March 27th, 2017 | Julia Braime
After the clock change at the weekend, we’ve officially sprung into spring, meaning lighter nights, warmer weather and the approach to peak wedding season are all on the way!
To mark the arrival of the new season, we’re bringing a glorious helping of inspiration to those of you planning springtime weddings, courtesy of our fabulous Sponsor, award winning hospitality and event management company Dine.
Established in 1998, Yorkshire-based Dine caters for more 200 weddings a year as well as offering exclusive private dining. Through its stunning portfolio of venues, the team provide event services for organisations ranging from English Heritage and the National Trust to the owners of some of the UK’s most notable private houses, providing a varied choice of beautiful big day settings.
For this afternoon’s post, we’re welcoming Dine’s managing director, Matt Jones, to the blog to share some of his helpful pointers on planning a wedding in the season of new beginnings…
Matt says: With Yorkshire offering some of the finest countryside in Britain, make the most of the warmer, longer days by choosing a spectacular setting for your big day. Dine boasts an impressive portfolio of stunning venues to suit every taste – whether you favour a magnificent deer park, picturesque walled gardens, or breath-taking views over historical ruins.
While beautiful indoor locations can be appealing for a spring wedding owing to the chance of April Showers, marquees can provide a fantastic compromise. Although popular for the quintessentially British summer wedding, with the right planning, flooring and heating, a reception under canvas can be a perfect venue whatever the time of year. You can even choose a marquee with sides that can be removed or with windows to enable you to make the most of the weather and the view.
Many of Dine’s stunning venues provide fantastic lakeside settings with outstanding outlooks across Yorkshire’s breath-taking countryside. Gothic-style Carlton Towers and Ripley Castle’s Lakeside settings provide panoramic views – across an island which is home to majestic swans and a glorious, rolling deer park respectively. Alternatively, Bolton Abbey nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, provides a secluded and private setting with exclusive access to the River Wharfe and views of the Augustinian Priory. Belvoir Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland offers a magnificent setting for a marquee wedding while Dalton Hall’s walled garden is quintessentially English and perfect for a more formal spring theme.
Marquees make a spectacular backdrop to wedding celebrations, and offer the ultimate in flexibility, even allowing you the ultimate luxury of getting married at home. Such a wedding can create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, while the individual location enables couples to buck the trend of a traditional spring wedding and create their own traditions in their unique family setting.
With marquees able to accommodate as many or as few guests as you choose, a huge garden is not necessary. Marquees are also available in an array of sizes and styles, from tipis and vintage army tents, to sailcloth and traditional, enabling you to match a style to your spring wedding theme.
No matter the season, it’s always a fantastic idea for your wedding breakfast to reflect the seasonality of your day, in terms of both the dishes and presentation. With 18 years’ experience as a hospitality and catering specialist, Dine can provide innovation and skill when creating food for your spring wedding. Experienced and imaginative event managers and chefs, combined with seasonal ingredients always promise to deliver your perfect spring menu.
Edible flowers available in spring on both savoury and sweet courses are an innovative and impressive use of unique ingredients to make your dishes look gorgeous. Nasturtiums, French Marigolds and Cornflowers all make colourful additions to your dishes and provide a seasonal touch. Yet if you’d prefer greenery to the bright colours of seasonal flowers, adding fresh herbs to dishes, especially desserts for a unique touch is another great way to add spring colour to your food. Chocolate and rosemary are a match made in heaven so why not add dark chocolate and rosemary tart with a fennel ice-cream and orange sherbet to your wedding breakfast for bright colours and fresh flavours.
Incorporating seasonal vegetables such as asparagus, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and new potatoes provides fresh flavours and crunchy textures. Dine can provide innovative starters, main courses and desserts which combine spectacular presentation and fantastic flavours.
From asparagus velouté with a soft poached quail’s egg and crème fraîche, to fillet of halibut marinated in lemon confit and thyme with vegetables Provençale, gazpacho dressing and buttered anya new potatoes, Dine can create dishes which will remind your guests of spring no matter your venue or the weather.
Menu tasting well ahead of your big day is vital to ensure seasonality and the combination of your chosen ingredients are a perfect match. This also allows you to discuss the menu with your Dine event manager and any adjustments you would like to make.
Wherever you choose to get married, a spring wedding should reflect on the rejuvenation and expectation of the season with soft hues and delicate textures. Pastel pink, lavender and green can be incorporated through dresses, suits, bouquets and food to bring the season inside.
Building a Pinterest ‘mood board’ will help you focus on the spring styles you like, and look carefully at brochures and social media to see what has been done previously at your wedding venue. Working with your venue, whether it be a marquee which provides a blank canvas for you to dress. or somewhere pre-prepared, is important to see how your theme can be incorporated and what might not be as easy to achieve.
According to the Pantone Colour Institute, the colour of 2017 is ‘greenery’ and this certainly reflects the seasonality of spring with images of new growth and new life.
With simple greenery bouquets also becoming increasingly popular, this can be a great backdrop to other colour choices for decorations and favours. The contrast between bright vivid green and delicate pastel colours will create a fresh and vibrant palette, evoking sensations of spring even if the weather isn’t as glorious as you would like, or you are having an indoor wedding.
November 29th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
Today, we bring you Liz and Jon’s special day, set in the beautiful National Trust village of Styal in Cheshire.
Pretty paper lanterns, candles and fairy lights create a charming backdrop to their nuptials, but for us, it’s the couple’s Great Wedding Bake Off that steals the show – with so much cake to tuck in to, what’s not to like?
As a lovely touch, Liz even enlisted the help of her Year One class and the couple made a donation to two charities close to their hearts.
So, sit back and relax as Liz shares all the dreamy highlights.
With images by Jonny Draper Photography
liz says: We got engaged in April 2015, in New York. I had wanted to find an Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park that I had heard about and when we got there Jon insisted that I sit on one of the toadstools for a photo. As I turned around to refuse him, he was down on one knee! I was blown away – it was all caught on camera too as Jon had arranged for a photographer to capture the moment!
We got married on 25th March 2016. It was Good Friday and the perfect opportunity for us and our guests to enjoy a lovely long Bank Holiday weekend. As a teacher, I wanted to get married close to a holiday so we could have a honeymoon straight after the wedding.
We tied the knot at Styal Lodge in Cheshire; it was the only venue we viewed. As soon as we arrived we knew it was the place for us, it was perfect – relaxed, spacious but still intimate.
Our invitations and table names featured a New York skyline but apart from that we kept everything quite simple with a relaxed but elegant feel, complete with lots of beautiful fairy lights everywhere.
Our colour scheme leaned towards white, green and grey, from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the flowers.
My dress was from Felicity Cooper Bridal in Knutsford. I knew it was the dress for me as soon as I saw it; something drew me to the dress even though it was everything I hadn’t set out to have! I loved the dress as soon as I put on; it felt like ‘me’ and was light and comfortable, too. Fiona, who designed my dress, couldn’t have been more wonderful and encouraged me to have the dress exactly as I wanted.
Jon wore a grey suit from Next and a tie from Reiss. My very talented mum made the four bridesmaid dresses, and for the best men and groomsmen we hired navy suits from L&J Formal Hire near Middlewich. Colin, who owns the company, couldn’t have been more friendly, helpful and accommodating.
October 19th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
The Isle of Anglesey on the Menai Strait provides the stunning and dramatic backdrop to the beautiful real wedding that we’re sharing with you on the blog today.
After a 12-month engagement, Vicky and Richard tied the knot on Easter Sunday in the picturesque Grade II-listed Chateau Rhianfa in North Wales.
Complete with striking turrets, exquisite grounds and stunning views of Snowdonia, we can see why the couple fell in love with this enchanting venue.
Newly sprung daffodils and white roses added a springtime-inspired splash of colour to the wedding, and as a lovely nod to Easter, guests were even treated to a little chocolate.
With images by Andrew Keher Photography.
vicky says: We got engaged on 7th March 2015. Richard took me away for a surprise weekend and proposed to me at Conwy on the north coast of Wales, overlooking the water. Shortly after his proposal, he took me to The Quay Hotel & Spa, where he had pre-booked lots of pampering treatments!
We got married the following year on 27th March 2016. There was limited availability at our chosen wedding venue, Chateau Rhianfa in Anglesey, North Wales. The Easter weekend was free though, so we chose Easter Sunday as our wedding day.
While on holiday in North Wales the previous summer, we called into Chateau Rhianfa on our way home and fell in love with it straight away. It was actually a venue Richard had considered for the proposal, too!
We had a non-religious civil ceremony at Chateau Rhianfa and chose a yellow and grey colour scheme. Yellow to symbolise spring and Easter, with the grey complementing this beautifully.
We had an Easter theme, too. For our wedding favours we filled jars with mini eggs and attached a Welsh love spoon pewter keyring. As for the flowers, we chose yellow daffodils – a traditional Welsh flower which also ties in with Easter and spring – and white roses, as we are both from Yorkshire, which were supplied by Acacia Flowers in North Wales.
My wedding dress was a fairly simple design by Justin Alexander, purchased from The Bridal Path in Childwall, Liverpool. It had decorative diamanté detailing around the waistline, across my chest and the top of my back. Richard, meanwhile, wore a three-piece charcoal grey suit from Ted Baker.
September 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding is likely to evoke a fair few “oohs” and “aahs”, not only due to the adorable flower girls and mini ring bearers, but also the beautiful blooms and adorable décor.
Taking place at Wentworth Castle Gardens in South Yorkshire, bride and groom Jenny and Shawn, were keen to have a bright and happy wedding that gave a nod to the season whilst, most importantly, featured those closest to them.
The outcome is a relaxed yet beautifully styled big day, filled with love, laughter and cuddles!
With images by Fox & Owl.
jenny says: Shawn and I grew up together, living only a street apart during childhood. As we grew up we became friends and as we got older we worked together – over time a romance blossomed.
Shawn proposed to me on our one-year anniversary, during a holiday to Gran Canaria. We were going out for dinner to celebrate and he was insistent on the idea of us going for a walk down to the beach so we went walking through the sand dunes and sat watching the sunset. That is where he asked me to marry him.
Our wedding was on the 26th March 2016. We chose this date because I personally love Easter and because it’s usually a season where we spend a lot of time together as a family.
We have six children between us and lots of children within the family, therefore it was important to us that our wedding was as child friendly as possible. We wanted it to be a relaxed day for all. And as much as we wanted our children involved in the day, they were under no pressure to do anything. We didn’t put expectations onto the flower girls to walk down the aisle – but they did and were wonderful little spring fairies!
Our civil ceremony was held in the conservatory of Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley. We found choosing a venue so daunting. At first and had no idea where to begin the search. We sat chatting about it one day and I asked Shawn, “If we could get married anywhere, where would you choose?” He answered, “A castle”. After a simple Google search Wentworth Castle Gardens popped up and so we went for a little look around. The grounds were exceptionally pretty and as the courtyard came into view we saw a wedding taking place. We could really picture it for our own. That was when we decided it was the venue for us.
With the wedding falling at the start of spring, and on Easter weekend, we decided on a loose Easter/spring theme, using a mostly white and yellow colour palette.
I had two wedding dresses for the big day. During the ceremony and wedding breakfast I wore a Wtoo dress that I purchased at Mia Sposa in Huddersfield. Later, for the evening reception, I changed into a custom-made Honeypie Boutique dress, which was a 50’s tea length, heavily petticoated design, accessorised with a gold glitter bow and a birdcage veil from Crown and Glory. I also wore Irregular Choice ‘Mr & Mrs’ shoes. They were gold and sparkly with a cute kitsch heel. They were very “me” and were one of my very first purchases for the wedding. In terms of jewellery, I wore a pair of earrings, which I purchased from a store on Etsy, and my necklace was a gift from my mum on the morning of the wedding.
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July 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime
For this morning’s real wedding we’re heading to the historic city of York where today’s bride and groom got engaged.
Holding the city close to their hearts, Cheryl and James decided to continue their love story in York by tying the knot there too.
We love the pretty springtime colour palette, the gorgeous bespoke dresses and, of course, the charming setting.
With images by Ryan Forster Creative Photography.
cheryl says: We got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2014, while we were away for a weekend in York. We went for a romantic meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, where James got down on one knee – it was such a surprise! Apparently he had set the whole thing up with the manager of the restaurant to make sure we got a good table. The manager then presented us with a courtesy bottle of champagne to celebrate.
The wedding was on 30th April 2016. We choose this date because simply we wanted a spring wedding as it’s our favourite time of the year.
Our chosen venue was Merchant Taylors Hall in York. We love York so much that had to get married there as it is a special for us. The Merchant Taylor’s Hall was a perfect rustic setting and it forms part of York’s history – the building is hundreds of years old. It was perfect size for the small intimate wedding that we wanted.
April 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We’re getting your Monday off to an incredibly beautiful start here on the blog by sharing this stunning seasonal shoot, captured in one of Sheffield’s beautiful green spaces.
Timed perfectly to coincide with the city’s blossom trees flowering, we love the effortless beauty of this shoot, from the natural backdrop to the simple styling.
Those of you planning a spring-time celebration might want to take note as we hand over the blog to photographer Shelley Richmond, who captured the pretty, to give us all the details on how the look was achieved.
With images by Shelley Richmond. Models Rebecca Holly Parkin at Boss and Gemma Sadler at Mentor.
shelley says: This shoot came about as part of a little photography project that I worked on with bespoke wedding dress designer Kate Beaumont. We worked on a whole years’ worth of seasonal shoots, embracing nature and the gardens of our home city of Sheffield as a location. This was our spring shoot, timed to coincide with the blossom flowering and the first buds of spring appearing at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens.
We wanted to keep the styling simple and so we carefully selected two of Kate’s bespoke dress designs as well as two of her original vintage collection, which fit the season.
The spring blossom was echoed by the details in delicate headpieces by Debbie Carlisle as well as the soft, dewy makeup created by Amanda Humphreys and the undone hairstyles by Kirsty Glasby. The stunning flower arrangements meanwhile were created by Emma Venn at Moss & Clover, again to reflect the season.
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