May 19th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
When Sara and Paul stumbled across Rudby Hall in North Yorkshire, they knew they’d found the perfect venue to host the intimate country house wedding of their dreams. It offered them a sophisticated, luxurious and exclusive setting as well as a warm, homely feel – they even allowed the couple’s Westie dog Bonnie in on the celebrations!
All the elegant details of their timeless day have been captured beautifully: think handsome buildings, fine gardens, soft pink hues and romantic florals. Get ready, guys: this one’s a beauty.
With images by Victoria Edwards Photography.
sara says: We got engaged in November 2015. Paul had planned our engagement at Thornton Steward reservoir as it’s one of our favourite places to walk our Westie dog, Bonnie. He even got up early to hide a photo album of memories and champagne. Unfortunately though, it started pouring down when we got there and I insisted on going home! Paul later had to go to the ‘pub’ to retrieve the hidden surprises and instead proposed on a spa weekend later in the month.
Our wedding day was 1st October 2016 . I’d always dreamt of a summer wedding but, after looking round beautiful country houses, such as Rudby Hall, we thought it seemed such a waste not to make use of the full house! There’s also something romantic about candlelight on a dull day.
Our ceremony was held at All Saints Church, Hutton Rudby and the reception was held up the road at the beautiful Rudby Hall.
We really struggled to find a venue that accommodated under 60 day guests on a Saturday; most had a minimum of 70 which we simply didn’t have. Another bonus of Rudby Hall was that we had exclusive use from Friday to Sunday, so the celebrations felt really intimate; it was like home for a weekend!
Theme-wise, I’d describe our wedding as classical romantic/old English – including the rain! The theme revolved around my love of all things pretty and floral and the colour dusky pink.
In the run up to the wedding, I thought buying my dress would be a nightmare but I actually bought the first one I tried on! I later realised scrolling through Pinterest that I’d pinned the same dress six months before our engagement, so it was meant to be. I wore a simple Mori Lee fishtail gown paired with a delicate crystal ribbon belt that matched my shoes perfectly.
Laura Mac did my makeup on the day of the wedding, which was flattering and natural. My bridesmaids and mum loved their makeup too. In the morning before the ceremony I felt so nervous, but Laura’s friendly and warm personality put me at ease. She was lovely to have around and I would thoroughly recommend her.
October 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Finishing up an exciting week here at Brides Up North HQ with another dose of beautiful, as we join Brides Up North reader Angela and her new husband Mark for their stunning Real Wedding in Knutsford. Angela offset her gorgeously girly palette with cool minks and an abundance of blooms for a celebration that looks as a fun as it was elegant.
With images by Jonny Draper Photography (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, don’tcha know)!
Angela says: Mark surprised me and took me to Paris in February 2012. He didn’t do the traditional Eiffel Tower as he knew I wanted something a bit different so proposed as we were walking along the River Seine.
We were married on 30th August 2013 at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme and Mere Golf Club, Knutsford.
Mere Golf Club had just been refurbished when we were looking for venues and it was looked lovely and had the views we wanted. One of the other reasons was the neutral carpet, which a lot of other venues didn’t have!
We chose a colour palette of light pinks, mink and ivory.
My dress was from Sense and Sensibility and was my second dress as I had decided the first was not ‘The One’. I saw the second and knew it was right. It was a fitted dress with one shoulder, with a slightly Grecian feel to it.
My bouquet – by Red Floral Architecture – was a mass of avalanche roses, enhanced with occasional sweet avalanche, metallina, quicksand and amnesia roses. A diamante section was included within the bouquet in a small crescent shape to match the gown and the headpiece.
We choose to have Howard Wing to entertain the guests throughout the day and into the evening; he also performed our first dance. In the evening we had a photo booth, which was a big hit with the guests.
We wanted different table names rather than the usual number and it worked out nicely that we had seven tables for the seven years we have been together. Each table was Year 1, Year 2 etc. with a photo from that year.
My uncle made our cake for our wedding present, we asked for a plain ivory three tier cake and Red Floral decorated it with ivory flowers between each tier and one the top.
I loved the ceremony but my favourite part was during the meal when Howard entertained us all and when the guests really started to relax and enjoy themselves. The photos just show how much fun we were all having.
We knew that our honeymoon was once in a lifetime so we fulfilled our dream of going to Australia. We started with a stop off in Singapore and then travelled down the east coast of Australia and then stopped at Bangkok on our way home. It was the best four weeks we have ever had.
My top tip is that once the day is here there is no point worrying. You have done everything you possibly can, this is your day so relax and enjoy every minute of it – have fun!
Congratulations Angela & Mark!
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