August 17th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
We’ve got a treat lined up for you today on the blog, as we venture to the pretty Ripley Castle estate in Yorkshire, for a wedding that’s brimming in gorgeous details and even a cleverly subtle nod to the groom’s favourite football club.
Melanie and Carl’s exquisite day boasts a rural, country charm thanks to its location – think stone-built cobbled streets, the quaintest of churches and a picture-perfect lake for those all-important wedding shots. We’re in love.
The bride decided to have her wedding dress custom-made, so sorry ladies you won’t be able to find this beautiful gown anywhere else! A rustic bouquet of peach roses, blue delphinium and green foliage complemented this vintage bridal look perfectly. Other highlights from the day include a string quartet, outdoors games and a sweet cart, but we’ll let Melanie share all the finer details!
With images by Kazooieloki Photography.
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melanie says: We had been together just over two years when Carl surprised me with a trip to New York for my 30th birthday in May 2016. He had booked a gorgeous hotel with a window seat overlooking Central Park and, on our first day, asked me to sit in the window seat to watch a slideshow of photographs of us set to Happy Together by The Turtles. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, but with no ring as he’d booked an appointment at Tiffany & Co for me to choose one!
We got married on Saturday 24th June 2017. Carl is a huge football fan and lifelong Leicester City season ticket holder so we wanted to get married in the break between when one season ended and another started. Carl wanted this so that he didn’t miss the football and me so we didn’t miss any future wedding anniversaries!
We tied the knot at All Saints Church in Ripley, near Harrogate, and our reception was held at the beautiful Ripley Castle just across the road. We knew we wanted somewhere in the countryside as we wanted it to be a pretty place for people who had travelled a long way. From the first time we visited Ripley Castle we fell in love with it. The beautiful stone houses in the small village of Ripley made for an incredibly warm welcome before even reaching the castle. The castle grounds are stunning with a picturesque lake, and the castle is built from the same stone as the rest of the village. Inside, large wooden beams gave a really warm and authentic feel to the venue. Nowhere else we saw after this even came close.
We didn’t have a specific theme for the day as we just wanted to include the things we liked. As we got engaged in New York, we tried to have a nod towards this, with our tables named after iconic landmarks, such as Central Park, and our dessert being a specially requested New York cheesecake. In general, we just wanted things that would feel relaxed and enjoyable for everyone.
Our colour scheme was pale blue with peach. Carl wanted blue due to his love of Leicester City FC, so one day when I was browsing Pinterest, I stumbled across a picture of a large pale blue and peach bouquet and instantly loved it. We liked that it was different to anything we’d seen before and how it gave a soft, romantic feel to the images it had been incorporated in.
I had been to quite a few weddings and seen lots of very similar dresses, so after browsing pictures of wedding dresses I decided I really loved sleeves as I felt they were elegant and different. The reality of finding a dress with sleeves was really quite difficult. I went to three shops, all of which only had one or two and all of which were very slim fitting, which did not suit my shape. I made an appointment with a local designer and dressmaker called Joanna Leigh Couture and it was the best decision I made. I told her all of the things I liked and didn’t like, picked the material and lace from her samples and she drew up a design of my perfect wedding dress. I got to see my dress grow and change at our monthly appointments and ended up with a dress that fitted me perfectly and that I absolutely loved.
December 22nd, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
Continuing Christmas week (wahey!) in style on the wedding blog we’re delving into Chris and Olga’s magical day at the beautiful Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire – one of our brand new Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show destinations for 2017 no less!
We just love everything about their story – from the rainbow that appeared in the sky during their first visit to the castle, to the stunning handmade wedding dress, created back in Olga’s hometown in Russia.
And let’s not forget about their amazing fireworks display and the appearance of their very own Russian MC, who added something that little bit different to the day’s proceedings!
With images from JPR Shah Photography
olga says: We got engaged on 31 August 2015. We were walking in the rain at Harlow Carr Gardens near Harrogate – Chris had been carrying the ring with him all morning and was waiting for the right moment. Despite the rain there were quite a few people around and it was difficult to get a moment alone. We turned into a little hidden garden, full of strongly smelling lavender (which reminded Chris of his late grandmother’s garden) and he then went down on one knee and popped the question – it was very romantic.
We tied the knot on 4th June 2016. During the early days of our relationship, I left the UK to fly home after our initial month together, so when we were thinking about a date for our wedding, we suddenly remembered that heartbreaking day and decided to turn that sad memory into a happy one and use it to bring us together for the rest of our lives.
We got married at Ripley Castle. The reason? A rainbow! I had set my heart on an English castle and Ripley was the first place on our venue list, as Chris is a Harrogate lad. We were incredibly impressed by the wonderful, professional welcome that the staff there gave us, but even though we felt very much at home there, we wanted to compare it with some others. However, while visiting, a rainbow appeared in the sky. Rainbows have always been lucky for us, appearing on our first date and when we got engaged, so we felt that it was always our lucky charm. It was definitely a sign for us, and our decision was made immediately as we drove away!
We wanted our wedding to have a classical English theme to suit the wonderful surroundings at Ripley Castle, coupled with some traditional features of a Russian wedding too. It was important for both of us that it embraced both cultures.
Our colour scheme incorporated a combination of ivory, pale gold, lemon, soft tangerine and mint green. We started with my favourite colour for my dress (ivory) and complemented it with the gold and lemon in Chris’ outfit – we added in other colours through my knowledge of the world of fashion (these colours were ‘in’ this year for spring weddings!) – they looked wonderful together and seemed to fit in harmoniously with the castle’s interior.
I wore a stunning dress designed and hand-made by a well-known and internationally renowned wedding salon called Belfaso, which is based in my home city of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.
Gemma Earl Make Up did the hair and makeup for the bridal party on the day of the wedding. I worked closely with Gemma to get the right ‘look’, including a trial run the week before when we tried a number of different styles.
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