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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

A DIY Wedding at Sledmere House (c) Photogenik (40)

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

A DIY Wedding at Sledmere House (c) Photogenik (22)

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.

A DIY Wedding at Sledmere House (c) Photogenik (23)

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.

A DIY Wedding at Sledmere House (c) Photogenik (17)

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.

A DIY Wedding at Sledmere House (c) Photogenik (3)

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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