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flower power. maggie sottero for a dreamy rural barn wedding in Yorkshire – amy & andy

August 28th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (18)

Wow – just wow! This wedding knocked my socks off the moment I received the images of Amy and Andy’s big day set in good old Yorkshire.

The beautiful colour palette of coral, yellow, creams and gold sets the prettiness level sky high and Amy makes one of the most stunning brides I’ve ever seen in her customised Maggie Sottero dress and ethereal twisted-twig flower crown.

There are lots of cute personal touches in this wedding that made for a memorable, stylish and super enjoyable day.

So let’s go back to the start – the proposal. Be warned ladies, it’s a tear jerker (excellent work Andy)!

With photography by Kate Cooper.

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (6)

Amy says: Andy proposed on February 16th 2013. He had taken me out for an Italian and when we got home he asked me to stay in the car for a minute and, although confused, I did as I was told. After about five minutes, and almost freezing to death, he came out to get me. When I walked into the house he’d covered the living room in candles and our favourite song, A Real Human by College and Electric Youth, was playing. It was beautiful. As I walked further into the house he’d lit candles up the stairs and alongside the candles were little notes tied to a long ribbon. As I went up the stairs the notes went through all of the best moments we’d had so far including moving in together, our first holiday and bringing home our miniature schnauzer, Enzo.

The ribbon went up the stairs and into the bedroom where it stopped on the bed. The card on the bed told me to turn around and he was down on one knee behind me. We both cried, I said yes and then cried some more down the phone to anyone who’d answer my calls! I loved my proposal and he’d put so much thought into everything. It was such a perfect evening and it made it more special that it was just us two at home.

We set the date for Saturday May 31st 2014. Our plan was to get married later on in the year but my grandparents fell ill and so the most important thing was that they shared our day with us. Unfortunately, two of my grandparents passed away during our engagement but we know they were looking down on us and we tried to make them proud.

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (12)

We chose the Whiston Manorial Barn in Rotherham as our wedding venue. We had always loved the idea of having a barn wedding but found it difficult to find exactly what we wanted. When we finally looked around the Manorial Barn we instantly knew it was where we’d marry. It is such a breath-taking place and it was exactly what we’d spent so long looking for. We would definitely recommend this venue to other couples. The women who co-ordinate the weddings at the barn, Claire and Karen, were so helpful and were always at the other end of an email or phone call whenever we needed advice or help.

We didn’t necessarily have a theme for our wedding, but just wanted it to be a fun atmosphere full of colour. We were very unsure about the colour scheme at first but as it was a summer wedding we decided to go for something bright. My favourite colours are coral and yellow and so we wanted to incorporate these and we tied them with creams and gold. We wanted the flowers to be the main focus of the decorations as they added so much colour so we kept everything else quite neutral and it seemed to work well.

We hired a cream Daimler V4 1/2 to transport the bridal party to the venue. As the company were based only 15 minutes away we decided to have just one car to do two trips so my bridesmaids and mum went first and then it came back to collect me and my dad. I remember the wait feeling like forever when really it was only half-an-hour. The service we used was called American Pie Limos, based in Wales, South Yorkshire. We would highly recommend them as they were perfectly on time and free Champagne is always a winner!

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (15)

I’m quite into textiles and sewing and so my initial plan was to make my own wedding dress. I had help from my grandma as she used to be a seamstress and we bought a few Vogue patterns to use and modify. Unfortunately around August last year my granddad was diagnosed with cancer and so everything was put on hold. As it was such a stressful time for the family, I decided to visit a bridal shop called Blushes in Sheffield. The shop assistant Zoe, took down my details and potential styles I liked. After describing my ideal dress she pulled one out and it was perfect – well almost. The dress was Dalton by Maggie Sottero but I had it altered quite a lot to fit the design that me and my grandma were initially going to make ourselves. It was supposed to have a zip right up the back which was made into a ‘V’ back and we shortened the sleeves. We also added netting underneath to make it kick out more.

Andy wore a three-piece Hugo Boss suit in steel grey which fitted him perfectly! He had a white shirt with ivory wool tie. He’d also bought a pair of dark brown brogues. He looked so dapper!

We didn’t really have set rules on what our bridesmaids/groomsmen would wear. This was mainly because we wanted them to be able to wear their outfits again and so it was important that they really liked them. The adult bridesmaids, Katherine, Laura and Beth, wore art-deco style taupe gowns embellished with steel beads by Adrianna Papell from House of Fraser. The dresses were gorgeous and the girls looked absolutely stunning! Our nieces and flower girls, Lily and Josie, wore dresses from Monsoon and looked so adorable.

The groomsmen all wore different suits and whatever they felt comfortable in. We just wanted everyone to feel relaxed – and they really brushed up well!

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (22)

When it came to our wedding flowers, I carried a bouquet made up of Garden Roses, Peonies, Scabia seed heads, Eucalyptus, Freesia, Craspedia, Panicum Fountain Grasses, Larkspur and Nigella. As mentioned, we wanted the flowers to be the focus of our wedding and they were the main decoration for the barn. The coral, orange and yellow colours tied together beautifully and the florist did such a great job at putting them all together. I also wore a flower crown with just a few flowers on one front side of the band. This was made from twisted stems/twigs and I loved it!

My bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet but the colours were a bit more subtle. Lily had an even smaller bouquet and Josie had a single peony wrapped in ribbon. It was all put together by the very talented Kath who owns Of The Wild in Broomhill, Sheffield. She got everything absolutely spot-on and I actually cried when I saw our flowers because they were so stunning and were exactly what we had asked for. Kath is very highly recommended if you’re after something a little different and more detailed than your average bouquet.

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (26)

Our photographer on the day was the amazing Kate Cooper. We arranged an engagement shoot with her beforehand just because Andy and I aren’t the most graceful people in front of a camera. She made us feel so comfortable and laughed along with us when it was a little awkward –  it was fun overall and we soon loosened up. We did get some lovely photos and it definitely set us up for the main event.

We had always liked the idea of our photos being natural and we wanted someone to capture people in naturally happy settings and record the general mood of the day. We did have a few staged photos of family  but the rest we left completely to Kate. We put a great amount of trust in her (sorry Kate) but we knew she’d do an amazing job. We are going to recommend her to anyone in need of a photographer because she is honestly one of the nicest people we have ever met and worked with. We are so thankful that she was there, not only to capture our day, but to help us celebrate. Knowing that Kate was around meant that we could enjoy our day so much more without the worry that the atmosphere wouldn’t be captured and that things would get missed. Kate covered absolutely everything from table settings, venue details, to our terrible first dance and we were speechless when we received our photos. They were simply incredible.

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (43)

Our floral decorations added an amazing boost of colour to our tables and brought a summery feel to the venue. To add to the decor, I made a trip to Ikea where I bought polka dot lace fabric and made table runners. We had yellow and orange candles scattered around and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law made some lovely bunting for us to tie from the beams. Andy is very artistic and he did a great job of designing all of our table names, seating plan and stationery himself. We had our chair covers done by a lady named Paula from Cover in Style and she also put up some fairy lights for us which looked gorgeous at night when the main lights were dimmed.

Andy’s mum, Margaret, is the best at baking so there was never any question about who would make our wedding cake. We had a few designs in mind but wanted to keep it quite simple. We finally decided on a deep two-tier cake with little icing beads at the bases and a large pink peony on top. One tier was Victoria sponge and the other chocolate and we decorated the cake board with gold glitter to tie it all together. It was so delicious! Margaret also made us our wedding favours which were little heart shaped shortbread biscuits topped with white icing and gold glitter sprinkles – yum!

Our wedding menu consisted of pate for starters, ‘Chicken Manorial Barn’ for main, which was chicken in puff pastry served with vegetables, and then Andy’s favourite for dessert – treacle sponge. The food was provided by the staff at the Manorial Barn and it was well presented and gorgeous! For the reception we also hired Emily’s Ice Cream Bike who provided our guests with yummy ice cream in all sorts of flavours. If anyone hires them they’d be a fool not to choose Jaffa Cake ice cream, it was so good!

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (33)

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (37)

We wanted to keep things simple at the reception and just enjoy ourselves in a relaxed environment so we simply had a DJ provided by the barn as our entertainment. He was great and we were able to put together our own playlist before the night. We incorporated this into our wedding invites and asked guests to suggest a song to dance to. The responses were somewhat interesting but it just made it that bit more personal for the guests and everyone really enjoyed it. We had dance-offs, dirty dancing lifts (ending with collapsed tables and red wine on white shirts) and general sassiness, especially from the boys!

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (42)

There were several special touches on the day which helped to make it all the more personal and memorable. We both wrote our own vows for the ceremony as we found the standard vows very basic and not very personal. We decided not to show each other until we read them in front of each other on the day which made it that much more exciting! They were both very different but it is something we will both remember and we kept the books we wrote them in so we can look back at them from time to time.

My nan also lent me her wedding pearls for the ceremony which I thought was very touching. The pearls had been worn by my nan, my mum and my auntie on their wedding days so it was an honour to be able to wear them. I had decided to put the necklace on just before leaving my parents house but as I put it on one of the strings snapped and it was then a mad rush to fix it. Luckily my matron of honour, Katherine, whipped out a sewing kit and gave it to me all brand new when I arrived at the barn. My other nan had always kept a bottle cork with a penny stuck through the middle of it. I was told this was supposed to be good luck but with my bouquet I was unable to carry it, so it got stuck in my bra – classy!

Andy’s dancing also added a certain special touch to the day. It’s not possible to describe this – it has to be seen to be believed, trust me!

I have so many favourite moments but if I had to choose just one, it would have to be the ceremony. I loved that we were able to say our own vows and that it was so personal to us. It was made more perfect that all of our family and friends were together in one space and the moment we became husband and wife was the happiest I’ve ever felt in my whole life. Secondary to that would have to be the moment Andy threw himself at his best man, James, when Time of Our Lives (Dirty Dancing) came on. They both flew backwards, into a table and ended up covered in red wine. Andy got up the next morning and said “where did all of this wine come from?” He was mortified when I told him!

maggie sottero for a beautiful barn wedding in yorkshire (c) Kate Cooper (49)

Andy surprised me with a trip to America for our honeymoon. We flew to Washington and once on the plane Andy told me what we would be doing. I cried when he started telling me that we would be transferring from Washington to San Francisco then renting an RV to drive around California and back up the coast. Andy arranged everything perfectly and I’m so grateful to him!

Our advice to other couples would be don’t dwell too much on the materialistic things. Sometimes things don’t work out how you imagine them to and it’s not the end of the world. Of course there are bound to be problems along the way, but for us it all came down to family. All we wanted was to be surrounded by the ones we love the most and to make sure that everyone had as much of a good time as we did. Planning our wedding has taught us to think about the bigger picture and to try not to get carried away with things that really don’t matter that much in hindsight. Our parents and families helped us every step of the way during our wedding planning and we are still completely overwhelmed with how amazing these people are. We will never forget their generosity and kindness.

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Natural Beauty. A Vintage Style Bespoke Gown For The First Real Wedding Ever At Easby Hall – Stacey & Will

June 10th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

(c) 2014 Chris Booth at Easby Hall

I love couples that think outside the box, so when I saw Will and Stacey’s quirky Save the Date video I just knew the wedding would be equally impressive and individual – and I wasn’t wrong.

Stacey and Will’s Save the Date from Will Roberts on Vimeo.

A traditional church wedding was followed by a fabulous reception at the picturesque Easby Hall in North Yorkshire.

Both Will and Stacey put a lot of thought into the day to include personal touches in honour of friends and family, both past and present.

The stylish couple paid particular attention to their wedding attire with Stacey having a vintage-style bespoke dress designed and made by the hugely talented Kate Beaumont. Meanwhile, dapper Will shunned a traditional Prince Edward suit or top and tails in place of a brown Hugo Boss suit, complete with tweed waistcoat, pocket watch and purple socks.

With images by Chris Booth and Claire Collinson.

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

Will says: We got engaged while we were travelling in Latin America – Argentinian Patagonia to be more precise. I obviously didn’t have ring in South America, however I did have one in mind.

Before my Mum died in 2010 she asked me to use my paternal Grandmother’s engagement ring. My middle name is Howel – the name of my paternal grandfather – so my Mum thought it would be nice for another Howel to propose with it. When we returned to the UK in 2012 we got the ring-resized and tidied up, using Werk in York.

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

Our wedding date was September 21st 2013. We wanted either an autumn or spring wedding and didn’t want to wait until spring 2014. We also had to make sure the date didn’t clash with my siblings’ weddings – my brother David got married in June 2013 and my sister Mary got married August 2013.

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

(c) Claire Collinson at Easby Hall

We got married in St Agatha’s Church, Easby, near Richmond, North Yorkshire, and had the reception at Easby Hall – a very short walk from the church. We wanted a small wedding of 50 to 60 guests and Easby was the perfect size. We also loved having such a beautiful church right next door. It was also only 15 minutes away from Barnard Castle, where Stacey’s family live and where we both went to school. Easby Hall had never hosted a wedding before – we were the first after they got planning permission, which they only received three months before our wedding. This meant we had to essentially plan the wedding in three months but it also meant the hall was free on the date we wanted it.

Easby also had a sentimental connection as Easby Abbey and St Agatha’s church was one of the last places my Mum visited before she passed away.

(c) 2014 Chris Booth at Easby Hall

(c) 2014 Chris Booth at Easby Hall

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Super Glam. A Real Wedding At Oulton Hall, Leeds – Emily & Cyrus

May 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Paul Joseph Photography

Back at your desk and recovering from the long weekend?  I hope it was an epic one! If you enjoyed a tech detox over the holiday, don’t despair – we didn’t! Make sure to check out yesterday’s fashion eye candy before getting stuck into today’s beautiful Real Wedding.

Emily and Cyrus’s stunning, Gatsby inspired celebration at Oulton Hall in Leeds is glossy, golden and gorgeous.  Just the thing to pep up your blue Tuesday.  Enjoy!

Images by Paul Joseph Photography.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily says: Cyrus proposed on 2nd September 2012, the day we arrived home from a trip to New York. I think he lost the bottle in New York!

I actually thought he was joking as I thought if he’d planned on proposing why wouldn’t he have proposed in New York so as you can imagine it didn’t go quite to plan. It wasn’t until he pulled out my Grandma’s wedding ring that I realized he was serious and of course I was overwhelmed with emotion and said yes!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We were married on 27th December 2013, we wanted a winter wedding as it’s a magical time of year however we didn’t want a Christmas themed wedding.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Our wedding was at Oulton Hall in Rothwell, Leeds. We fell in love with the period features but loved how they had decorated it in a contemporary style. We also liked the idea of having two separate locations for day and night (our ceremony was in the old, listed part of the building and our evening reception was in the golf club). 

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We tried to take inspiration from the 1920s, art deco era and chose a colour scheme of black, ivory and gold.  We wanted it to feel like a party from The Great Gatsby!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

I chose a laced, low back  a line dress which had pearl beading draping at the back. I also had a handmade silk cathedral veil with pearls to match my dress made by Marie Flanagan.

Cyrus had a custom made suit by Owen Scott which incorporated his love for basketball. I think his suit jacket got more attention than my dress!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

The adult bridesmaids wore black evening gowns from Mango, the teenager girls wore a shorter version of this dress and the flower girls wore ivory dresses from Monsoon. The groomsmen wore black tie hired from Owen Scott

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

I am known by family and friends to always have a house full of orchid plants so there was no choice as to what flowers I would be walking down the aisle with. I chose to have a waterfall bouquet of white orchids, this also carried the family tradition on as my mum and grandma had this style of bouquet at their weddings. My florist Janine at Greenhouse Florist also managed to incorporate some material from my mum’s wedding dress into the bouquet handle too.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

I remember the look on Cyrus’s face as I entered the room, the emotion was overwhelming (we’ve been together since we were eighteen…12 years)!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We have nothing but praise for our photographers Paul and Kelly of Paul Joseph Photography. We loved their style of photography and knew we wanted our wedding to be told like a story which they managed to do so well.

We met up on a hot day in July 2013 for our ‘Love Shoot’ where they managed to capture the most amazing sunset photos and from that point we knew that Paul and Kelly had an amazing eye for detail. This was proven in our wedding pictures… I loved how they captured every emotion throughout the day.

I personally think your wedding pictures should be one of your main priorities when planning your wedding. When you look back in years to come you should still be able to feel the emotion you felt at that exact point. Paul and Kelly achieved this perfectly.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We chose a tall two tier cake. The bottom tier was chocolate cake covered in white chocolate and painted gold and the top tier was red velvet covered with white fondant.  It also had white orchids positioned around it too.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

We lost both my Grandma and Aunty to cancer so we made a donation to Kirkwood Hospice in lieu of a favour and asked everybody to wear the pin broaches in remembrance of them. I also chose to frame my parents and grandparents wedding pictures and display them with the cake.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Music was one of our main priorities, luckily we have friends who are professional musicians so as a favour they helped out on the big day.

Thabo Mkwananzi sang Corrine Bailey Rae’s version of Bob Marley’s  ‘is this love’ accompanied by Stephen Simpson on keys as I walked down the aisle. They also played lots of our favourite songs during cocktail hour and got our friends and family involved in singing along.

In the evening we had hired a vocalist Louise Golbey and her band who made sure everyone was up on their feet. After the band finished their set we then chose to have a DJ (Sean Marks) play out for the rest of the night, he made sure no one was sitting down!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

For our honeymoon we stayed at the El Dorado Royale in the Riviera Maya, Mexico for two weeks.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff! Remember what the day is actually about, never lose sight of that and you will enjoy every moment!

Emily and Cyrus's elegant black tie christmas wedding at Oulton Hall near Leeds.

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Glam Pastels. Diamonds & Lace For A Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Hayley & Stephen

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Who said pretty pastels couldn’t come with a huge dose of glamour?  Today’s real bride Hayley and new husband Stephen are ripping up the rule book with their soft and stylish Real Wedding at Rockliffe Hall.

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Lee Scullion

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Hayley says:  We got engaged at the Burj al Arab, Dubai in February 2006.  Steven proposed on Christmas day in 2005. We didn’t want a party so we celebrated our engagement with a trip Dubai to pick a ring.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We were married on 22nd September 2013 at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington.  I wanted a classy and timeless wedding and Rockliffe offers modern and old mixed together. We had our ceremony in the old arches which offered a nicer feel than just a function room. The colour scheme is quite neutral which enabled us to go for any colour scheme we wanted.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had lilacs, lavenders, ivories and a beautiful thistle colour in our stationery. Grey suits for the gents, accented with lilac cravats and handkerchiefs to give a subtle bit of colour to blend in with the rest of the wedding. My dress and the bridesmaids were all ivory. I wanted a neutral palette with the flowers taking centre stage. 

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My dress was from Solutions Bridal Designer House in Orlando Florida.  The dress was antique ivory with ivory lace in a mermaid strapless fit. I opted for a very long veil trimmed in the same lace as the dress and a very glamorous belt made by Maria Elena and Manolo Blanik shoes with a beautiful vintage brooch on the front.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

The hair was prepped by myself the evening before (I’m am a hairstylist) ready for my friend Carol-Anne Jenkinson who is the owner of Platinum Hair Design in Sunderland. She also did her magic on the bridal party. I had my makeup done by Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our flowers were by Adam Prest who is very unique in his work and knew exactly what I wanted. My bouquet consisted of a vibrant lilac roses, astrania, astilbe,clematis,snowberries and sweetpeas. They smelt beautiful. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my flowers with a mix for the top table and centre pieces for the tables at the wedding breakfast. We also had similar mixture for the gents’ button holes and ladies’ corsages.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

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We had six bridesmaids from two years old to sixteen.  The younger bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon and the two older bridesmaids wore a dress from Coast which was from the bridal range. I think they blended nicely together.

The groomsmen wore hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear in Washington. The grooms suit was made by Ian Bone a visiting tailor. He came to our home and measured Steven up, we picked the material and and cut of the suit. It was a very professional and friendly service from Ian and we had two more fittings before the finished result.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our photographer was the amazing Lee Scullion. We had a lot of recommendations from people but as soon as I saw Lee’s work I knew he was the man for the job.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our videographers were Chris and Janet Hughes for One Digital Image – a great husband and wife team. They made a one minute video summarising the day so we could share with our guests and friends which was really unique in itself and was ready to view the following morning.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Our save the dates and invitations were by Noble Fine Art. They also made our favour boxes, the menu for the tables at the wedding breakfast and the seating plan in a beautiful pearl stock paper with thistle ribbon.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed our tables with a new range of lace chair coverings.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had handmade chocolates made for the favour boxes from Robineau Patisserie in Darlington and mini bottles of whiskey for the gents. 

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

The cake was from Celebration Cakes in Peterlee, I scaled it down from the original design in the shop. It had six tiers with all different sponges and fruit cake. It had a pearl covering with roses and lace made from sugar paste and tied in with all the little elements from the wedding.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

We had Val Boyers singer and guitarist singing during our wedding breakfast and a fantastic local band (Fate) singing live on the evening of the wedding. 

Prime Entertainment provided Formula One cars which were very popular and we also hired Snaparazzi and their fabulous photo booth.  We got a book of everyone’s photos who had been in the photo booth with a message alongside the photos which is a really nice and different keep sake.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

I downloaded an app called Wedpics and invited all our guests to upload all their photos.  I thought this to be better than having disposable cameras and it worked well.

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Honeymoon wise, we’re are still working on that one, we want something different!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy and take every moment in because it goes over far too fast and don’t drink to much Champagne!

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Lee Scullion Photography at Rockliffe Hall

Congratulations Hayley & Stephen!

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Here Come The Girls! High Street Honey: Monsoon

February 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

High Street Honey Monsoon

1. Effie Dress, £169;  2. Dallas Dress, £109;  3. Ava Dress £99;  4. Ania Dress, £139;  5. Crissy Dress, £119;  6. Evina Dress, £179;  7. Beatrice Dress, £139;  8. Bonnie Dress, £89;  9. Lyra Dress, £139;  10. Lainie Maxi, £179;  11. Lorena Maxi, £119;  12. Lyra Maxi, £179. 

You know we’re not adverse to a bit of high street browsing here at Brides Up North HQ in our quest to uncover the prettiest bridesmaid offerings and bridal accoutrements out there – in boutiques, online and by pounding the pavement.  It’s a hard job… yaddah yaddah yaddah. 

This afternoon, step forward Monsoon, with their tonal selection of pretty gowns in a wash of muted red, white and blue.  Given our recent weather, Monsoon may not be the best named retailer on the block, but in terms of bridal party offerings, it’s as good as a day on the beach. 

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The White Aisle. Maggie Sottero For A Real Destination Wedding In Ibiza – Sarah & John

February 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Emma Hillier Photography

With snow forecast across the North this morning, it’s only fair that we brighten things up around here with this dreamy Real Wedding from the white isle of Ibiza.  Loose the woollies, it’s time to soak up some sunshine with Sarah and John on their romantic wedding day. 

Anyone thinking of planning a holiday?

With images by Emma Hillier Photography

Emma Hillier Photography

Sarah says:  On Valentine’s Day 2011 in Dubai whilst on holiday, we arranged to visit the observation gallery at the Burj Khalifa at sunset. John had planned to propose there until I invited a couple of mates along and that killed that idea off so he did it in the morning instead, with a heart chocolate from Thornton’s iced with “Marry Me?” that he took from the UK. I won’t begin to explain how difficult it was for him to keep it cold so it didn’t melt! 

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We were married on 11th May 2013 at Paissa D’en Bernat, near San Jose, Ibiza.  We both love Ibiza and visit a couple of times a year as John is a DJ and plays out there every summer.

We have three children and wanted a venue that would accommodate them when they had had enough and needed to sleep, so a villa seemed the perfect choice! We looked at about 12, we found PDB at around villa 8 and immediately knew it was the one!

Emma Hillier Photography

Emma Hillier Photography

I wanted the day to feel romantic and hopefully that translated with the invites, the décor, the dress and the surroundings.  We chose a colour scheme of ivory, mocha, dusky pink and chocolate. 

Emma Hillier Photography

Emma Hillier Photography

I chose a dress called Geneva by Maggie Sottero. She is well known for doing amazing corsets and I wanted something well fitting, elegant and in keeping with the theme and venue. I think the dress was perfect for that.

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The men’s suits were all hired from Austin Reed, the bridesmaid dresses were from Coast and our children wore Monsoon outfits. 

Emma Hillier Photography

Emma Hillier Photography

My bouquets were silk and were made by my mum who is super creative! She wanted to do something personal for us and this was perfect. She also created the bridesmaids bouquets and decorated the pergola area in which we married, she is so talented!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Colour Me Beautiful! Vera Wang For A Rainbow Wedding In Cheshire – Laura & Rob

December 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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We first met Laura & Rob back in 2012 when I featured their beautiful, colourful engagement shoot on the wedding blog.  Fast forward a year and it’s time for their equally colourful and even more beautiful Real Wedding in Cheshire.  Today’s celebration is bright, bold and very, very lovely… and is that a Vera Wang wedding dress I spot amongst those rainbow blooms?!  Lucky Laura.

With images by Matt Bowen Photography.

Matt Bowen Photography

Laura says:  Rob proposed on Christmas day 2011 at the top of a hill…my favourite view.  We were married on Thursday 25th July, 2013 at Peover Golf Club, Knutsford, Cheshire.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

The venue just felt so right for us – open and light, not too big or grand, lovely lawn and amazing management and catering links!

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Cheshire Wedding Photographer Peover Golf Club

Cheshire Wedding Photographer

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

We wanted the day to be happy and carefree so there was lots of colour and a little shabby chic! Generally we had a multi coloured theme with bright flowers and different colour dresses for each bridesmaid. Rob chose his suit purely because he loved it, a blue suit with a deep red tie. We didn’t want it all to be too structured and matching, we just liked what we liked!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

I usually go for the more dressed-up looks on nights out so I wanted to look really natural and just pretty. I was very lucky to be able to find an amazing Vera Wang dress that I accessorized with Jimmy Choo peep toe stilettos and a full length veil.

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The bridesmaids wore different coloured dresses from Monsoon, each colour suiting them perfectly. Rob bought his suit and his groomsmen’s suits from M&S – lovely blue suits with waistcoats that had a deep red back, matching their ties.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

I carried a hand tied bouquet of  really bright, happy flowers, a lovely mix including roses, sweet peas and dahlias.

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I was not intending on having a car but ended up getting one the week before. It was a lovely old retro one, with free champagne, bonus!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

We chose a beautiful little two tiered white cake with fresh flowers. Nice and simple… with a hidden Batman underneath it as a nod to Robs man crush!

Matt Bowen Photography

Olive Tree Catering were absolutely amazing – everyone said it was the best wedding food they had ever had!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen our photographer really went the extra mile to make sure we had precious photos we will love for years to come.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Our friend Charlie is a tree surgeon so we asked him to get hold of a really wide slice of a tree trunk that we used as guest book. He is going to put legs on it so we can use it as a coffee table! Robs also a huge whisky fan so we had a variety of flowers in whisky bottles instead of vases.

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

I was the most terrified of doing our first dance but it ended up being my most fun bit! Being flung around by Rob to “The Snake” by Al Wilson, with everyone joining in… such a fun time!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

The Wedding Crashers are our friends so our evening entertainment was an easy choice! They got everyone dancing all night… especially when Rob got on stage to do the Blues Brother intro rap, thanking everyone for coming!

Matt Bowen Photography

Matt Bowen Photography

We were lucky enough to have a mini moon in a Tuscan villa just outside of Florence straight after the day and then a month later we went to Kalkan in Turkey to an amazing hotel with our own pool and garden! Perfect relaxation and nice way to ease back into real life!

Matt Bowen Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that as hard as it is, make sure the day is what you and your partner want, not what friends and family think – its your day and you have your own vision, you’ll only regret it if you do something for the wrong reasons.

Matt Bowen Photography

Congratulations Laura & Rob!

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Real Wedding Recap Winter 2013: Pretty Vintage: Sparkly Choos For A Real Wedding At Styal Lodge – Ali & Will

December 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for what’s set to be the biggest and best year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty.

 

Usual service will recommence on 2nd January 2014,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings in 2013.  Drop in every day for the very, very prettiest wedding inspiration and if you are a Brides Up North bride, to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.

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I love every Real Wedding that is featured here on the wedding blog, but now and again a special celebration comes along that really knocks my socks off.  This, my friends, is one of those weddings.

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I don’t know if its the personalised photograph name places (how long must that have taken?), the pretty table decor, the bride’s beautiful twisty updo, those dancing Choos, or the fact that you can feel the happiness radiating out of the screen this morning, but Ali and Will’s big day at Styal Lodge in Cheshire really does it for me.  I hope you enjoy our recap.

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Ali says:  We got engaged in November 2011. Will took me to Sheffield for the weekend of our 9 year anniversary. We met whilst at University in Sheffield at the Leadmill. He proposed as close as he could get to the spot where we first met (unfortunately the club was closed that night)!

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We got married on the 11th May 2013 at Styal Lodge.  We had both the ceremony and reception at the lodge.  We looked at a few venues and as soon as we saw Styal Lodge, we fell in love with it. It is such an amazing venue and the family who run it are lovely.

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I wanted it to be pretty with a vintage feel.

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I did not really have a colour scheme until we got the bridesmaid dresses. They wore navy so we chose purples, blues and white.

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My dress was Nicole Anne from Timeless Bride in Poynton. I had an idea of what I wanted and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was ‘the one’. Michelle at Timeless Bride was fantastic and really helpful during the whole process. My hair clip was from Sash and Co . The shoes were from Jimmy Choo. I am really into shoes and I as soon as I saw them, I fell in love!

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My hair was done by Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley and make up by Gemma Hallowell. They were both fantastic and I could not recommend them more.

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My bridesmaids wore two different designs by Alfred Sung, Dessy. We got them from Alison Burgess Couture in Stockport. They all wore different coloured shoes including nude, pink and red. The flower girl wore a very cute dress from Monsoon. Will wore a blue three piece from Reiss and all the other men in the bridal party wore their own suits, blue ties and white rose corsages.

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We had a Humanist wedding and Hannah Wroe Gill was our celebrant. She was fantastic and so supportive. She put together a personal wedding script which really reflected us.

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The whole day was amazing but one of my favourite parts was the ceremony. I loved the readings and hearing a well wishing at the end from our friends and family was really special. We also loved the evening do when all the formalities were over and everyone had a great big party!

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I spent a long time researching wedding photographers and this was a really important part of the day for me. We really love the photos Emma has taken and she captured the whole day perfectly. She was amazing on the day and made us feel really relaxed. Emma went beyond our expectations and also stayed later into the night and got some funny photos of the evening do. These are some of our favourites from the day!

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My bouquet was made up of blue and purple dyed roses with cala lilies and white freesia. The bridesmaids carried lilac and ivory roses with lilac freesia and fresh foliage.

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We used Special Days for flowers and dressing the lodge. They did a brilliant job. I knew I wanted a rustic vintage feel to the flowers. Myself and the bridesmaids decorated old jam jars with lace and fabric which added a homemade touch to the day. Special days also sourced lots of different milk jugs, tea lights, vases and pieces of wood for the tables. Each table had its own feel. I was quite emotional when I saw the room for the first time; they had captured my vision for the day perfectly.

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Our caterers were Pink Pepper. As soon as booked them, we knew we were in for something special. Our guests are still talking about how delicious the meal was. I also love the vintage crockery they provide.

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We did put a lot of work into the little touches and I would recommend to brides and grooms to start early as we were finishing projects the day before which was quite stressful! One idea was we got photos of each guest for their place name at the table and Will’s dad made 100 wooden photo holders. It took some time but the guests loved them and it was well worth the effort! Another nice feature of the day was we got a Polaroid camera, some cardboard props and a board for guests to pin up photos and write messages on. It worked really well and we got some fun keepsakes from the wedding.

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For our wedding favours, we had shots of Sambuca. This was a great way of ending the meal and starting off the evening reception!

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Rather than one wedding cake, we decided to have a cake table. Our lovely friends and family all pitched in to make a great spread for the day including Guinness cake, fruit and chocolate cakes and banoffee and blueberry cupcakes.

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We had Bob the DJ for the evening reception. We did not want a clichéd wedding DJ and Bob came recommended by the lodge. He was great; played the songs we wanted and kept everyone dancing.

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We are off to Indonesia on our honeymoon in a few weeks.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to focus on what’s important and try not be too influenced by other people’s ideas. It can get quite overwhelming at times but go with what feels right for you. Also just enjoy the day as it does just so fast!

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Congratulations Ali & Will!

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Perfect Peace. A Blue 1950s Vintage Wedding Dress For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Charlotte & Lee

November 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Kirsty Mattsson

And that’s a wrap! 

I’ve just called time on our seventeenth luxury wedding exhibition of the year at the National Railway Museum in York, and our last of the autumn/ winter season 2013.  It’s been epic, and I have you lovely lot to thank for that.  I have the best readers and wedding industry supporters (but then we always knew that, didn’t we?)!

My legs are killing me and I’m cream crackered, but my head is all of a buzz with big ideas, new plans and daring dreams of how to take this Northern Revolution to the next level in this our 4th year and into 2014.  Whilst I have a cheeky lie in (come on, I deserve it!) and attempt to decompress a little – a plan built on hyperactivity is no plan at all after all – I’m leaving you with something pure and pretty to greet you this Monday morning.

After the full on, high octane activity and inspiration of this weekend, blogging Charlotte and Lee’s stunning yet simple Real Wedding was an absolute joy.  Their images, by Kirsty Mattsson, capture a calm and sincere celebration, that’s a little different and a lot beautiful. Bliss.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Charlotte says:  We got engaged in October 2010 at Oktoberfest in Munich (whilst in a beer hall!) and were married on 7th September 2013 atHensall Church for our ceremony and Womersley Park for our reception. 

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Hensall is the village where I grew up so the church has a long family history; I was the 4th generation to marry in this church on my mum’s side so it was important that we got married here. Womersley Park is a beautiful venue not far from the church

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

I chose an ice blue 1950’s vintage dress. It was from a wonderful shop in York called Glory Days Vintage.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The bridesmaids wore a vintage style ivory lace dress from Monsoon  and the Lee wore a Paul Smith suit, shirt and tie.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

My flowers were a mixture of country flowers, with lavender and gypsophila by Lisa’s Flowers in Selby. 

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Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The owner of Womersley Park drove us back to the venue in his vintage Bentley convertible.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

We went for a vintage tea party with a country, village feel.  We hired a beautiful marquee by Shades Of India and kitted it out using Bar Hire Yorkshire and Wendy’s Vintage Tea Parties

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Our colour scheme was quite mix and match, but with lots of pastels and blue.  A lot of things were made by me, my family and friends which gave the day a personal touch. We made the invitations, favours, seating plan (which was a suitcase to show off our honeymoon), macaroons and wishing tree. 

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Our wedding cake was a vanilla sponge with beautiful cream and blue icing.

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Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

Our wedding video was by Silver Sixpence Films and our beautiful images by Kirsty Mattsson. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

In the evening we had a fantastic band called Alex Graham and the Concords who I can’t recommend enough! They got everyone on their feet and really started off the evening with a bang! We also used a great DJ called Craig Halligan who created a great atmosphere and played the songs we wanted, again I would wholly recommend him. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The whole day was amazing.  The ceremony was lovely and the band really transformed the day.

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

For our honeymoon, we have booked a self-drive tour of the American deep south, from Nashville to new Orleans in May 2014.  We can’t wait! 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to create the day that you want, find suppliers that you trust and add lots of personal touches!

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Congratulations Charlotte & Lee!

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Brownies’ Honour! A Scouting Real Wedding At Theatre Royal, York – Claire & Andrew

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Alex Knight Photography

If you’re going to theme a wedding, you may as well do it properly.  Or at least that was today’s newlyweds’ motto (that and “Be Prepared” of course) when planning their entirely Scout and Guide themed wedding.

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this fun and fabulous day with you.  Campfires at the ready, it’s Claire & Andrew’s big day…

Images by Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Claire says:  We got engaged on 12th August 2012 at Whitby Abbey.  I had just been on a JEKA adventure with my Guide & Ranger groups to Adelboden in Switzerland via Disneyland Paris on the way back. I was very tired and hadn’t showered in 2 days! I had managed to change my pants and brush my teeth though – small things to make a long coach journey bearable!

Andrew had been clearing out the Scout stores and I had to suffer a variety of vintage gas lamps in the kitchen. Upon collecting me he declared that he found a Scout campsite willing to have said lamps; "It’s a bit of a drive but you can tell me about your trip in the car." I was too exhausted to argue.

It turned out the "bit of a drive" was Scarborough; a likely story. I had an inkling that Andrew might propose but didn’t think he would be so cruel.  Meanwhile I kept looking at the road signs wistfully that said Whitby – my favourite place in the entire world. I had a nap; woke up to tell Andrew off for nearly ploughing into the back of a tractor; fell asleep again and eventually woke up in a car park.

"This doesn’t look like a Scout campsite."
"Do you not know where you are?"
"*Sigh* no"
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"*Sees Whitby Abbey* oh… OH!"

I guess what the game is; immediately feel sick, think I’m about to ramble and ruin everything and promptly clam up.  Andrew and I go for an ice cream and a walk around the Abbey.

Andrew gets on one knee and pops the question. I squeak and nod. Andrew then gets extra Brownie points by reading a love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (one of my idols). He was going to memorise it but it was too hard! .

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We got married at Barley Hall in York on 18th May 2013 and had the reception at the De Grey Ballroom at the Theatre Royal. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We wanted something historical and a little bit different to a modern hotel. We were never going to get married in church so we needed to widen the search. We loved Temple Newsham in Leeds but it was very booked up and the amount of chasing we had to do with marquee people started to get a bit silly.

As we had a lot of guests travelling we looked to York. I always enjoyed day trips there with my Mum and there is history around every corner; plus it has an abundance of hotels for every budget and a major train station!

The Great Hall in Barley Hall is decorated with white roses – perfect for a Yorkshire girl and it still has the medieval fireplace in the centre. Andrew wanted a small ceremony (promptly forgetting how large his family is!) due to stage fright – speeches he can do but being “on stage” for something so important and intimate brought us both out in the heebie jeebies! The exhibition when we got married was “Horrible Histories” – I’ve got a full set of the books; cue one very excited bride. I’m proud to say even the costume for “Stupid Death” was on show plus a skeleton and a stuffed rat. What can I say? I love my history!

A Google search for “large venue hire York” revealed the De Grey Rooms. Lindsey was possibly the most excited, lovely and welcoming person I’ve ever spoken to on the phone. Once I revealed the theme she was ecstatic – her Mum was a Brown Owl and got on board with the theme straight away!

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We walked from each venue in York. The heavens opened in the morning and I was willing the forecast to be right and that it would pass by the time we needed to leave.  Thankfully, the rain stopped by lunch time and we were ready to rock n roll!

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Our theme was Scouts & Guides – we both volunteer for the movements and it’s how we met. We were both volunteering on the Physical Zone at Wings 2009 in Berkshire.  We didn’t really have a colour scheme as such but sapphire blue and purple did make an appearance – my favourite colours.

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My bouquet was white & antique roses with blue thistles by The Floral Studio – blending Yorkshire and Scotland.  Twisted Willow Floristry did our table garland and herb pots. 

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I had a few requirements for my wedding dress: I wanted some sort of sleeve (narrows the search right down); to be corseted and to have covered buttons rather than the criss cross of corseting shown on the back.

I was willing to try on pretty much anything at the start of the search but quickly realised that sleeves or straps were high on my wish list. I’m short at 5ft2 and I’ve got a good bosom so I didn’t want anything to highlight my top heaviness!

The Bridal Boutique in Guiseley was where I ended up finding my dress: Angelina by Diane Harbridge. There were so many dresses in the range (and now the new range) that I loved. I loved the way it pulled me right in on the top half but my legs weren’t constrained.  

The back of the dress was really detailed – that’s what most people see in the ceremony.  I could hear so many comments as we walked through York complimenting the dress – I felt fantastic!

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We asked the groomsmen and ushers to wear their best suits and I got them a tie and our Scottish best man wore his full Bonnie Prince Charlie kilt get up.

Bridesmaids were trickier – two of them weren’t in the country during the planning. I sent an email with links to dresses that I had found online and by a stroke of luck all three liked the same dress. Monsoon had come to the rescue. We got a sapphire blue dress called Meadow and my Mum made ivory sashes to jazz them up a bit.

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During the ceremony Andrew’s Dad’s quartet played various pieces from the TV show the Tudors. I’m a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and I got permission from Trevor Morris who wrote the music for the show to use it in our ceremony.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My favourite part of the day was probably walking through York. On the way I got stopped and had photos taken with tourists.  We had photos taken with bridesmaids, best men and groomsmen taken at the doors of York Minster and we could see a crowd of about 200 people stopping and watching.  I couldn’t resist some photo bombing of photos on the walk back to the hall (bad bride!)

Overall, the seeing all the hard work come together was fantastic.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

We went to town on the theme.  All tables at the reception were named after real Scout & Guide patrols and each guest got a specially made wedding badge – quickly popped into pockets and bags by the many Scouters and Guiders at the wedding!

Mum made a necker for each guest to wear and also bunting from donated Scout & Guide neckers.  Our table centres were old Scout & Guide books and we displayed the gas lamps used in the proposal on the fireplaces. 

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Andrew made a considerable amount of wine for the reception – this went down a lot better than expected! We made our own pub quiz and then we had a good old boogie to some cheesy classics.

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

Alex Knight Photography

My bridesmaid’s Mum made our cake. This was very fitting as she made my naming cake and some of my birthday cakes growing up. We had three layers: fruit, chocolate and Victoria sponge. Yummy! The wedding cake had Scout & Guide emblems around the top layer and on the very top was a tent made from icing with two pairs of feet sticking out and our personalised woggles. 

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Andrew’s an engineer and loves trains so for our honeymoon we went from Leeds to London and then to Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin all by train! We flew back to London to see Les Miserables and then one final train back to Leeds.  When we got back Andrew asked for a beach holiday next time!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is this:  When you enter Wedding World; be prepared to leave common sense at the door.  You can be in a classic no win situation as no matter what you say you are immediately accused of being a Bridezilla.

Weddings have a weird habit of turning people a bit strange – and I’m not including the bride here! You will hear so many different daft comments and questions. Just remember: “There’s nowt as queer as folk!” & “Keep Calm and Carry on!”

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Congratulations Claire & Andrew!

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