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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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Its Here! We’re Gonna Rock Down To Electric Avenue – A Styled Bridal Fashion Shoot

February 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A couple of weeks ago Brides Up North took part in a very special collaborative photo shoot with a group of amazing Yorkshire wedding suppliers, on location in the tiny village of Masham, North Yorkshire. 

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It all began when Hayley of The Harrogate Wedding Lounge and I were standing around chatting and admiring the dresses in her gorgeous boutique (as you do!) and she commented that the fab Cat Hepple (of Cat Hepple Photography) and herself had floated the idea of a styled bridal shoot inspired by the concept “Electric Avenue” – no flowers, no fuss, just beautiful, beautiful gowns with colour pop glitter accessories and shoes a la Harriet Wilde thrown into the mix, all against a wholly contrasting backdrop.

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Well she clearly didn’t need to ask me twice.  Right up my street!  Or should that be, my Electric Avenue!

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So after much pinning of mood boards over at Pinterest, lunches at Rudding Park (entirely necessary), phone calls, emails and tweets, we gathered together a few more partners in crime – step forward Steven of Forever Film (more from him shortly!) and Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Artist, and we were set.

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Hayley came up with the brilliant idea of shooting in the market town of Masham – as far from neon as you can imagine – and got in touch with Bah Humbugs sweet shop, who were more than happy to be our hosts and line our stomachs with sugar!

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What made the day even better for me was that our models for the day were two of my very closest friends, Kylie (a lawyer by day!) and Nicholas (my nearest thing to a little brother!).  Nick and Kylie were brilliant sports and had no trouble getting up close.  Well, girls… would you have trouble!?. 

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This is probably the last time that Mr NICHOLAS SHAW (remember the name, we discovered him!) will work without a whopping fee as he is currently a finalist in the TOP MODEL UK competition, being judged at the London Hilton on 17th March 2012 – with the editor of Vogue on the panel no less!  I die!  There is a judges’ prize and a public vote and whilst I reckon he’s a serious shoo in for both, it would be amazing if you could take a moment to vote for him by clicking here.  Go on!  He’ll love you forever!

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With HUGE thanks to Masham’s fabulous independent retailers:  Bah Humbugs Sweet Shop, The Cutting Room, W.S Rogers & Sons Butchers, Fancy That Tea Rooms, Garners Greengrocers & Corks & Cases

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Get your rock on girls.  As the fabulous Cat Hepple would say: Be you, but braver!

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Little Black Book:

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Photography: Cat Hepple Photography

Videography: Forever Film

Wedding Dresses:  The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair & Make Up:  Victoria Farr

Nicholas’ clothing:  Model’s own

Accessories: Tantrums and Tiaras

Shoes: Harriet Wilde

Styling: Brides Up North/ Cat Hepple/ Hayley Hoyle

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Dresses and accessories available to try and buy at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge:

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Porsha by Maggie Sottero

Italia by Ronald Joyce/Victoria Jane

Alana – Mia Mia by Alan Hannah

Ellie Hair Vine by Tantrums and Tiaras

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Check back later for Part Two!  It will suffice to say I’ve saved the best till last!

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Have you voted for Nicholas yet?  Click here!

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And another thing… have you seen Cat’s fabulous new online journal?  Go check it out!

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  – Images © 2012 Cat Hepple Photography

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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