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glamour & grandeur. david fielden for a 1920s wedding at castle howard – kerry & john

February 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Castle Howard (c) Fox Tail Photography (36)

Today’s bride just so happens to work at one of the most impressive wedding venues in Yorkshire, making choosing a setting for her big day simple!

Beautiful on both the inside and out, Castle Howard provided a perfect and familiar backdrop for bride Kerry to stage the glamorous 1920s style wedding that she had dreamt of.

Beyond the incredible venue, highlights for us include Kerry’s stunning lace David Fielden gown, the bridesmaids’ sparkling and muted mix and match dresses and the elegant pink and gold colour scheme.

With images by Fox Tail Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Castle Howard (c) Fox Tail Photography (1)

kerry says:We got engaged in September 2014. John whisked me away on a surprise trip to New York! I was spoilt rotten from the start as we were treated to a complimentary upgrade to first class by the airline. We’re both fans of the film Rocky, so as part of our trip we went to visit the famous steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is where John proposed. It was very romantic and took me by total surprise.

We were married on 28th June 2015, as this was two years to the date since we first met.

An Elegant Wedding at Castle Howard (c) Fox Tail Photography (50)

Our chosen venue was Castle Howard, in North Yorkshire. I’m the nanny to the Howard twins so spend a large portion of my days in the house and grounds, therefore marrying in the surroundings of Castle Howard seemed the obvious choice to us. As a local girl to the area it had always been a dream of mine to marry here, so it was very exciting to have my dream wedding come to life. We were very lucky to have the most beautiful and grand venue for our wedding day.

We chose a 1920s glamour theme for our day, similar to the film Brideshead Revisited. I instantly fell in love with the glamour and sophisticated style of the era while watching the film and as it was filmed on location at Castle Howard a few years previously, it seemed a perfectly fitting choice of theme for the venue.

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effortless opulence. a pink & gold wedding at lartington hall – florence & stephen

February 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Opulent Wedding at Lartington Hall (c) Nicola Helen Photography (28)

Before we start today’s post we must warn that it may cause serve weakness of the knees.

Florence and Stephen’s wedding takes place at what we believe is one of the most stunning wedding venues in the North, not only that, but it was held during one of our favourite months of the year, and it features our top hues of pale pink and elegant gold.

As a real family occasion with the bride and groom’s children fully involved, this is a wedding day that really is beautiful through and through.

We could seriously swoon over this one all day, but instead of rabbiting on we’ll let you see the pretty for yourselves – just make sure you’re sitting down first!

With images by Nicola Helen Photography.

An Opulent Wedding at Lartington Hall (c) Nicola Helen Photography (26)

florence says: We got engaged in 2012 at Matfen Hall Hotel in Northumberland. We had been together a few years and I was expecting our son, Hugo. I was quite pregnant by this point and feeling tired. Stephen surprised me with a night away so we headed to Matfen and just spent the afternoon relaxing. He had booked the most expensive room in the hotel and I still had no idea. Just before we headed down to supper, he proposed in the window, overlooking the beautiful grounds. It was all quite relaxed. We ate in the Library Dining Room quite quietly excited to know we were finally going to get married!

Our wedding was on 31st October 2015, yes, Halloween! It most certainly was not a themed wedding, though there was a nod to the day with pumpkins scattered here and there. October is my favourite month and it was the last Saturday the venue had available – so we just went with it and now quite enjoy the looks on people’s faces when we tell them the date.

An Opulent Wedding at Lartington Hall (c) Nicola Helen Photography (27)

We initially wanted a venue that was very quiet and intimate, our local village hall perhaps. But we had fallen in love with a property in Lartington and knowing that we would be spending the rest of our lives there, we thought it would be wonderful to be able to tell the children that we were married locally.

Once we viewed Lartington Hall in Teesdale, we knew it was something special. My family are from Barnard Castle and my parents had stories about the Hall from years gone by. It just felt right. Once the hall was booked, things grew from there.

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new blooms. a simple springtime wedding at broughton hall – sally & dave

December 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Springtime Wedding at Broughton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke (45)

Deciding which season to marry in can be a tricky choice, with each offering something different to brides and grooms.

Of late I’ve found myself drawn to the spring celebrations as I love the fresh colours and delicate blooms associated with this time of year.

Today’s couple are also fans of springtime and did a spectacular job of giving a simple yet stunning nod to the season through their elegant choices of attire, décor and flowers. In particular we love the bridesmaids’ gorgeous full skirt and top combos – who wouldn’t want to wear that to a wedding?

With images by Bethany Clarke.

A Springtime Wedding at Broughton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke (68)

sally says: Dave proposed to me in private, at home and it was a complete surprise. We celebrated later that night with friends and champagne!

A Springtime Wedding at Broughton Hall (c) Bethany Clarke (41)

We married on 14th March 2015. We both decided we would like a spring wedding. Broughton Hall was our first and only venue that we went to look round, as we both instantly knew it was right for us. I grew up in Skipton and my parents still live there so I’m familiar with the area and love the scenery. Broughton Hall is so private and is in a really stunning setting.

We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding. We decided that the setting and the buildings of Broughton Hall didn’t need much ‘dressing’ and so we kept everything very simple.

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the love boat. justin alexander for a dreamy blush pink wedding in the lakes – tracy & carl

December 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Wedding in The Lake District (c) Tiree Dawson (39)

For us today’s wedding sums up romance and elegance perfectly.

Choosing one of the dreamiest destinations for their big day, the Lake District, Tracy and Carl already had the wow factor in their hotel setting and so simply added beautiful touches in blush pink and ivory to bring their wedding day vision together.

Just looking at the gorgeous images makes us feel relaxed and loved up – stunning!

With images by Tiree Dawson.

A Pretty Wedding in The Lake District (c) Tiree Dawson (5)

tracy says: We visited New York last December and Carl proposed at the top of the Empire State Building. It was so romantic!

We got married on Friday 11th September 2015. The date was one of only a handful still available for our venue when we booked in January of this year, and as we didn’t want to wait too long we booked there and then.

A Pretty Wedding in The Lake District (c) Tiree Dawson (38)

We got married at the beautiful Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, Ullswater. We live in the Lake District and there are so many studding wedding venues available. We knew we wanted to get married outside and the Inn on the Lake was the first venue we visited. As soon as we saw it we fell in love and knew that it was where we wanted to have our special day. The lakeside gazebo is licensed for civil ceremonies and the views over the lake are just breath-taking.

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lace & pearls. tones of blue for a regal wedding – stef & tom

November 19th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Vintage Wedding (c) Kate Gosney Photography (51)

Is there a grander setting for a wedding than a castle? We think not having feasted our eyes on the pics from today’s real wedding.

Having secured their dream venue, Tom and Stef let their surroundings do the talking, just adding a few simple touches in elegant vintage décor whilst working around their timeless blue colour scheme.

The floral arrangements are particularly stunning, and we love the maids’ vibrant cobalt dresses too!

With images by Kate Gosney Photography.

An Elegant Vintage Wedding (c) Kate Gosney Photography (6)

stef says: We got engaged in Las Vegas. It was the second day at the end of a night out. Tom got down on one knee and produced the most amazing ring!

An Elegant Vintage Wedding (c) Kate Gosney Photography (5)

We got married on 28th August, which was the Bank Holiday weekend, giving people more time to recover. Chiddingstone Castle was our chosen venue. My dad got married there and I had visited as a child so it felt special to me.

We didn’t have a theme as such, instead just choosing to let the beautiful venue do the talking and making choices that were sensitive to that. Our colour scheme was different tones of blues as it’s my favourite colour and I think it’s timeless too.

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friday fabulous!

November 13th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Coast Cape

If in doubt, add sequins.

Chi Sparkle Cape by Coast, £119

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