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Muted Elegance: A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Charlotte & Daniel

December 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Charlotte and Daniel’s simple celebration with it’s muted and moody colour scheme was all about one thing: keeping it real.  Their pretty and personal wedding day focused on the ceremony and the people around them because, when all is said and done, isn’t that what really matters?

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That, and one stunning wedding gown.  Obvs. 

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With images by Shelley Hughes of Diamonds & Doodles

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged at Castle Howard – walking in the grounds in April 2011 – and were married on 12th August 2012 at Fairfield Manor, Mercure Hotel, York. 

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We wanted a hotel wedding and this hotel had some lovely grounds compared to some of the city centre hotels and was only just outside of York so people could easily get there. It also had plenty of parking, again in contrast to some of the city centre hotels. The staff were all great from the beginning and clearly knew what they were doing, with plenty of experience.

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We decided against a theme and aimed for a fairly relaxed day with a hint of the traditional wedding.  We chose a muted colour scheme of dark purple and gold.

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My dress was a slim-fitting dress, with straps that crossed over at the back from The Bridal Lounge in York. It had some beading design on the straps and under the bust. The dress was called ‘Jazz’.   I carried a small hand tied bunch of purple and cream flowers including freesias by Kymm Queen who designed the table flowers to match.   

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We didn’t have any bridesmaids.  The groomsmen wore their own suits and wore matching gold ties. Daniel’s suit was from Marks and Spencer

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My favourite part of the day was the ceremony.  For us the whole day was all about us getting married and we had carefully chosen readings for our closest friends and family to read.  We weren’t too worried about all the other details as we knew the hotel had taken care of all that.

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I made my own invitations, menu cards, table name cards, seating plan and favours.  We wanted the day to be really personal.  Daniel, his best man, the father of the bride, the bride and the father of the groom all made really lovely speeches after the meal.

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Our cake was made by Daniel’s godmother; it was a circular, two layered sponge cake with marzipan and icing with a purple ribbon around each layer. We asked the florist to put flowers on the top.

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Sao Raphael in Portugal. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to really enjoy the day – make sure you invite your closest friends and family. Be prepared to be a little overwhelmed though!  Make your day about the getting married and the ceremony and don’t worry about all the other details – they will all come together by the end. 

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Congratulations Charlotte & Daniel!

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  – Images © 2012 Shelley Hughes at Diamonds & Doodles

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Chicka Bow Wow Chihuahua! A Farm Wedding In Yorkshire – Katie & Thomas

December 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Starting off my Christmas 2012 recap of the wedding blog’s favourite Real Weddings from 2012 with style is Katie & Thomas’ farm wedding in Yorkshire.  This wedding manages to be crazy, quirky and cool whilst also being exceptionally beautiful.  I just love it!  Merry Christmas Katie and Thomas!

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When Matt Tordoff of Greyeye Photography got in touch to say that he had an amazing Yorkshire wedding for me to to feature on the wedding blog with chimney sweeps, bubbles, tunnels, head to toe tweed, rainbow wellies and a Chihuahua bridesmaid, I thought it was another of his jokes (like the time he put me in Maggie Sottero in the Yorkshire Dales and handed me a lead attached to a whippet).  Turns out it wasn’t.

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With some stunning photography by Mr Tordoff, Katie and Thomas’ Real Wedding is something very, very special indeed. 

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Over to Katie: We got engaged on Valentines Day 2011 after going to the Isle of Skye for a week to stay in a thatched cottage with our Great Danes and married on 13th August 2011 in our local village church at Nun Monkton. 

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After getting married we took a short drive back to our family small holding for the celebrations to start. It was an obvious choice as it is a very prominent part of our lives.  We wanted an informal English country wedding. 

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My dress was from The Bridal Lounge Of York and my bridesmaids wore dresses made by Rebecca Downes which were gold with a cream underskirt to match our colour scheme.  I carried Old English roses with white hydrangeas and white gladioli in a long stem bouquet.

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I stayed with my bridesmaids at Rudding Park the night before the wedding, and had organised for a vintage bus to take us to the church. whilst Tom went with his family into the village and then walked to the church with the guests.

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Click through to see the rest of Katie and Thomas’ stunning and original images, and to hear more about their day. 

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