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arriba los novios! a mexican fiesta at yorkshire wedding barn – rebecca & joshua

September 28th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (60)

We adore all the gorgeous weddings that we get to share with you here on Brides Up North, but today’s beauty has us doubly excited as the spectacular backdrop to the celebrations is a North Yorkshire venue that we’ve just added to our collection of Luxury Wedding Shows. Feast your eyes on The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, a beautifully polished rustic gem of a venue set in acres of rolling countryside with stunning ceremony and reception space, plus plentiful accommodation on site. Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us the evening of Thursday 18th October for our Stylish Wedding Show at Yorkshire Wedding Barn, open 6pm to 9pm, FREE ENTRY, when we will be showcasing this incredible venue while also welcoming a fabulous line-up of the area’s very best suppliers to help inspire and achieve your big day visions.

But for now, on with the gorgeous wedding of Rebecca and Joshua who chose Yorkshire Wedding Barn for their Mexican inspired wedding, complete with a glorious pink and orange colour scheme and a Mariachi soundtrack.

The bridesmaids are a vision in sunset-coloured dresses and the bouquets are bold and bright to evoke a taste of Mexico that packs a real punch, not to mention the vibrant flower wall in front of which Rebecca and Joshua exchanged their vows.

Rebecca wanted a ‘Cinderella’ gown and Blue by Enzoani hit the nail on the head, with a frothy, layered skirt and a crystal bodice with a sweetheart neckline (apt, as the bride and groom are childhood sweethearts!) and delicate barely-there straps. Paired with every girls’ dream shoe, the Louboutin, and a softly styled up do, Rebecca is definitely the belle of the ball!

We love the idea of each table at the wedding breakfast representing a year of Rebecca and Joshua’s courtship, complete with photos to illustrate that time in their lives. After more than ten years together, there were plenty of memories to share – and, by the looks of it, the memory bank was well and truly topped up at this joyful and colourful celebration.

With images by Barnaby Aldrick.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (72)

rebecca says: We engaged while in Lanzarote – we booked the holiday to celebrate nine years since Josh asked me to be his girlfriend. From first being together in school, we always knew we wanted to get married to each other. After having a long-distance relationship for five years living at different universities (Newcastle and Liverpool), we finally moved in together and went through great stresses renovating our home. I had been hoping for Josh to propose but he still managed to surprise me by getting down on one knee at sunset on a windswept clifftop on the second night of our holiday.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (43)

We got married on Friday 17th August 2018. We had always said we wanted to get married in summer 2018 and, as a teacher, I was limited to the summer holidays if we wanted to go straight on honeymoon. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it and knew the compromise of getting married on a Friday instead of a Saturday was totally worth it.

The venue was Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Gilling West. We decided we’d really like a barn wedding, allowing us to bring our own style to the day, and lots of the barns we looked at were, as you can imagine, full of hay bales and hessian décor. However, the Yorkshire Wedding Barn ticked all the boxes, giving us the upmarket luxury we wanted but still providing a blank canvas for us to decorate in our own way. It was everything we ever wanted and a lot of this came down to Olivia, who organised everything perfectly. We would 100% recommend this venue to any couples wanting to have a wedding day that lasts longer than just a day. The onsite accommodation enabled us to have all of our closest friends and family with us the night before our wedding and Olivia helped arrange breakfast for us all the morning after the wedding as well.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (62)

In terms of a theme, having a DIY wedding meant we were able to keep everything really personal. We chose a catering company run by a family friend who agreed to do our absolute favourite food – Mexican – in sharing-style platters for our main course. Danny, an usher, suggested continuing the theme by booking a Mariachi band, so I used Alive Network to source an authentic Mexican Mariachi band, Mariachi King, to play us out of the ceremony and during the drinks reception. Having visited Mexico recently, we ran with this theme, incorporating cacti in the centrepieces, Mexican props for our photo booth and having tequila shots after the incredible best man/usher speech.

Colour-wise, we wanted a bright summer wedding, so we had different shades of pink and orange throughout the colour scheme. These are mine and Josh’s favourite colours and we have a lot of these in our house, so we could keep the decorations afterwards.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (13)

When choosing my dress, I went to about four dress shops before I found the one. I knew I wanted a ‘Cinderella’ dress and thought it would probably be strapless – definitely no lace. I tried on so many different types of dress just to be sure (even full lace) but when I went to The Harrogate Wedding Lounge they could tell I knew which style I wanted and picked out lots of beautiful princess dresses. My best friend and maid of honour, Fiona, picked out a Blue by Enzoani dress that I had missed as it had straps. My mum later came into the shop and picked out the same dress so I agreed to try it on, trusting their opinions. It was perfect and there were so many tears from my bridal party when they saw it (not to mention my husband when I walked down the aisle!). After ordering my dress I lost quite a lot of weight, but The Harrogate Wedding Lounge did a great job of taking it in two dress sizes so that it fit perfectly on the day.

To accessorise, I had always dreamt of getting married in a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes so I went to Harvey Nichols, Leeds to buy my dream pair in pink glitter, so I can’t wait to wear them again.

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vintage elegance. justin alexander for a picture-perfect wedding at denton hall, north yorkshire – lucie & harry

August 15th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Vintage Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (89)

After the most romantic of proposals in Venice, it seems only fitting that today’s couple, Lucie and Harry, ended up tying the knot at another glamorous location – Denton Hall, overlooking the Yorkshire moors.

Going for a Downton Abbey vibe, with a hint of 1920s Gatsby glamour – their big day is best described as the epitome of elegance and class, with the bride wearing a fabulous champagne gown and a lively jazz band leading the procession of guests from the church along to Denton Hall. We can just imagine what a delightful surprise this would have been!

It was by no means a traditional wedding though – not only did they have ‘groomsmaids’, they also opted for a second confetti shot while cutting their cake! There is so much more to talk about though and we couldn’t possibly spoil it for you, so let’s hand the blog over to Lucie to share all the wonderful highlights, in her own words!

p.s We’ll be back at Denton Hall on Sunday 4th November 2018 for another gorgeous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show. Pop that date in your diaries!

With images by Barnaby Aldrick.

A Vintage Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (71)

lucie says: We got engaged in October 2016, in Venice, at the Cipriani Hotel. I’d always wanted to take the speedboat to the hotel and have a snoop around! Harry surprised me by taking me there for what I thought was a cocktail, which then turned into a surprise dinner, followed by a proposal on a moonlit bench in the beautiful, and aptly named, Casanova Gardens. I couldn’t stop crying, and the elaborate surprise continued when it turned out we were actually staying there in a beautiful suite overlooking the iconic swimming pool. My whole family were all waiting in Harry’s Bar on Venice mainland all evening to hear whether he’d popped the question. They got the boat over for breakfast the next day – it was just amazing, and I was unpicking the elaborate web of lies they’d all told me, for weeks afterwards!

A Vintage Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (65)

We got married on the 5th May 2018. We though that spring would be a lovely time of year to get married and we didn’t want to wait a whole two years until summer 2018.

We got married at St Helen’s Church in Denton, Ilkley, and then celebrated afterwards at Denton Hall. We looked at lots of venues, all over the country, and knew we wanted a classic, formal but fun wedding. We wanted a beautiful historic building with bedrooms so that our friends could party and stay over, plus no early curfew! Denton was an instant hit, it had all of the above plus a very delightful and experienced team who we knew would plan and deliver a seamless wedding day. There are also several different rooms, so we were able to have the party in one and created a quieter lounge for people who wanted to sit down, plus the bar and library for those who wanted to drink and chat. The spiral staircase has a huge chandelier and is the perfect spot for photo taking and cake cutting.

The views from Denton Hall are hard to beat, and we really looked forward to people seeing the beautiful moors if they hadn’t been to Yorkshire before. We were extremely lucky that the weather was amazing all weekend, so it looked even more glorious! I grew up nearby, and it was so special to tie the knot somewhere we both love and have shared many happy memories.

A Vintage Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (54)

We wanted a Downton Abbey vibe, with some 20s Gatsby glamour! We’re lucky that we have similar and fairly classic tastes, so the style wasn’t really a hard decision for us.

We chose a navy, gold and eucalyptus colour scheme. The skirt of my dress was a champagne colour, so there were hints of gold here and there in the accessories and decorations, but overall we mostly used florals and their subtle colour tones to decorate. We both love navy, especially for men’s suits, so that was a no-brainer when it came to kitting-out the groom and his ushers. My bridesmaids wore a lovely shade of green to tie in with the florals, which also looked good next to the champagne of my dress and the men’s navy suits.

A Vintage Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Barnaby Aldrick Photography (68)

I love dressing up, so trying dresses on was really fun! My dress came from Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I knew I wanted sleeves in my dress for added elegance and don’t think I would have changed my mind on that. The original dress didn’t have them, so the very talented dressmaker worked wonders using extra lace ordered from the designer, Justin Alexander.

It was really lovely and quite unusual to have a combination of ivory and champagne colours in one dress. I loved the simplicity of the sheath style and the way the skirt fell, and also the covered buttons all the way down the train. I had a single tier veil, as I didn’t want anything bulky that would detract from the simple lines of the skirt. The veil had some little Swarovski crystals on it for a hint of shimmer in the sunlight – I loved it so much I ended up putting it back on at some late hour on the dance floor!

My outfit felt super elegant and I also added an ostrich feather stole for an added hint of 20s glamour in the evening light! Turns out I didn’t need it for warmth, but I wore it later on anyway.

I had earrings made for the bridesmaids by Laura Rhodes, of Lovebird Bridal in Ilkley. She is very talented and also made my hair vine and shoe clips, as well as some hairpins on gold wire with pearls and beads for the bridesmaids.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Rainbow Butterflies & Vintage Buses – A Real Outdoor Wedding In Yorkshire – Marianna & Matt

December 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Today’s Real Wedding, sent to me by bride Marianna of Smink Makeup is an absolute stunner!  This bright and colourful outdoor Summer wedding in the heart of the Dales countryside has lots of DIY touches and is a real reminder about all that is great and good about Yorkshire after a long drab Winter. 

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I especially love Marianna’s confidence in choosing a dress (or two) in defiance of tradition.  Overall, this wedding is a true celebration of the couple’s personalities – from Norwegian flags to vintage couture to fairy wings. 

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Marianna says: We got engaged on a glorious hot day in July 2009 underneath Tower Bridge. Matt pulled out a diamond from a piece of paper and popped the question (then we designed the rings together). 

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We had two “weddings”: the legal one on the 23rd July 2011 (at Yorebridge House, Yorkshire dales) and then the next weekend 30th July, we had an outside blessing written by One Life Ceremonies and a village hall party at The Priests House, Barden on the Bolton Abbey Estate and afterwards at Cracoe Village Hall.

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The first date was chosen because this was Matt’s parents 51st wedding anniversary and we thought we would continue the family tradition.

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As we had recently moved up to Yorkshire from the South and fallen in love with the area, we wanted to showcase beautiful part of the world to our guests. The Priests House has a lovely feel, super views and a true sense of history (it was one of Henry VII’s hunting lodges) and Cracoe Village Hall was a fun informal venue we could transform into our own space (and it was cheap to hire… about £350 for the weekend). 

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I travelled to the blessing in a brand spanking new Land rover – courtesy of some friends who work for them, and we then bussed all of our guests to the village hall in a vintage red Routemaster. Because of the roads in the Dales, the double decker wouldn’t quite make it to The Priests house, so we had to get a single decker 1950s bus as well. It was quite a sight coming into Burnsall on the small bus seeing the Routemaster waiting for us in the valley.  I think we caused chaos along the Dales roads that day though!

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We wanted the wedding to represent “us” and as I have worked at so many weddings (I am a makeup artist) I knew that we wanted something, bright, and less formal and above all fun! We chose a colour scheme of hot pink and orange.  We had miles of homemade bunting and tablecloths made by our mums, with ribbons in the same colours everywhere! We had lots of church candles in storm lanterns, wrapped in ivy, little silver glass tea light holders and butterflies all over the place. 

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I was very spoilt and had two dresses!

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Up until a couple of weeks before the wedding I was going to wear my vintage dress for both days, but as we got closer I realised that I actually wanted to surprise Matt on both days… so I remember dashing off to Boundary Mills and finding the perfect floral dress (it looked like a watercolour painting) there so I ended up wearing this for the legal day and for the blessing I found a vintage 1970’s dress at the Corn Exchange in Leeds which I had it altered to fit me.

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It was a dress by Alfred Shaheen, a Hawaiian designer who is credited with inventing the Hawaiian shirt, so it had quite a graphic hand printed design with gold flowers and silver butterflies on a cream base. The dress was tea dress length. I also pushed the boat out and had a handmade corset made in corresponding colours – a bit of an extravagance but it gave me for the first (and possibly the last time) a 24 inch waist for the day.

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For the legal wedding a very sweet bouquet based of roses, freesias and rosemary and for the blessing we went bold – I love dahlias so we has lots of these and gerbera bold colours. The flower girls got little versions and the best men (all three of them|) had large gerbera buttonholes.  My flowers were by Sally at Serendipity and Leafy Couture

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I had 3 little flower girls who wore grey and silver dresses from M&S, and because of the informal country vibe, we wanted individuality so my adult bridesmaids wore their own dresses in grey and orange. I coordinated them in with some lovely necklaces with pearls and ribbons from another etsy store.

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The butterflies on my dress sort of flew through the whole wedding on our invites, table plans, thank you cards – you name it! I even found some sugar paper butterflies online and these got stuck to our meringues on the dessert table.

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We had a fingerprint tree made where people popped their prints on as leaves and wrote their names – we are getting it framed and I much preferred this idea to a normal wedding book.

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My grandfather’s wife made the cake – she took inspiration from our ideas, so we ended up with little drunken sheep, figures of us, and the words “ all you need is love” in M&Ms written down the cake – it was really sweet and very us! I love chocolate so we had a chocolaty fruit base with lots of cherries running through.

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As I am Norwegian, my godmother made a Norwegian “Tower” Cake which is like a chewy almond cake base pressed into rings then laid on top of each other getting smaller towards the top. This was decorated with traditional Norwegian flags and icing sugar piping.

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Our surname is Easter, so we got Green and Blacks golden eggs for the favours.

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My favourite part of the day was seeing the whole thing come together. As a bride you work really hard on all the nitty gritty bits and it is amazing to see that play out in front of your eyes. Also it was quite overwhelming to have all of our friends and family in one place as that doesn’t usually happen and I felt very blessed and loved. It was just a perfect day and we were blessed with the weather too.

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We had a great guitarist at the blessing – Ramon de Juan (Ilkley) and to kick off the party after dinner at the village hall we had Kabuki from Leeds. An ah –ma –zing big band with a strong vocalist. They did a great set for us and honestly absolutely everyone danced!

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In the evening we also had a photo booth run by our photographer, Barnaby, and boy do we have some fun pictures from the end of the night!

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Just after the wedding we went off for a couple of days “spamoon” as Matt couldn’t take any time off because of work commitments so we went to Rockliffe Hall near Darlington – complete bliss and relaxation. Later in the Autumn we then hopped around Malaysia and ate loads of delicious Asian food.

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Images by Tom Jones and Barnaby Aldrick

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do it your way – be true to yourself and on the day be willing to let it flow. Make sure that what you want and do will stand the test of time whether this be makeup, theme or photography style.

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Congratulations Marianna & Matt!

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Newlywed or newly engaged?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories. 

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  – Images © 2012 Barnaby Aldrick

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