June 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Brides Up North dream venue Hornington Manor can be found in the village of Bolton Percy, situated in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside near to the historic city of York. Their motto is your day your way so a Hornington Manor bride would be one that has her own idea of how her special day should be (sound like anyone you know?!). The flexibility of the venue, combined with the exclusive use of the Manor, allows a Hornington Manor bride to put her own personal touch to every detail of her special day.
We like the sound of that. Let’s find out more.
Tell Brides Up North about Hornington Manor, what is its history?
Built in 1770, Hornington Manor is a Grade II listed farmhouse, which has been beautifully restored to an extremely high quality to provide luxury self-catering accommodation. The Manor is situated in 300 acres of countryside and formal gardens, and is home to a working farm. This farm has its own flock of sheep, and grows its own crops, which are used to produce natural fillings for the luxurious Harrison Spinks mattresses.
What facilities does it have?
Hornington Manor is a converted farmhouse, offering a total of 16 bedrooms across four separate areas of the property: The Manor House, The West Wing, The Servants’ Quarters and The Lodge. There is secure on-site parking, flat screen TVs in all the bedrooms, and Wi-Fi throughout. Hornington Manor is an extremely flexible venue, whether you are a seeking out a quiet weekend away in the countryside, or the perfect backdrop for a unique wedding celebration.
Does Hornington Manor cater for weddings?
The beauty of a Hornington Manor wedding is that we are able to offer something for everyone. Hornington Barn is the latest addition to the venue. This rustic wedding barn is full of charming features such as original oak doors that open out onto the Manor Courtyard, and exposed beams. It boasts a huge amount of space, seating up to 150 guests and has a mezzanine level overlooking the entire barn, which could be a soft-seating ‘chill out’ area to give your feet a break from the dancefloor, or could be the perfect place to host your entertainment for your special day.
Alternatively, the Manor Lawn is a popular setting for a marquee, yurt or tipi, with spectacular views across the rolling Yorkshire countryside. A lawn wedding can easily accommodate large parties of up to 150 guests.
For smaller occasions, the Hornington Gallery could be the perfect choice, seating between 70-80 guests. This converted eco barn has wonderful floor-to-ceiling views across the Yorkshire fields.
Is Hornington Manor licensed for civil ceremonies?
Hornington Manor is in the process of gaining a license for civil ceremonies, and hopes to be officially licensed by the start of the summer 2015.
What makes Hornington Manor a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?
Hornington Manor is a truly magical wedding venue, and the exclusivity that comes with a Hornington Manor wedding really sets us apart from others. We are delighted to offer exclusive use of the whole of the Manor and gardens to the bride and groom for a three day long weekend of wedding celebrations with their family and friends.
The Manor is also an extremely flexible venue, which allows for bespoke and unique celebrations to be created, providing each couple with their perfect wedding.
How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?
Each bride and groom has their own dedicated wedding coordinator, who will be with them every step of the way to offer guidance and support throughout the whole process. We work with a number of trusted, local suppliers, but we also give couples the flexibility to source their own suppliers if they wish.
Can guests stay over at the venue?
When choosing a Hornington Manor wedding, the wedding party has exclusive access to the whole of the Manor where up to 38 family and friends are able to have a long weekend of wedding celebrations within The Manor House, The West Wing, The Servants’ Quarters and The Lodge. If additional accommodation is required, we are able to recommend a number of nearby hotels.
Tell us about your catering services.
We work with a number of highly recommended and trusted caterers, who provide a bespoke service, liaising closely with our couples to make sure the menus are just how they want for their special day.
Where can we get more information or contact the venue?
Any really memorable weddings at the venue?
The first ever tipi wedding we held on the Manor Lawn, was a pretty spectacular and memorable occasion. The whole landscape was completely transformed with the Manor as a backdrop and three large peaks on the front lawn.
The day began extremely dreary and raining, but luckily by the afternoon, the sun started to poke its way through. This created a wonderful mist that rolled in across the fields, which is what the bride and groom had their photos against, with spectacular results!
To be honest, the people that we meet really help make all the weddings so special. We have had the pleasure in working with so many lovely couples and their families, who often become friends, keeping in touch via email and Facebook, and often tweeting nice memories of their special day at Hornington Manor.
Any funny stories to share?
One of our most recent weddings were a couple from Los Angeles – Emma is an actress and Mark is a film producer. They had a beautiful wedding party on the Manor Lawn, and as the guests were enjoying drinks on the patio and watching the sheep grazing in the nearby field over the Ha-Ha wall, some of the American guests started becoming concerned that one sheep was going into labour (it was lambing season at the time)! The farmer chased across to the sheep in question, and found it was a false alarm and it was actually our spoilt pet sheep Harrison, who had been hand-reared three years ago. He thinks himself as quite the celebrity, and is always nearby whenever he thinks he can muscle in on a photo so must have been trying to draw attention to himself in the field. The guests absolutely adored him, and ended up having lots of photos with him, and feeding the new born lambs in all their wedding finery.
April 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
Here at Brides Up North we make no secret of the fact that we love all things pink! And so when we saw Stephanie and Robert’s incredibly pretty day (with lots of lovely pink touches) we knew we had to have it on our pages.
This big day is both cute and classy with special touches including a vintage tiffany blue VW campervan named Dylan, original Penguin paperback books as favours and wonderful décor in paper diamonds, twinkly lights and rustic style bike wheels in a nod to the couple’s love for cycling.
So let’s saddle up for this flawless Yorkshire celebration.
With images by Weddings by Smith.
stephanie says: We got engaged at home in our bedroom. It was a low key affair, fitting of our relationship – quiet and understated. The ring was a real surprise, and beautiful, inherited from the groom’s mother’s great aunt. It is lovely to have such a family heirloom.
We chose Saturday 13th December 2014 as our wedding date. We wanted a winter wedding as December has always been a special time for us, and we thought the Yorkshire setting would be stunning on a crisp winter’s day (which we got). We didn’t want to follow the traditional summer wedding approach, this was a way to make ours a bit different.
Our wedding was at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire. We chose the venue as it’s been somewhere we have cycled past on one of our many cycling outings, but never visited. The Rob’s sister, Sarah (one of the bridesmaids), had previously been to a wedding there and said it was wonderful. Upon visiting we fell in love with it straight away, the barn is beautiful and we loved the fact that the whole wedding could be held in the same venue. Also, being a National Trust venue, fitted with my past as a history graduate from Oxford University.
We didn’t have a specific theme but wanted all the details to be as personal to us as possible. As big cyclists we wanted to incorporate cycling into the wedding – hence the bike wheels decorated with flowers that were hung up around the barn and a poem about a couple and cycling as one of our readings. We’re also both keen readers – note the original Penguin paperback books as favours and place markers for the wedding breakfast.
The colour scheme was generally pink and silver, which were chosen to fit with the bridesmaids’ dresses. And pink has always been my favourite colour!
My gown was an ivory lacy dress with a satin underlay. The back was low cut and the dress had a very simple and sleek silhouette. I really liked the simplicity of the dress, with added elegance from the sparkles on the lace. I bought it from Teokath in Wimbledon. Originally I thought I would want a sixties style tea-length dress, but couldn’t find any that suited my figure. The dress I bought in the end was perfect for my figure.
Rob wore a navy suit from Moss Bros. He, along with the groomsmen, all had pink socks to keep in with the theme. Rob wore a charcoal tie to match the bridesmaids’ dresses while the groomsmen had pink ties. These also tied in with the maids’ dresses, which were pale pink and charcoal dresses by Vera Wang.
Our transport for the day was Dylan – a vintage tiffany blue VW campervan. It did two trips, one with four bridesmaids, and a second trip with the two remaining bridesmaids, the father of the bride, and the bride. It was perfect! Dylan stayed around for photographs afterwards, and was a key part of our vision for the day.
Tom Smith of Weddings by Smith was our photographer. He is a friend of the Rob’s and was a wonderful and perfectly unobtrusive photographer. We wanted photos that weren’t too formal, but picked out the small details we had spent time organising and making. We were also keen to have photos of guests that were of individuals picked out from the crowd in a natural setting, rather than any posed photographs.
Beth Webber, another friend of the Rob’s, did our flowers. She is not a professional florist, but has some experience helping out at other weddings, and we both think she did a wonderful job. We had a theme of wild flowers in pinks and greys. None of the flower arrangements were too fussy, we just wanted to work a casual vintage theme. We think the flowers perfectly reflected the happy, relaxed vibe of the day.
We hired caterers GFS to take care of the food.They were wonderful and fitted the menu around what we wanted. Specifically we requested half the welcome drinks to be Kir Royales (to go with the pink theme), Yorkshire pudding with the main course, the groom’s favourite sticky toffee pudding for dessert (along with specially requested jugs of extra sauce for the tables) and a bottle of port and petit fours to follow dessert. My talented mum made our iced wedding cake of three tiers – one fruit and two sponge.
A group called The Frankies provided our entertainment. We originally requested a band known as The Funtime Frankies, but unfortunately they were not available. However their B group, The Frankies, were, and they were no less fun!
We incorporated several special touches into our day to help reflect our theme. We used beautiful vintage crockery to go on the tables and each guest had their own unique combination of crockery, including tea cup and plate. The effect was wonderful.We also had bike wheels hung on the walls around the barn, decorated with flowers to reflect our love for cycling. Rob’s mum made our hand folded heart books and his sister made paper diamonds in all different sizes and materials.
When guests arrived at the ceremony they were met by the groomsmen, who had a basket of badges with a photo of either the bride or groom on. They were asked to pick a badge to wear for the day to identify themselves. We chose not to have traditional divisions in seating (groom’s family/friends on one side, and the bride’s on the other). Instead we asked guests to mingle, to reflect the relaxed vibe of the day.Our table plan for the reception was created by cutting out photos of all of our guests and placing the photos into wooden pallets. Each table had its own small pallet. We wanted to do something quirky and original.
We would most definitely recommend East Riddlesden Hall to other wedding couples. The venue is stunning and being able to hold everything in the same place really helps when it comes to logistics.
We followed our wedding up with an amazing honeymoon – three months travelling around New Zealand!
My tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment; it will be the best day of your life, so relish every second of it!
February 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime
This morning, I gave you the heads up on some of my very favourite Yorkshire venues, and I’m swinging by this afternoon with a special treat for one lucky couple from my friends at Dine At The Mansion.
I work really closely with award winning event caterers and venue managers Dine at their venues (check out our fantastic exhibition schedule here) and so I’m really proud to help them unveil their beautifully refurbished Garden Room Restaurant at this iconic Leeds venue with this special competition.
I have a feeling that love is in the air…
My friends at Dine would love you to join them to celebrate St Valentine’s Day with dinner for two at The Mansion, their beautiful wedding venue in the heart of Roundhay Park.
For one lucky couple, the evening is on them – just like the Dine Facebook page & share their Valentine’s Competition image for your chance to win.
Happy St Valentine’s y’all!
Love, julia x
Competition closes at midnight on 09/02/15. No cash alternative. Prize includes dinner for two from set menu. Prize does not include drinks. Dine At The Mansion Ltd’s decision is final. Winner to be notified via Facebook by Dine At The Mansion Ltd.
November 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Today we join Brides Up North reader Hannah and her new husband Andy as they celebrate their English country wedding at one of my very favourite West Yorkshire wedding venues: Nostell Priory.
When styling her big day, Hannah kept things on the right side of girly by choosing garden green as a base colour. The muted tone set off her pretty detailing to great effect and brought the outdoors in.
Now pass me a Pimms pronto, would you?!
With images by Created By Karl Photography.
Hannah says: We went on a romantic weekend away in York in August 2010… Andy’s proposal was somewhat ‘underprepared’ (he didn’t have a ring!). He was initially going to propose in a restaurant on the Saturday evening and chickened out… so he decided to ask me on the Sunday morning! After a few days we found my dream engagement ring at Green and Benz in Sheffield and then Andy proposed again outside Sheffield City Hall!
We were married on 25th May 2013 at St Michael & Our Lady Church, with the reception at Nostell Priory. Nostell Priory – run by Dine – is a stunning venue and location, after visiting once we knew it was the perfect venue for us… even though it was covered in scaffolding as it was going through a huge renovation when we booked back in 2010!
Our theme was a pretty, English garden classic wedding with a relaxed and fun atmosphere. We chose a colour scheme of blush pink and olive green, with the men in grey.
I chose a Jonathan James Couture fishtail gown from the wonderful ladies at Choola in Sheffield, my veil was Amanda Wyatt and then a flower headpiece from Ivory & Co. My shoes were Lou Lou Low from Harriet Wilde.
My bridesmaids wore olive green twobirds gowns from Emily Bridal in Sheffield. Our flowergirl dresses were designed and made by Sarah at Marla Design and Andy’s groomsmen’s outfits were from Sensational Formal Hire in Barnsley. Andy’s suit was from Reiss.
Our lovely flowers were from Emily at BlossEm, we opted for peonies, dill, rosemary, hydrangea, sweet avalanche roses and sweet peas.
My favourite moment has to be either saying our vows in Church, or celebrating the day with our close family and friends.
My Mum and I travelled in a Beauford convertible and my maids accompanied us in an Imperial. Andy and his best men travelled in a Chrysler 300C from Cartwright’s Cars and the guests by vintage bus from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company.
Our Magician Mark Waddington was a real highlight – and so were the band (The Barsteward Sons of Val Doonican – who feature the groom on guitar)! Other lovely, personal touches were our Sweetie Buffet, the handmade signs, the wedding favours (wooden personalised hearts), the lottery tickets (for the draw on our wedding night), and the handmade wedding stationery courtesy of the Andy’s Mum!
Steph Shaw sang and played for our guests during the drinks reception, and Andy’s band got the party started in the evening! We also had a fabulous photo booth courtesy of Created by Karl Photography (Stancliffe Studios).
We went for a three-tier cake made up of fruit, chocolate and sponge cake from a close friend of ours, Libby at Cakes By Libby.
After the wedding we went on honeymoon to Kruger National Park in South Africa then on to Mauritius.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that you only get one shot at it (hopefully!) so enjoy it, make sure it’s special for you both, that it is everything you both want and don’t get stressed… It’ll all work out fine!
p.s. don’t forget to spend time with your groom/ bride on the day!
Congratulations Hannah & Andy!
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October 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime
And would you look at that, it’s Friday! Three cheers and let’s celebrate by feasting our eyes on this beautiful Real Wedding at one of my very favourite wedding venues – The Mansion, Leeds. I’ve just celebrated my third wedding anniversary, but if we had to do it all again, this venue would be seriously near the top of my list. Helen and David’s celebration is just lovely – simple, chic and perfectly executed. Of course, it helps that they’re blooming gorgeous too.
With images by Dorchester Ledbetter Photography.
Helen says: We got engaged in Summer 2011 in Las Vegas in an amazing restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains. It was a complete surprise.
When we got married we had been together for 15 years as we got together at High School. We finally said “I do” on Friday 16th August 2013 at The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds.
We chose the venue for the beautiful interiors, the stunning views of the park and because we both grew up nearby. From the first time we went inside The Mansion we knew we wanted to get married there.
My dress was from Berketex Bride in Leeds. It was an ivory strapless gown with lots of subtle detailing and a slight hint of pink in the lace. It needed no alterations and fit perfectly on the day.
I wore customised converse on my feet. They had my married name on and were covered in crystals.
My seven year old nieces wore ivory dresses from Debenhams with floral appliqué. Our one adult bridesmaid (my wing woman) wore a floral print dress from Phase Eight. The groomsmen wore suits from Yorkshire Menswear and matching socks from Paul Smith.
We had Jill Ryder to sing and play guitar at the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding meal. She really made the day with her fantastic acoustic music. We saw her play at a friend’s wedding and knew we had to have her on our special day.
In the evening we had a brilliant band called Vibetown who got everyone dancing.
My bouquet was made from white hydrangeas with green leaves. Our bridesmaid Emma had a matching bouquet. We then had table flowers to match in glass cube vases. I have always loved white flowers and we wanted a clean, simple yet elegant look.
Our photographer was Martin from Dorchester Ledbetter Photography. We were so impressed with the quality of the photos and had a hard time choosing pictures for our album. Martin had such a good knowledge of our venue and suggested all the best places to get a good shot. He even stayed for the evening reception and we got some great pictures on the dance floor!
Our on the day stationery was by Pink Sherbet. We chose butterfly place cards, which sat on the glasses and frosted candle holders lit the room in the evening.
We hired an ivory post box with our names on it for guests to place their cards in.
We chose a blush pink and ivory three tier cake with fondant flowers from Bored to Tiers in Morley. The bottom and middle tiers were vanilla sponge and then middle tier was red velvet with white chocolate ganache.
I have lots of amazing memories from the day – walking into the room and seeing everyone’s smiling faces; walking up the aisle as a married couple then onto the terrace for some pink fizz; the speeches, which were brilliant and funny and hen everyone hit the dance floor to a Michael Jackson medley by our amazing band, Vibetown.
We just loved sharing such a perfect day with our family and friends. Everyone kept saying what a brilliant day it was.
For our honeymoon we went to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui in Thailand then onto Singapore.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy the day. Get the main things booked as early as possible (venue, photographer, registrar) as these get booked up then take your time with all the other aspects. Book people that you trust and then you can relax and let them do their job on the day. We really trusted our venue team and photographer and felt able to enjoy every moment.
Don’t feel you have to have a colour theme, our approach was ‘if we like it then we will have it’. Enjoy the planning process, ours was exciting not stressful.
Congratulations Helen & David!
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