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white lace. a winter wedding in york – stacey & alex

October 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Have we mentioned that we love all things Christmas? So with less than 12 weeks to go until Santa visits us once again we thought it was high time for another festive themed big day on the blog.

Taking place in the charming city of York, we adore how Alex and Stacey’s stylish wedding gives subtle nods to the season without a single piece of tinsel in sight!

We’re also big fans of the atmospheric venue and choice of simple white blooms and cake. The star of the show for us though just has to be Stacey’s gorgeous bespoke, lace detailed dress, complete with floor-length veil and glamorous red lips. Pure perfection!

With images by Photography34.

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stacey says: We got engaged on the beach at Alnmouth, in Northumberland. We’d been staying in a cottage nearby and had gone out for a walk when Alex asked the question. It was 5th November in 2014, and a really crisp cold day with blue skies and very few people around.

We set our wedding date for 28th November 2015, as we liked the idea of getting married in the same month that we got engaged.

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Our chosen venue was Merchant Taylors Hall, in York. We live in York and wanted somewhere central that our friends and family could easily travel to. We looked around several venues and loved this one. The beamed ceilings and open fire seemed to be perfect for a winter wedding. The layout of the hall was also great for the number of guests we wanted and allowed us to have both the ceremony and reception all in the same place.

We initially didn’t really have a theme to the wedding but then we discovered that the week we were marrying would be when the Christmas tree would be put up in the Merchant Taylors Hall. We therefore decided to with a bit of a festive feel, adding lights in the hall and having Christmas crackers as favours.

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We didn’t set out to have any specific colour scheme either, at first kept it simple with everything in white. However, we then decided on a deep blue/purple colour for the bridesmaid dresses and so incorporated that hue into the wedding and matched the ties, invitations and table names.

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whole lotta history. a bespoke dress for a spring wedding in york – cheryl & james

July 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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For this morning’s real wedding we’re heading to the historic city of York where today’s bride and groom got engaged.

Holding the city close to their hearts, Cheryl and James decided to continue their love story in York by tying the knot there too.

We love the pretty springtime colour palette, the gorgeous bespoke dresses and, of course, the charming setting.

With images by Ryan Forster Creative Photography.

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cheryl says: We got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2014, while we were away for a weekend in York. We went for a romantic meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, where James got down on one knee – it was such a surprise! Apparently he had set the whole thing up with the manager of the restaurant to make sure we got a good table. The manager then presented us with a courtesy bottle of champagne to celebrate.

The wedding was on 30th April 2016. We choose this date because simply we wanted a spring wedding as it’s our favourite time of the year.

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Our chosen venue was Merchant Taylors Hall in York. We love York so much that had to get married there as it is a special for us. The Merchant Taylor’s Hall was a perfect rustic setting and it forms part of York’s history – the building is hundreds of years old. It was perfect size for the small intimate wedding that we wanted.

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rockin’ love. a bride in blue for a pretty wedding in the historic city of york – kimberley & adam

July 14th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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How stunning is today’s real wedding? From the bride’s cute 1950s style dress to the spring colour theme and delicate decor.

We love how nothing about Kimberley and Adam’s pretty wedding day was over styled or over thought and yet all elements come together perfectly and reflect them beautifully as a couple.

As well as the wedding looking good it sounds like it tasted good too, with a Yorkshire inspired wedding breakfast followed up by Krispy Kreme doughnuts instead of a traditional cake – now there’s one we’ve not heard before!

With images by Carly Bevan Photography.

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kimberley says: We got engaged on our ten-year anniversary, 22nd January 2014. Adam recreated our first date in York. At the time we were living Oxford and I woke up in the morning to find a letter from Adam with hotel details and train tickets to York. Once I arrived at the hotel there was another letter asking me to meet him where we met on our first date. After a few panicky moments I did finally remember.

We set the date for 28th February 2015 as we wanted to get married near to our anniversary, but also needed time to plan and save!

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Grays Court York was our chosen venue and it was perfect! From the moment we walked in we knew it was the place we wanted to get married. In fact we didn’t bother to look at any other venues. Grays has a relaxed feel and everything is so beautiful! Each room has its own style, all the guest bedrooms are stunning, plus there is a fantastic garden that backs onto the city walls. We are both from York and wanted some wedding pictures near the Minster and Grays is just around the corner. Grays were also very flexible about the kind of day we wanted. Really, anything goes with them, they are more than happy to accommodate all requests.

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We didn’t have a theme as such but I love 50s/60s style so I guess my dress and hair was always going to reflect that.

Our colour scheme wasn’t a conscious decision, I ended up picking a light blue wedding dress so I just wanted everything to complement that. It ended up being blues, yellows and white – very spring like!

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My dress was Ella by House of Mooshki. I went shopping for a Mooshki dress with my maid of honour having seen a few online. I didn’t intend to go for a coloured dress originally, but when I tried it on (it was the first dress I tried) I loved it!

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On the wedding day Melanie from Le Keux Vintage Salon in Leeds my hair. She is a superstar! I have the flattest, thinnest hair going but I have always wanted a beehive so this was my opportunity! Everyone was blown away by my hair including me! I absolutely loved it. Melanie is so talented, I couldn’t believe she managed to do that with my hair. She also did my bridesmaids’ hair. They had a half up half down type beehive to complement by huge bouffant!

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Adam wore a blue suit from Reiss and the best man and usher wore their own suits. We didn’t want it all to be too matchy matchy, and the boys were happy to wear their own suits. We had a lovely range of colours in the end – Adam in Blue, best man in grey and usher in purple.

The bridesmaid dresses were from Oasis. They were cream with gemstone details around the neck – they both looked amazing!

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Our photographer was Carly Bevan – she is wonderful! Carly was an absolute star all day and before the wedding. She even helped me get a timetable sorted! On the day it was like having a friend around taking pictures, she was so kind and helpful, she went above and beyond what we would have ever expected from photographer. And of course the most important thing, her photos are stunning! We were totally blown away by how lovely all our wedding pictures are. Cannot recommend her highly enough!

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My bouquet was a mixture of gypsophila and daisies. The bridesmaids had the same but with larger daises. The flowers were created by Ello Flower, based in York just around the corner from Grays.

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I wanted a very relaxed feel to the floral decorations, so we went for a mixture of gypsophila, daises and daffodils. We didn’t really need many decorations as the venue is beautiful as it is. I did make lots of bunting and pomp oms though!

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As Adam and I are both big rock music fans so we decided to give favours of rock sweets with wedding themed wording on and we made little card match books printed with ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ to put them in.

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We decided we didn’t want a traditional cake. I’m not the biggest cake fan (I know, I’m odd) and we wanted something a bit more personal to us. However, we are both partial to a Krispy Kreme doughnut so we went with that. I made cakes stands from old vinyl records and we filled them with doughnuts. The idea confused a few people but once they saw it they loved it!

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The wedding breakfast meanwhile was Yorkshire based! We chose a mini Yorkshire ploughman’s to start, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings for the main and sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

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Being big rock music fans, we decided to do our own music for the wedding entertainment. Adam spent hours compiling a wedding playlist on his iPod which we plugged it into a large speaker. We had a mixture of swing, 50s/60s jukebox type music and of course rock!

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As a special touch our invitations were made from old vinyl records. We love music and regularly go to festivals and we met when we were working at HMV (and studying) so it seemed quite fitting. My maid of honour spent a weekend helping me cut and stick everything together. We also made the name place settings look like gig tickets.

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We would definitely recommend our venue to other couples. Not only is the venue stunning, but Rhiannon, the events manager at Grays Court, was fantastic. She helped us organise everything and on the day waited hand and foot on me and my bridesmaids! They also don’t prescribe things like numbers, food and drink. They are great at making the day just how you want it.

The whole day was fantastic, but my favourite part was probably just after the ceremony when I was with Adam again and we got to see all our guests! It is such an emotional time!

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For our honeymoon we went on a 17-day road trip around California. We hired a big bright red Dodge Challenger and drove to various cities including LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and San Diego. We also visited Yosemite National Park, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon, which were absolutely stunning!

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to make the day yours. It’s about you and your partner and I feel the day should reflect you as a couple. Some of our decisions were not exactly traditional (I walked down the aisle to an acoustic piano version of a Guns and Roses song) but everyone had a great time and the day was perfect. Also, don’t worry about how the day will go, you end up with so many people around you that take care of everything so you can just enjoy yourselves.

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