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all that sparkles. caroline castigliano a winter wedding at rudding park, harrogate – jessica & andrew

February 14th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on the blog, Jessica and Andrew share with us their quintessentially classic wedding at the captivating Rudding Park.

We adore the couple’s minimalist palette of rose gold, white and blush pink combined with an understated glamorous vibe, and as for Jessica’s  Caroline Castigliano dress – you would never guess that she had such an arduous task in finding ‘the one’ as it is simply stunning.

Throw in some sparklers, fireworks, a seven-piece live band, plus face painting and soft play for he kids – and you have the most perfect wedding day for guests of all ages. Jessica tells us more…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor York Place Studios

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jessica says: We got engaged on the 1st March 2015, at Center Parcs in the Lake District. We took a family holiday to get over the winter blues and Andrew surprised me by proposing in the cabin. As he got down on one knee, it began to snow. The day after, we announced our engagement by writing it in the freshly fallen snow. For someone who likes to plan every tiny detail, I was amazed at how Andrew managed to keep the engagement a surprise from me; only my parents knew. Andrew had asked for my hand in marriage a few days prior to our trip.

We got married on 11th December 2016. From the offset we set our hearts on a winter wedding in England and knew we couldn’t guarantee the weather, even in the peak of summer. So we went for a day where the sun set at 3.30 pm and we could have pretty much the whole celebration with beautiful low lighting, creating a very intimate feel.

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We chose Rudding Park in Harrogate as our venue. We wanted a location half way between East Yorkshire and Manchester, so started looking at the Leeds area. Nothing we came across had that “feeling” until we walked into Rudding Park. Not only did they make us feel like VIPs from the moment we stepped through the door, they treated Millie, my little girl, like a celebrity too and she loved it there. Millie is three, and not a lot of hotels with Rudding Park status accept children – not only did they accept her, they encouraged her play, her mischievousness and made her laugh every time we went across. Family to us in key and Rudding Park definitely has that family relaxed feel, in a 5 star luxurious environment.

We selected a colour scheme of gold, blush pink, white, rose gold, complimented by a glamorous feel with chandeliers and fairy lights. We wanted a theme that would bring the sparkle, to celebrate the time of year, but not make the wedding about Christmas. We also wanted the colours to look beautiful in the dim lights, so opted for soft pure colours mixed with sparkle and metallic.

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My dream dress was a fitted, fishtail, lace gown with sleeves. When I tried on this gown I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t love it. I was really upset. I had to go back to basics and try on a lot of different shapes and then fell in love with a high waist, A-line gown.

I tried on many, but nothing felt like “the one”. As soon as we walked through the doors of The Bridal Collection in Harrogate, we fell in love. The shop itself is magical; I will remember the smell of the Jo Malone candles forever.

I tried on a range of Jenny Packham gowns, again I was disappointed that they didn’t suit my style. I decided to have a look at some of the other designers on the rack, and I noticed a dress hung up that was nothing like I had tried on before. My stomach literally got butterflies when I saw it! Boat neckline, dipped back (not too low), button fastening, high waistline, pencil pleats, cathedral train, A-line, plain, white beautiful gown… the Caroline Castigliano, Hepburn gown! As soon as I stepped into it, I cried. I felt like a bride and this was the gown I was going to marry my best friend in.

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Andrew wore a classic slim fit, black tuxedo from Creation Suit Hire, in Goole. He teamed his suit with braces and a self-tie bow tie from Moss Bros.

My bridesmaids wore a chiffon blush pink gown from ASOS. Meanwhile, the ushers, father of the bride, and father of the groom wore the same as Andrew.

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Must Be The Music! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Kate & Pete

April 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When Jackie of J Clitheroe Photography and real bride Kate sent me this afternoon’s Real Wedding, I was instantly smitten.  Everything about this wedding – from the relaxed yet gorgeous bouquets to the grinning groom to Kate’s “dancing” dress – sings of a good time, and a couple who are best friends.  The perfect start to the Easter weekend (and they even had Kinder Egg favours!).   

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Kate says: We got engaged on a camping trip in the South of France in July 2009. Pete proposed one evening while we were sitting in the tent in the rain. He said he had to do it before the following evening as we were going to see Status Quo (Pete’s choice not mine!) and he wouldn’t be able to enjoy it if he knew he still had to pop the question.

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We were married on 26th March 2011 at Monk Fryston Hall near Leeds, then we had our evening reception in Goole, our hometown, at the Vikings Hotel.

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We wanted somewhere which was elegant but wasn’t too imposing. Monk Fryston had this but also had a ‘cosy’ feel to it. Also, we’re both real foodies and had heard excellent things about the food there – we weren’t disappointed!

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We never really discussed a theme for the wedding; we didn’t want to be tied to just one colour or style, so the theme really just became ‘a collection of stuff we like.’ Luckily it all came together OK!  Most things ended up being a variation of green or purple as they are our favourite colours. Though we intentionally didn’t want everything to be too co-ordinated, we just chose things that caught our eye.

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My dress was ‘Ryan’ by Augusta Jones, from Scarlet Poppy in Pudsey. It was a drop-waist slim A-line, with a lace bodice and chiffon skirt. It was really important to me to have a dress which wouldn’t get in my way when I wanted a dance! Some of the bigger dresses I tried felt so heavy and bulky, but as soon as I tried this dress on I felt so comfortable in it and I loved how romantic the light material of the skirt was.

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The bridesmaids wore full length, chiffon dresses from the Jasmine range, which were from It’s All About the Dress in Hedon. I wanted each of them to feel great in their dress and liked the idea of asking them to choose their own style so they could each be different. I think everyone was happy with the arrangement- I didn’t have the stress of trying to find a dress which would suit all three of them and they felt a bit more individual. Many of the wedding guests commented on the day that they thought it was a really good idea.

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Our flowers were by Posies by Amy in Goole. I wanted my flowers to look really natural and simple, like they had just been picked and hand tied. I’m rubbish with names of flowers and so just pointed out things I liked to Amy, our florist, she did a brilliant job. My bouquet was an assortment of hydrangea, muscari and other things I don’t know the names of!

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In the morning, everybody (except me, my Mum and Bridesmaids who were already at the venue) piled on to a double decker red London Bus, which was provided by Red Bus Days in Keighley and came complete with bus conductor and ticket machine! Then the bus took us to the evening reception venue in Goole after the wedding breakfast.

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Pete is a talented musician and song writer and wrote an acoustic guitar piece for me to walk down the aisle to. He also did a brilliant job in slightly altering the Edward Monkton Lovely Dinosaur reading to suit us!

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To add another special touch to the day, my Nana is a great artist – she made custom floral designs for our invitations, place cards and table numbers, which she based on a verse on spring flowers in Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale.’

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We used J Clitheroe Photography from Selby. We really liked the natural style of Jackie’s photos – and that she didn’t overuse airbrushing or effects, as we still wanted to look like us! We were sold after meeting up with Jackie, as she was so lovely we knew we would both be really comfortable around her on the day, especially in the morning taking pictures of the bridal preparations. It’s surprising how much time you spend with your photographer on your wedding day, so if you can have a bit of a giggle with them it really is a bonus!

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We had a cheese tower cake made by Chucks and Cheese in Goole. As it was a very Yorkshire affair we decided that the bottom tier of the cake should be fruit cake. Pete made clay model mice cake toppers for the top of our cheese tower!

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We hired a DJ from BCs Promotions in York. We’re both very much into our music and probably had some quite unusual choices for a wedding disco, but we loved it.

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My favourite part of the day was definitely the party in the evening! One of the things we always said throughout planning was that we just wanted everyone to be relaxed, well fed and watered and having a good time. There was such a fun atmosphere in the evening and so many people were up dancing, we didn’t want to leave!

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We had an amazing honeymoon in Thailand, travelling around some of the islands then spending a few days in Bangkok.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be “don’t sweat the small stuff”– on the day nobody will notice if small details are not perfect. If there are glitches, try to laugh about them – they’re usually the parts that make the interesting stories down the line!

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Congratulations Kate & Pete!

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  – Images © 2012 J Clitheroe Photography

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