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forest of feelings. a glittering winter wedding at sandburn hall – jade & carl

March 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on the blog, we’re being swept away by a captivating woodland themed wedding on the outskirts of York.

Newlyweds Jade and Carl decided on a winter’s wedding at the beautiful Sandburn Hall. The surrounding forest provided the most romantic of backdrops to their fabulous wedding photography, complemented by the venue’s rustic interior.

With pops of berry tones, log centre pieces, faux fur to keep the bridal party cosy and a pair of wellies for the blushing bride – this wedding really showcases the best of the British outdoors! Jade talks us through their special day.

With images by Photography 34

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jade says: We got engaged on 3rd August 2013. We went for a picnic to Dalby Forest, a place we often go to. After our picnic, we went for a walk around the lake and Carl got down on one knee and proposed!

Our wedding date was set for 18th December 2015. We loved the idea of a winter wedding and Christmas seemed like the best time as there are many people are already celebrating. Plus, the thought of it being cold outside, with everyone warm and cosy inside, really appealed to us. It was also a guaranteed way not to be disappointed by the weather!

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We got married at a beautiful church in our village called St Laurence’s. My mum and dad were married here and my grandpa was buried there, so it has special meaning for me. My husband, Carl, had grown up in the village most of his life too, so it was an obvious choice.

Following on from this we had our reception at Sandburn Hall near York. We chose this venue as we loved all the exposed oak beams and the huge windows. It gave it an outdoorsy feel even though we were inside. Without any decoration, the room looked beautiful and overlooked a forest and golf course.

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We went with a woodland theme for our wedding based on our love of being outdoors.

We chose navy and berry colours as these felt wintery, especially the lovely berry colours which were incorporated into the flowers and men’s ties.

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I wore a Maggie Sottero gown from The Wedding Room in Scarborough. The straps were embellished with Swarovski crystals all the way round the low scoop open back and under the bust. The dress was loose fitted, with a train and a down to the floor veil which framed the dress beautifully.

The groom wore a navy wool suit from Next. As for the bridesmaids, they wore navy floor length Adrianna Papell gowns with embellishment on the chest area. The best men wore the same navy suits as Carl. Meanwhile, my dad and brothers wore kilts which were berry coloured, as they are Scottish.

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winter sparkle: a styled bridal shoot at holdsworth house

March 10th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Winter Styled Shoot at Holdsworth House (c) Tim Dunk (28)

We’re stepping inside an enchanting Jacobean manor today for a dramatic, atmospheric styled shoot in Yorkshire.

Showcasing some of the best features that a wintery wedding has to offer – we’re talking bold bouquets, ambient lighting and a splash of gold – this styled shoot really brings the venue, Holdsworth House, to life.

Claire from The Bridal Emporium teamed up with a number of specialist suppliers from the north, including a magician. The group contended with some rather unforgiving weather on the day, but you’d never be able to tell from the fabulous photographs. If anything, the weather just adds to the drama of the images, helping us to fall in love with the beauty of a winter wedding all over again.

With images by Tim Dunk Photography

Models: Emily Jade Walsh, Caitlin Jade McCoy and Alexander Tordoff

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claire says: Our winter photo shoot took place in November last year and showed off the beautiful venue of Holdsworth House.

Many brides and grooms get married in the autumn and winter seasons now and we believe you can still look stylish in the colder months. We think this shoot screams uber chic with a touch of elegance, perfect for modern couples looking for a little bit of an edge to their special day.

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The team at Holdsworth House were in discussion about doing a shoot with photographer Tim Dunk for a while, then The Bridal Emporium wanted to collaborate with Tim too, which led to us looking at the venue.

We thought that the venue would make a fabulous location for a photo shoot thanks to its dark wood and stone paneling which perfectly suit glitzy numbers, soft lighting, strong cake designs and wintery colours.

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I gathered a fabulous team together and showed them our mood board, which oozed sparkle, warm colours, kilts and a touch of romance.

We wanted to create a ‘real life’ photo shoot, to really show brides and grooms how their day could unfold against the stunning backdrop of Holdsworth House. To Have and To Hold Films captured the romantic essence of the venue on film, too.

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The day was very successful; we managed to get full ‘real life’ shots, including interaction with a real magician – Matthew J Magic – plus outdoor scenes, even though the weather wasn’t good at all. Luckily, we’re a fun team of suppliers who can work well together, so the poor weather didn’t affect the shoot!

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winter warmer. berry hues for a winter wedding at heskin hall – anna & tom

February 22nd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s real wedding couple decided to harness the magic of the festive period by getting married a week before Christmas Eve.

There are so many beautiful details here if you’re planning a winter wedding – burgundy lips, faux fur stoles and a classic Christmas-inspired colour scheme of berry, evergreen and hints of gold. Plus, Heskin Hall’s open log fires, elegant chandeliers and Chesterfield sofas make the perfect cosy winter venue.

With photography by Marie Cooper Photography.

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anna says: We got engaged a year before our wedding while we were in Edinburgh for a few days away. Tom surprised me with a stay in one of my favourite places, The Witchery, on the Royal Mile. He proposed by the fire in our suite.

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We were married on Saturday 17th December 2016. We chose this date because my dream was to have a Christmas wedding and a week before Christmas Eve seemed the perfect date – all of the anticipation in the air!

The ceremony was at my parish church, St. George’s Church in Maghull, as we wanted a traditional Catholic ceremony. Our reception was at Heskin Hall in Chorley, as it’s a lovely Tudor house with log fires, Chesterfields, chandeliers and twinkling lights. We thought it was perfect for a Christmassy setting.

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We chose a Christmas theme for our wedding due to the time of year. We wanted it to be super-cosy and for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves.

Colour-wise, we chose berry shades, dark greens and gold to reflect traditional Christmas colours.

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I chose a long, flowing champagne-coloured dress. I thought that a warmer shade would suit the time of year more. It had a full skirt with a lace bodice, some subtle sparkles and lace sleeves. I chose a long veil to complement the dress.

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all that sparkles. caroline castigliano a winter wedding at rudding park, harrogate – jessica & andrew

February 14th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on the blog, Jessica and Andrew share with us their quintessentially classic wedding at the captivating Rudding Park.

We adore the couple’s minimalist palette of rose gold, white and blush pink combined with an understated glamorous vibe, and as for Jessica’s  Caroline Castigliano dress – you would never guess that she had such an arduous task in finding ‘the one’ as it is simply stunning.

Throw in some sparklers, fireworks, a seven-piece live band, plus face painting and soft play for he kids – and you have the most perfect wedding day for guests of all ages. Jessica tells us more…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor York Place Studios

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jessica says: We got engaged on the 1st March 2015, at Center Parcs in the Lake District. We took a family holiday to get over the winter blues and Andrew surprised me by proposing in the cabin. As he got down on one knee, it began to snow. The day after, we announced our engagement by writing it in the freshly fallen snow. For someone who likes to plan every tiny detail, I was amazed at how Andrew managed to keep the engagement a surprise from me; only my parents knew. Andrew had asked for my hand in marriage a few days prior to our trip.

We got married on 11th December 2016. From the offset we set our hearts on a winter wedding in England and knew we couldn’t guarantee the weather, even in the peak of summer. So we went for a day where the sun set at 3.30 pm and we could have pretty much the whole celebration with beautiful low lighting, creating a very intimate feel.

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We chose Rudding Park in Harrogate as our venue. We wanted a location half way between East Yorkshire and Manchester, so started looking at the Leeds area. Nothing we came across had that “feeling” until we walked into Rudding Park. Not only did they make us feel like VIPs from the moment we stepped through the door, they treated Millie, my little girl, like a celebrity too and she loved it there. Millie is three, and not a lot of hotels with Rudding Park status accept children – not only did they accept her, they encouraged her play, her mischievousness and made her laugh every time we went across. Family to us in key and Rudding Park definitely has that family relaxed feel, in a 5 star luxurious environment.

We selected a colour scheme of gold, blush pink, white, rose gold, complimented by a glamorous feel with chandeliers and fairy lights. We wanted a theme that would bring the sparkle, to celebrate the time of year, but not make the wedding about Christmas. We also wanted the colours to look beautiful in the dim lights, so opted for soft pure colours mixed with sparkle and metallic.

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My dream dress was a fitted, fishtail, lace gown with sleeves. When I tried on this gown I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t love it. I was really upset. I had to go back to basics and try on a lot of different shapes and then fell in love with a high waist, A-line gown.

I tried on many, but nothing felt like “the one”. As soon as we walked through the doors of The Bridal Collection in Harrogate, we fell in love. The shop itself is magical; I will remember the smell of the Jo Malone candles forever.

I tried on a range of Jenny Packham gowns, again I was disappointed that they didn’t suit my style. I decided to have a look at some of the other designers on the rack, and I noticed a dress hung up that was nothing like I had tried on before. My stomach literally got butterflies when I saw it! Boat neckline, dipped back (not too low), button fastening, high waistline, pencil pleats, cathedral train, A-line, plain, white beautiful gown… the Caroline Castigliano, Hepburn gown! As soon as I stepped into it, I cried. I felt like a bride and this was the gown I was going to marry my best friend in.

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Andrew wore a classic slim fit, black tuxedo from Creation Suit Hire, in Goole. He teamed his suit with braces and a self-tie bow tie from Moss Bros.

My bridesmaids wore a chiffon blush pink gown from ASOS. Meanwhile, the ushers, father of the bride, and father of the groom wore the same as Andrew.

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winter hygge: a rustic wedding styled shoot in yorkshire, take two

February 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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It’s styled shoot time once again on the blog, and today we’re sharing the second installment of a dreamy two-day winter wedding shoot captured in West Yorkshire. I think we all need a little winter hygge about now.

With images by Silvery Moon Photography.

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Last month we shared the results of day one, which was winter hygge to a tee, with beautifully relaxed florals, rustic styling and soft, cosy knits. The second part of the shoot features a similar whimsical feel, but with injections of bold berry tones in rich purples, crimson reds and dusky pinks.

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The beautiful blooms, which include Roses, Lisianthus, Skimmia, Waxflower and Ranunculus, have once again been put together by talented florist Susan Dobson of The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company, and this time it’s her garage that provides an ideal blank canvas setting.

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To achieve the desired effect, the bare space was styled with rustic furniture and accessories while the bridal look was created with stunning gowns provided by Amelia’s of Skipton, chunky designer knitwear from Just Unwind, and a pair of vibrant Hunter wellies.

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As a trained beauty therapist and owner of Beauty by Hannah, the model did her own makeup and Skipton-based stylist Ella Beau created the beautiful bridal hair dos.

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winter hygge: a rustic wedding styled shoot in yorkshire

January 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Rustic Winter Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Silvery Moon Photography (98)

If the last day of the working week feels a little unbearable, we have something super-gorgeous to distract you from your ‘to-do’ list and help transport you to a world a beautiful bridal inspiration!

This stunning styled shoot, captured by West Yorkshire based photographer Mya of Silvery Moon Photography, is winter hygge to a tee, with beautifully relaxed florals, rustic styling and soft, cosy knits.

And if you like what you see, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a second installment of this shoot coming up on the blog next month, which features dreamy berry tones, so be sure to look out for that.

Now though we’ll hand over the blog to the lovely Mya to explain where the inspiration from the shoot came from and who she worked with to achieve these gorgeous shots.

With images by Silvery Moon Photography.

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mya says: The instigator of the shoot was Susan Dobson of The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company, who I have worked with previously on styled shoots and weddings. Susan works from her beautiful home in Bradley near Skipton, and we decided that it would make the perfect location for the styled shoot that we had planned.

Her inspiration for the flowers was to have a silvery winter look using roses, ranunculus and anemones. She also used lots of silvery foliage and pinecones.

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We were hoping for sparkling frosty weather to show off Susan’s creations, but what we actually got was a constant heavy downpour of freezing rain and grey skies! Nevertheless, I approached the shoot as I would a real wedding in so much as you can never guarantee the weather in the UK so you make the most of what you have.

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I’m always keen to get hands on with styled shoots, having started my career in photography as a commercial set stylist in Leeds several years ago. I absolutely loved styling this shoot and amazingly all the additional props we needed were found in Susan’s garden and home. It’s literally a stylist’s dream, with silver milk churns, terracotta pots, fir cones and windfall apples that I used on day one, all right there! The green wellies that our model wore were even Susan’s own!

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Our beautiful model, who braved the cold, was local girl, Francesca. As a budding makeup artist, Francesca did her own hair and makeup for the shoot and looked flawless.

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