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country chic. a pretty marquee wedding at smallshaw farm – donna & dave

April 17th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (81)

If you’re considering a marquee style wedding, then we think today’s blog post might just sway you into having one! Donna and Dave’s fabulous day is the stuff of dreams – or in the bride’s case, the stuff of movies – as she managed to live out her very own ‘driving into the sunset in a classic car’ moment!

Bunting, paper lanterns, milk urns, hay and gorgeous wild florals came together for the most exquisite of country backdrops, dominated by an ever so pretty pastel pink palette. The couple even enjoyed exclusive use of their venue, Smallshaw Farm, together with its on-site cottages and spa facilities.

Other touches we just love include their homemade gins, a photobooth in place of the traditional guest book, and lovely hand decorated jars for their table centrepieces. The prettiness needs to be seen to be believed though – so scroll down for all the wonderful highlights.

With images by Stu Ganderton Photography.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (2)

donna says: We got engaged the weekend of the Tour de France finishing in Sheffield, and at the time we were moving into our first home together. Having originally planned to pop the question the night before but having gotten carried away moving and unpacking, Dave popped the question the following morning. He made me breakfast in bed and then got down on one knee and I said yes!

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (55)

We got married on the 8th July 2017, as it would follow a nice pattern with dates. We moved in to our house on 5th July and got engaged the next day, on 6th July (2014), this would leave 7th July 2017 as our last day before becoming Mr & Mrs on 8th July 2017.

Our wedding reception was held at Smallshaw Farm Cottages and Spa. We really wanted a venue that was exclusive, with only our family and friends there, plus we wanted something local that would capture the natural beauty the region has to offer. Smallshaw offered us this opportunity, with the whole site and all the cottages included, exclusively for us. The location is exquisite, set in the Peak District with amazing views all around. One of the key aspects for us was being able to have our close family with us for the whole weekend, allowing us to enjoy the barbecue hut and Jacuzzi on the Sunday.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (75)

We had our ceremony at St Nicholas Church, in High Bradfield. Neither of us are particularly religious, but Dave went to church regularly when he was younger so wanted a church wedding. We chose St Nicholas initially because it was close to our venue, but when we visited it, we were taken aback by the stunning view across the valley and the lovely people in the church. The rector was very welcoming and even allowed the rector from Dave’s home church to come and give the talk, which involved him drinking the local beer – much to everyone’s amusement!

We didn’t originally have a set theme, so we decided to go with styles we liked. We wanted something that was elegant and not over the top and glitzy. We didn’t have a set colour scheme either, although in the end pink did seem to become quite prominent throughout.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Stu Ganderton (62)

My dress was from New York Bride in Sheffield. It was a champagne coloured sweetheart trumpet style dress with a lace overlay and beaded detail on the bodice. The pictures do it more justice than I can in words!

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Diary Date: Showcase Day At Thief Hole Cottages With The Wedding Concierge

March 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now this weekend coming we may be having a rare break from our own action packed Spring schedule of bridal events here at Brides Up North (a girl has to have some down time you know!), but that doesn’t mean that I won’t be keeping you updated about the more intriguing bridal events in the regions going on whilst I put in some quality sofa time

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First up, Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen of The Wedding Concierge (you may remember Helen from some of the indispensible wedding planning features she wrote for Brides Up North in 2012) is popping by to tell us all about a showcase event that she is organising at Thief Hole Luxury Cottages in Northallerton this Sunday.  Take it away Helen!

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Thief Hole Luxury Cottages Wedding Showcase

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Helen of The Wedding Concierge says:  Are you dreaming of a day that is different but struggling to find the perfect venue which offers the flexibility you need in order to incorporate all of your ideas? Perhaps you have your heart set on a beautiful outdoor wedding but haven’t yet been able to find the right setting?

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On Sunday 10 March 2013, a brand new marquee wedding venue is set to open its doors for the first time.

Hidden away in the North Yorkshire countryside near Northallerton, Thief Hole Luxury Cottages form a stunning conversion of period barns offering five-star self-catering accommodation. Designed and built to the highest standard, the four holiday cottages will accommodate up to 20 people. Surrounded by stunning North Yorkshire countryside, the cottages and their immaculate grounds are available for your exclusive use, providing an enviable backdrop for your dream day.

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On the day, you will have the opportunity to step inside a beautiful pole marquee, alongside a unique Yurt Bar and whilst exploring the venue you will have the opportunity to meet some of Yorkshire’s finest wedding industry suppliers. There’ll be complimentary refreshments too!

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For further information, please contact helen@wedding-concierge.com

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Thief Hole Luxury Cottages Wedding Showcase

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Fancy some sofa time too?  Why not double task and catch up on some of Helen’s words of wedding planning wisdom in her series for Brides Up North here:

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Wedding Planning SOS – Have Your Cake & Eat It!

Wedding Planning SOS – Hello Petal!

Wedding Planning SOS – Practical Paper – Wedding Invitations

Wedding Planning SOS – Picture Perfect – How To Choose A Wedding Photographer

Wedding Planning SOS – Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn – Wedding Venue Rescue

Wedding Planning SOS – Where On Earth To Begin?!

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The Wedding Concierge is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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