September 11th, 2018 | Julia Braime
We’re so excited to be hosting our first wedding event at The Highfield House, Driffield, THIS SUNDAY 16th September 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY!
A fascinating new addition to the Yorkshire wedding scene, Highfield House invites couples to indulge and celebrate in lavishly styled surroundings, complete with exciting art and creative food and drink. Highfield House appears private and discrete from the outside but has a grand, exciting and memorable personality hiding within for couples to discover and explore.
As one of Yorkshire’s finest Grade II listed buildings, the striking Elizabethan styled Arts and Crafts home has a rich and varied history dating back to the early 1800s. It has served under many guises; from a windmill to a lavish country home, an Army base to a memorable country club. It has grown and shrunk, been re-imagined and remodelled.
Most recently, international designers Andy and Lindsey Lampard have refurbished each of its rooms in their beautiful style and contemporary standard of luxury to create a venue unlike any other.
This Sunday we are opening up the whole building for you to see, and adding 20+ of the area’s very loveliest wedding creatives too, to make sure that every finely tuned detail of your wedding is just as perfect as these finely tuned surroundings! It’s going to be such a gorgeous day and we can’t wait to welcome you.
Entry is completely FREE for you and your whole party, and as well as our usual goody bag full of little treats from Brides Up North, including the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine, we also have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive! Bonus!
REGISTER NOW and you’ll take home our VIP media pack containing the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine and lots of other glossy mags and treats from Brides Up North, plus speedy entry! Only the bride or groom need register for larger groups.
Visit our events page to REGISTER NOW.
To make an exhibitor enquiry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP – availability is now VERY limited, we would love to hear from amazing suppliers who want to be a part of something special!
And in anticipation of Sunday, lets take a peep inside…
Particularly well suited to fashion-conscious couples looking for a relaxed yet refined experience, Highfield’s interiors are unapologetically bold, stylish and luxurious. Available for exclusive full hire, whether celebrations are grand or intimate, the house boasts a variety of mesmerising rooms that can be used as couples wish.
The Grand Hall, a timber carved, vaulted and panelled room can seat 60 guests and house a band or string quartet from the secret minstrels’ gallery.
The ornately panelled Drawing Room has exquisitely decorated ceilings and is a beautiful space to present a civil ceremony, host a wedding breakfast or enjoy the evening entertainment with access out onto the terrace and lawns below.
The Evening Parlour can accommodate up to 60 guests. With its plaster moulded ceilings, panelled walls and elegant style it makes the perfect space to relax, hold speeches or intimately dine before the big day.
The Library Bar, Reception Hall and Galleries house art collections, antiques and curiosities and provide beautiful backdrop for the day’s orchestrations.
Outside the house is set within an exclusive, seven-acre oasis of natural beauty, comprising 250-year-old trees, entertaining lawns, manicured gardens, bridged weir and picturesque waterfalls, providing stunning backdrops for photographs. For larger parties, Highfield can arrange to accommodate a marquee or tipi within its grounds.
Food and drink are two of Highfield House’s greatest passions and so couples can be sure of a memorable dining experience as part of their celebrations.
Highfield also has its own in-house bar team who specialise in bespoke cocktails, served and presented to perfection. Skilful mixologists will work with couples to create imaginative tipples and will stock the bar to individual tastes and requirements.
Beyond a secret house door, couples will discover Highfield’s East Wing Apartment. Housing two-double bedrooms, the space is often used by the bride and her bridesmaids on the eve of the wedding, and is then prepared again for the newlyweds on their wedding night.
In line with the venue’s exceptional style, the apartment is decorated in rich velvets, stunning antiques and contemporary colours. Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home with Highfield’s team happy to facilitate additional requirements, such as arranging spa treatments from the comfort of the apartment on the wedding eve, through to a personal chef cooking for the bride and her party.
September 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime
It’s a small, small World.
In today’s wedding feature, our bride Jude marries a man from the other side of the globe next to the green in the village where she grew up. There’s something kinda special about that, isn’t there?
Now who has the Disney theme to “It’s A Small World” on loop in their head? Yes me too, so sorry about that.
With images by Walker & Walker Photography.
Jude says: We decided that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and share our happiness with our friends and family. We began planning our wedding in 2013.
We were married on Saturday 7th of June 2014 at 4pm. The ceremony was in Brandesburton Methodist Church. We had wedding photos taken on Brandesburton village green, with the the 12 century stone cross and my family home in the background. The reception was held at The Bell Hotel in nearby Driffield.
I wanted to get married in Brandesburton Methodist Church because I was christened there. It is a 1930’s Art Deco chapel. The Bell Hotel is an 18th century coaching inn and former corn exchange in Driffield, a few miles from Brandesburton. Brad is Australian; there are few buildings in Australia that particularly old, so he loves historic English places. The Bell, with its beautifully restored oak panelled bars and antiques in every corner, ticked that box. It was very good value for money, which was also a consideration.
My dress had a huge satin bow in around the middle which stretched along the length of my train. The pale green colour of the bow was echoed in the bridesmaids dresses, men’s cravats and ribbons on the decorations. The shade was also picked up in the flower arrangements, which featured eucalyptus leaves to remind Brad of the trees back home in Australia.
My dress was bright white: a strapless satin bodice with a tulle skirt. It was entirely plain apart from the long green bow. It was from TKMaxx Online. Brad wore a black tailcoat, grey striped trousers and a silver waistcoat with a pale green cravat. They were hired from an online outfitters, Formally Yours. He topped of the outfit with a traditional top hat.
My Maid of Honour, Helen, wore a pale green dress from BHS with matching bolero. Our little bridesmaid, Madeleine, wore a flower girl dress from an online outlet. The Best Man, Warren, wore a tailcoat that matched Brad’s.
I carried a bouquet of eucalyptus, gypsophila and white roses by Judith Tait Flowers.
During the service, a choir of four friends sang Bernstein’s ‘Make Our Garden Grow’ from the musical Candide, and ‘A Clare Benediction’ by John Rutter. They were accompanied by professional musical director Mark Warman. It was an ethereal sound, giving the ceremony a heavenly feel.
When we came out of the church we saw that some people from the village had come to wish us well, which was very touching. It meant a lot to me that so many of those who had watched me grow up came to watch me get married. This was my favourite part of the day.
Our cake was made by my Auntie Averil. It was three tiers of rich fruit cake with traditional royal icing, finished with ribbon to match the colour scheme and fresh flowers.
The stationery we used was all brown manila; it was easy to match and inexpensive. We used brown luggage tags for the ‘save the dates,’ place names and the seating plan.
For wedding favours, we had M&Ms printed with our names and a little photograph of us. We put them in little heart-shaped boxes.
I lived in Scotland for five years and whilst there I fell in love with ceilidh dancing. Hessle Ceilidh Band had an excellent caller to guide the English and Australian wedding guests through the dances. It encouraged people who didn’t know each other to mix together and the live music added to the party atmosphere.
We had a mini-moon at Redworth Hall Hotel in County Durham. We travelled to Australia to celebrate our marriage with Brad’s family in August, before going on to explore Borneo for two weeks.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is to practice mindfulness on your wedding day. It’s a way of focussing your attention on individual moments derived from Buddhism. Your wedding day is a packed 24 hours and passes so quickly – it’s easy for it to fly past in a blur. Every now and again, take a screen shot of your emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring at that moment. For example, I took a mental picture of exactly how I felt as I was stood in my parents’ front room in my wedding dress, about to leave for the church. It’s a memory I’ll treasure forever.
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