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pretty blooms & antique gold. a stylish wedding at middleton lodge – jemma & david

January 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s picturesque wedding is all about the elegance, pairing a gorgeous ivory, blush pink and antique gold colour scheme with the grand and impressive backdrop of Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire.

Bride and groom Jemma and David, had their heart set on a summer’s wedding, and we can easily see why they fell for this stunning venue, which just so happens to be a Sponsor of Brides Up North.

Their special day featured a traditional church ceremony (the couple’s personal highlight from the whole day) followed by the wedding breakfast in a marquee beautifully adorned with peonies, roses, hydrangeas and witch hazel – the epitome of a classic country estate wedding.

Other Pinterest-worthy elements include the three-tiered cake with its oh so pretty ruffle and marble design, and the bride’s dreamy satin ivory dress with a mermaid tail.

Diary date: We will be holding a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at the stunning Middleton Lodge Estate on Sunday 4th March, 12 noon to 3pm, FREE ENTRY. Be sure to join us then to view this beautiful venue firsthand, including its new Fig House and Kitchen Garden wedding space, plus the beautiful Lodge House and Garden Marquee. 

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jenny Maden.

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jemma says: We got engaged in April 2016, at Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh! I had actually planned the trip to celebrate Dave’s birthday and couldn’t have been more surprised! Having no clue what he had planned, on our way up to the top we passed a beautiful lake with some swans. To which I said: “Wouldn’t this be a nice place to get engaged?” Little did I know that ten minutes later we would be!

We got married on 4th August 2017. We were quite flexible on the date as long as it was in the summer.

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We tied the knot at Middleton Lodge in Richmond, North Yorkshire. We wanted an exclusive use venue that our guests would love and Middleton Lodge has it all. It is a Georgian manor house set in acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The wedding breakfast was held in a marquee adjoined to the house and then late night partying in the red bricked Cellar Bar sold it for us!

There was no specific theme. We very much wanted a classic, elegant wedding. Tones of ivory, blush pink and antique gold were used in our wedding stationery and blooms.

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When it came to wedding dress shopping, I told myself that I would try on literally every style! Of course, I liked some styles more than others, but I really wanted to get the perfect dress that suited my figure and that I felt amazing in. So many of my friends have said they chose a dress that they never would have thought they would go for – so this fuelled my thought process!

In the end, I went for a very elegant satin ivory gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline. There was a mermaid tail littered with diamond and it had buttons down the back. I chose a diamond belt to add some more sparkle. My dress was from Abigail’s Bridal in Leeds and I can’t recommend them highly enough. Margaret and the whole team were fabulous and so accommodating!

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Dave wore a traditional navy morning suit. He was not a fan of wearing blush pink (surprise surprise!) so instead we opted for a light silver/ grey waistcoat and gunmetal grey ties.

The groomsmen wore the same as Dave; meanwhile the bridesmaids wore blush pink multi-way dresses that they looked beautiful in!

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sunny delight. enzoani for an elegant outdoor wedding at middleton lodge – elizabeth & stuart

March 19th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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The unpredictable British weather is a concern for many wedding couples in the run up to their big day, particularly for those saying their ‘I dos’ outdoors.

Thankfully luck was on the side of today’s real wedding couple Elizabeth and Stuart when they tied the knot during a gorgeous wedding in the grounds of Middleton Lodge. I love the bright, breezy and relaxed vibes that come from this wedding and I’m sure you’ll agree Elizabeth looks stunning in her lace Enzoani gown.

Girl done good!

p.s. You can join Brides Up North for our Luxury Wedding Exhibition at this oh-so-beautiful wedding venue on Sunday 12th April 2015, 1pm till 4pm.  Click here to pre-register.

With images by Stan Seaton Photography.

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elizabeth says: We got engaged in Bali in June 2013 on the beach whilst having a romantic candlelit dinner on our last night of our holiday. Stuart got down on one knee and gave me a pretend ring!

When we returned we set the date for Thursday 24th July 2014. We always wanted a summer wedding and in particular to have the service outdoors.

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Our venue was Middleton Lodge, Richmond. We chose it simply because we both instantly fell in love with the lodge and its surroundings – the gardens are so beautiful!

We didn’t have a theme as such but used a colour scheme of champagne and natural shades to style the wedding.

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My dress was a lace fitted Enzoani design with scallop finish from Poppy Bridal. I chose it because I love lace and found the perfect dress for my maid of honour which complemented it and was also from Poppy’s. I wore Jimmy Choo Evelyn shoes and a diamond and pearl hair comb. I kept my jewellery simple with diamond drop earrings that matched my engagement ring and a diamond bracelet.

Stuart wore a Hugo Boss navy blue fitted suit from Cruise in Newcastle and teamed it with a champagne coloured tie and handkerchief from Affleck and Moffatt.

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My sister Claire, who was my maid of honour, wore an Alvina Valenta champagne full-length dress with a lace detail while my flower girl, my niece Isla, wore a lace dress from John Lewis.

Stuart’s best man his brother Craig wore a navy suit from House of Fraser as did the rest of the groomsmen. Their champagne coloured ties and handkerchiefs were from Affleck and Moffat.

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Myself, mum, sister and godmother stayed at The Coach House at Middleton Lodge the night before the wedding, which was a lovely start the celebrations. We walked over to Middleton Lodge in the morning for breakfast and pampering! Selena from Cocoon did my make-up as well as my mum’s and sister’s and Dianne Minnes did our hair.

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Jane and Stan from Stan Seaton Photography were our photographers which was a special wedding present from my godmother Lesley. They gave us many laughs and made us feel very comfortable but are extremely professional and we would recommend them to anyone – they are simply the best!

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Both my sister and I had a cream roses in our bouquets and Isla had a flower wand. On the tables we had pink hydrangeas and cream roses on mirrored plates and crystals. Beth from Eliza Blooms provided all the flowers and they were exactly how we imagined them.

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For favours we gave each of our guests a slate heart with their name chalked on the front and the date of our wedding date on the back. We got then from Dotty’s Place in Richmond.

Our cake was a cream rose chocolate three-tier cake from Marks & Spencer.

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For the entertainment we had John McGeough playing chilled out sax whilst we had our drinks reception and The Imposters were our band for the night.

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The whole day was absolutely perfect. My best friend Rochelle did a beautiful reading at our wedding service that stands out as a special part of the day. I walked down the aisle to Stevie Wonder, My Cherie Amour, and our first dance was to John Legend, PDA.

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We would definitely recommend Middleton Lodge everyone as it’s so friendly and the team there work to such a high standard. It’s a special place that you can go back to visit after the wedding and recall such happy memories.

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We went to Abu Dhabi and the Seychelles for our honeymoon straight after the wedding which was very romantic! However, after being ill for three months after the wedding we decided we needed a second honeymoon after all the worry and celebrated again by going to LA and New Zealand in January.

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Our tip for other Brides Up North would be just to enjoy every stage. All the planning can be quite stressful but is also so much fun and you actually miss it afterwards so just enjoy every minute!

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Fabulous Photographer: Tux & Tales Photography

July 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Are you having a good weekend Brides Up North?  I hope so!  I’m off on a friend’s hen weekend at the moment, so I leave you with this lovely chat I had with the fabulous photographer Tux & Tales Photography earlier this week.  What a cool chick and what beautiful images!  This wedding blogger is all agog (and it ain’t the hen do grog!)…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I started out years ago doing what is called ‘art photography’ – which mostly involves a lot of gallery showings and not a lot of money. Although I still love art photography (particularly photographing abandoned buildings and places), I decided that I really wanted to make a living doing it and so the progression into portraiture and eventually weddings seemed only natural. I grew up in a photography family, with my father having been a photographer years ago and remaining a die-hard enthusiast for years after leaving photography as a profession.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I know it may sound silly, but as soon as I decided that I wanted to become a full time photographer, I wanted to photograph weddings (it just took a while to build my confidence!).There is something so exciting and irreplaceable about being a part of someone’s wedding day. You are an integral piece of one of the biggest days of someone’s life and you are helping to create the photographs that will be shared for generations to come – how could I not completely love wedding photography?

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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My favourite part is getting to know the couple. I get so attached to my couples that I even sometimes cry during the speeches. Sad, but true!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Lots of Champagne! :-) … noooooo… don’t do that! Unless you really like that one eye closed ‘pirate’ look! Honestly, I believe that the best way to relax in front of the camera is to get to know your photographer really well before the day. We offer complimentary engagement sessions and during this time, you get an opportunity to see how I work and to get to know me a little bit on a personal level. It is so much easier to relax if it feels like a friend is photographing you rather than a stranger.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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Boy, I am going to sound like I am harping on engagement sessions, but they really are critical to creating great photos – particularly if you are camera shy. I hate having my photo taken – I have been known to literally run from a camera before. I think it is one of the reasons I decided to get behind the lens (no running if you are the one taking the picture). From my own camera-shy experience, feeling comfortable with the photographer makes a huge difference. I know that I feel so much better about having my photo taken if I know in advance that my photographer can pose my body to hide all the wobbly-bits that I hate.

It also doesn’t hurt to practise a little before the day. A tiny lift of the chin or turn of the ankle can make a huge difference, so it never hurts to get into your wedding dress before the day and ‘get your pose on’ in front of a mirror. C’mon – it isn’t like you really need an excuse to put on that lovely dress!

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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I always recommend a professional makeup artist for your big day because they really are pros and know which brands look best on camera (some really do look better than others!) But let’s be realistic, not everyone has the extra money in their budget. So my biggest bit of advice is to watch your skin tone matching – it is really rough when the photos look like you have an orange mask on your face and a white neck. If you have creamy skin, rock it – don’t cover it. I have found that MAC makeup looks really great and you could always have a consultation with a MAC makeup artist before the day. One last hint (as I ramble on…) watch the false eyelashes. Glue them on really well because crying can dislodge them and you may not notice that they have peeled back for quite some time!

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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Avoid rushing and give yourself time in the day to have your photos taken. Wedding photography is usually the largest amount of money anyone will ever pay for professional photography – make the most of it.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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Wow… so many… how would I ever narrow down the list? I would have to say it is a tie between Maggie Gyllenhaal’s wedding and Stephen Fry’s civil partnership.

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I love both little DIY weddings full of fabulous details as well as big, luxury affairs. Recently we photographed a wedding that was a bit of both. The bride and groom had this really elegant luxury wedding at Sudbury Hall National Trust property (NT weddings rock!) and when they went home, they had this great boho-eclectic DIY reception at their house. There was salsa dancing and a treasure hunt! In the groom’s speech he said that being with his new wife was better than the Evel Knievel action figure he got as a kid. I cried.

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Are you married?  Tell us about your day.

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I am married to the best husband in the entire world (who also just happens to work as my assistant). When we got married a few years ago we were po’ (too poor to afford the ‘O’ and the ‘R’) and we did the whole wedding on £1000. I wore a charity-shop wedding dress and we were married in a mixed faith ceremony at the local church. We were so poor the vicar even rung the bells for us for free because we couldn’t afford to pay for it. We had a fabulous, really fun day and even though we were on the world’s smallest budget, I still remember it so fondly. We have decided that in a few more years, we will renew our vows and do something really quirky and out-of-this-world (he was talking rickshaw and those great tee-pee tents…need I say more?).

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Any funny stories to share?

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We were recently at a wedding were the best man and the groom had accidentally swapped coats and at the end of the evening, everyone was waiting to give the bride and groom their big send off and the groom couldn’t find his keys! Everyone was in a mad panic trying to find the keys including the best man. This went on for a half an hour or so before the best man realised he had the keys in his pocket because he was wearing the groom’s coat. Poor guy turned about 19 shades of purple. I think it is fun stuff like that which is remembered years and years later. It seems embarrassing at the time but makes for a great memory.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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Our business is created following the ‘boutique’ model – meaning that we take on fewer clients but give them more service. I am a complete nut for good customer service (and not afraid to write a stern letter when I get bad service!) and I want to be the part of the wedding that goes perfectly. Time and again our clients have thanked us for the way we watched after all the little details. We also like to think of ourselves as guests at a wedding who are entrusted with photographing it – not some great, bossy choreographer who needs to herd the cattle into behaving properly. We take a ‘light hand’ with guests and try to use humour to get people to do what we need them to do.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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They can expect to have a good time!
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What is included in your "package"?

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We offer collections that start at 4 hours and go up to 12 hours and include a disc of high resolution, individually retouched photographs. We also offer a range of modern and traditional print options from world class printing companies.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Our collections begin at £600.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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Brides who contact us and tell us that they found us through Brides Up North will receive £100 off their wedding collection if they book before the 30th of November, 2011.

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We take bookings up to 2 years in advance and as prime dates go quickly, we always encourage brides to book us early!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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They can visit us at our website: www.tuxandtalesphoto.co.uk and on facebook or twitter (@TuxandTales).

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