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a roaring romance. eliza jane howell for a glamorous gatsby wedding at goldsborough hall – victoria & william

August 22nd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Gatsby Themed Wedding at Goldsborough Hall (c) Todd & Moore (46)

Some brides adopt the subtlest hint of a theme – a whisper of a winter wedding, a flicker of a fairytale feel – and some brides go to town. In case you’re wondering, today’s 1920s Great Gatsby-inspired wedding is very much the latter, and when we first saw these breath-taking photographs we could barely contain our glee.

The lovely Victoria and William set out to wow with a wedding that would pay tribute to Fitzgerald’s compelling love story – with all of the romance and none of the tragedy, obviously – as well as recreating the decadent party vibes and stunning 1920s styling of Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film version.

Looking at these stunning photographs, I’m a believer – Gatsby and Daisy are very much alive and living a beautiful alternative reality after getting hitched in an Eliza Jane Howell frock and a striking bespoke suit. And they danced the night away – the Charleston, of course. Our very favourite type of ending – a happy one.

With images by Todd & Moore Photography.

A Gatsby Themed Wedding at Goldsborough Hall (c) Todd & Moore (7)

victoria says: We were engaged on the 30th January 2015. William took me away to the Black Swan at Oldstead, a Michelin Star restaurant run by the successful Great British Menu-winning chef Tommy Banks. Dinner was an elaborate tasting menu and, as one of the dessert courses was being served, the waitress placed an open ring box in the middle of a display of Douglas fir. Out of an ethereal mist created by dry ice, the ring – a marquis solitaire diamond – revealed itself. It all happened in the blink of an eye, and was a huge surprise – one that William had clearly put a lot of thought and planning into.

A Gatsby Themed Wedding at Goldsborough Hall (c) Todd & Moore (24)

We were married on the 18th March 2017. My sister was to be married in March 2016 and so we decided to wait until the following March and keep tradition going as my parents also married in March almost 50 years ago!

We were married at Goldsborough Church: an ancient parish church in the village of Goldsborough, North Yorkshire, and adjacent to Goldsborough Hall where we held the reception. We chose Goldsborough as it had connections to Harewood where we live and, as we were planning a 1920s Great Gatsby-style wedding, we felt it would fit perfectly. We also wanted a venue where we could have exclusive use for the day and somewhere our close family and friends could stay overnight.

A Gatsby Themed Wedding at Goldsborough Hall (c) Todd & Moore (30)

The 1920s Great Gatsby theme stemmed from the fact that we wanted to do something totally different and that no one would expect. We both love the film and its opulent party style, and so an idea was born.

Everything was inspired by the Art Deco period, so black and gold in the main with lots of feathers, pearls and orchids.

A Gatsby Themed Wedding at Goldsborough Hall (c) Todd & Moore (35)

I wore a 1920s style Eliza Jane Howell dress. I purchased it from Bridal Rogue Gallery in Harrogate. I also carried a fan made from ivory ostrich feathers made by Kathrine at Fleur Adamo. It was befitting of the era and looked stunning.

William wore a specially designed three-piece suit by Roodduke Bespoke Tailoring, York.

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A Cool Classic. A Sanyukta Shrestha Gown For A Real Wedding At Goldsborough Hall – Colleen & Richard

March 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday I spent the day at the glorious Allerton Castle (our fifth event at this beautiful venue) surrounded by beautiful brides, supremely talented local wedding industry suppliers, gorgeous gowns – they seem to get better year on year – floral towers, hand crafted cakes, bespoke stationery and fancy hats.  All that plus photographers, a photo booth, cars, cupcakes, honeymoons, menswear, magic… diamonds… you name it.  It was a wonderfully relaxed and happy day in a perfect setting, and felt so luxurious and lovely to be there.  I hope that every bride and groom attending enjoyed the special day and felt the love in the room.  I certainly did!  There’s plenty more lovely where that came from too… check out the fabulous events we still have planned across three regions this season, and be sure to clear those diaries!

For now though, online is where the magic is at, as we stay in Yorkshire to join Brides Up North reader Colleen and her new husband Richard for their own sumptuous celebration at Goldsborough Hall.  I love Colleen and Richard’s cool yet classic Christmas styling with just a touch of elegant quirkiness.  But then, when you’re as pretty as these two, a paper bag would look good!  Enjoy their beautiful day. 

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Laura Calderwood

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Colleen says:  We got engaged at Bunker Bay, Western Australia on September 21st 2013 and were married on 30th December 2013 at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate. 

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We chose Goldsborough Hall because it has the perfect mix of elegance and comfort, which we found suited us perfectly.  The panelled library with its large stone fireplace and chesterfield sofas was a unique and beautiful space to have our reception drinks. It was turned into a ‘disco library’ later in the evening.

We also had exclusive use of the venue, including the six gorgeous suites on the top floor. I was able to get dressed in the amazing Presidential Suite after travelling from The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate to the venue.

Goldsborough also offers a group breakfast the following morning for those who stayed at the Hall. It was one of the best parts of the wedding experience to enjoy a relaxed full English breakfast with loved ones after the hype of the wedding.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We wanted the day to be simple and romantic and chose an ivory and burgundy colour scheme. 

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

I carried a simple hand-tied bouquet of white roses and gypsophila.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

I wore a simple long “vintage” style dress designed by Sanyukta Shrestha. I bought it from her wedding dress boutique Behuli in Fulham, London. The dress itself was made from a bamboo/silk blend. The short-sleeved bolero was made of handmade French lace. The belt was beaded with shell beads.

My shoes were 1940s vintage embroidered silk and leather. I got them from Catherine Smith Vintage in Harrogate.

Instead of a veil I wore a beautiful silver hair piece – from Behuli – and I accessorised with a string of pearls and pearl earrings.  I also wore a vintage brown mink cape for our outdoor photographs.  I got that from Fat Faced Cat in Angel, London. 

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Richard wore a three-piece suit, made to measure at The Cad and The Dandy, Saville Row, London. His burgundy tie and pocket square matched the groomsmen’s from TM Lewin. His shoes were single monk straps from Church’s.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We decided to let the bridesmaids and groomsmen choose their own dresses and suits.

We quite liked the idea of having everyone wear something unique to themselves. The only guideline we gave the bridesmaids was on the colour – burgundy. They all wore a pearl drop necklace from Blennerhasset Fine Jewellers, Perth Western Australia – a gift from the bride.

The groomsmen wore different suits, from dark blue to light grey. Their ties and pocket squares were burgundy – a gift from the groom from TM Lewin.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

had my hair and makeup done by Harriet Steele. She is a mobile makeup artist and hairdresser. She was wonderful and travelled to my hotel the morning of the wedding. She was such a calming influence and definitely got the day off to a good start!

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Goldsborough Hall has a beautiful little baby grand piano in the bay window of the ceremony room, so we hired a pianist from The Event Music Company, Leeds to play as the guests arrived. He also played during the ceremony – Processional: Air in F by Handel; Signing of the Register: Pavane by Fauré; Recessional: Prelude to Te Deum by Charpentier.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We served mulled wine during the drinks reception. It was a cold day so it was a nice touch for a winter wedding.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Our florist was Helen James Flowers, Harrogate.  They do beautiful, classy flower arrangements and bouquets. Our table centrepieces were simple and elegant and played on the idea of it being a winter wedding. There were large hurricane lamp candle-holders surrounded by a wreath of winter foliage, white roses, small red roses, gypsophila and red berries.

I wouldn’t say we intentionally added this, but given that it was winter and just after Christmas, there was a big Christmas tree in the dining room and there were various other Christmas decorations of good taste throughout the venue. It added a nice touch to the winter feel of the wedding.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We chose to have a cupcakes and a small cake by Moorish Cakes in Ilkley. The cupcakes were actually a gluten-free sponge, half were chocolate the other half were vanilla, with a vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake was a traditional vanilla sponge cake, with strawberry jam between the layers, covered with a white vanilla fondant icing.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Our wedding favours were shortbreads made by my mother-in-law. It added a nice touch to such a small wedding. And they were delicious!

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

We chose a DJ in the evening, Jonny Ross Music.  He was brilliant on the night had had a keen sense of what the people in the room wanted to dance to.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Although I was dreading it, my favourite part of the day was the first dance. The formalities of the ceremony were complete so the first dance was just a very joyous, happy moment where Richard and I were able to sink into being husband and wife for the first time.

We are hopeless dancers so asked my parents for some lessons a couple days before the wedding. We spent an evening trolling through Spotify jumping from song to song and trying to dance. Most of the time we were terrible, but once we found one we could dance to together (Cheek to Cheek, Ella Fitzgerald) I was less stressed about doing it on the day.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to remember it’s about the two of you. It’s easy to forget that the wedding is only the start of something. All that matters after the wedding is how you two are together. So choose the details of your wedding for yourselves, and let your wedding be a reflection of your relationship and your personalities. You’ll end up forgetting all about these details on the day anyway! It really does become just about each other.

Also, if you can find a venue with accommodation it is a great addition. It’s really nice to be able to walk up to your room after a long and emotional day.

Laura Calderwood Photography - Goldsborough Hall Wedding

Congratulations Colleen & Richard!

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Winter White. Ian Stuart Bride For A Classic Real Wedding At Goldsborough Hall – Nicola & Duncan

December 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The classic styling continues this afternoon on these pretty pages with Nicola and Duncan’s stunning celebration at Goldsborough Hall.  Nicola added elegant details and a scatter of snowflakes and sparkle to create a beautiful winter’s wedding day.

With images by Yorkshire wedding photographer Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Nicola says:  Duncan proposed at the top of the York Eye in North Yorkshire in the VIP Cabin on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2012. 

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We were married on 1st December 2012 at St Mary’s Church, Alne, with our reception at Goldsborough Hall.  It’s a truly stunning venue, intimate and royal with fabulous photographic opportunities.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We had a winter wedding with lots of snowflakes and sparkle! I chose a colour palette of white, soft ivory and silver with a hint of vintage green.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

I travelled in a 1952 Bentley Freestone and Webb by Superior Motor Cars. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

My dress was a combination of three dresses by Ian Stuart of London. Hayley Dennison at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate made my dream dress come true.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

My bridesmaids wore a Vintage Kiwi one shoulder dress made in duchess satin with a Lux Chiffon overlay by Dessy.

Duncan wore Newbury Charcoal Tails with classic stripped trousers, olive diamond waistcoat with silver cravat and hanker-chief by Moss Bros, and our groomsmen and pageboys wore the same with olive accessories. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

I carried a natural, quite large loose hand tied bouquet with large creamy winter white roses, white bouvardia, white freesia, creamy white spray roses, green hypericum berries, feathery fountain grass and added winter foliage by Paper White Flowers.  Our church flowers were by Hilda Harvey. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We used Gospel Touch in the church and later on were entertained by Fiddlers Wreck Ceilidh Band & The Beat Collective.

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

When it comes to my favourite moment, its very difficult to pull out one specific part. Walking down the aisle and our first dance and having all your close family and friends around us was fantastic. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We used crooks and ribbon to line the pathways both at the venue and at the church with large floral displays, storm lanterns with flower explosions, lots of candle light, crystal candelabras and topiary hearts with twinkle lights on the red carpet.  Inspire Me Designs provided our stationery and It’s A Cover Up did our venue dressing. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Our cake was covered in winter snowflakes with snowdrop beading and was a four tier fruit cake and chocolate sponge with chocolate truffle icing. The layers were alternated with the bottom tier starting with fruit cake by Patisserie Viennoise of Otley. 

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

We honeymooned in Sri Lanka and then onto the Maldives. It was all booked by my ‘husband to be’ as a surprise! I found out the day after our wedding on route to the airport where we were going!

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to jot down everything you’ve always dreamed of for your wedding day. I had a day called ‘Wedding Wednesdays’ purely set aside for wedding planning and appointments! Enjoy every moment, add personal touches where you can and try not to make too many compromises. Relax, drink tea and eat cake! Not too many though!

Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography.com

Congratulations Nicola & Duncan!

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You Are Real To Me, A Real Wedding – Rosie & Tom

August 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This Real Wedding submitted by Jenny & Keith McAvoy Wedding Photographers really warms the cockles.  It’s full of love, laughter and built on friendship, which, once everything else is stripped away, is really the main thing isn’t it?

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This thought actually reminds me of a beautiful wedding reading from The Velveteen Rabbit, that I can’t help but share (feel free to borrow it!):

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“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you – and a stick out handle?”  “REAL isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse – “It’s a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time – not just to play with – but REALLY loves you, then you become real.”  “Does it hurt?” asked the rabbit.  “Sometimes,” said the skin horse – for he was always truthful “When you are REAL, you don’t mind being hurt.”  “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up” he asked – “or bit by bit?”  “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the skin horse.  -  “You become.  It takes a long time.  That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily – who sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept.  Generally, by the time you are REAL, – most of your hair has been loved off – your eyes drop out – you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don’t matter at all, because, once you are REAL you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”  “I suppose you are REAL?” said the Rabbit.  And then he wished he had not said it – for he thought the skin horse might be sensitive – But the skin horse only smiled.  “The Boy’s Uncle made me REAL,” he said.  “That was a great many years ago – but once you are REAL you can’t become unreal again.”

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Author: Margery Williams (1881-1944). 

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Look at this getting all philosophical on a Thursday afternoon!  Better hand you over to McAvoy Weddings sharpish…

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Over to Jenny McAvoy: We met Rosie and Tom at the National Wedding show in October 2010.  We met up for a lovely autumnal engagement shoot in November near their Yorkshire home at East Riddleston Hall and following their viewing they booked us for their wedding. We went up to nosey at their gorgeous venue, Goldsborough Hall, earlier this year and could not wait for the wedding – a truly fabulous venue!

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Rosie and Tom met when then went to the same school.  It was also Rosie’s 24th birthday on the day they married so Tom has no excuse for not remembering their anniversary!

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The Great Outdoors

April 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North supports your right to choose.   To marry who you want, how you want and where you want.

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That’s why I am over the moon to be sharing this beautiful outdoor wedding photo shoot at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate from One Life Ceremonies with you this afternoon.  One Life Ceremonies is a Yorkshire based business specialising in personal wedding ceremonies that can be held absolutely anywhere.

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Laurra from One Life Ceremonies says:  As our summers seem to be getting warmer outdoor weddings are finding their way onto the list of ‘must-haves’ for many UK brides and grooms; though the laws are still outdated and you can’t legally sign the register outside it doesn’t stop you from holding your wedding ceremony wherever you want it, indoors or out!

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I organised this photo shoot as I wanted to show that you can hold your wedding ceremony wherever you like, it doesn’t have to be in the room of a hotel or a stuffy Register Office, couples are only limited by their imagination and we have conducted weddings in woodlands, fields, by rivers and in Papakata tents. I chose Goldsborough Hall as it is a pretty amazing wedding venue and it has the most beautiful grounds and landscaped gardens so I knew would provide a stunning backdrop to the shoot.

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I asked Laura from Little White Book to get involved and was lucky enough to get Mark Tierney to be out photographer as I really love his style, we also had the fantastic Amanda Mason to make our model Shireen look like the perfect bride and she wore a Marylise Sofia dress from a great place called Love Me Again Boutique in Hope Valley which sells pre-loved wedding dresses.

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We also included a Handfasting which is an ancient tradition seen in many different cultures and religions where the couple’s hands are bound together, literally ‘tying the knot’, the couple attribute their own meanings to each of the cords such as happiness, health and fertility and tradition says that the marriage will last as long as the cords are tied. Many couples choose to do it after they have exchanged rings.

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Little Black Book:

Photographer – Mark Tierney

Stylist – Little White Book

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony – Maria, One Life Ceremonies

Venue – Goldsborough Hall

Dress – Love Me Again Boutique

Hair & Make up – Amanda Mason
Female model (Bride) – Shireen
Male model (Groom) – Zabiar
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