While the warmer months of the year remain the most popular time to marry, winter weddings are certainly on the rise with some couples preferring to embrace the cooler temperatures rather than rely upon the unpredictable British weather to come good.
Today’s couple tied the knot during the first week of January, giving them and their guests a fabulous celebration to look forward to beyond Christmas and New Year.
Rebecca and Alex’s big day is the epitome of elegance with a stately home setting, chic colour palette, classic blooms and gorgeous attire. We particularly love Rebecca’s Augusta Jones dress, complete with a dreamy ballgown skirt – just perfect for twirling around the dancefloor!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged at home in April 2015, and set the date for Saturday 7th January, 2017. As Alex works abroad and has limited time at home we were forced to have a winter wedding, but we embraced this.
We had both the ceremony and reception at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, which is owned and operated by Dine. We needed somewhere which had enough indoor space to easily accommodate all of guests for the whole day, as we knew with a January wedding time spent outside would be limited.
The general feel of The Mansion is luxurious, grand and special. This is carried over into the food and drinks that they serve, which also played a big part in our venue choice. The team’s attention to detail is exceptional.
We chose dusky lilac, silvers and navy blue as our colour scheme. We wanted the wedding to be traditional in style, and quite wintery.
I chose a gown by Augusta Jones, which I found at The Swanky Bride, Kirkburton, Huddersfield. I tried on approximately 20 dresses, but was struggling to find anything that I thought suited me without looking overly fussy, as I am quite petite, so decided to try a simpler style. My chosen dress was a plain satin strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline. It had a sheer overlay skirt which added a bit of interest without being fussy. I added the lace top later as I wanted to be slightly more covered up for the ceremony.
Catherine Elizabeth of York, did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup. Her team made the morning of the wedding so relaxing and the makeup looked natural. We were ready on time with no stress or worries.
Alex wore a Ted Baker lounge suit from Moss Bros with a cream and silver waistcoat and brown shoes.
My bridesmaids wore dresses by True Bridesmaids from Puure Bride in Lymm, Cheshire. The dresses were lace/chiffon with a satin waist band and trim, all in Fino Lavender.
The groomsmen wore the same Ted Baker suit as Alex, but with plain, navy blue waistcoats. We had the cravats made at Puure Bride, using in the same satin material as the waist bands of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Our chosen photographer was Mark Newton Wedding Photography. Mark’s approach is to document and record the day, without spending too much time actually posing for photographs. We were so pleased with the results. Mark captured every aspect of the day, most of which we didn’t see ourselves as it seems to pass by in a flash. The actual photographs, including the ones from our pre-wedding shoot, are beautiful.
Twisted Willow Floristry of Ripon, provided our flowers. The bouquets and table centrepieces consisted of Avalanche, Vendela and Amnesia roses, white ranunculus, white freesia, cream lisianthus, white tulips, white bouvardia and eucalyptus foliage. The buttonholes and corsages were roses.
Twisted Willow Floristry decorated the venue too. We have several flower arrangements around the venue in clear round column vases. We also had lots of tealights and hurricane lanterns to add to the atmosphere, which worked well on a winter’s day.
As favours, we gave our guests duos of champagne truffles by Charbonnel et Walker. The men had milk and the women had pink marc de champagne, with lilac and cream ribbons.
Our wedding cake was made by Sarah Duck at Blush Cake Company, York. We had three tiers, with the top and bottom tiers in Victoria sponge and the central tier in triple chocolate. The colours were dusky lavender and cream, and the cake was decorated with stencil effect, pearls and flowers.
For our drinks reception we had winter Pimms cocktails and sparkling white wine with canapes. Our wedding breakfast consisted of: a mezze sharing platter of toasted flatbreads, stuffed peppers, feta cheese, hummus, salami, chicken and chorizo, followed by rack of lamb and baby root vegetables (wild and field mushroom tart for vegetarians), and dessert was a trio of mini winter desserts, including sticky toffee pudding, crème brulee and treacle and banana tart. In the evening we had ‘take-away’ cheese burger and fries or chicken goujons and wedges.
For our evening entertainment, we had a DJ provided by Dine at The Mansion. We also had sparklers outside between the wedding breakfast and disco. We wanted to make the most of the dark winter evening, and also to do some ‘light-writing’ with our photographer Mark.
Following our wedding, we would definitely recommend The Mansion to other couples. The attention to detail is exceptional, and nothing was too much trouble for our wedding co-ordinator, Katie.
Saying our vows was my favourite part of the day – having all of our friends and family in one room with us was extra special, especially as many had travelled large distances to be there.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is – enjoy the day, it goes by so quickly. Also, try to take the time to speak to every guest.