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Love to dream. A classic wedding at Hazlewood Castle – Natasha & Joel

03rd January 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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If you’ve ever pictured your big day taking place inside a spectacular castle, then today’s real wedding is going to leave you craving this setting just that little bit more!

Let us introduce you to Natasha and Joel, who tied the knot back in July – exchanging vows at the very same church where the bride’s parents got married. Surely, the stuff of childhood dreams!

The newlyweds then hosted their reception at the luxurious Hazlewood Castle in Yorkshire which, as it happens, was their all-time dream wedding venue. Opting for a classic wedding theme, this worked perfectly with the venue’s exquisite setting. The styling was simple and understated, with balloons, gin bottles, candles and eucalyptus all adding that special something to the fabulous backdrop.

And – a now recurring trend among couples – Natasha and Joel carried on the celebrations the following day with further festivities at the castle’s woodland venue, complete with a live band, pizza oven and bar. What’s not to like? Here’s Natasha to share all the details…

With images by Hayley Baxter.


Natasha says: We got engaged while on holiday in Spain. We visit a little Spanish town called Almunecar every year and last year Joel proposed on the beach after dinner on the 4th June 2017.


We chose to get married on 21st July 2018, as we wanted a summer wedding and it meant we could visit Almunecar again before the wedding date.

We got married in Sand Hutton in York at St Mary’s Church. It is where I was christened and also where my parents got married. We then chose to have the reception at Hazlewood Castle as it has always been our dream wedding venue due to the size of it and how stunning it is.

We decided to go for a classic theme. We only had white for everything apart from the navy in the bridesmaids’ dresses and boys’ suits. There was also a pop of gold throughout. We wanted it to be very classic and simple as the venue was so gorgeous – it didn’t need anything else adding to it in our opinion. Also, navy is one of our favourite colours!

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I chose a stunning Justin Alexander dress with a really long train and an embellished back. I purchased it from Emily Bridal in Sheffield, as my best friend and bridesmaid worked there, so she was able to help me choose my dress and be there every step of the way, which made it really special for me.

I knew it was the one as I instantly cried when I put it on! I tried on other dresses, but they were nothing compared to this one, so I went back to it and loved it so much.


Joel wore a navy suit from Moss Bros with a polka dot navy tie and white peony buttonhole. The groomsmen all wore the same as Joel.


My bridesmaids wore navy dresses from Ghost in a heavy silk that went all the way to the floor; they also wore gold strappy heels. Each wore a different style to suit their different figure and height.


My hairdresser, Mesune Hair Design and Beauty in Haxby, York, did our hair and my friend Roxy Byrne did our makeup.


We hired a cream vintage Rolls Royce from Cupid Carriages.

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Hayley Baxter captured our day. We were so happy we found Hayley as her photography style was perfect for us and the photos are unbelievable.


I carried a white bouquet made up of roses and peonies with eucalyptus, supplied by Fiona Hogg. Fiona also did the rest of the flowers for the wedding. In the church we had two bay trees with ribbon at the door, pew ends, large arrangements at the front of the aisle, and in the windowsill there were candles and eucalyptus.

At the reception we had candles and flower petals over the fireplace when you walked in. The centrepieces were huge one-metre-wide white balloons that were hung really high and tied to a gin bottle with the table number. On the top table we placed my bouquet alongside trailing eucalyptus and white flowers. On the fireplace behind the top table we positioned the bridesmaids’ bouquets in little vases.


We chose a three-tiered cake that consisted of red velvet, lemon and Victoria sponge, made by our friend’s mum’s bakery.


For our wedding breakfast we enjoyed chicken salad for starter, followed by roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, gravy and vegetables and then sticky toffee pudding for dessert (all our favourites!).


We had a lady singing acoustic songs while our guests enjoyed drinks and canapés. We were gifted a surprise magician by a few guests who couldn’t make it on the day, then in the evening we had a DJ and an amazing firework display to round off the night.

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We would absolutely recommend our venue – it was perfect, and big enough for all our guests to stay over.

The next day was brilliant too as the weather was gorgeous so all our guests could sit outside for breakfast and enjoy the sunshine.

We decided to stay the next night as well so that we could spend even more time with our closest family and friends and carry on celebrating at the venue’s woodland venue, which had a live band, a bar and a pizza oven which was really great.

Best bit

We both agree that the church ceremony was really special. Also, the speeches were a real highlight as they were so funny! And then the dancing and the fireworks!

Getting married in the same church as my parents was really special, as was having my sister make the gin bottle centrepieces.


We decided to go to Sorrento in Italy as it looked so beautiful – and it really was! Our hotel overlooked the island of Capri and it was stunning. We spent our days lying by the pool or by our own lagoon and in the evenings we explored the town of Sorrento, finding amazing little restaurants surrounded by lemon trees, eating pizza and drinking red wine, then finishing off with any flavour of gelato we fancied!


My top tip for other Brides Up North would be: enjoy it! On the day, it’s all about the two of you; anyone else’s ideas or what they want is irrelevant, so only have what you want. Also make sure you make time for just the two of you at some point during the day.

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