Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017
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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…

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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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one pretty party. caroline castigliano for a navy & copper wedding at middleton lodge – laura & andrew

December 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s real wedding comes courtesy of Brides Up North reader Laura, and oh boy, is it a good one!

From the choice of venue through to the stylish colour scheme, fabulous blooms and Laura’s incredible dress, we adore everything about this wedding, which was planned in just four months. Yep, you read right, four months!

We’re also thrilled to see lots of our fabulous Sponsor suppliers contributing to this gorgeous celebration (if you’re on the hunt for talented professionals to make your day perfect, be sure to take a look at our ‘Suppliers We Love’ online directory).

Laura and Andrew wanted a relaxed and informal big day with a rockin’ party atmosphere, and by the looks of things, that’s exactly what they got!

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laura says: We got engaged at home, in September 2015. It was a total surprise – we have been together for ten years, after meeting at Uni. We’d recently moved into our new home and Andrew got up early to do some painting, when I got up he’d written “will you marry me” on the wall!

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We booked the wedding for 12th March 2016, as we fell in love with our venue – Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire – as soon as we saw it and they had an opening for this date. It meant that we had just four months from viewing the venue to the wedding day!

Middleton Lodge had everything we were looking for – character yet it still felt relaxed. We wanted the wedding to be a whole weekend party without people having to worry about taxis and getting home. At Middleton Lodge everyone could stay and the house was exclusively ours for the weekend. We also immediately loved the cellar bar as it was totally different from the house and knew we’d completely change the dynamic of the day when we went down there in the evening.

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We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, things were just relaxed and informal, though we wanted it to have a real party atmosphere.

Our colour scheme was navy and copper. We loved the colours as we’d seen them a lot in home interiors but we’d not seen them being used for weddings.

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My wedding dress was a 50’s inspired Caroline Castigliano dress, called Hepburn, from The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. It had a very full skirt but other than that was very plain and simple. The dress was the one thing I didn’t want to compromise on if we’re going to organise the whole wedding in four months so I chose this before we committed to the venue and date. My shoes were Jimmy Choos.

On the day of the wedding my hair was styled by Bows Hair, and my makeup was done by Anna Mason of Cordelia & Co – both were great and I’d definitely recommend them.

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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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Fabulous Photographer: York Place Studios

November 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The day outside may not have got any less grey, but it just keeps getting more gorgeous here on the wedding blog

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This afternoon, as I mourn the loss of Downton Abbey from the TV Guide (although I hear welcome news of a Christmas special!), I am cheered by chatting to Brides Up North Featured Supplier and fabulous photographer Dominique of York Place Studios about the things that make the brother and sister duo tick and click. 

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How did you get into wedding photography and what are your qualifications?

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Our grandfather was a huge photography enthusiast and was a massive inspiration in getting us both interested in photography. When he passed away he left me his Canon A1 – my first proper film camera! I pursued photography at college and went on to earn a 1st class honours degree in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging at Sunderland University while Liam studied Interactive Design at Lincoln, also earning a BA honours. I started out more in conceptual photography but when a photographer friend decided to retire and asked me if I would be interested in taking over his studio, Liam and I decided to join forces and set off on a new venture together.  

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Weddings are just amazing! I did my first one when I was 16 photographing a friend’s wedding and I just fell in love with them! Studio work is great but there’s nothing like the feeling you get capturing the most important day in two people’s lives. Everyone is so happy, the setting is always amazing and everyone looks at their absolute best; what more could a photographer ask for?! Seeing the look on the couple’s faces when you hand over their wedding album is a truly magical moment, and we love having the chance to capture such important memories in print forever.  

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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Getting to work with amazing people and getting to be part of their special day! We like to really get to know our Brides and Grooms and hear their stories and have made some great friends in the process. We also love the creative opportunities that only happen at weddings; the emotion is so high and there are just so many beautiful moments to capture, it’s a really inspiring atmosphere.  

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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We try to get to know our couples as much as we can before the day. Our meetings sometimes last for hours as we end up talking about everything under the sun and more often than not we get far too excited about all their plans! As part of our wedding package we offer an engagement shoot; a mini-shoot before the wedding which helps them to get used to the camera as well as get some more great shots! Also we’re there right from the start of the day photographing the bride and groom getting ready and I think that helps them to get used to us being there and lets them have some fun with us before the more serious part of the day begins. 

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

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Try to build a genuine rapport with your photographer before your wedding. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with them on the most important day of your lives so it’s really important that you get on well with them well and feel comfortable and relaxed with them. No matter how good a photographer is they are not going to be able to get that killer shot if you’re not happy being around them! Also make sure you’re photographer has the right style for you: if you hate having your picture taken then maybe go with someone who shoots more in a reportage style and blends into the background so you won’t even know they’re taking your picture. 

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

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It obviously depends on the sort of style you’re going for and the design of the dress but generally I would say you want to keep it fresh and light, avoiding too many dark colours. Watch out for tan lines around the neck – most dresses are designed to show off and accentuate your neckline so you need to make sure your foundation is properly blended. If you’re not confident or unsure then use a makeup artist; there are some amazing makeup artists around that specialise in weddings and will ensure you look your absolute best. 

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

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If possible speak to the registrar or wedding coordinator beforehand and have them ask the guests not to use flash photography during the key moments (signing the register, cutting the cake) until the official photographer has taken a picture first. Multiple direct flashes take all the warmth out of the picture, flatten the image and highlight the less flattering features like sweat. Most professional photographers never have a flash pointed directly at their subjects for these reasons and registrars and coordinators are usually more than happy to accommodate this request.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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We’ve photographed so many beautiful, incredibly emotional weddings it’s unbelievably difficult to pick one out! I guess the one that I found the most touching was an Indian wedding between Shahid and Adeela. Though the three day wedding was a huge and elaborate extravaganza, the actual Nikkah (Wedding ceremony) took place in Adeela’s parent’s bedroom in the house she grew up in, surrounded by their families. It was just such a private, intimate moment and to do it somewhere so personal, witnessed only by the people they hold dearest was something extraordinarily special. The emotion in that room was overwhelming and it was just such a privilege to be there.

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I’m getting married next year and am unbelievably excited about it! My fiancé and I are in the process of getting all our plans together but after all these years being involved in weddings it’s a great feeling to finally be the bride!

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At one wedding the band were preparing for the bride’s imminent arrival but their drummer had completely disappeared! It turns out he had gone to Scunthorpe instead of Scarborough! He arrived 5 minutes before the bride, and the panicked groom, best man and ushers all dived in to set up the drum kit as fast as they could and it was hilarious to watch them try to figure out what went where! At one point even Liam was getting involved! They finished seconds before the bride arrived but somehow managed to look cool and collected as the bride walked down the aisle to a magnificent sound!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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We absolutely love our job and spend every day perfecting and honing our craft. We strive to create iconic images that portray the true personality of our clients and record perfect memories that they can cherish for the rest of their lives. There’s two of us which ensures that we never miss a moment and allows us the flexibility to try angles and shots we simply couldn’t achieve on our own. We love meeting people, hearing their stories and really getting to know them, helping us to create the most personal, individually tailored images that we know our clients will simply adore.

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

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We’ll be there right from the start of the day to take some getting ready pictures. There’s two of us so Liam will normally go and shoot the groom’s preparations whilst I shoot the Bride. We’ll be there throughout capturing every moment of the day and (though we’re happy to do one or two posed images and any groups that you’d like us to photograph) we shoot mostly in a reportage style, blending into the background and capturing all the private little moments that happen during the day. Between the ceremony and reception we will normally take the couple off for some private photographs together and we will stay for as long as you’d like (normally the end of the first dance). Above all it’s your wedding and if there’s anything you’d particularly like to do we’re more than happy to accommodate it!

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What is included in your "package"?

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All day photography by two photographers, a DVD of high resolution images that you can print and share with your family and friends to your heart’s content, a permanent online slideshow and an engagement shoot. In addition we offer a beautiful range of handcrafted wedding albums to display your cherished memories forever.

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Our basic package is £1400. Albums start at £295.

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

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On our Website: www.yorkplacestudios.co.uk

On our Blog: www.yorkplacestudios.co.uk/blog

On Facebook www.facebook.com/yorkplacestudios

On Twitter www.twitter.com/yorkplacestudio

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Enchanted: The Princess & The Tractor, A Real Wedding – Gemma & George

July 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Following on from the fairytale dresses showcased here on the wedding blog yesterday afteroon, today the lovely Dominique from York Place Studios shares this enchanting real wedding and tells us a tale of her own…

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Once upon a time in a fairytale kingdom there lived a beautiful Princess, fair and true. She and her best friend, Claire, would laugh and run in the grounds of the castle and joke that one day they would be
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The kingdom was a peaceful place and often Royal friends would visit the castle. On one such occasion the King announced a Royal Tournament was to take place in the Court. As there was no Prince it fell to Princess Gemma and the son of the other nobles, Claire’s brother George, to defend the honour of the Kingdom. It was decided that the tournament would take place at the Court of Tennis within the town and that Gemma and George would stand side by side, partnering one another in this friendly battle.

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However though both fought bravely, Gemma was a peace-loving Princess and could not wield her sword as well as her competitors. Despite her most valiant efforts, their opponents were more seasoned in war and the battle was lost. Though she had enjoyed the bout immensely the defeat brought great sorrow to the Princess for she had not been able to defend her family’s honour. Seeing this, her partner in battle George (with whom she had long since been friends) offered to cheer her spirits, and invited her to accompany him for an intimate feast.

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As Gemma slept peacefully in the highest tower of the castle, she dreamt once more of her fairytale rescue by her mysterious noble knight. Suddenly she was awoken from her slumber by a strange sound in the distance. As she listened it seemed to get louder; a deep rumbling sound now filling the air and thundering ever closer.  But what could it be? For a moment she feared it could be a deadly dragon or a great foreign army until, with a final mighty roar the sound suddenly stopped.

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Two Turtle Doves, A Real Wedding – Louise & Ancel

February 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier, York Place Studios sent Brides Up North this lovely winter Real Wedding. Ancel & Louise were married at St. Hilda’s Church and had their reception at Raven Hall Hotel in Scarborough this Christmas.  Why wait another year? Mince pies all round.

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York Place Studios tells a Winter’s tale: This winter wedding saw lords a-leaping and ladies dancing in abundance but just two rings took centre stage at this very special Christmas celebration.

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It was perfect. A glistening white silk blanket coated the moors and dusted the rooftops, the sky was clear and the trees were still, save for the whisper of a breeze carrying a chill of excitement through the air.

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As Louise prepared for her big day there was a wonderful mix of nervous excitement, joy and laughter as she and her bridesmaids Charlotte and Sarah were assisted with their hair and makeup. As Louise pulled back her veil and slipped into her dress the ensemble was completed as Nina, the inordinately sweet flower girl took her hand.

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Meanwhile, outside the church Ancel and best man John were quite literally chilling out on the icy road outside the church. As they took their places in front of the alter the mother of the bride and the gorgeous bridesmaids pulled up outside the church ready to assist the fabulous bride across the
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The ceremony was enchanting. They made a striking couple as they shared an embrace in the snow before rejoining their family and friends to celebrate.

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As we arrived back at Raven Hall, the old country lodge surrounded by snow and stylishly decorated looked like something out of White Christmas, and though Bing Crosby was no-where to be seen, an impromptu visit from Santa Claus brought further festive good cheer.

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Whilst the guests partied into the night, dancing and playing the roulette wheel, we caught the bride and groom as they snuck off in search of mistletoe.

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Brides and grooms – let us see your fabulous Real Wedding photographs.  Contact me today.

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