October 8th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We’re getting your week off to a glorious start with a wedding at one of our very favourite Yorkshire venues – The Mansion in Leeds. Situated in the stunning surroundings of Roundhay Park, this gem of a venue is chic and stylish with elegant décor and opulent touches in the furnishings and fittings for a big day that brims with luxury.
Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us at our Luxury Wedding Show at this spectacular venue on Sunday 28th October, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, when you will be able to appreciate its beauty first hand while meeting the super-efficient and knowledge team from Dine who run The Mansion providing first class catering and faultless service. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by a selection of the area’s very best wedding suppliers to help bringing together every element of your big day seamlessly.
You never know, you might just fall in love with The Mansion at first slight, just as today’s featured couple, Scott and Samantha, did.
Opting for a vintage style wedding with rustic touches, Samantha’s gorgeous Enzoani gown set the tone for the day with beautiful detailed lace overlay and long flowing train, finished off beautifully with a dazzling back jewellery piece that’s sending our eyes all heart-shaped.
The ‘just picked’ style flowers add a rustic twist along with the beautiful floral print stationery produced by graphic designer groom Scott.
Other highlights for us include the stylish laser-cut name places, the men’s dapper navy suits and not forgetting those beautiful magenta tone bridesmaid gowns – otherwise expertly described by Samantha’s dad as “summer fruits yoghurt” – a truly delicious hue indeed!
With images by Freya Raby.
samantha says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2016. Scott proposed at home before we set off to Leeds for dinner at San Carlo (our favourite restaurant). Later we met friends to celebrate and ring in the New Year!
We got married on 4th August 2018. We both knew we wanted a summer wedding but, as I’m a teacher, the school summer holidays were an ideal time.
We held both our ceremony and reception at The Mansion, Leeds. It was the first venue we both viewed and we instantly fell in love with it. We booked it the same day! We particularly loved the sweeping staircase, the chandelier and its perfect location, overlooking Roundhay Park. We would absolutely recommend it – it’s simply stunning. We were worried about having the public in the park but it was no bother at all on the day. Craig Squelch, our wedding planner from Dine , was unbelievable. Everything went to plan – apart from the fire alarm going off, but this only added to the memories of our day.
The theme of the wedding was vintage/rustic. Scott works as a graphic designer so he set the tone with his save the date cards and it went from there, really. Colour-wise, Scott knew he wanted the boys in navy and, as my dress was a non-traditional colour (mocha with an ivory lace), matching up the bridesmaids with the groomsmen and bride was initially tricky. It was by chance that we came across the deep pink/purple dresses the girls wore, which were purchased from Biba. The shade is difficult to describe when people ask – we often jokingly referred to it as “summer fruits yoghurt” as my dad said that was what it reminded him of when he first saw them! The dresses with the navy suits really worked with the darker wedding dress I had chosen.
My dress is called Hollywood by Enzoani. I tried on dozens of dresses before I visited Broughton’s Bridals in Garforth. After trying many dresses on there, Sam, the owner, suggested the Hollywood. On the hanger, it didn’t look much but, when I put it on, things got emotional – my mum and grandma both began with the tears as soon as I stepped out wearing it. Adding the five-string back jewellery piece finished it off perfectly (this was an additional accessory purchased separately from Broughton’s to complement the dress). The saying really does go – when you know, you know!
Scott hired French Connection suits from Moss Bros for him, the bridesman and the groomsmen.
Our flower girl, Sunny, travelled from China to be part of our day (I lived in China with Sunny and her family for six months whilst completing an internship as a kindergarten teacher shortly after graduating from Leeds Metropolitan in 2013). Getting a dress sorted for Sunny was tricky, as she was not arriving until a few days before the wedding. We had her measurements sent over and found a Monsoon dress in Debenhams – we bought it in three sizes and when she arrived we prayed that one would fit! One did and the other two were returned to store. Job done!
I travelled to the venue from my parents’ house in a vintage Austin ordered from The Yorkshire Wedding Car Co. Scott travelled from home with the groomsmen in an Aston Martin DB9 and a BMW. My brother, Jamie, arranged these through a friend.
Our photographer was Freya Raby. Freya was recommended to us through a mutual friend. We were one of her first wedding bookings, as she was starting out in her photography career. Her portfolio was stunning, and we agreed to book her. The package we purchased included an engagement shoot and we were so impressed! As for the photos taken on the wedding day – well, they speak for themselves. They’re honestly incredible and we’re both over the moon with them. Our guests have commented on how great Freya and Kayleigh (Freya’s second shooter) were. We couldn’t be more satisfied or happy – and I would strongly recommend her to any couple planning their special day. Her attention to detail is phenomenal and we will treasure the photos for the rest of our lives.
Our video was created by Bilberry Films. Ben and Colin were also recommended through a mutual friend. We’re currently waiting on our video – we’re expecting it late October/early November. Judging from their portfolio, we’re in for a treat and we cannot wait to see the finished film. They were professional and unobtrusive.
Our flowers were provided by Scott’s great aunty Joey, who arranges flowers more as a hobby. The flower arrangements were a wedding gift from her and we cannot thank her enough for her dedication in planning and preparing everything, from buttonholes through to centrepieces. She brought trees from her own garden in London and spent the whole day before, as well as the morning of the wedding, hand tying bouquets and making sure everything looked incredible.
As a special touch, around my bouquet we tied two small memory frames of Mary, my granny, and Betty, Scott’s gran, who both passed away in 2017. We know they would have been there if they could. We also lit two candles during the ceremony in their honour.
The chair bows and wooden slices/candles for our centrepieces were supplied by shindig! event styling. Full styling was not required as Joey did the majority herself. Scott did all the stationery – invitations, menu cards, order of service cards, entrance sign, table plan, table signs, and tent cards with our hashtag and website on.
As favours, we made traditional favour boxes filled with ivory and gold sugared almonds. We also had everyone’s names laser cut from wood and sprayed in gold for name place settings – these doubled up as favours, too (provided by VM Bespoke).
Our wedding cake was made by an old colleague and friend of mine, Julie, who created a stunning three-tiered buttercream cake. Transporting it from Wakefield to Leeds in the heat we had in August was probably the most stressful part of our wedding! We also had a three-tiered pork pie ‘cake’, supplied by Wilsons in Garforth. This was an ode to Scott’s favourite food. Our two cakes were like a his and hers!
The catering was done by the company that operates at The Mansion, Dine. After a menu tasting, we settled on Welsh rarebit, slow-roasted lamb and a French apple tart. The wine was also provided by Dine – their house red and white.
For entertainment, we booked a friend’s band – Strangers in Trainers. This was because we had seen them at a previous wedding. Their feel is Irish/folk – they did a great job in getting everyone up dancing.
As for my favourite part of the day – is it weird to say the arrival of a fire engine?! We were all evacuated from the venue for around 35 to 40 minutes as the fire alarm was activated. Luckily it was a lovely summer’s evening and everyone was in great spirits. Others have said how it was a highlight for them as it was so unusual and the atmosphere was so good outside! Groups of people started singing and everyone was enjoying the drama. We got to sit in the fire engine and even press the emergency 999 button to start the blue flashing lights, much to the delight of our guests. Thank you West Yorkshire Fire Service for being such good sports!
For our honeymoon, we went to Playa del Carmen in Mexico for two weeks and stayed in the Royal Playa del Carmen, where we were treated like royalty for the duration. We booked through Thomas Cook and many of our guests opted to purchase Thomas Cook gift cards, the total of which was refunded to our account so it was like they had contributed towards our honeymoon. We spent our vouchers on a trip to Xel-Ha waterpark, a night out ‘Mexico style’ in Coco Bongo and a trip to Chichen Itza. We both turned 27 whilst in Mexico, too.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is simply to enjoy it. Enjoy every moment, every stress you’ll go through – these are all part of the memory making. Take time for the two of you, especially in the run up to the big day. It will be over before you know it, so make everything count.
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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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