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arriba los novios! a mexican fiesta at yorkshire wedding barn – rebecca & joshua

September 28th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (60)

We adore all the gorgeous weddings that we get to share with you here on Brides Up North, but today’s beauty has us doubly excited as the spectacular backdrop to the celebrations is a North Yorkshire venue that we’ve just added to our collection of Luxury Wedding Shows. Feast your eyes on The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, a beautifully polished rustic gem of a venue set in acres of rolling countryside with stunning ceremony and reception space, plus plentiful accommodation on site. Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us the evening of Thursday 18th October for our Stylish Wedding Show at Yorkshire Wedding Barn, open 6pm to 9pm, FREE ENTRY, when we will be showcasing this incredible venue while also welcoming a fabulous line-up of the area’s very best suppliers to help inspire and achieve your big day visions.

But for now, on with the gorgeous wedding of Rebecca and Joshua who chose Yorkshire Wedding Barn for their Mexican inspired wedding, complete with a glorious pink and orange colour scheme and a Mariachi soundtrack.

The bridesmaids are a vision in sunset-coloured dresses and the bouquets are bold and bright to evoke a taste of Mexico that packs a real punch, not to mention the vibrant flower wall in front of which Rebecca and Joshua exchanged their vows.

Rebecca wanted a ‘Cinderella’ gown and Blue by Enzoani hit the nail on the head, with a frothy, layered skirt and a crystal bodice with a sweetheart neckline (apt, as the bride and groom are childhood sweethearts!) and delicate barely-there straps. Paired with every girls’ dream shoe, the Louboutin, and a softly styled up do, Rebecca is definitely the belle of the ball!

We love the idea of each table at the wedding breakfast representing a year of Rebecca and Joshua’s courtship, complete with photos to illustrate that time in their lives. After more than ten years together, there were plenty of memories to share – and, by the looks of it, the memory bank was well and truly topped up at this joyful and colourful celebration.

With images by Barnaby Aldrick.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (72)

rebecca says: We engaged while in Lanzarote – we booked the holiday to celebrate nine years since Josh asked me to be his girlfriend. From first being together in school, we always knew we wanted to get married to each other. After having a long-distance relationship for five years living at different universities (Newcastle and Liverpool), we finally moved in together and went through great stresses renovating our home. I had been hoping for Josh to propose but he still managed to surprise me by getting down on one knee at sunset on a windswept clifftop on the second night of our holiday.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (43)

We got married on Friday 17th August 2018. We had always said we wanted to get married in summer 2018 and, as a teacher, I was limited to the summer holidays if we wanted to go straight on honeymoon. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it and knew the compromise of getting married on a Friday instead of a Saturday was totally worth it.

The venue was Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Gilling West. We decided we’d really like a barn wedding, allowing us to bring our own style to the day, and lots of the barns we looked at were, as you can imagine, full of hay bales and hessian décor. However, the Yorkshire Wedding Barn ticked all the boxes, giving us the upmarket luxury we wanted but still providing a blank canvas for us to decorate in our own way. It was everything we ever wanted and a lot of this came down to Olivia, who organised everything perfectly. We would 100% recommend this venue to any couples wanting to have a wedding day that lasts longer than just a day. The onsite accommodation enabled us to have all of our closest friends and family with us the night before our wedding and Olivia helped arrange breakfast for us all the morning after the wedding as well.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (62)

In terms of a theme, having a DIY wedding meant we were able to keep everything really personal. We chose a catering company run by a family friend who agreed to do our absolute favourite food – Mexican – in sharing-style platters for our main course. Danny, an usher, suggested continuing the theme by booking a Mariachi band, so I used Alive Network to source an authentic Mexican Mariachi band, Mariachi King, to play us out of the ceremony and during the drinks reception. Having visited Mexico recently, we ran with this theme, incorporating cacti in the centrepieces, Mexican props for our photo booth and having tequila shots after the incredible best man/usher speech.

Colour-wise, we wanted a bright summer wedding, so we had different shades of pink and orange throughout the colour scheme. These are mine and Josh’s favourite colours and we have a lot of these in our house, so we could keep the decorations afterwards.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (13)

When choosing my dress, I went to about four dress shops before I found the one. I knew I wanted a ‘Cinderella’ dress and thought it would probably be strapless – definitely no lace. I tried on so many different types of dress just to be sure (even full lace) but when I went to The Harrogate Wedding Lounge they could tell I knew which style I wanted and picked out lots of beautiful princess dresses. My best friend and maid of honour, Fiona, picked out a Blue by Enzoani dress that I had missed as it had straps. My mum later came into the shop and picked out the same dress so I agreed to try it on, trusting their opinions. It was perfect and there were so many tears from my bridal party when they saw it (not to mention my husband when I walked down the aisle!). After ordering my dress I lost quite a lot of weight, but The Harrogate Wedding Lounge did a great job of taking it in two dress sizes so that it fit perfectly on the day.

To accessorise, I had always dreamt of getting married in a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes so I went to Harvey Nichols, Leeds to buy my dream pair in pink glitter, so I can’t wait to wear them again.

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Happy Feet! A Real Wedding, Anna and Paul

October 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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My, my, I’m spoiling you today.  Here is one fabulous Real Wedding submission from Mr Nathan Combes of, you guessed it, Nathan Combes Photography.  Did you know that Nathan has recently been accepted into the Wedding Photojournalists Association?  That’s a pretty prestigious accolade and no mean feat.  Go Northern Talent!  So they think his work is amazing, I think his work is amazing and today’s couple, Paul and Anna, think his work is amazing.

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Let’s see if you agree as we talk to this cool chick all about her big day. 

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{Side note: OMG I HEART her shoes!  Want.}

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

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Anna says:  Paul proposed at the Louvre in Paris, and we got married on 28th April 2011 at Bedern Hall in York.  We chose the venue because is was quite intimate but could also fit all the friends and family we wanted to invite. We also like to feel of the building compared to say, a hotel.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

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The only theme was in the colours which were pink (the choice of 7 year old Ella, Paul’s daughter) silver and black.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

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I chose a halter neck dress by Benjamin Roberts from Elizabeth of York and teamed it with some pink dancing shoes from Hobbs

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

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My flower girl’s pink dress with rose details was a bit of a bargain from Tesco!  We went more upmarket with the older girls! Two bridesmaid wore hot pink dresses from Ted Baker in a 50’s prom style cut with a black sash and my other bridesmaid wore a black dress from TK Maxx again in a 50’s prom style cut with a hot pink sash – and more importantly a pair of Iron Fist shoes which were black and silver with a pink heel.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Nathan Combes Photography

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I carried a bouquet of pink and ivory roses with black sparkly pins from Fulford Flowers, who also did the buttonholes, and arrived in style in a white Limo with hot pink ribbons with my  four bridesmaids, mum and dad.

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