After a picture-perfect proposal in Venice, today’s couple Hannah and Kiran exchanged vows a year later in the romantic setting of North Yorkshire.
Won over by the secluded and exclusive nature of The Orangery at Settrington, which only holds a handful of weddings each year, the couple decided to host their wedding reception here, paired with a ceremony at the nearby Settrington Church. Both backdrops are positively dreamy and we can’t help but swoon over the gorgeous outdoor shots of the couple!
So, what special touches have we got in store for you today? Well, there’s a tres sophisticated 1920s style wedding gown with a detachable cape and a hint of sparkle for starters. And for something a little different, there’s a ‘groomswoman’, Earl Grey gin for favours and masks of a certain royal couple who shared their wedding date with our newlyweds. Lots to inspire – so let’s delve in!
Hannah says: We got engaged during a holiday to Italy. Kiran proposed while we were in Venice. We were out for an evening walk and he did it on the only bridge he could find that was empty! I don’t think me inviting some friends – who we bumped into unexpectedly – for dinner that night helped with Kiran’s nerves!
We got married on 19th May 2018. This date was almost one year to the day we got engaged and the day before my birthday, so it seemed like a good choice!
We held the ceremony at Settrington Church, followed by a reception at The Orangery at Settrington, Settrington Estate.
We loved the privacy of the venue and how secluded it was – it was so spacious and beautifully decorated. There were also beautiful gardens for our guests to enjoy – especially as the weather was so good on the day! We loved that they only have a few weddings a year, so it felt like they gave us a lot of their time and attention and really got to know us as a couple.
We had no particular theme. For our colour scheme, we opted for burgundy and gold – we wanted warm, classic tones and didn’t want anything too bright or garish. It felt subtle and looked great on all the stationery and photos.
I’ve always loved 1920s style dresses and am a big fan of sparkle. The dress that I chose was called Angel by Badgley Mischka and was from the Bridal Collection in Harrogate. It had a detachable cape and was just unlike any other dress that I had ever seen. No other dress that I tried on compared.
I paired it with the Sarah veil by Sassi Holdford, which was cathedral length, double tier and had tiny diamantes for that bit of extra glitter. Because I’m quite traditional and we were getting married in church, it was important to me to have the double tier.
Kiran got his and his groomsmen’s navy blue three-piece suits from Next but had his waistcoat made from The Drop. In addition to Kiran’s groomsmen, he also had his friend Faye as a groomswoman! They all lived together at medical school and it seemed wrong for her not to be a part of his wedding party just because she wasn’t male. She wore a gorgeous navy dress from Ted Baker and matched the others perfectly and it was so lovely to have her involved in the same way as the guys.
I searched high and low and found it so difficult to find burgundy bridesmaid dresses. However, I came across an online brand called TH&TH and the Edie in Roseberry was perfect. The girls looked amazing.
Our makeup and hair was done by Catherine Elizabeth and her team. I came across her on Instagram and we were so all so happy with the results.
As the church was right next door to The Orangery we didn’t need any transport. The venue also has a cottage on site, so I stayed in there the night before.
Laura Calderwood was a fab photographer – we got to know her before the wedding as we had an engagement shoot so we felt much more comfortable on the day as a result. She was really in tune with what we wanted – no cheesy photos and lots of natural shots of us and our guests having a good time! She was so relaxed and warm on the day and all our guests commented on how lovely she was with them too. We would 100% recommend her to other couples.
Our florist was Take a Leaf, based in Stamford Bridge. A friend had used them the year before and we were so impressed we didn’t have any reservations. We had a mix of pale pastel flowers together with foliage. As I’m a Yorkshire girl my only stipulation was that I wanted some white roses as part of my bouquet. My bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet.
Take a Leaf also made all of the centrepieces, pew ends and filled the flower urns that are permanently located outside of The Orangery.
For our favours, we had homemade Earl Grey gin in little glass bottles, made by Kiran – they loved them!
Yorkshire Party Company did our catering – the food was one of our favourite parts of the day! Each plate had amazing attention to details and the flavours were incredible. Our guests all told us afterwards how much they loved the food. We had fig and mascarpone salad for starter, lamb two ways for main and a ‘chocolate teardrop’ for dessert – we would highly recommend YPC!
For our entertainment, we booked Edinburgh Sounds. We had seen them at a friend’s wedding the previous year. We wanted a band that did ceilidh as well as pop and they fit the bill perfectly. We would definitely recommend them – they even learnt a couple of songs just for us that they didn’t previously have in their repertoire. I went to medical school in Scotland and loved ceilidhs since then – luckily Kiran shares my enthusiasm!
We were able to serve a keg of local craft beer, brewed in nearby Malton, that The Orangery hooked up to their tap for our guests to buy at the bar which was great.
We also got pork pies from our favourite butchers, Lishmans of Ilkley for our buffet – they are legendary!
Kiran’s best man, Oliver sourced Harry and Meghan masks as they too chose our wedding day to make things official! They made for some great photographs.
Yes, we would definitely recommend our venue. Clearly, we’re biased but we’ve never been to a more lovely wedding reception venue and the fact that they can cater for more than 100 guests is rare in this area. The communication with them is really incredible too, they went above and beyond at every opportunity and we really appreciated that. You also have the venue for the whole week leading up to your wedding to set up, so there’s no rush or stress the day before or the morning of the wedding getting everything ready!
We both really enjoyed the actual church ceremony and it was probably the most emotional part of the day. It was just so lovely seeing all our friends and family together in one room who had come to celebrate with us – for us this was the best bit!
We enjoyed two weeks in Thailand – bliss! We had three days in Bangkok and 10 nights in Hua Hin by the beach with our own pool – we definitely didn’t want to come home!
It’s all about planning and preparation – neither of us got stressed at all because we started quickly and made sure the ‘big things’ were booked early and sorted. Get a spreadsheet done on Excel and use a checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
At the end of the day – we both felt that it’s one day for us to enjoy and definitely not worth getting stressed over! As a result, we both enjoyed the day as well as all the lead up.
We used Brides Up North during the planning for inspiration, suppliers, other local weddings and generally getting ideas and tips!