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best of both worlds. madison james for a glamorous country wedding at aldby park – lindsey and andy

February 14th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Happy Valentine’s Day Brides up North! Did you catch our weekend wish list?

It’s time to get all romantic on these pretty pages as today’s seriously sophisticated couple pulled out all the stops for their wedding in glorious Yorkshire. After the groom’s idyllic proposal in Champagne, Lindsey wore Madison James, Andy wore his RAF Number Ones, and beautiful blooms, jaw-dropping home bakes and fizz (Champagne, obviously) were the order of the day.

This outdoor-loving pair created a striking fusion of styles – Lindsey’s deep-cut beaded dress and the colour scheme’s copper accents feel very city chic, but their stunning sailcloth Sperry marquee and those hayfield tandem photographs are pure countryside class.

The best of both worlds – and simply gorgeous to boot.

With images by Chris Milner and video by Brides Up North Sponsor Silver Sixpence Films.

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lindsey says: We got engaged in the Champagne region of France in August 2015. Andy booked us first class Eurostar tickets for a weekend in Paris and Champagne. On the day we got engaged, he had hired a tandem bike (we both like cycling and had cycled from London to Paris earlier in the year together). We cycled from vineyard to vineyard and sampled lots of champagne. It rained a little in the morning so we got wet on the bike but at the last Champagne House the clouds parted and the sun came out beautifully. At around 3pm we got back on the tandem for the last time to cycle back. We’d only been cycling for about ten minutes down a beautiful quiet country lane when we got to a hill. Having had a good few glasses of bubbly in us, Andy asked if we could ‘take five’ at the top and enjoy the view down the valley. And that’s where he took off his helmet (and I thankfully did the same!) and he dropped down on one knee and popped the question!

We spent the rest of the evening drinking champagne (obviously!) and got planning what our dream wedding could look like….

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We got married on 30th July 2016. We wanted a day in the summer so that (weather permitting) we could celebrate in the sun in my beautiful home county of Yorkshire. I grew up on a farm and we both love the countryside so we wanted to be able to celebrate in with the trees and flowers in full bloom and Yorkshire looking glorious.

We got married at St Helen and the Holy Cross Church in Sheriff Hutton, followed by a Sperry (white marquee by Papakata) reception at Aldby Park in Buttercrambe. We fell in love with the venue and it ticked every box for us – a combination of a stunning stately home surrounded by acres and acres of open fields and countryside as far as the eye can see. A very country style look with the glamour of an incredibly handsome period property. The owners allowed us to have our marquee on their beautiful garden at the rear of the house so that we also had a view down the steep bank to the River Derwent. Perfect! The owners also allowed us to have a camping area so as many of our friends as we wanted were able to camp at the venue for free which was really helpful. We hired a handful of deck chairs and shepherds’ crooks (from Add Vintage) to create a summer’s evening chillout area on the lawn.

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The Sperry tent is stunningly elegant. It is made out of sailcloth and has incredible roof contours. We both loved how striking it is and different to any normal marquee we’d seen. Also, Andy has sailed extensively (his parents have a boat on the South coast still) so having a tent made out of sail cloth seemed very apt.

We had a bit of a bike theme (referencing back to the big fat engagement) so we made a bicycle wheel chandelier, sprayed it bronze and suspended it above the dancefloor. We also had a tandem on the day and cycled through the fields at dusk (I just about mastered the art of hitching up a wedding dress!)

Our colours were pale blue and copper. We wanted some blue in the theme as Andy’s RAF uniform is blue. So we went with a pale shade throughout with some copper touches to complement and also to bring some sparkle to the colour theme.

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I wore a fitted beaded gown from Madison James. It had straps and a deep cut-out back. I actually found it at a wedding fair in Manchester. Andy agreed to attend one fair and accidentally (honestly!) I picked one of the biggest in the UK. Typically, I found the dress on a mannequin while we were walking round so I waited until we were well past it before asking Andy if he wouldn’t mind finding a quiet spot in a café at the other side of the show and having a coffee on his own while I checked something out! About 45 minutes later I returned to poor Andy, knowing that I had probably found the dress, but hadn’t felt brave enough to hand over the credit card without having had a second opinion.

The same show returned in the October so I went back with my mum and one of my bridesmaids (Natalie, who had flown over from Amsterdam where she lives) so I could try the dress again. I safely assumed that mum and Natalie’s tears were a good sign so half-an-hour later (after they’d wrestled the dress off me!) we were sitting drinking more champagne celebrating that I’d found my dream dress.

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Andy is an Officer in the RAF so he wore his Number Ones to get married in. He changed into a navy suit (matching the bestman and ushers) just after our drinks reception and before sitting down for dinner. Andy’s wedding ring was made out of an engine turbine from a Concorde airplane. His dad was a flight engineer on Concorde and flew for British Airways for 20 years until retirement. We trawled the country trying to find a working jewellers who could work with a titanium piece of engine and eventually found one in Birmingham. They etched a drawing of Concorde into the inside of the ring alongside our initials and our wedding date.

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Buttons and Bows! A Real DIY Wedding In Yorkshire, Claire & Gareth

December 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This DIY wedding from Brides Up North fan Claire is packed to the rafters with clever details.  This wedding has a button theme, but certainly isn’t a make-do-and-mend affair, which is why it is one of the wedding blog’s favourites of 2011.  Merry Christmas Claire and Gareth!   

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This Real Wedding comes from a regular Brides Up North reader, Claire.  I was over the moon when Claire emailed me to let me know that she had used the wedding blog to plan her gorgeous wedding day, and even found her photographer, Chris Milner Photography, and venue, The Old Lodge at Malton, on these pages.  She wasn’t disappointed, and you won’t be either!  Be inspired!

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Over to Claire: We got engaged September 2009, Gareth proposed whilst we were sea kayaking off a beach in Bali and we married on 22nd October 2010 at The Old Lodge, Malton, North Yorkshire. 

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After looking high and low this venue just had the right feeling about it. We wanted a relaxed venue that still felt special. The Old Lodge is rustic and cosy.  Our whole aim was an autumnal wedding with the colour of the leaves and a warm feeling. We didn’t focus too heavily on just one thing but there were a few ideas that tied it all together, like the buttons and woodwork.  Colour wise, we based a lot of things around the taupe colour of the bridesmaid’s dress.

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When choosing my dress, I wanted something timeless and elegant – I’m also quite petite so I wanted something that would compliment my size.  I looked at lots of ideas including shorter ‘tea dresses’ but this one was just right – I didn’t want lots of embellishment or jewels. The dress was called Sex And The City and I got it from Perfect Daze in Denby Dale.

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My sister wore a taupe dress from Dessy via To Have and To Hold in Mirfield where she lives. We got my little niece a girl’s dress from Next but added to it with a bow to match her mum’s dress. 

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We made all our own bouquets/buttonholes using buttons that I got from my late Grandma’s sewing box (and it also had her Grandad’s Royal Mail badges in it which was really sentimental as he couldn’t be there on the day) – this really made it feel like our day as we’d done it all ourselves. Gareth and his friend made the wooden table centres and we had lots of jam jars donated by friends and family which I embellished to match everything else.

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We chose a classic homemade fruit cake with loads of booze in it by Gareth’s mum, which was iced to match the other items on the day with buttons all around it. The cake topper was made by Gareth to match our original invitation idea with two little lovebirds.

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We went to a friend’s wedding earlier in the year and decided afterwards that a band was really what we wanted for our evening entertainment. Reservoir Rocks from Sheffield were recommended by a friend and I cannot thank them enough, they were awesome, thoroughly entertaining, played loads of good songs and even learnt two special tracks just for us. We also arranged some fireworks as a special surprise seeing as it was so close to bonfire night.

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My favourite thing about the day was having fireworks after the first dance!  It was a really great way of going out with a bang! Also – we served tea and biscuits after the ceremony – it was quirky, but people enjoyed the warm drink and everyone loves a brew.

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For our honeymoon we spent a few quiet days at Wrigglesbrook B&B in Herefordshire – they have two original Varda’s (gypsy caravans) for guests to sleep in by the river – such a charming and peaceful place with some great food on offer. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have fun with your planning – making stuff really keeps costs down and it’s the personal touches that people will really remember. It can be stressful but once the day begins, just let people get on with it and have fun.

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Wedding Blog On Tour: The Wedding Affair At Scampston, plus 15% Off Your Winter Wedding Sparkle With Kerry Blu

November 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Before we get down to wedding blog business this morning, I thought you might like to know what purveyor of all things twinkly and gorgeous Kerry Blu is currently offering a 15% discount on everything in their online store.  If you are in the market for some winter wedding sparkle then all you have to do is enter the code WINTERSAVER at checkout.  The offer ends 31.12.11.

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Click here to read an interview with Kerry Blu: Vintage Starlet! Supplier Showcase- Kerry Blu

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This is on tour again this weekend as a guest of The Wedding Affair at Scampston Hall, this Sunday 20th November from 12pm – 4pm.  The stately home will host myself and 29 other of the finest wedding suppliers in the area, all housed in a fabulous marquee, provided by Your Marquee. There will be live entertainment, competitions and luxury gift bags, sponsored by Molton Brown of York.  For details visit The Wedding Affair website. 

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A taste of what’s to come with an Alice In Wonderland inspired shoot at Scampston Hall by The Wedding Affair, Chris Milner Photography and Annemarie King Photography, with cake by A Cake For All Occasions and bouquets by Elise Flowers

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If you would like to pre-register, please do so by clicking here.  Whilst you are there, check out the other fabulous events that The Wedding Affair have coming up throughout  2012.

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Check back later today for a gorgeous Real Wedding in Yorkshire…

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Five Bar Love, A Real Engagement – Adrienne & Andrew

October 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Chris Milner Photography sent me this stunning engagement shoot in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.  Adrienne, Andrew and Chris ventured up hill and down dale to put together a gorgeous set of pictures for us to enjoy this afternoon.  I can almost taste the fresh air!

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Congratulations Adrienne and Andrew!

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Chris explains the thinking behind the shoot: Andrew moved over to Canada close to a decade ago to be with Adrienne, and chose to hold their wedding day on the Yorkshire Moors where Andrew grew up. We really lucked out with the weather on the shoot, such glorious white fluffy clouds above the heathlands of the moors below.

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Adrienne and Andrew tied the knot at St Hedda’s Church in the countryside village of Egton Bridge shortly after our shoot {watch out for the photographs coming soon on the wedding blog}.  During the engagement shoot, after some practice shots at the church, we then took a trip over the moors to the reception at the newly refurbished Blacksmiths Arms at Hartoft End near Cropton Forest. 

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Technicolour Love! A Real Engagement – Holly & Ian

October 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Bride & Groom DirectFirst up this morning – the next icon in the Bride & Groom Direct treasure hunt to win £2,000.  Something new: a pair of shiny new wedding rings.  Head over to their website to find the bounty.  Here’s a rhyming clue: Don’t be late, save the…

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Nothing like a set of photographs bursting with colour and love to brighten a ’s morning.  This submission by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography is a sunny delight indeed. 

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Chris says:  Where do I start with this shoot? A beautiful couple, beautiful scenery, and beautiful light, everything went so perfectly! I first met Holly and Ian back in February, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing them both again ever since, such a cool and laid back couple, they made my life an absolute breeze on the shoot, clearly so loved up with each other. 

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I was so chuffed when Holly first got in touch to book me, especially when I found out that she is a professional photographer herself, no pressure to deliver the results there then!

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On the day we met at Ox Pasture Hall – their wedding venue – for a quick nosy round, then timed the evening sunlight perfectly and headed off to Peasholme Park on Scarborough’s North Bay. I had been there a few weeks beforehand and scouted out a great spot to use for the photos on the top of the park’s central island where a Japanese ornamental garden is hidden away. As the sun set (and after a change of clothing no less, you know these guys take their photos seriously!) we then took a walk along the beach, sandals in hand…

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A Completely Yorkshire Affair, A Real Wedding – Emma & Chris

June 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I shared Emma and Chris’ gorgeous real engagement photographs by Featured Supplier Chris Milner Photography on the wedding blog on Wednesday morning.  Click here to see them

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Today, Chris Milner Photography is back to showcase the couple’s gorgeous real wedding.  My heart is singing today: a beautiful wedding, all sorts of exciting things coming up and to top it all off – it’s Friday!  Wahoooo!

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Without further ado, over to Mr MilnerMy first meeting with Chris and Emma was back in November last year and it was clear back then just how much planning and forethought they had both given to planning their big day.

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Both Chris and Emma were brought up in villages on the outskirts of Whitby, and have known each other since their school years, they wanted their wedding day to be a completely Yorkshire affair, and tying both their childhood villages into the proceedings was the first step.

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Emma grew up in Stainsacre, a few miles east of Whitby, and the church across the road from her primary school obviously held a lot of fond memories for Emma and was a clear winner for choosing where they would get married.

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I have been looking forward to their wedding day ever since they told me where the location of the reception would be; Chris was brought up on a dairy farm near to the village of Lealholm, nestled in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Moors, which was such a perfect place to pitch a big marquee!

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Photography:  Chris Milner Photography

Flowers: Audrey Foster (01947 897298)

Classic Car: TPJ Prestige & Classic Cars

Marquee: Tentz Marquee Hire

Stationery: Charlotte Palazzo

Cake:  Homemade, iced by Speciality Cakes

Entertainment: Widdershins Ceilidh Band

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Newlyweds and Photographers…why not share your wedding memories with Brides Up NorthContact me today!

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