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when in rome. a sumptuous wedding at swinton park – victoria & matthew

November 23rd, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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For today’s real wedding, we’re getting swept away by the enchantment of Victoria and Matthew’s beautiful wedding set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Combining the tradition of a church ceremony with the decadence of a castle, hotel and stately home for their celebrations – this is a wedding with class and sophistication in spades, and we simply adore every little detail from their special day!

With images by Andy Sutcliffe Photography.

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victoria says: Matthew proposed during a surprise break away to Rome, leaving me guessing right until check in at the airport as to where we were going. Little did I know that in the luggage that I’d been carting around, on and off trains and through the airport, there was an engagement ring.

The hotel in Rome had a balcony that overlooked the city and the view was incredible. Every day the hotel staff kept leaving bottles of champagne and strawberries in the room and I had no idea why. I just thought it was all part of their hospitality and even said that we should stay in this hotel more often, as I felt like a princess.

We visited many historical sights and enjoyed sightseeing around the city, including a visit to the Vatican. On the final evening, I was so exhausted from walking around that I suggested that we should stay at the hotel for a meal, but Matthew insisted that we should go out. When we arrived back at the hotel, the balcony had been lit up with candles and there was a large parcel wrapped up on the table with a bottle of champagne. I was very surprised and I thought Matthew was too. Matthew insisted I open the parcel. Initially I thought it was a gift from the hotel, because of all the surprises they kept sending to us each night. I carefully tore the paper and inside was a canvas with photographs of Matthew’s niece and nephews holding up signs reading, “Will you marry Uncle Matthew please?” At this point, Matthew got onto one knee and pulled a ring box from his pocket and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes!

A few days after we returned home, I received a postcard stamped from Vatican City. Matthew had sent me a postcard when we were in the Vatican City saying that by now he hopes that I am his fiancée and can’t wait to marry me. I didn’t even notice that he had done this and I was with him the whole time. This came as a great surprise. Just as well I said yes!

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We got married on 3rd August 2015. The ceremony took place at St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Richmond, North Yorkshire. We chose this church as it was fairly local to our reception venue – Swinton Park in Masham, North Yorkshire. Our local priest, Father Butters was able to conduct the ceremony too, which made it even more special.

We had a Roman Catholic ceremony with two readings. The first was from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, read by the mother of the groom and then then a reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians read by my godmother. We also had bidding prayers that were read by our eight-year-old nephew Louis, and my cousin Michelle.

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Super Sunday!

June 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Well HOLA Brides Up North.  You’ll never guess where I am this Sunday – only Sunny Spain!  I am here on an early summer holiday with my hubby and our great friends Jane and Tom.  I’ve been here a week already and have been chilling by pool, posing on the beach, getting stuck into some great holiday reads, eating lots of olives and drinking lots of perfectly chilled Vina Sol.  Amazing.  Just what I needed. 

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I have also found the time to do a little wedding blogging here and there – you might have noticed – and also sit back and take stock on how far Brides Up North has come in the past six months.  Its been one of the best but also the hardest half years of my life: juggling a full time legal career, penning a professional wedding blog, moving house, meeting a whole host of new wedding industry faces and getting stuck into life as a newly wed.  You know what?  I wouldn’t swap places with anyone right now.

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I hope that you are feeling happy today too.  I couldn’t do it without you fabulous readers and Northern wedding industry supporters.  You properly rock.

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As I have been trying to have a break from online surfing and get more into trying watching real surfing this week, I am taking a break from my usual Sunday schedule, and thought that I would take look back on some of my favourite real weddings featured right here on the Brides Up North wedding blog over the past six months.  Enjoy…

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Natalie and GraemePeacock Chic Natalie and Graeme by Karen McGowran Photography

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Since publishing this dreamy real wedding, Natalie of Purple Peacock has become a friend.  But I’m not biased – her wedding, at Ramside Hall Hotel was divine!

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Christina and Chris

Rock and Roar!  – Christina and Chris by Brett Martelli

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One of my first real weddings – with a crazy and cool dinosaur theme.  Rah!

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Chloe and JamesAll That Glitters – Chloe and James by Mandy Charlton Photography 

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The dress, the venue, the couple: all gorgeous.  What  a beautiful, sparkly celebration

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Claire and JesseGolden Sands (of Tynemouth) – Claire and Jesse by Sean Elliott Photography

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If this first hilarious photograph doesn’t whet your appetite for more, I don’t know what will.  It gets better and better

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Becky and AndrewYorkshire’s Finest – Becky and Andrew by Andy Sutcliffe

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A beautiful bride from my home town.  Not that I am missing it right now…

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Pass me the suncream would you?

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Yorkshire’s Finest, A Real Wedding – Becky & Andrew

January 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I went to law school (yep, law school!  Haven’t you read my About page yet?) with this gorgeous girl, and am very excited to feature her Real Wedding on the blog today.  Not only are Becky and Andrew a truly beautiful couple, but they used some fantastic Yorkshire suppliers, and that makes Brides Up North a very very happy girl indeed! :-)

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Becky and Andrew

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Over to the new Mrs S: After 7 years together my now husband, Andrew, proposed by the banks of the Seine in Paris. It was incredibly romantic and set the theme for our special day. We married on 19 June 2010 in my parent’s village church in Kirklevington, near Yarm followed by a fabulous reception at the beautiful country house hotel, Crathorne Hall. I can genuinely say it was the best day of my life. Not only did I get to marry by best friend but after all of the months of planning, everything came together on the day and it was just perfect.

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Becky and Andrew

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After trying on nearly every dress in West Yorkshire with my mum and friend Joelle in tow, I finally went for a strapless slim line dress with a lace overlay by Sottero and Midgley from the lovely ladies at The Bridal Boutique, Guiseley. I wanted a dress I could feel fabulous in all day without it restricting my every move and this dress was absolutely perfect. I fell in love with the intricate lace train and cute empire waistline.

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Becky and Andrew

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Becky and Andrew

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We hired a gorgeous coffee and cream vintage 1952 Bentley to take us from the church to the reception. As it was only a couple of minutes up the road the driver took us on a slight detour to allow us to drink our champagne in a much more leisurely fashion.

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We had the most brilliant photographers on the day in Andy and Gill Sutcliffe, who put us and our guests at ease from the outset. We couldn’t recommend them any more highly.

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Becky and Andrew

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My beautiful bridesmaids wore sage green prom style dresses made by Nicola Russell in Middlesbrough. I struggled to find a style of dress I liked so combined a few ideas and had these made. Their outfits were completed with vintage accessories from Glitzy Secrets and AccessorizeAndrew and the boys wore grey morning suits, with ivory waist coats and silver cravats. Andrew wore a sage green cravat. Their outfits were completed with Amnesia rose button holes.

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I wanted a vintage look for the day and knew exactly the look I wanted for my flowers. Fortunately I met the amazingly talented Fiona Pickles, from Firenza Floral Design at the Yorkshire Brides Wedding Fair who was showcasing exactly what I imagined! Our wedding flowers were mainly comprised of Amnesia roses, peonies and stocks in dusky pinks and ivories, complemented with beautifully fragrant herbs. They smelt amazing! Several of the flower displays were contained in ‘shabby chic’ French style urns to complement the theme – suggested by the groom himself!

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Becky and Andrew

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After the ceremony we had a champagne and canapé reception during which the Josie Smith Quintet entertained our guests. We also put up (selective) photographs from the stag and hen parties to give everyone a bit of a giggle. We knew we wanted a top table, but also wanted to break from tradition slightly so we opted for an oval top table. We also named our tables after famous Parisian landmarks and made the place names from sepia postcards we picked up on our last trip to Paris.

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Becky and Andrew 

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Our favours were heart shaped shortbread biscuits baked by my mother in law herself (which were very popular and yummy) and bagged by me and my fabulous bridesmaid Mianne in a slight frenzy the day before the wedding. Top tip: always leave sufficient time for last minute details!

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Venue: Crathorne Hall

Dress: The Bridal Boutique, Guiseley

Flowers: Firenza Floral Design

Photography: Andy and Gill Sutcliffe

Bridesmaids: Nicola Russell

Accessories: Glitzy Secrets, Accessorize

Music: Josie Smith Quintet

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Newlyweds and photographers! Contact Brides Up North to feature a Real Wedding on the blog. I am also accepting engagement sessions, trash, cherish and rock the dress and couples shoots!

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