The beautiful backdrop to today’s fabulously pretty real wedding is stunning North Yorkshire venue Middleton Lodge, a beautiful Georgian estate in Richmond that we will be showing off in all its glory during our Luxury Wedding Fair there on Sunday 20th May, open 12 noon to 3pm, FREE ENTRY. As well as being able to view the gorgeous Main House and garden marquee, we will also be showcasing the gorgeous new Fig House set within a walled kitchen garden. Full details and pre-registration can be found here
Now on with the nuptials. Hiring the Middleton estate for the full weekend, India and Richard viewed the country retreat just the once and that was all it took, as they instantly fell in love with the idyllic venue and didn’t even need to look elsewhere.
Going for a timeless look for their big day, the couple settled on a classic navy and white colour scheme, offset by dreamy blooms of roses, lilies, hydrangeas and blue thistle. Throw in some ambient tea lights and glowing lanterns and you’ll start to picture their exquisitely elegant setting. We’ll hand the blog over to India now though, to talk us through all the precious highlights…
With images by Daz Mack.
india says: We got engaged at Sky Gardens in London after a meal at the top of the building. We were walking around the gardens when Richard said “I’ve brought you up here for a reason” and that’s when he pulled out the box! I didn’t believe him at first and laughed because he is such a joker and is always pulling my leg! It was only until he opened the box and actually put the ring on my finger that I knew he was being serious!
We tied the knot on 27th January 2018. We chose this date because after Christmas there is always such an anti-climax. We wanted a date to always look forward to after the Christmas madness and now we have that!
We got married at Middleton Lodge in Richmond. We chose this venue because everything about it was perfect; a beautiful Georgian private estate with amazing grounds – it ticked all the boxes! We actually only ever looked at this one venue and booked it straight away because we knew it was perfect for us.
We didn’t have any particular theme, just a colour scheme of navy and white as we believed this combination was so timeless and classic, and it was different from the boho pinks and whites that you see more of these days.
I chose a Nurit Hen couture dress – I have always wanted a dress by this designer. The gowns are absolutely stunning, and a bride should always feel beautiful on her wedding day! My makeup artist was The Costa Chic.
Richard wore a beautiful blue suit with a gold tie from Affleck and Moffat in Darlington.
My bridesmaids wore navy dresses from ASOS, and the groomsmen wore suits from Affleck and Moffat.
On the day of the wedding we travelled by a vintage Riley car provided by Merlin Wedding Cars.
Our photographer was Daz Mack. He was brilliant and we would highly recommend him to other brides and grooms. Everyone was really comfortable with all the shots and he captured the whole day beautifully.
We had flowers by Wedding and Events and the lovely lady that did them was called Jane Steel. We couldn’t have been happier with our flowers as they were so different from anything that we had seen before, and everyone commented on how stunning they were. We chose roses, lilies, hydrangeas and blue thistle. We placed floating tea lights and lanterns with tall candles around the staircases and on the tables.
For our favours, we had gourmet marshmallows from a company called DulciBella who specialise in contemporary flavours and they were stunning. I would recommend any bride to get them as favours for their guests if they wanted to stand out from the crowd!
The Great British Cupcakery made our wedding cake, with the flavours including carrot cake, chocolate and salted caramel, Victoria sponge and red velvet.
For our main meal, we had Lodge cured smoked salmon to start, Swaledale Lamb for the main course and then a peanut butter and chocolate bar to finish. We chose this menu because it was food that we both loved!
We actually hired the whole estate for the full weekend and so the night before the wedding we had everyone there for dinner. This was lovely because it allowed those who hadn’t met before, to spend time together before the big day.
I would definitely recommend this venue to other couples because the team are fantastic, and you only need to see Middleton Lodge in person to see why we fell in love with it.
If I had to choose just one highlight from the day, it would be a close call between the speeches and walking down the aisle. It was so special getting walked down the aisle by my dad and then standing up there with Richard.
We are going to New York on honeymoon later this month!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be try to relax in the morning and just enjoy it! I also found the Brides Up North blog very useful during the planning process, particularly for venue and colour scheme inspiration.