Autumn brides look right this way! Today we’re sharing Louise and Andy’s fabulous wedding day at Rise Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire from November, which is everything you could desire from an autumnal wedding – and then some!
Statement claret red and autumnal tones dominate the colour scheme, offset by a combination of roses, orchids, thistle, eucalyptus and foliage. Candelabras and tree lights are a few other pretty styling details you won’t want to miss.
The cake is worth a special mention – who wouldn’t want to indulge in a salted caramel, chocolate and vanilla buttercream cake with drip icing and macarons? And we haven’t even mentioned the firework display, a fun party game, or the five-piece band yet… Needless to say, this is one wedding guaranteed to give you all the bride-to-be butterflies – enjoy!
With images by Kazooieloki Photography.
Louise says: We got engaged in New York! I booked a surprise trip to New York for Andy’s birthday and he proposed while we were there! I didn’t know he was going to, but he had brought a ring with him which is now my wedding ring. It was a private proposal which was lovely and so special. We spent the next few days on cloud nine!
We got married on 10th November 2018. We liked the idea of an autumn wedding with all the leaves and beautiful light at that time of year and you can never count on the weather in summer, so we decided to just plan for an indoor wedding. We only booked 12 months in advance as we wanted it to be in 2018.
Also, our daughter, Alice, we knew would be 18 months by then which seemed perfect as she could walk down the aisle and be with us during our vows.
Rise Hall in East Yorkshire was our venue. We had a beautiful ceremony at Rise Hall in the ceremony room with all the guests close by. We felt we just wanted it all in one place so there was not too much moving around for everyone on the day and also we could start celebrating the marriage straight away! We had two readings during the service read by friends, and one was written by me.
The reception was also at Rise Hall in the Ballroom which was a big selling point as it has a fairy lit canopy on the ceiling and provides so much space as we had 107 guests. There is a traditional pub as well instead of just a bar in the corner.
Other reasons for choosing Rise Hall was that you can have it exclusively, as long as you book all the rooms out. They also have an amazing library at the front of the hall for guests to relax in during the day or even in the evening.
We went with claret red and autumnal tones for the colour scheme. I chose this based on it being a November wedding as I wanted something bold. It all stemmed from the amazing bridesmaids gowns we chose which was a claret red colour, and all the ideas for the floral work flowed from there. The invitations were simple with no colour scheme – just cream and embossed gold so we weren’t tied to anything until we had made our final decisions.
I had a beautiful dress by designer Justin Alexander from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I went to this small boutique wedding shop to get one-to-one service rather than feeling overwhelmed with having to pick from hundreds in much larger shops. The dress is a mermaid fit and flare with tulle and organza skirt style number 8933 in Ivory. The beaded belt also comes with it.
I chose this dress after the assistants in the shop made a suggestion based on what I told them I liked and my body shape. I said I didn’t want a few particular cuts. It was the first shop I went in with my mum and the seventh dress I tried on.
As soon as I put it on – I knew it was the one for me, as it hugged my figure in all the right places and felt I could walk down the aisle that very weekend in it if I had to. It had such elegance and yet the wow factor at the same time. I loved the simplicity in its design but also its glamour. I didn’t think I wanted a big train on the day and thought I wanted lace but everyone says you end up picking something you didn’t expect and I really did.
I went for reasonably comfy bridal shoes by Rainbow Club and my accessories were also from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I borrowed my mum’s earrings as my ‘something borrowed’ and had my great grandmother’s blue butterfly wing pin on my bouquet as something ‘old and blue’.
Andy wore a three-piece navy suit from Carl Stuart in Ossett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. They are tailors who have fitted a few celebrities over the years as their quality and precision suit making has a reputation that attracts people to go there. His grey waistcoat had a red back and claret tie which matched the colour scheme and pulled everything together, also I love Andy in a navy suit. He also wore brown shoes from Loake in Victoria Quarter in Leeds.
The groomsmen also wore navy suits with a grey waistcoat from Carl Stuart, but they had the option to hire these. Andy had more groomsmen than I had bridesmaids and one even came over from Australia!
I had four bridesmaids dressed in a beautiful claret red Sorella Vita dresses in style 8880. This is an Australian designer which had to be ordered and then sent over. The dress has a beautiful elegant high neck but with sweeping cowl low back for a bit of edge. They were purchased from Limelight Occasions in Huddersfield. I also had my daughter and god daughter who wore some lovely flower girl dresses from Next.
Hair and makeup was done by local Vicki Suddaby. I had a trial for both hair and makeup to make sure I was happy with the ides and resulting look. Obviously, it looks even better when you have it all put together on the day. I chose a half-up-half-down hairstyle, which is one of Andy’s favourites on me. The makeup lasted all day!
Kazooieloki captured our day and, yes, we would recommend them! I found this amazing pair after seeing some of their work on social media. I always know straight away if I like a photographer’s work and their results are just amazing. We set up a Skype call and they were so warm and down to earth – we knew they were going to be for us. Also, they happened to have only a few dates left in 2018, 10th November being one of them. I loved how we would get two perspectives of the day with having two photographers.
Following the booking we discovered they had actually exclusively photographed Prince Charles when he visited Hull for the city of culture recently!
We decided to do an engagement shoot with the photographers a month or so before the wedding to get a feel for having our photograph taken and get to know them a bit better.
We booked Lincolnshire Videography. This was one of the decisions which wasn’t nailed at first due to the extra expense which we didn’t feel we needed. But now I am so glad we decided to go for a) a videographer and b) Stefan Wignell and the team at Lincolnshire Videography. Having all the moments on tape and edited to such a high standard with great artistry is as important as the photos I now feel. So, I would say to anyone sitting on the fence about booking a videographer – go for it!
The bridesmaids and I had beautiful sumptuous autumnal bridal bouquet flowers from West End Florists in Wakefield, consisting of roses, orchids, thistle, eucalyptus and different foliage. I was absolutely blown away when the bridal flowers arrived. They were so amazing and just as I had pictured. A loose, but not too modern, bouquet with lots of green and bold colours.
They also had the imagination to come up with our beautiful orchid centre pieces which then branched into Andy’s button hole. They put together the candelabras on the tables and in the ceremony room, and also the autumnal tree bough with hanging lights which went over the entrance to the Ballroom where the wedding breakfast was held. The whole venue was decorated by them. They provided extra candles for other parts of the venue and also the green foliage going up the staircase and the flower arrangements.
The favours were laser-cut name places that people could take away. It was always going to be something like that or something edible/drinkable, but I thought we would do places and favours as one. These were from VM Bespoke online.
The cake, supplied by Juniper Cakery, was a three-tiered salted caramel, chocolate and vanilla buttercream cake with drip icing and macarons/flowers for detail. It was made to the colour scheme with gold, claret and blush colours and we also had a cake topper, which appropriately read “Best Day Ever”.
Food was provided by an outside caterer from York called Baba Ganoush Dining. We cannot recommend them enough. They were not only professional throughout but also thoughtful and had the whole process nailed down to a tee, providing couples with the options to come up with a totally bespoke menu. We went for what we like to eat, of course, with a sharing starter of meats/cheese and autumnal figs. Then beef, three ways, which included featherblade, brisket and cheek cuts. It was beautifully cooked and presented with autumnal vegetables. To finish we enjoyed three mini desserts of sticky toffee, raspberry cheese cake and a limoncello posset!
We found our entertainment from Jonny Ross Music agency. My mum and I discovered them at a wedding fair and saw both singers perform, who we had in the end singing at our wedding. In the daytime we had a duo called Colour Blue which we were both very fond of, as they consisted of two male singers – one with a guitar and one with bongos!
We were both pretty set on the idea of a band instead of a DJ in the evening so we had a five-piece band called Rolling Keys from the same agency which has a female lead vocalist called Sarah. They absolutely rocked two sets and ended on the high with all the guests wanting more and also you can book them to DJ in between sets. I didn’t even know but the singer was actually poorly with a bad cold on our wedding day and you couldn’t even tell. She hit every note and I only thank her and respect her even more for being so professional and putting us first on our wedding day.
Fireworks! With it being only five days after bonfire night and three days after my birthday (Andy shouldn’t forget the anniversary now!) we had to try and get fireworks. At Rise Hall there is only one company allowed to set up a show due to it being a rural location. Eastern Pyro were reasonably priced and everybody said how amazing they were. We chose two songs for the set which was Florence and the Machine You’ve Got the Love and then ended with the Muse version of Feeling Good.
We also played a really hilarious game of “find the object” to get the evening party started. Let’s just say some people ended up on the floor with socks/spoons/beer bottles!
We would recommend our choice of venue to other couples. It is totally yours to do what you want with. The idea of a summer wedding there is also great as you can play garden games and have prosecco or ice cream vans but the timings for us for a summer wedding weren’t going to work for our family. Being able to stay in the 29 bedrooms is wonderful as it means everyone can stay there the night before if you wish. It is totally original, and everyone has said how amazing the wedding was. It can be done at a lower cost with less guests if you can accommodate all the rooms. I also think it would be amazing to revisit in years ahead for a big anniversary party!
One of the best parts, to be honest, was the wedding itself. It just felt so personal as it was ours. It was made even more special by having our daughter there and having readings by friends. I got a bit emotional walking down the aisle when I saw Andy but as soon as I got to the front it felt like the most amazing feeling in the world. Everything else that followed was just a huge celebration with so much love (and booze!).
We headed to Rome on the Tuesday after the wedding for four days, just Andy and I, while the grandparents were on duty with Alice. We walked miles, drank gallons of wine and walked the same old streets as Julius Caesar! A bit of culture and nitty gritty history in the colosseum was fascinating to imagine and the Vatican, which is a city in a city was so humbling. I still wonder how Italians manage to eat so much pasta without putting on weight though!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, spend money on photographers and food. Don’t get too bogged down in the small details and trying to please everybody. They all just want you to have the best day anyway, so it doesn’t matter if there are a few things that aren’t 100% perfect.
If you are going to plan it yourself, you need a wedding planning book or lots of lists. Excel is also your friend!
I also used the Brides Up North Facebook page when planning, mainly for inspiration and venue locations and styling.