme and a Mariachi soundtrack.
The bridesmaids are a vision in sunset-coloured dresses and the bouquets are bold and bright to evoke a taste of Mexico that packs a real punch, not to mention the vibrant flower wall in front of which Rebecca and Joshua exchanged their vows.
Rebecca wanted a ‘Cinderella’ gown and Blue by Enzoani hit the nail on the head, with a frothy, layered skirt and a crystal bodice with a sweetheart neckline (apt, as the bride and groom are childhood sweethearts!) and delicate barely-there straps. Paired with every girls’ dream shoe, the Louboutin, and a softly styled up do, Rebecca is definitely the belle of the ball!
We love the idea of each table at the wedding breakfast representing a year of Rebecca and Joshua’s courtship, complete with photos to illustrate that time in their lives. After more than ten years together, there were plenty of memories to share – and, by the looks of it, the memory bank was well and truly topped up at this joyful and colourful celebration.
With images by Barnaby Aldrick.
rebecca says: We engaged while in Lanzarote – we booked the holiday to celebrate nine years since Josh asked me to be his girlfriend. From first being together in school, we always knew we wanted to get married to each other. After having a long-distance relationship for five years living at different universities (Newcastle and Liverpool), we finally moved in together and went through great stresses renovating our home. I had been hoping for Josh to propose but he still managed to surprise me by getting down on one knee at sunset on a windswept clifftop on the second night of our holiday.
We got married on Friday 17th August 2018. We had always said we wanted to get married in summer 2018 and, as a teacher, I was limited to the summer holidays if we wanted to go straight on honeymoon. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it and knew the compromise of getting married on a Friday instead of a Saturday was totally worth it.
The venue was Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Gilling West. We decided we’d really like a barn wedding, allowing us to bring our own style to the day, and lots of the barns we looked at were, as you can imagine, full of hay bales and hessian décor. However, the Yorkshire Wedding Barn ticked all the boxes, giving us the upmarket luxury we wanted but still providing a blank canvas for us to decorate in our own way. It was everything we ever wanted and a lot of this came down to Olivia, who organised everything perfectly. We would 100% recommend this venue to any couples wanting to have a wedding day that lasts longer than just a day. The onsite accommodation enabled us to have all of our closest friends and family with us the night before our wedding and Olivia helped arrange breakfast for us all the morning after the wedding as well.
In terms of a theme, having a DIY wedding meant we were able to keep everything really personal. We chose a catering company run by a family friend who agreed to do our absolute favourite food – Mexican – in sharing-style platters for our main course. Danny, an usher, suggested continuing the theme by booking a Mariachi band, so I used Alive Network to source an authentic Mexican Mariachi band, Mariachi King, to play us out of the ceremony and during the drinks reception. Having visited Mexico recently, we ran with this theme, incorporating cacti in the centrepieces, Mexican props for our photo booth and having tequila shots after the incredible best man/usher speech.
Colour-wise, we wanted a bright summer wedding, so we had different shades of pink and orange throughout the colour scheme. These are mine and Josh’s favourite colours and we have a lot of these in our house, so we could keep the decorations afterwards.
When choosing my dress, I went to about four dress shops before I found the one. I knew I wanted a ‘Cinderella’ dress and thought it would probably be strapless – definitely no lace. I tried on so many different types of dress just to be sure (even full lace) but when I went to The Harrogate Wedding Lounge they could tell I knew which style I wanted and picked out lots of beautiful princess dresses. My best friend and maid of honour, Fiona, picked out a Blue by Enzoani dress that I had missed as it had straps. My mum later came into the shop and picked out the same dress so I agreed to try it on, trusting their opinions. It was perfect and there were so many tears from my bridal party when they saw it (not to mention my husband when I walked down the aisle!). After ordering my dress I lost quite a lot of weight, but The Harrogate Wedding Lounge did a great job of taking it in two dress sizes so that it fit perfectly on the day.
To accessorise, I had always dreamt of getting married in a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes so I went to Harvey Nichols, Leeds to buy my dream pair in pink glitter, so I can’t wait to wear them again.
Joshua decided he wanted something light grey with a bit of check to it to stand out from the groomsmen and found the perfect suit at Hugo Boss. He wore the suit with a dusky pink woven silk tie and pocket square to match the bridesmaids, paired with Hugo Boss black leather double monk strap shoes, a Hugo Boss belt and Mulberry cufflinks – the latter were a gift from me.
The groomsmen wore light grey suits that were a matching colour but a plain version of the groom’s, hired from Harrogate Suit Hire. These guys were great, reordering suits for us a couple of days before the wedding.
The bridesmaids’ ages ranged from 11 to 28, so I wanted to find something really quirky that would suit them all. I bought some dresses in the sale from Coast well over a year before the wedding, then took them to Golden Stitches in Harrogate to get them altered to fit each girl perfectly.
We didn’t need to travel as we stayed at the venue the night before the wedding and the catering company provided burgers and dessert canapés for around 50 of our closest friends and family. We finished the party quite early so that we could be fresh for our wedding day and people retired back to their cottages, which all had hot tubs to relax in.
Our photographer was Barnaby Aldrick, who photographed the wedding with his partner Matt. They were absolutely incredible. We had met Barnaby before at my dad and step mum’s wedding in 2016, so when we were planning our own wedding a year later we already knew Barnaby was the best. He put us at ease all day, making us laugh and helping us have the best time, as well as capturing some fantastic moments we would have otherwise missed.
We didn’t book a videographer but one of our friends, Yvonne, knows her way around a video camera so we asked her to capture the key moments, particularly the speeches. I’m so glad we caught this on video as our best man, Tom, and usher, Danny, surprised us with the most hilarious pre-recorded music video comprising a lost speech and a journey to find it, one of our favourite songs with personalised lyrics and too many inside jokes to mention.
In our bouquets, my bridesmaids and I carried beautiful pink and orange roses and peonies. The colours were more important to me than the flowers themselves; I really wanted to avoid the typical ivory and blush pink.
All the flowers were provided by Sheryl at Fulford Flowers in York. We originally chose Sheryl because of the beautiful flower wall we had seen at the Brides Up North Wedstock event at Stockeld Park but she turned out to be one of the most lovely people we got to work with. As well as the flower wall that we got married in front of and later used as a photo booth (we bought loads of props and a Canon SELPHY photo printer for people to use), Sheryl provided two large cherry blossom trees. The centrepieces were clusters of different pink and orange flowers in mirrored vases and cacti in pink pots.
As a special touch, having been together for so long before getting married, we decided to celebrate each year of our relationship through the table names. Buying all the elements from Hobbycraft, we created our own table numbers, which each represented a year that we had been together. On each table we displayed photos from that year and carefully constructed the seating plan so that guests that had been married or had other significant events within this time were sitting at the table of the corresponding year. All of the chalk board signs were written and put out by my father.
Our stationery, including invitations, menus and boards, was designed by freelance designer Holly Duckworth and printed by Joshua’s work Platinum HPL.
As favours, the shot glasses we gave out for toasts were engraved with our initials and wedding date for guests to keep. As well as tequila shots, we gave people an option of limoncello, and strawberry milkshake for the children.
The cake was made by Joshua’s mother and father. They are fantastic bakers, so we trusted them to create something really different to fit in with the bright/Mexican theme. The cake itself had a different flavour for each layer: chocolate fudge, white chocolate and limoncello. It was then covered in orange buttercream with a bright pink drip effect and decorated with meringue kisses and fresh flowers provided by the florist. The penguin cake topper was a surprise present I opened on the morning of the wedding and I immediately ran downstairs and put it on the cake.
The caterer we chose was Taste Cuisine and we liked the idea of sharing plates so that people could pick what they wanted. The canapés and desserts were really important to us too and we planned these carefully with the catering company. Taste provided the burgers and canapé-style desserts the evening before the wedding and for the evening of the wedding we had pizza rolls and chips. My husband loves waffles, so I had also secretly organised for them to make waffles in the evening too. My mum and I bought all of the different sauces, squirty cream and sweets to go on top of the waffles.
We supplied our own wine, so we used friends and family to get good discounts. We picked a white wine that we had drunk in Mexico and a red wine that is a favourite of both our dads.
When it came to the entertainment, as Joshua sings in a wedding band called Yorkshire Soul there was never any discussion over what band we would have for our big day. As the groom, Josh didn’t want to be on stage all evening so we asked one of the guitarists if they would sing instead. Josh did get up and sing a few songs, including Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, for my father-daughter dance. Our good friend Danny, part of Yorkshire Soul, also played Jose Gonsalez’s Heartbeats as I walked down the aisle. As well as the live music we had a fantastic DJ – DJ Daz – who is a colleague of Joshua’s.
For other special touches, at the end of the night we had sparklers and an amazing firework display by North East Pyro. It was really surprising how much money we saved by using a North East company as opposed to one from Yorkshire. We also ordered 20 wooden maracas and bought paint to match the colour scheme; we then had many fun evenings spent painting maracas, which were put out during the drinks reception for the children to play with. The photo booth was made with the flower wall, a crate full of props that we had great fun ordering and a printer that you could print photos from your phone and clip to a board. The sweetie table was created with stunning LSA glasses my step mum had used at her wedding and sweets ordered online by my mum.
When it comes to choosing our favourite moment, we were both really anxious about the ceremony itself; however, we both agree that the moment we saw each other at either end of the aisle was the most amazing moment. Although we spent the night before the wedding at the venue, we had slept separately and genuinely missed each other.
Our honeymoon was incredible and all organised by Josh. We spent two days in Cape Town staying at the V & A Waterfront Village. We visited Camps Bay, Clifton, Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Groot Constantia Vineyard and Table Mountain. We then travelled to Pumba private game reserve for two days on safari, staying in a water lodge overlooking the hippos’ and elephants’ favourite watering hole. After this, we went to relax at Lux Grand Gaube in Mauritius, where we were absolutely spoiled. It was my 28th birthday whilst we were there and the hotel surprised me with champagne for breakfast and my husband surprised me with a trip on a tiny sea plane and a romantic private dinner out on the jetty.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to enjoy every single moment in the run-up to your wedding; it will go so quickly and it’s so easy to get stressed with it all but it’s not worth it. Things will go wrong but, at the end of the day, you’ll be married to your best friend, so you won’t care. When searching for suppliers Brides Up North gave us a great starting point. The main element we found useful though was definitely the wedding fairs; it’s important to meet your suppliers in person as the people you work with are often far more influential to your day than the products they offer.
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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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