For this morning’s real wedding we’re heading to the historic city of York where today’s bride and groom got engaged.
Holding the city close to their hearts, Cheryl and James decided to continue their love story in York by tying the knot there too.
We love the pretty springtime colour palette, the gorgeous bespoke dresses and, of course, the charming setting.
With images by Ryan Forster Creative Photography.
cheryl says: We got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2014, while we were away for a weekend in York. We went for a romantic meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, where James got down on one knee – it was such a surprise! Apparently he had set the whole thing up with the manager of the restaurant to make sure we got a good table. The manager then presented us with a courtesy bottle of champagne to celebrate.
The wedding was on 30th April 2016. We choose this date because simply we wanted a spring wedding as it’s our favourite time of the year.
Our chosen venue was Merchant Taylors Hall in York. We love York so much that had to get married there as it is a special for us. The Merchant Taylor’s Hall was a perfect rustic setting and it forms part of York’s history – the building is hundreds of years old. It was perfect size for the small intimate wedding that we wanted.
The theme we were aiming for was a rustic/vintage feel as we thought this would fit well with the historic York setting. Our colour scheme was pastel lemon and lilac as a nod to the spring season.
I was lucky enough to get my dress designed and made for me at Andrea Bambridge in York. I wore a slim, sweetheart neckline, fitted dress made from Sea Pearl coloured silk with Chantilly lace over the top and pearl buttons at the back of the dress. I wanted a wedding dress that would reflect a simple, classic bride, which I felt this did.
My lovely bridesmaids meanwhile wore one-shoulder lace and chiffon dresses, which were made and designed at Creation Dress Designer.
On the morning of the wedding my bridesmaids and I had our hair done by Blake & Butler hair salon in York, who I would definitely recommend. They are professional and will listen to exactly what you want whilst making you feel relaxed.
Later, to get to the venue my bridesmaids and I travelled in an ivory coloured Austin Martin Princess car, hired from a company in York.
Our photographer was York-based Ryan Forster. He’s a reportage style photographer which meant he captured our wedding exactly as it was on the day. I would certainly recommend Ryan if a natural style of photography is preferred. I could not believe how many photos he had actually taken and he blended in very well.
My flowers consisted of roses in lemon, lilac and cream wrapped in twine, lace and pearls, while my bridesmaids had plain cream roses. All the flowers provided by Ello Flower in York.
For the reception we had lemon, lilac and cream roses on candelabras as centrepieces on the guest tables. We also had peonies and freesias around the reception area, adding to the spring feel.
As favours we gave guests macaroons from the famous Betty’s Tearooms as they are one of our most favourite treats in York.
Our wedding cake also came from Betty’s Tearooms. It was a lace and pearl, three tier cake of fruit, chocolate and classic vanilla sponge.
For the wedding breakfast we wanted a nice comfort meal that everyone would enjoy. We decided on pepper soup to start, roast beef or roast chicken wrapped in Parma ham with all the seasonal trimmings for and a trio of mini desserts to finish – chocolate mousse, profiteroles and crème brulee.
To provide entertainment at the evening reception we hired a band called AudioKicks. We choose them because they had a vintage vibe but with a twist of modern. They were amazing and got all our guests dancing – they even learned a song especially for our first dance too.
As James is quarter Scottish we tried to add in a little Scottish tradition to the day too, which included having a traditional piper. He was amazing and really set the tone when I made my entrance.
After getting married at Merchant Taylor’s Hall I would definitely recommend it to couples who are looking to have an intimate wedding and also that want to get married somewhere that is part of York’s history. We had 75 guests and the place felt full. It has two separate halls, one for dining and one to have your service in, if you choose to get married there. It also has York City Walls just behind it, which are fabulous for photos.
Getting photos taken at York City Walls was actually one of my favourite parts of the day. Our photographer was fun and creative and wanted to capture us walking through the city to the walls. It was an amazing experience.
Following the wedding we went travelling all around Scotland for our honeymoon. We spent most of the time in Isle of Skye, Edinburgh and Inverness. We had some amazing experiences in the Highlands, especially when we stayed in the Shepherd Huts in the Isle of Skye – if you want romance check this place out!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to plan and organise sooner rather than later because the day does come round super quick. Be sure to enjoy the planning as well as the actual wedding day too.