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roses & berries for a colourful autumn wedding at northorpe hall & barn – jen & craig

September 11th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (26)

Who, like us, is just so ready for sweater weather! Bring on autumn! There are some gorgeous details at today’s real wedding between Jen and Craig as it’s a real celebration of the season and its rich and vibrant colours.

Jen’s flower crown packs an absolute punch and it vibes fabulously with her boho dress and loose, vivid bouquet – not to mention her shoes, now they are some seriously cool T-bars!

The guys make a strong style statement too in their varying-coloured tweed suits reflecting the key tones of autumn.

Further seasonal nods can be found in the décor; from the cute mini pumpkins on the top table to the beautiful berries and clever carved apple tealight holders. And in keeping with the rural barn setting, there are some gorgeous rustic touches too, including sweet hessian bunting and a naked three-tiered cake.

But beyond the aesthetics, we love the fact this wedding has a conscience. All the proceeds from their chosen venue go into helping young people who are experiencing mental health problems, bereavement or autism. Usually weddings are all about the couple – and why not indeed! – but Jen and Craig’s wedding manages to be both a celebration of their ten-year relationship and the future to come as well as a lasting legacy for children going through tough times. What a touching combination. Here’s Jan to tell us more…

With images by Simon Holmes Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (31)

jen says: There wasn’t a real wedding proposal as such for Craig and I. We had been together ten years before we decided to tie the knot; it just seemed like the right time.

We got married on 28th October 2017 – I really wanted an autumn wedding, as it’s our favourite season and we love all the colours.

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (21)

A barn wedding was definitely top of my list, as I thought it would be right for the kind of relaxed celebration we wanted. I visited a few before settling on Northorpe Hall & Barn in Mirfield. It is owned by a registered children’s charity, which supports young people with mental health issues, bereavement and autism. All the proceeds from weddings held in the barn help to provide these services; this was so important to us as our own son is autistic and we know how badly families need this support. The venue is lovely; they were really accommodating about changes to menus and helpful when it came to suppliers. What’s really nice – and without a doubt the most important thing to us – was to have a wedding that left some sort of legacy: to actually have a wedding that was all about us but also directly benefits others was more than we could have hoped for.

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (52)

For our theme, we went with an autumn/Yorkshire celebration. We used autumnal colours – burgundy, orange, pink, green and blush. We both love all the colours and wanted to incorporate those into our wedding but without having a regimented colour scheme. Our venue stylist used lots of pumpkins, apples, burlap and rustic elements to tie in with our theme.

An Autumn Wedding at Northorpe Hall (c) Simon Holmes Photography (36)

When it came to my dress, I knew exactly what kind I wanted – something with sleeves and lace that was quite understated and boho. I went to a few bridal boutiques but, being a plus-size bride, I found it difficult to find anything I liked that had a sample in my size to try. After doing lots of research, I saw a dress by Savannah Miller for Debenhams that I absolutely loved. I couldn’t believe I’d found something suitable on the high street. I wore a handmade silk flower belt with it from Etsy and some gorgeous Irregular Choice shoes.

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