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diy dream. a wedding day of contrasts at sledmere house in yorkshire – josie & bruce

February 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Sometimes, we just want to have it all. And for today’s couple, their venue choice – Sledmere House in East Yorkshire – more than delivered when it came to fulfilling their wedding day wishlist.

Tying the knot last September in the stately home’s regal setting, the couple then shifted their celebrations in to the more rustic backdrop of the venue’s on-site barn, which Josie and Bruce describe as their own personal ‘DIY project’.

And with so many special touches – the ice cream tricycle, stairway to heaven and petal drop are just a few of our personal favourites – we think you’re going to feel inspired by the abundance of original ideas from their big day. Josie shares all the gorgeous details…

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josie says: We got engaged on 26 September 2016. Bruce said there was no specific relevance to this date, however we had booked a trip to Paris near Christmas, so he had got a lock engraved with the date to mark the occasion. Bruce planned to propose at Sails café, Skidby windmill, a location that meant a lot to me. However, I scuppered Bruce’s plans by inviting my mum and granddad to lunch. Bruce chickened out. However, knowing it had to be that day because of the engraved lock, Bruce had to think on his feet and suggested a walk…eventually popping the question! He presented me with the most beautiful ring and, of course, the engraved lock. We celebrated in Paris in December and placed the lock on the love lock bridge.

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We got married on 17 September 2016. We didn’t want to wait too long to get married. There was no relevance to this date but we hoped for good weather and, based on previous years, September had been lovely and this gave us just under a year to plan and organize everything for our special day.

We got married at Sledmere House – a Georgian and Edwardian House in East Yorkshire. We were looking for a venue that had everything! We had a big guest list, which we initially found restricting when considering other venues. Plus, we wanted to make the day unique and personal to us but keep some aspects of it traditional.

We quickly learnt that choosing the venue was going to be one of the biggest and hardest decisions. When we came across Sledmere House and the barn located on site – we were blown away, as it enabled us to have everything we wanted; two completely contrasting venues in one day.

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We also chose the option of the bridal party having the beautiful ‘red’ room to get ready in with the hairdresser (Hannah Cormack) and make-up artist (Ali Gomerson) attending while the group enjoyed a celebration breakfast.

The house was beautiful, sophisticated and elegant and the most formal parts of our day took place here. We got married in the library and had a petal drop on the grand staircase. We felt like royalty.

The barn was the complete opposite; you could not get anymore rustic! Initially it had no doors, no toilets and there was a tractor inside. It was a huge DIY project but it had so much potential and we had so many creative ideas.

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There was no specific theme but the contrasting venues provided two opposing styles, the house was grand whereas the barn was very quirky and rustic. The barn featured a lot of handmade décor and props too. We had indoor and outdoor hay bale sofas and the yard was decorated with bunting. We intended to make this part of the day informal as we wanted everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. We even provided blankets, umbrellas (thankfully, not needed) and flip flops for our guests to ensure they were kept comfortable! The House did not require any dressing – it was perfect as it was.

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Hold The Vinegar! A Green Ted Baker Dress For A Relaxed Real Wedding At Hargate Hall – Eve & Jem

June 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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A pretty party dress, groovy tunes, a fish dinner, your nearest and dearest and each other.  That’s all you need for the perfect wedding, right?

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Eve and Jem and their friends and families definitely thought so, as we join them for their relaxed and funky Real Wedding in The Peak District.

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Eve says:  We got engaged in August 2010 watching the sunrise over Sheffield, and said I do on 1st March 2012 at Hargate Hall in the Peak District. 

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We chose our venue because of the gorgeous architecture, because we love the Peak district and because you can bring your own food and drink and all your guests can stay over as it sleeps 70!

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“Getting married” was the only theme for the day. 

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I wore a short gold dress, off the peg from Ted Baker. The net underskirt was from Dream Petticoats, purple shoes from Aldo and I made my necklace myself.  I chose not to carry any flowers.  My hair was cut by Ben and coloured by Jo at Wigs and Warpaint, Sheffield.

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The groom and best man had their suits made in Thailand when we were on holiday there.

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My aunt got us both to write a love letter to each other, which we put in a sealed box with a bottle of port to open in 20 years time.

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We used KK Catering for the wedding breakfast of fish and chips and Chris Beech Butcher of Walkley for sausages as canapés after the service. The beer was from White Rose Brewery, Sheffield and the wine was from Laithwaites.

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We got personalised mini Heinz ketchup bottles from the USA as guest gifts and some of the guests made desserts to go on the “sweet trolley”, which was the Jem’s Nanny’s, original from the 1970s.

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We had a cheese cake from Paxton and Whitfield, London.   

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My favourite part of the day was partying with our friends and family and the relaxed atmosphere at Hargate Hall. There’s no cut off time!  Jem’s band played a mix of 70s, 80s and 90s pop and indie.

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After the wedding we headed off snowboarding in the French Alps.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t stress about the little details. As long as everyone you love is there and you have good food and drink, you’ll have the best day!

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Congratulations Eve & Jem!

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