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endless love. charlie brear for country wedding at sledmere house – hattie & joe

August 24th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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The stately home of Sledmere House in Yorkshire is giving us all the romantic wedding feels today on the blog, as we delve into Hattie and Joe’s glorious big day, which took place earlier this summer.

Offering a little bit of everything – a church, a grandiose country house and a marquee – the couple’s wedding brings together all our favourite backdrops, and then some! With no overbearing colour scheme or theme – the bride just wanted a relaxed country wedding and we think she fulfilled the brief rather nicely thanks to the choice of venue, floral arrangements and special touches (contain your excitement – there’s a fairytale-like horse and cart!).

What we especially love though, is that amidst their classic and supremely chic day the couple hosted a 90s power hour DJ set featuring all of their favourite songs and glow sticks, of course! The most perfect example of how a couple can really let their personalities shine through on their special day – and bring a real dose of nostalgic fun to proceedings too!

With images by A Little Picture.

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hattie says: Joe proposed to me at Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales on 29th December 2016. As it was a popular spot we went early in the morning and there was a heavy frost, so it looked even more beautiful. It was the day of Joe’s 30th birthday so I didn’t see it coming.

We got married on 7th July 2018. We wanted a summer wedding but as we ran the London Marathon in April 2017 and all our time was taken up with training, we gave ourselves an extra year to plan and decided on 2018.

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We got married at Sledmere House, East Yorkshire. The ceremony was in the church, with a drinks reception in the house followed by the wedding breakfast and dancing in the marquee in the grounds. I picked the venue because it had everything all in one place in the most beautiful setting. The first three times I visited the venue it was either raining, snowing or thick fog but despite all this, it was still beautiful. They always say the one thing you can’t control on your wedding day is the weather and I thought, if it looked beautiful on a grey rainy day then if were are lucky enough to have sun it will look incredible – and it did!

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I wanted a relaxed country wedding with a romantic feel. We live in London and most of my friends had never been to Yorkshire, so I wanted to show off the beautiful countryside and have locally sourced flowers and food.

I didn’t really have a set theme – I just wanted it to be relaxed, country and floaty. The bridesmaids wore forest green dresses from Rewritten. I wanted them to wear pale pastel colours but when they tried on the dresses they all looked so beautiful in the green ones and a bit washed out in the pastels. So, we went with green. I felt with the light pinks, greens and whites of the flowers – they worked perfectly.

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During the search for my dress I must have visited eight shops in the north and London. I ended up buying the most beautiful Charlie Brear dress from a boutique called The White Closet in Didsbury. Despite visiting so many shops I didn’t find anything I liked apart from in The White Closet where I actually found two that were amazing. The experience was fun and friendly and they transformed me into the exact bride I was looking to be, all so effortlessly. The dress I chose was great as it was a simple slip dress overlaid with lace, which I removed in the evening and then added a sequin belt to. It felt amazing and was so light and flowing.

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real wedding recap summer 2017: a wedding day of contrasts at sledmere house in yorkshire – josie & bruce

June 24th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

Sometimes, we just want to have it all. And for today’s couple, their venue choice – Sledmere House in East Yorkshire – more than delivered when it came to fulfilling their wedding day wishlist.

Tying the knot last September in the stately home’s regal setting, the couple then shifted their celebrations in to the more rustic backdrop of the venue’s on-site barn, which Josie and Bruce describe as their own personal ‘DIY project’.

And with so many special touches – the ice cream tricycle, stairway to heaven and petal drop are just a few of our personal favourites – we think you’re going to feel inspired by the abundance of original ideas from their big day. Josie shares all the gorgeous details…

With images from Photogenick

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josie says: We got engaged on 26 September 2016. Bruce said there was no specific relevance to this date, however we had booked a trip to Paris near Christmas, so he had got a lock engraved with the date to mark the occasion. Bruce planned to propose at Sails café, Skidby windmill, a location that meant a lot to me. However, I scuppered Bruce’s plans by inviting my mum and granddad to lunch. Bruce chickened out. However, knowing it had to be that day because of the engraved lock, Bruce had to think on his feet and suggested a walk…eventually popping the question! He presented me with the most beautiful ring and, of course, the engraved lock. We celebrated in Paris in December and placed the lock on the love lock bridge.

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We got married on 17 September 2016. We didn’t want to wait too long to get married. There was no relevance to this date but we hoped for good weather and, based on previous years, September had been lovely and this gave us just under a year to plan and organize everything for our special day.

We got married at Sledmere House – a Georgian and Edwardian House in East Yorkshire. We were looking for a venue that had everything! We had a big guest list, which we initially found restricting when considering other venues. Plus, we wanted to make the day unique and personal to us but keep some aspects of it traditional.

We quickly learnt that choosing the venue was going to be one of the biggest and hardest decisions. When we came across Sledmere House and the barn located on site – we were blown away, as it enabled us to have everything we wanted; two completely contrasting venues in one day.

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We also chose the option of the bridal party having the beautiful ‘red’ room to get ready in with the hairdresser (Hannah Cormack) and make-up artist (Ali Gomerson) attending while the group enjoyed a celebration breakfast.

The house was beautiful, sophisticated and elegant and the most formal parts of our day took place here. We got married in the library and had a petal drop on the grand staircase. We felt like royalty.

The barn was the complete opposite; you could not get anymore rustic! Initially it had no doors, no toilets and there was a tractor inside. It was a huge DIY project but it had so much potential and we had so many creative ideas.

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There was no specific theme but the contrasting venues provided two opposing styles, the house was grand whereas the barn was very quirky and rustic. The barn featured a lot of handmade décor and props too. We had indoor and outdoor hay bale sofas and the yard was decorated with bunting. We intended to make this part of the day informal as we wanted everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. We even provided blankets, umbrellas (thankfully, not needed) and flip flops for our guests to ensure they were kept comfortable! The House did not require any dressing – it was perfect as it was.

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Sweethearts! A Romantic Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Toni & Richard

January 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning’s Real Wedding, starring Yorkshire Bride Toni and her new husband Richard and sent to me by Dominique of York Place Studios is an absolute love fest

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Let’s hear from beautiful bride Toni: Richard proposed after nine months of us being together. He did it on a Monday lunch time (so unexpected). He had practiced playing my favourite song – Bruno Mars, ‘Just the way you are’ on his guitar all morning and when I got home he played and sung the song to me and once he finished, he said how much he loved me and how much he wanted to be with me. Then he popped the question! I couldn’t believe it! I was so shocked! However I obviously said yes!

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We were married on 15 October 2011 at Sledmere House, near Driffield, East Yorkshire.  We chose Sledmere House because it’s such a grand building, with loads of history and beauty.  We wanted a romantic theme with pink and love hearts and everything we chose seemed to suit the venue perfectly!

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My hair dresser was Helen Guy and I did my own make up.  She did an amazing job considering it was a fresh new look and didn’t look anything like the trial I had months before. Helen is a wonderful person and she made me look so pretty for my wedding.  I can’t thank her enough for what she did on the morning of the wedding.

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I chose an ivory, A-line, one shoulder, Justin Alexander dress.  My mum and I were in Scarborough one Saturday afternoon in January, and she suggested that we should see if we could find any wedding dress shops. We found The Wedding Room,’and thought we’d have a look inside. I tried on at least eight dresses. My mum took pictures of me in each dress and then we went for some lunch. After scanning through the pictures, I knew which dress I wanted.

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I chose that dress because I felt like a princess in it.  It’s the only time I’ve ever looked in the mirror and thought ‘Wow, I look so beautiful!’ Another reason is because when I walked out from the dressing room in my dress and saw the look on my mum’s face – I knew it was the one!

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My bridesmaids were in a gorgeous raspberry pink dress with diamantes under the bust. They were floor length and with halter necks.  I went shopping with one of my bridesmaids, where we just happened to come across the dresses, and coincidently there were three in all the sizes I needed!

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My florist was Rafters (In Driffield) who were fantastic all the way through and so helpful.  I carried pink gerberas, pink roses, wax flower, ruscus and bear grass.  Richard’s mother also did the church flowers, and they were amazing.  Thank you!

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