October 15th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Happy Monday y’all! Today’s beauty of a real wedding between Lucy and Martin centres around a lovely, delicate blush pink theme that tones beautifully with the blue of the boys’ suits and works in harmony with the subtle rustic vibe of the day.
Sandburn Hall, where the couple held their nuptials, lends itself perfectly to such a natural-styled wedding, with gorgeous exposed beams perfect for twining around fairy lights and a panoramic rural view that creates a fabulous backdrop to the ceremony and wedding breakfast.
One of our favourite details has to be the somewhat clever cake. From the front, it’s a simple and elegant design topped with two figures resembling the bride and groom, even down to Martin’s unique beard! But head round the back of the cake and you’ll find a whole host of Lego figures working hard to finish their creation. It’s details like this that guests remember from the day and it’s lovely to offer the odd surprise here and there.
Talking of surprises, thoughtful groom Martin arranged for a mint green VW campervan to pick Lucy up and transport her to Sandburn on the day of the wedding, simply because it’s her favourite. And we adore the time and thought invested into the table plan displaying photos of each guest – a lovely idea and serves two purposes; getting guests to the right table while giving them a smile en route. Tell us more, Lucy …
With images by All You Need is Love Photography.
lucy says: We got engaged on 28th March 2016. We were having a lazy Bank Holiday Monday, trying to decide what to do with our day as our plans had been cancelled. Martin went off to make breakfast but came back upstairs shortly afterwards and said, “I know what we can do today.” He pulled the ring out of his pocket and said, “Let’s get married!” It was a complete surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever been so speechless in my life. It took me a good few hours to be able to talk normally again!
We got married on 24th March 2018 at Sandburn Hall in York, where we had both our ceremony and reception. Sandburn has a restaurant called Tykes that has always been one of our favourite places to eat and, even before we got engaged, we’d always said it would be a great place to get married. It’s beautiful inside and out, with beams and a light open space.
We wanted a relaxed, fun day with everything in one place and Sandburn provided that, so we’d definitely recommend the venue to others. Our wedding coordinator Rhian was great and helped massively throughout our planning. She made sure the day ran seamlessly. We can’t fault the venue at all. The rest of the staff on the day worked so hard and a lot of them were there from start to finish, which is a long day, and yet the smiles never left their faces.
We didn’t choose a particular theme but it ended up being quite rustic with logs and flowers on the tables. We just wanted something quite simple and natural. The room is so lovely on its own that it didn’t need much decoration.
Colour-wise, we went for a blush pink as we had found bridesmaid dresses from Dorothy Perkins we liked that were blush pink, so we used this colour for the rest of the wedding.
I got my Morilee dress from the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton. I tried on several different dresses to see what suited as I had no idea what I would like and, when I put my dress on, it just felt right. It had an oyster-coloured layer under the lace, which gave it an almost vintage colouring, and lots of lace detail.
August 21st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Today’s real wedding between Chloe and Marc is all about the brights: bright suits, bright flowers and even brighter smiles! The couple chose an unusual but gorgeously effective colour scheme of baby blue and orange, which is carried through the day’s decorative details; from the elegant cake and blooms through to the delicate paper lanterns suspended from the reception room ceiling.
We love that Marc had Chloe’s married initials secretly sewn into his wedding suit as a touching personal addition to his smart attire. A sure-fire way to melt a bride’s heart! Another great idea to note is the sparkler favours – these provided some truly magical photo opportunities, and, along with the surprise firework display, helped rounded off the celebrations with dazzling bang!
Chloe also takes the heat up a notch in a stunning V-neck gown adorned in flower-patterned lace and shimmery details, crowned by a full, luxurious veil and finished with a pair of killer heels to sparkle up the dancefloor. Now, over to the beautiful bride herself for all the fabulous details…
With images by Joel Skingle Photography.
chloe says: We got engaged on 21st May 2016. It was my birthday weekend and Marc had taken me to York to celebrate. It turned out he had been the week before to choose which room he wanted to propose in at The Grand Hotel and Spa. He says he’d always planned for it to be a private moment and had arranged for champagne and flowers to be in the room; on arrival, however, the room wasn’t ready, so he managed to persuade me to stay in the hotel with a gin until it was. He says thank goodness for my love of gin, otherwise my impatience would have had us out wandering the cobbles of York!
We got married on 26th May 2018 – two years to the weekend that we got engaged. Thankfully Sheffield Wednesday didn’t get to the play-offs, or our guest list may have halved! We held our wedding at Sandburn Hall, York. We had the choice of an outdoor wedding, although the garden wasn’t completed when we booked it. We loved that everything would be at Sandburn Hall, which meant no commuting between venues. The views are incredible, and it felt like a mini holiday, having the log cabins next door. We would definitely recommend Sandburn to other brides and grooms: everything went perfectly. The staff have tons of experience and they put you at ease. The views and setting are perfect, and the option to extend our finishing time until 1am was a big thing for us – we like a party!
We didn’t have a theme as such; it was naturally rustic with the venue having wooden beams throughout. We just wanted to add brightness and freshness, so the colours were baby blue and orange. We wanted something different that we hadn’t seen before. It looked beautiful and colourful.
My dress was from Morilee and I purchased it from Blushes, Sheffield. I had tried a few dresses on at this point in other bridal shops and the stylist chose the dresses at Blushes. She was so confident in her choices and I loved both of them. I had hated every dress previously; I thought something was wrong with me. I knew I wanted a really long veil and the stylist found me the perfect one. The dress twinkled in the light without being over the top and had the low back I had wanted. It was everything I had described, and all the alterations were done there, too, which made wedding planning so much easier!
My shoes were a pair of amazing Charlotte Mills and the attention to detail with every shoe is beautiful. They were my favourite purchase for the wedding and I loved going to their boutique in Saddleworth to try them all on! I finally settled on Chloe (what a coincidence: it was meant to be). They were by far the best bridal shoes I had seen. I searched a lot!
The makeup artist was a friend called Nicole DeMarco. She was amazing. She arrived super early and made us all look beautiful; she really knows her craft. Our hair stylist was Hair by Vanya. Vanya totally knows what she is doing. She stayed right up until I walked out of the door to ensure my veil was secure.
June 21st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
For our second dose of gorgeousness today is Ell and Richard’s visual feast of a wedding, centred around a romantic dusty pink colour palette. The couple carried the sophisticated scheme through the whole day; from the elegant strapless bridesmaid dresses to the translucent ribbon detail adorning the backs of the chairs.
As Ell and Richard exchanged their vows in front of the most beautiful countryside backdrop and underneath a blanket of fairy lights strung from the beams, a pair of blossom-style trees frame the scene perfectly and echo the rural vista beyond, mirroring a pair of majestic trees in the landscape. The indoor trees took on a whole new level of impact in the evening after the sun had set, as the hundreds of fairy lights sparkled romantically for the first dance.
There are some fun details too; from the cheese cake to celebrate their passion for fromage, to the jars of mini eggs that nod to the Easter weekend.
We also adore the subtle beading on Ell’s stunning gown, which we think complements the delicate feel of the entire day perfectly!
With images by Photography by Charli.
ell says: Richard proposed on the evening of my last day of work before Christmas 2016. He got down on one knee in front of the Christmas tree in our living room. My favourite time of year is Christmas and my favourite place to be is at home, in front of the fire with Richard and our black lab, Jet. So it was the perfect proposal!
We got married on 30th March 2018 (Good Friday). We got a great deal with the venue for a March wedding and so we decided to go for the latest date available. It helped that we went to view the venue on a miserable January day and still fell in love with it, so we knew no matter what the weather was like the venue was great!
We had both our ceremony and reception at Sandburn Hall in York. We loved the rustic beams and amazing views from the Grand Hall. We would 100% recommend the venue to other couples. Hayley, our wedding planner, was a superstar! She made us feel so relaxed on what I had thought would be a very stressful day.
Our colour scheme was dusty pink. I really loved the colour and didn’t want a scheme that made it too difficult to tie it in with the bridesmaids’ outfits and table centrepieces. We wanted our decor to be delicate and pretty.
For my dress, I went for an A-line design. I’m pretty tall and this was the most flattering shape/style.
I purchased the dress from Finery Bridal in Sherburn.
March 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog, we’re being swept away by a captivating woodland themed wedding on the outskirts of York.
Newlyweds Jade and Carl decided on a winter’s wedding at the beautiful Sandburn Hall. The surrounding forest provided the most romantic of backdrops to their fabulous wedding photography, complemented by the venue’s rustic interior.
With pops of berry tones, log centre pieces, faux fur to keep the bridal party cosy and a pair of wellies for the blushing bride – this wedding really showcases the best of the British outdoors! Jade talks us through their special day.
With images by Photography 34
jade says: We got engaged on 3rd August 2013. We went for a picnic to Dalby Forest, a place we often go to. After our picnic, we went for a walk around the lake and Carl got down on one knee and proposed!
Our wedding date was set for 18th December 2015. We loved the idea of a winter wedding and Christmas seemed like the best time as there are many people are already celebrating. Plus, the thought of it being cold outside, with everyone warm and cosy inside, really appealed to us. It was also a guaranteed way not to be disappointed by the weather!
We got married at a beautiful church in our village called St Laurence’s. My mum and dad were married here and my grandpa was buried there, so it has special meaning for me. My husband, Carl, had grown up in the village most of his life too, so it was an obvious choice.
Following on from this we had our reception at Sandburn Hall near York. We chose this venue as we loved all the exposed oak beams and the huge windows. It gave it an outdoorsy feel even though we were inside. Without any decoration, the room looked beautiful and overlooked a forest and golf course.
We went with a woodland theme for our wedding based on our love of being outdoors.
We chose navy and berry colours as these felt wintery, especially the lovely berry colours which were incorporated into the flowers and men’s ties.
I wore a Maggie Sottero gown from The Wedding Room in Scarborough. The straps were embellished with Swarovski crystals all the way round the low scoop open back and under the bust. The dress was loose fitted, with a train and a down to the floor veil which framed the dress beautifully.
The groom wore a navy wool suit from Next. As for the bridesmaids, they wore navy floor length Adrianna Papell gowns with embellishment on the chest area. The best men wore the same navy suits as Carl. Meanwhile, my dad and brothers wore kilts which were berry coloured, as they are Scottish.
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