Charlotte Balbier

calla lilies & champagne. madeline gardiner for an elegant wedding at le petit chateau – karen & robert

February 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime

An Elegant Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (50)

The moral of today’s real wedding – every cloud has a silver lining! For Karen and Robert had originally planned to marry in the lakes, but due to excessive flooding they had to cancel their big day plans last minute and return to the drawing board. In doing so they found a dream setting in Le Petit Chateau, a new venue to the North East that’s brimming with wow-factor.

Leaving the details to the unique venue, Karen and Robert picked an elegant champagne colour scheme and stunning calla lily blooms to complete their wedding vision.

And Karen looked the perfect fairy-tale bride within the story-book like setting in a gorgeous Madeline Gardiner gown, which provided just the right amount of big day sparkle.

With images by Barnaby Aldrick Wedding Photography

An Elegant Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (34)

karen says: We got engaged on our ten-year anniversary. Robert surprised me with a night away to London at the Oriental Mandrin. He had booked us into a suite and when we arrived there was champagne awaiting, strawberries covered in chocolate with a huge bouquet of flowers. We then had a lovely stroll down to Buckingham Palace where we could take in the sights and have some well-deserved ‘us time’. When we arrived back at the hotel there were more surprises in store – spa treatments – and he had booked us in Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant within the hotel. The meal was absolutely beautiful and just before our desert Robert got down on one knee and proposed. All of the staff knew he was going to propose so once he popped the question, and obviously I said yes, they were ready and waiting to send their congratulations and brought us champagne and a chocolate cake with “congratulations” written on. The whole day was just perfect, I couldn’t have wished for a better day!

An Elegant Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (47)

We got married on 11th June at Le Petit Chateau, Northumberland. This wasn’t actually our first choice of venue as we’d originally booked our wedding in 2014, which meant that Le Petit Chateau hadn’t been built and didn’t exist so we didn’t even know about this place at the time. We were originally due to get married in the lakes, but due to the flooding in December 2015 our wedding venue cancelled on us last minute. When searching for an alternative venue it was Le Petit Chateau’s sister venue Newton Hall that put us in touch. Although it was still under renovation and we only had drawings to go off, we took the chance based on the beauty of its sister venues and booked Le Petit Chateau.

We chose a champagne colour scheme for the wedding, which we felt would be an elegant addition to the day.

An Elegant Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (30)

My wedding dress was by Madeline Gardiner. It was the complete opposite to what I originally thought I would go for, but when I put it on I cried so I just knew this was the dress for me. It was stunning!

Robert wore a navy blue Hugo Boss three-piece suit. He always knew from day dot he would wear Hugo Boss so it didn’t take him long to pick his outfit.

The bridesmaids wore dresses from Ami’s Bridal and groomsmen wore suits from Next.

An Elegant Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (64)

Our chosen wedding photographer was Barnaby Aldrick, who is based in Leeds. He is such a fantastic photographer – he captures the day beautifully and I would recommend him to anyone.

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Brides Up North Dream Venue: Middleton Lodge

July 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m nothing if not a diligent wedding blogger – and prefer to visit and scope out each and every one of my dream venue recommendations before suggesting them to my readers.  It makes sense and keeps my conscience clear (and my appetite for mini breaks well stated)!

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I was lucky enough to be invited to stay over at the beautiful Middleton Lodge recently, partake in a special tour of the house and gardens and indulge in their fabulous Supper Club.  The result? I couldn’t recommend this place more highly.  If I were in the market for a simply stunning wedding venue, this place would be very, very near the top of my list.  See for yourselves.

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Middleton Lodge is located in the heart of Yorkshire in the quaint village of Middleton Tyas and is the perfect private event location. With 17 bedrooms, 200 capacity marquee, cellar (home to the Cellar Door Supper Club), cinema, cellar bar, private dining room, tennis court, and plenty of land to accommodate clay pigeon shooting which is popular all year round. The venue also has an external helicopter landing field site for those wishing to arrive in style!

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Unfortunately, I had to settle for arriving by clapped out VW Golf…

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Tell Brides Up North about weddings at Middleton Lodge?

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Middleton Lodge and its 250 acre Georgian estate offers the perfect setting for a traditional country wedding – with a slightly modern twist. We have our own wedding license, vast grounds, beautiful interiors, numerous reception rooms for eating and drinking, and 17 individually designed bedrooms.

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Summer Weddings

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From early spring onwards our grounds really come into their own. BBQ’s on the terrace on a Friday night, drinks receptions on the lawns and making the most of the outside space is a must. Our private parkland with striking vistas creates the perfect backdrop for photos, whilst your guests can enjoy the English countryside to its full. Smaller weddings can then take over the house and larger functions head to the marquee, which you can decorate however you would like.

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Winter Weddings

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With roaring fires in the house, Christmas decorations, mulled wine & Winter Pimms, the Lodge can be a truly magical place in the winter months. Our fully heated marquee creates a stunning venue for any Christmas wedding with its star cloth backdrop, candles and Christmas trees. We even have an awning connecting the marquee to the Drawing Room, so none of your guests have to venture outside.

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Is Middleton Lodge licensed for civil ceremonies?

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We hold civil ceremonies for up to 120 guests, using three different locations, including Yorkshire’s only licensed outdoor space. For more intimate receptions we use the house function rooms seating up to 45 dinner guests. For larger numbers between 65 and 180, we use our own permanent marquee set within the grounds. The marquee – which overlooks fabulous country views, can comfortably seat 200 and has also recently undergone a refurbishment.

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We wish for all guests to make themselves at home and treat our home as their own, for the duration of their stay. We specialise in exclusive weekend and intimate mid-week weddings and our packages are designed to be a flexible guide rather than set in stone. We tailor most things to individual requirements and recommend that couples hire Middleton Lodge over 2 nights, that way they really do get to experience the Lodge at its best.

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What makes Middleton Lodge a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

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Middleton Lodge offers total exclusivity of the house and grounds for the duration of your stay, we also offer the Bride and Groom a totally bespoke service to suit their needs. We believe in total flexibility and adopt a professional yet personable approach. Here at the Lodge we also have our own wedding planner and coordinator included within all packages and are more than happy for all Bride & Groom’s to visit as many times as they wish in the run up to their big day. Our aim is to provide an unforgettable experience for those sharing their special day with us.

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What sort of woman would be a Middleton Lodge bride?

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A Middleton Lodge bride is typically a charismatic individual who is bursting with ideas; she’s usually spent a lot of time planning and has a strong creative vision for her special day.

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How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

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At Middleton Lodge we have our own in house Wedding Planner to help you plan your day to perfection. We organise regular Bridal Appointments and taster Evenings when the Wedding Team and Chef’s are on hand to discuss all aspects of the day including the itinerary & menu requirements. On the day of your wedding our Wedding Co Coordinator will run the day for you, liaising with your photographers and any other suppliers you have chosen to use, and will make sure all guests are looked after and that everything run’s like clockwork.

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Can guests stay over at your venue? 

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Guests usually stay over at the Lodge the evening before and the night of the wedding. We have 17 luxury rooms, all with fabulous en-suite bathrooms. We have a great large open plan Guest Kitchen for use by all house guests and a cosy Breakfast room with open fires. Guests are free to make themselves at home for the duration of their stay.

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Tell us about your food, menus and wines? 

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Our award-winning Head Chef Robert Taylor (as recently seen on BBC’s Master Chef) has worked with Chris Bax (Country File), TV Chef Rosemary Shrager, developed recipes for ‘Shepherds Purse Cheeses’ with Judy Bell M.B.E as well as regularly contributing to regional food shows like ‘Great Yorkshire Show’ and ‘The York Food & Drink Festival’.

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Specialising in modern British food with a Twist, Chef is passionate about the food here at Middleton Lodge and aims to create the best food from some of the finest products and ingredients, from the concept of dishes right through to presentation and service.

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Chef works closely with local suppliers to source the best in seasonal produce, designing a bespoke menu tailored to the individual requirements of each Bridal Party. Chef invites all future Bride & Grooms to attend a tasting evening prior to their big day in order to meet with him and the team to discuss a range of exciting menu choices. Throughout this period and thereafter, Chef is always on hand to offer his expert advice.

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We also have big plans for the Estate and in the near future we hope to be able to open our own farm deli, selling produce from our kitchen gardens & farming business.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price/ any special packages available?

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Middleton Lodge have some amazing late availability Deals for a weekend in September 2013 and for two weekends in December 2013 – contact Sue on 01325 377977 or email info@middletonlodge.co.uk for further details. 

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Any really memorable weddings at the venue? 

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Lizzie and Alex, a charming young couple decided to share their special day with Middleton Lodge on 7th – 9th June 2013. The couple, who had obviously worked hard to create the day of their dreams, were at the heart of a wonderful weekend which left guests and staff alike talking about the ‘Wedding of the Year’ for weeks to follow.

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It was an absolutely idyllic wedding from start to finish, and a pleasure to be a part of.  From the glorious weather and gorgeous outdoor ceremony to Lizzie’s beautiful beige Valentino Shoes and dress to die for, the couple’s stay at the Lodge was faultless.  It was effortlessly elegant, a beautiful weekend. Lizzie and Alex created something so different, so pure. The atmosphere was unrivalled, everyone seemed so happy to have been a part of their celebrations.

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What are the future plans for the venue?

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We are currently renovating the Estate and work has already begun on our new Restaurant and Boutique Hotel. We will also be restoring the Lodge’s very own Kitchen Gardens with the hope of producing our own home grown produce from 2014.

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Do you have any bridal events coming up shortly that my readers should know about?

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We have regular Open Viewing Days where prospective Bride & Grooms are welcome to come along and view the House dressed for a Wedding. The day gives future Brides the opportunity to meet a handpicked selection of recommended suppliers, sample foods, taste wines and chat to our friendly Wedding staff and Chef’s Team. The next date for your diary is Sunday 13th October 2013, appointments are available between 1pm and 7pm and must be booked in advance.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with the venue?

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For all general enquiries please call Sue, James or Fiona on 01325 377977.  Enquiries can also be made via our website www.middletonlodge.co.uk and you can also get connected with us across our social media platforms, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @MiddletonLodge. If you prefer you can also email us at info@middletonlodge.co.uk.

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Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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Keep an eye on our website www.middletonlodge.co.uk for further details or apply to become a Supper Club member to join Chef Robert Taylor on one of his regular Restaurant evenings. Applications for exclusive membership should be sent to sue@middletonlodge.co.uk

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Middleton Lodge and credited as tagged Stan Seaton Photography, Tobiah Tayo Photography, GASP Photography, Barnaby Aldrick Photography, Gary Walsh Photography

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