Deciding which season to marry in can be a tricky choice, with each offering something different to brides and grooms.
Of late I’ve found myself drawn to the spring celebrations as I love the fresh colours and delicate blooms associated with this time of year.
Today’s couple are also fans of springtime and did a spectacular job of giving a simple yet stunning nod to the season through their elegant choices of attire, décor and flowers. In particular we love the bridesmaids’ gorgeous full skirt and top combos – who wouldn’t want to wear that to a wedding?
With images by Bethany Clarke.
sally says: Dave proposed to me in private, at home and it was a complete surprise. We celebrated later that night with friends and champagne!
We married on 14th March 2015. We both decided we would like a spring wedding. Broughton Hall was our first and only venue that we went to look round, as we both instantly knew it was right for us. I grew up in Skipton and my parents still live there so I’m familiar with the area and love the scenery. Broughton Hall is so private and is in a really stunning setting.
We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding. We decided that the setting and the buildings of Broughton Hall didn’t need much ‘dressing’ and so we kept everything very simple.
In terms of the colour scheme, my bridesmaids and the groomsmen wore teal and in the venue’s Utopia building (where we had the wedding breakfast) we had splashes of yellow as a nod to the spring season.
My bridesmaids looked beautiful in skirts from Coast with an ivory top, while my flower girl wore an ivory dress from Debenhams and some pink willies from Joules (these were her request for the day but we really liked the look and they got a lot of compliments!)
On the morning of the wedding I got ready with my bridesmaids in the house at Broughton Hall where we had the ceremony, so I only had to walk down stairs to get to the aisle! I loved that as we were all getting ready we could see and hear guests arriving, it added to the excitement! We then had a Range Rover to transport us the short distance from the house to Utopia for the wedding breakfast.
Bethany Clarke did our wedding photographs. We researched photographers for a long time, as there was a specific style we had in mind. As soon as we saw Bethany’s work we knew we wanted her and luckily for us she was available on our date. Bethany was so professional and the majority of the photos she took I can’t actually remember her taking, she was very good at blending with the guests! We would highly recommend her.
The Hedgerow in Threshfield, provided the bouquets and buttonholes. They also dressed the house where we had the ceremony with some large floral displays and created ivy centre pieces for all the tables at Utopia. We had ivy wrapped around the beams at the venue too.
To add a splash of colour we had yellow lanterns with lights also hanging from the beams, which were provided and fitted by The Hanging Lantern Company.
Outside of the venue we had a few fire pits and some furniture and gas heaters provided by Blue Sky Event Hire in Skipton, which were perfect for the evening, as it got colder.
As favours we had gorgeous paper roses, which also had guests’ names on for the table plan. The menus and seating plans all matched and they were made by my second cousin and can be bought from Paper Tree.
I knew I wanted something a little less formal than an iced wedding cake. I had seen pictures of naked cakes and decided that would fit well with our setting. My mum made our cake and she did such an amazing job.
GFS Caterers, who are local to Broughton Hall, provided our wedding breakfast. The food was amazing and the staff worked so hard on the day to ensure everything ran smoothly – they were much more than caterers! We had canapés served after the ceremony. For the wedding breakfast we had red onion and goat’s cheese tart, chicken in a white wine sauce and vegetables and an assiette of desserts.
We both knew we wanted a live band as our entertainment, and so after some research we decided on The Different Lights. They were fantastic and the dance floor was never empty, in between their sets and at the end they also provided a DJ set so that was one less thing to think about it.
Looking back at our wedding I don’t think I have one single favourite part of the day. I loved having the morning with my bridesmaids and my mum as it was so relaxed and the nerves completely disappeared. Dave’s speech was brilliant also and we often wish we’d had a videographer to enable us to watch it over again.
On the Monday after our wedding we jetted off on a two-week honeymoon to Koh Samui in Thailand. It was a perfect two weeks and we definitely plan to go back at some point.