May 19th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
When Sara and Paul stumbled across Rudby Hall in North Yorkshire, they knew they’d found the perfect venue to host the intimate country house wedding of their dreams. It offered them a sophisticated, luxurious and exclusive setting as well as a warm, homely feel – they even allowed the couple’s Westie dog Bonnie in on the celebrations!
All the elegant details of their timeless day have been captured beautifully: think handsome buildings, fine gardens, soft pink hues and romantic florals. Get ready, guys: this one’s a beauty.
With images by Victoria Edwards Photography.
sara says: We got engaged in November 2015. Paul had planned our engagement at Thornton Steward reservoir as it’s one of our favourite places to walk our Westie dog, Bonnie. He even got up early to hide a photo album of memories and champagne. Unfortunately though, it started pouring down when we got there and I insisted on going home! Paul later had to go to the ‘pub’ to retrieve the hidden surprises and instead proposed on a spa weekend later in the month.
Our wedding day was 1st October 2016 . I’d always dreamt of a summer wedding but, after looking round beautiful country houses, such as Rudby Hall, we thought it seemed such a waste not to make use of the full house! There’s also something romantic about candlelight on a dull day.
Our ceremony was held at All Saints Church, Hutton Rudby and the reception was held up the road at the beautiful Rudby Hall.
We really struggled to find a venue that accommodated under 60 day guests on a Saturday; most had a minimum of 70 which we simply didn’t have. Another bonus of Rudby Hall was that we had exclusive use from Friday to Sunday, so the celebrations felt really intimate; it was like home for a weekend!
Theme-wise, I’d describe our wedding as classical romantic/old English – including the rain! The theme revolved around my love of all things pretty and floral and the colour dusky pink.
In the run up to the wedding, I thought buying my dress would be a nightmare but I actually bought the first one I tried on! I later realised scrolling through Pinterest that I’d pinned the same dress six months before our engagement, so it was meant to be. I wore a simple Mori Lee fishtail gown paired with a delicate crystal ribbon belt that matched my shoes perfectly.
Laura Mac did my makeup on the day of the wedding, which was flattering and natural. My bridesmaids and mum loved their makeup too. In the morning before the ceremony I felt so nervous, but Laura’s friendly and warm personality put me at ease. She was lovely to have around and I would thoroughly recommend her.
August 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime
If you’re a vintage purist looking for an authentic and gorgeous wedding gown, then today’s feature will be right up your street. This afternoon, I’m proud to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Bex of Bex Brides & Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic, creator of dream dresses and curator of treasures.
When did Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic open and what is your background?
It kind of evolved, I first of all converted my garage at home, and then when I outgrew that I moved to Hurworth Grange, a fabulous Victorian House converted in the 1960’s for use by local people. I started with one room and expanded into two then three. Then the attic flat – which was when the name Secret Attic was coined! Nearly 2 years ago the attic of the Old Stables came available so I moved from the house to there (saving my clients the four flights of stairs)! it was so popular I soon had to expand into the Victorian bedrooms of the Old Gardener’s Cottage and the main bridal salon “The Paradise Room” is housed in the old fruit lofts.
I feel so lucky to work in such a beautiful and inspiring environment- I have lost count of the number of clients who walk in and say they could stay forever! I have sewn since I was a little girl picking up my Mother’s scraps and making them into dresses for my Sindy doll. After a career in retail management I decided to utilise the business skills I had learnt and maximise my creativity.
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