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true romance. pretty pastels for a charming wedding at barden tower – rebecca & dominic

July 30th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Happy Monday y’all! Let’s start it as we mean to go on… with a little hyper pretty! If you love a picturesque backdrop then the good news is that today’s real wedding has got this in spades! We’re heading to the Yorkshire Dales for Rebecca and Dominic’s special day at the quaint 13th Century Barden Tower, set within Grade I listed surroundings.

Tying the knot back in June – the very weekend the bride’s parents got married 32 years previously – the couple chose this date in hope of landing some beautiful weather, which we’re pleased to hear, they got! And boy, does the wonderful weather lend itself to some rather unforgettable photographs of the couple amidst the venue’s mystical historical ruins.

Inside, the venue is equally as stunning, with exposed stonewalls, high ceilings and chandeliers providing a breathtaking setting for the couple’s ceremony and celebrations afterwards. Combine this with the couple’s pastel colour scheme and abundance of roses, peonies and greenery, and you’ve got yourself a wedding that’s like something straight out of a romantic period novel. Enjoy!

With images by A Little Picture.

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rebecca says: We got engaged in Australia, at Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay. Dom proposed following a romantic meal. We went to a beautiful beach with amazing views that was just across the road from where we were staying, and there was no one else around when he popped the question.

We tied the knot on 23rd June 2018. We chose this date as we were hoping for beautiful weather (which we got!) to complement the stunning venue at Barden Tower with the fantastic picturesque scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. It happened to be the same weekend that my parents had got married 32 years before as well as being an even year (which was one of my requirements!).

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We got married at the stunning venue that is Barden Tower in Barden. It is a gorgeous Grade I listed geographical location with phenomenal views and surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. The staff and especially Debbie (the lady in charge at the venue) were so accommodating and put us at ease throughout the whole process making it as stress free as possible. It was the perfect place for our special day.

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We went with a very natural theme for our wedding. This included more pastel-based colours of natural pinks, greens and cream reflected in all of the flowers and my bouquet. This colour scheme also complemented the fresh flowers that decorated the stunning venue and the bridesmaids’ dresses.

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When it came to my dress, I went to many shops and tried on many dresses before I found it. I wanted something that replicated me and my personality and as soon as I tried my dress on, I just knew it was the one. It was an Enzoani design elegant, full-length, mesh chiffon sheath gown featuring a high halter neckline and Guipure lace. It had a keyhole back and a delicate tulle and Guipure lace train. I loved it. I purchased it from Scarlet Poppy in Leeds and they were amazing – from the sales assistant to the seamstress, Louise.

Dominic wore a peppered blue suit with a tweed style grey waistcoat with blue checks and a knitted blue bow tie – all were purchased from Moss Bros in Leeds. This was a tailored option with a personalised trim. He wore blue brogues with a blue suede trim, purchased from Slaters in Leeds.

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pretty chilled. a relaxed wedding at taitlands – emily & tom

December 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Emily and Tom invited their friends and family to enjoy a relaxed wedding in the Yorkshire Dales, specifically not wanting to make the weekend “all about them”. Well, their wedding day was all about them – and in the best possible of ways: friendly, fun and full of special, meaningful details.

Exactly the way it should be.

With images by Johnboy Wilson.

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emily says: We got engaged in September 2012, on The Isle of Skye. It was my 30th Birthday and Tom proposed to me at the top of the Quirraing. It was a very special place to us from a previous adventure together. We spent the rest of the week in a cottage on the Isle of Lewis on a secluded beach.

We were married on 31st May 2014 as it is around our anniversary of when we met – we thought six years together should be celebrated!

We chose Taitlands near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. We both love walking and the Dales is one of our favourite places in the world. We actually only looked at Taitlands as a venue, we knew the area was right and as soon as we met Emma (the owner of Taitlands) we knew she would help us organise a relaxed wedding set to the backdrop of the hills.

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We wanted a relaxed wedding and encouraged guests to stay in the local area for the weekend so they could go walking or have a meal down at the local pub before/after the wedding day. We didn’t want the weekend to be all about us!

The day was a mixture of themes to reflect the things we really love in the world. We chose natural materials such as wood and wicker and the decor and flowers were inspired by the Hebrides, but we decided to go more elegant for the ceremony itself.

As we love camping and walking I wouldn’t say I was overly girlie so I thought why not go for it on your own wedding day – we chose pale pink and cream theme for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and we teamed this scheme up with dark blue to balance it out.

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I looked at lots of dresses online as starting point. I then realised that I was putting off going to a shop to try on actual dresses – the idea made me feel very uncomfortable. I then found online a small independent shop in Pudsey called Scarlett Poppy. The shop makes bespoke dresses and I loved the fact that they are independent.

The ladies at Scarlett Poppy put me at ease and really listened to my ideas. The draft drawings were really helpful to envisage the dress and the process of designing something from scratch was amazing.

I went for a classic figure hugging dress as I love the art deco era and my Mum choose the beaded lace pattern for the back of the dress – a very special moment.

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Tom wore a blue suit from TM Lewin, his best man got married 9 months before and they agreed to where the same suits for both weddings.

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I wanted to get dresses that the bridesmaids would feel comfortable in and potentially wear again. I went for Karen Millen dresses in pale pink.

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Emma at Taitlands is also a florist which made the organising of flowers easy. Emma has fantastic taste and we gave her the colour scheme and a few details and she provided the rest – the flowers were elegant and suited the ceremony perfectly.

Emma provided flowers for the entrance, button holes and bouquets.

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Johnboy Wilson was our photographer. I would recommend Johnboy as a photographer; he strikes the balance between being friendly yet professional. We gave a brief to him that we only wanted a few formal photographs of the day and we would rather have more natural pictures of our friends and family having fun – he really did capture the atmosphere of the day and respected our request. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

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a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (28)

I would highly recommend Victoria Edwards as a makeup artist, Victoria travelled to the venue making getting ready on the morning of the wedding a fun and girlie time. My Mum and bridesmaids looked fantastic and Victoria listened to each person to find out what style they wanted and gave some great suggestions. Getting ready together was a fun experience.

Our hairdresser was Hannah from Verve in Ilkley, again Hannah travelled to the venue and really transformed my hair into the vintage style I was looking for.

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a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (31)

Our families helped the table decor and the marquee – it was a real team effort.  We decorated the main rooms ourselves, especially the marquee, where we had lanterns and pompoms. We even added beer mats from New York and Canada which is where we went on honeymoon.

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Taitlands has a wonderful chef that cooks traditional yet beautiful food. The guests commented on how fantastic the food was. As Taitlands is independently owned we were able to organise our own wine and Champagne for a corkage fee. The charge was very reasonable and it meant we could buy good quality wine.

Tom and I love cheese and we new pretty early on that we wanted a cheese tower rather than a traditional wedding cake. On our trips to the Dales we would stop off at The Courtyard on the A64. The Courtyard has an independent cheese shop which we love called The Courtyard Dairy. We knew we would have to buy our cheese from there as the selection and knowledge of the owner, Andy, was fantastic.

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Whether we should give favours seem one of the things we debated the most! We decided give favours in the end and went for quite a simple idea. We bought a favours kit from Hobbycraft and filled the small wine glasses with a mixture of five sweets including some sugared almonds to be traditional

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The best part of the day was walking round the lawn after the ceremony with my new Husband chatting with the people we love.

We had a selection of lawn games, which we arranged ourselves and we even made little signs. Taitlands supplied the Croquet.

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a relaxed wedding at Taitlands (c) Johnboy Wilson Photography (48)

One of Tom’s best friends, Simon is a wedding DJ and he did last performance in the UK as he has since moved to Dubai! The company was called BigBigLove. Tom and Simon worked together and use to DJ together at parties in Leeds.

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We had a short break in the Yorkshire Dales after the ceremony to just relax and remember the day, then three months later we went to New York and Canada, taking in the Niagara Falls, Victoria, the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver.

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A tip that was given to us and that I’ll pass on to other Brides Up North was to take the time with your Husband/Wife to just stand back and take in the moments on the day. It really made it special for us.

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Peonies & Pearls. A Bespoke Gown & Louboutins For A Real Wedding At Wood Hall, Wetherby – Rachel & Mark

June 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Helen Lishman Photography

Rachel and Mark’s beautiful wedding day in Wetherby is full of pretty.  Peonies, pink, tulle, lace, Louboutins and a rather lovely bespoke gown.

No further introductions needed.  I’ll leave you to it!

With images by Helen Lishman Photography.

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Rachel says: Mark booked a surprise trip for us in December 2012 and I didn’t know until we got to the airport that we were going to New York!

We stayed in the Plaza and he had pre-planned everything down to the last detail. On the last night  after dinner we stopped to look at the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre one last time before we went home. Mark was shaking and I thought he was shivering – he then got down on one knee and I burst into tears! We then went for a carriage ride through Central Park but I can’t remember any of that – it was all a blur!

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We got married on Friday 9th May 2014. We chose that day because it was exactly four years to the day since our first date. It had a bit of special meaning!

Helen Lishman Photography

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We chose Wood Hall Hotel in Linton near Wetherby. We nearly chose another venue but decided to take a look at Wood Hall before we made a final decision. The drive up to the hotel is fantastic and as we rounded the corner and saw the hotel on the side of the valley it took me completely by surprise and we both said ‘Wow!’. We both had butterflies as we drove up to the building and knew that was the place for us.

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

My mum had been taken seriously ill in December before the wedding and we very nearly cancelled the whole day as we didn’t know if she would pull through, never mind make it to the day. She did! The plan was always for mum to give me away and I was over the moon when she made it out of hospital and could still give me away – be it from her wheelchair. It was the first time most of the family had seen her since she was seriously ill in hospital and just seeing mum brought everyone to tears.

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

Our wedding theme was white white and more white! The only colour was in the flowers around the room.

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

After trying on lots of dresses I couldn’t find anything that felt like the ‘one’. We had met the ladies from Scarlet Poppy at a wedding fair in Harrogate months earlier who had told us that they could make a couture dress to however I wanted it. Eventually my mum said: “Right come on now Rach, its going to have to be made for you”. So we went to see the team at Scarlet Poppy in Pudsey and it was the best decision I could have made. It was exactly as I wanted it. White duchess satin with a tulle overlay and appliqued lace round the neck and bodice and around the hem in a fitted fishtail style with a v neck and low v back. I wore white Christian Louboutin peep toes which Mark had shipped over from America because I couldn’t find them in the UK.

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Mark wore a black dinner suit with tails and a white bow tie from Slaters in Leeds and my two bridesmaids wore knee length champagne coloured silk dresses from Karen Millen.

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Helen Lishman of Helen Lishman Photography shot the day and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her – the photographs were better than we could ever have imagined! Helen was so professional yet so friendly and warm with all the guests and we both agreed that choosing Helen was one of our best decisions about the whole day.

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

It sounds cliché but we both said that our favourite moment was the moment we saw each other at the end of the aisle. I was shaking like a leaf and it was a relief to reach Mark at the other end and have him take both my hands – I felt like I might faint before that! We were both grinning from ear to hear whilst we said our vows.

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

I had a bouquet of pink Sarah Bernhardt peonies – my favourite flowers! Our fantastic florist was Annemarie Wilkinson who could see our vision straight away for the flowers. She was great to work with and we would definitely recommend her! The bridesmaids had smaller versions of the brides bouquet but with a mixture of pink and white peonies.

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

The venue was decorated with flowers, peonies, white gelder roses, hyacinth, freesias and sweet peas, both on white candelabras and in rustic white jugs.

We bought our own personalised white aisle runner to compliment the colour scheme as the hotel usually provide a red one. The tables were named after our favourite places that we had visited together – New York, St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco and so on.

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We gave our guests beautiful white laser cut birdcage style favour boxes tied with ribbon held mini rolls of personalised love hearts, Lindt strawberries and champagne chocolates and drinks tokens for the guests.

Helen Lishman Photography

The cake was a three tier cake of red velvet, Victoria sponge and chocolate cake made by Lucie Barron – the owner of Cinderella Cakes in Leeds – who just happens to be a good friend of mine! It was beautifully iced in pretty white layers and topped with a pink peony.

Helen Lishman Photography

We drank champagne all day! The courses were all chosen by the groom during our tasting meal at the hotel six weeks beforehand as I only felt it was fair that he could choose the aspect of the wedding that he got most excited about! We ate Roast Plum Tomato, Red Pepper and Basil Soup to start, Roast Sirloin of Yorkshire Beef with Roast Root Vegetables, Chateau Potato and Yorkshire Pudding for main and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and custard for dessert. Followed by the chefs delicious homemade fudge with tea and coffee! A very Yorkshire menu for a very Yorkshire couple!

The magic of the day was unreal. It was lovely to get married in such a beautiful venue and the backdrop of the North Yorkshire countryside was simply stunning. The guests all commented on how polite all the serving staff were and the day went completely without a hitch.

Helen Lishman Photography

Mark and I provided lots of sweets in glass jars and bought the bags and scoops ourselves so the guests could help themselves throughout the evening. We also had a traditional ice cream cart from the Ice Dream Experience – they went down a treat!

We also provided a basket of white flip flops for ladies to pop on to soothe their aching dancing feet as the night wore on.

Helen Lishman Photography

We had the resident hotel DJ John Bradd who was fab and not cheesy. We also had a photobooth by Booth Revolution that provided hours of fun for the guests, including Uncle Tony who made one too many visits to the booth even on his own!

Helen Lishman Photography

For our honeymoon we went to a beautiful resort called Shanti Maurice on the south coast of Mauritius. We spent 10 days swimming in turquoise water and walking on white sand. We took private speedboat tours of the tiny surrounding islands, swam with dolphins, went quad biking through the mountains, had private dinners on the beach in the evening and drank far too much champagne and rum cocktails!

Helen Lishman Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take a moment together just the two of you alone at some point in the day. The hustle and bustle is so much to take in and everyone wants to talk to you both, that 10 minutes alone before the evening reception is a must. During our few minutes of time alone Mark gave me a wedding present of some gorgeous black lace Jimmy Choo heels with a card that made me cry!

Congratulations Rachel & Mark!

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Must Be The Music! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Kate & Pete

April 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When Jackie of J Clitheroe Photography and real bride Kate sent me this afternoon’s Real Wedding, I was instantly smitten.  Everything about this wedding – from the relaxed yet gorgeous bouquets to the grinning groom to Kate’s “dancing” dress – sings of a good time, and a couple who are best friends.  The perfect start to the Easter weekend (and they even had Kinder Egg favours!).   

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Kate says: We got engaged on a camping trip in the South of France in July 2009. Pete proposed one evening while we were sitting in the tent in the rain. He said he had to do it before the following evening as we were going to see Status Quo (Pete’s choice not mine!) and he wouldn’t be able to enjoy it if he knew he still had to pop the question.

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We were married on 26th March 2011 at Monk Fryston Hall near Leeds, then we had our evening reception in Goole, our hometown, at the Vikings Hotel.

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We wanted somewhere which was elegant but wasn’t too imposing. Monk Fryston had this but also had a ‘cosy’ feel to it. Also, we’re both real foodies and had heard excellent things about the food there – we weren’t disappointed!

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We never really discussed a theme for the wedding; we didn’t want to be tied to just one colour or style, so the theme really just became ‘a collection of stuff we like.’ Luckily it all came together OK!  Most things ended up being a variation of green or purple as they are our favourite colours. Though we intentionally didn’t want everything to be too co-ordinated, we just chose things that caught our eye.

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My dress was ‘Ryan’ by Augusta Jones, from Scarlet Poppy in Pudsey. It was a drop-waist slim A-line, with a lace bodice and chiffon skirt. It was really important to me to have a dress which wouldn’t get in my way when I wanted a dance! Some of the bigger dresses I tried felt so heavy and bulky, but as soon as I tried this dress on I felt so comfortable in it and I loved how romantic the light material of the skirt was.

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The bridesmaids wore full length, chiffon dresses from the Jasmine range, which were from It’s All About the Dress in Hedon. I wanted each of them to feel great in their dress and liked the idea of asking them to choose their own style so they could each be different. I think everyone was happy with the arrangement- I didn’t have the stress of trying to find a dress which would suit all three of them and they felt a bit more individual. Many of the wedding guests commented on the day that they thought it was a really good idea.

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Our flowers were by Posies by Amy in Goole. I wanted my flowers to look really natural and simple, like they had just been picked and hand tied. I’m rubbish with names of flowers and so just pointed out things I liked to Amy, our florist, she did a brilliant job. My bouquet was an assortment of hydrangea, muscari and other things I don’t know the names of!

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In the morning, everybody (except me, my Mum and Bridesmaids who were already at the venue) piled on to a double decker red London Bus, which was provided by Red Bus Days in Keighley and came complete with bus conductor and ticket machine! Then the bus took us to the evening reception venue in Goole after the wedding breakfast.

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Pete is a talented musician and song writer and wrote an acoustic guitar piece for me to walk down the aisle to. He also did a brilliant job in slightly altering the Edward Monkton Lovely Dinosaur reading to suit us!

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To add another special touch to the day, my Nana is a great artist – she made custom floral designs for our invitations, place cards and table numbers, which she based on a verse on spring flowers in Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale.’

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We used J Clitheroe Photography from Selby. We really liked the natural style of Jackie’s photos – and that she didn’t overuse airbrushing or effects, as we still wanted to look like us! We were sold after meeting up with Jackie, as she was so lovely we knew we would both be really comfortable around her on the day, especially in the morning taking pictures of the bridal preparations. It’s surprising how much time you spend with your photographer on your wedding day, so if you can have a bit of a giggle with them it really is a bonus!

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We had a cheese tower cake made by Chucks and Cheese in Goole. As it was a very Yorkshire affair we decided that the bottom tier of the cake should be fruit cake. Pete made clay model mice cake toppers for the top of our cheese tower!

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We hired a DJ from BCs Promotions in York. We’re both very much into our music and probably had some quite unusual choices for a wedding disco, but we loved it.

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My favourite part of the day was definitely the party in the evening! One of the things we always said throughout planning was that we just wanted everyone to be relaxed, well fed and watered and having a good time. There was such a fun atmosphere in the evening and so many people were up dancing, we didn’t want to leave!

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We had an amazing honeymoon in Thailand, travelling around some of the islands then spending a few days in Bangkok.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be “don’t sweat the small stuff”– on the day nobody will notice if small details are not perfect. If there are glitches, try to laugh about them – they’re usually the parts that make the interesting stories down the line!

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Congratulations Kate & Pete!

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