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Caroline Castigliano for a stylish summer wedding in North Yorkshire – Alison & Chris

Alexis Forsyth

Shabby chic, farm-style feels are coming your way on the blog today, as we pore over Alison and Chris’ fabulously pretty wedding day last summer in North Yorkshire.

Following a quaint church wedding overlooking the dale of Nidderdale, the couple then celebrated with loved ones at the bride’s family farm. Cue plenty of serene au natural backdrops, rustic florals and vintage furniture galore, plus bunting and paper lanterns for that outdoorsy, whimsical spark to the décor. As for the addition of the father-of-the-bride’s Landrover – this was just the perfect personal touch!

A pastel palette provides a pop of colour to the day, with the bridesmaids dressed in understated blush pink gowns and looking oh so fabulous alongside bride Alison in her stunning Caroline Castigliano dress. There are lots of other wonderful details and ideas to admire and inspire though, so let’s pass the blog over to Alison, as she tells us all about their special day.

With images by Laura Calderwood


Alison says

: We got engaged on 22nd June 2016, in Northumberland. We were staying for three days at the Upland Shepherd Huts in Dunns, it was quiet and secluded with lovely warm sunny weather. Chris surprised me by getting down on one knee on our first evening there, with the beautiful gardens and views behind, in our cosy hut.


We got married on 14th July 2018 and held our ceremony at Saint Chad’s Church in Middlesmoor, which was my local church growing up and looks straight down the dale of Nidderdale.

We then hosted our reception on my parents’ farm, on the flattest piece of land we could find. We wanted the view behind us all day as a backdrop. After being spoilt with growing up there, it had to be part of the day!


I wanted a relaxed day and for everyone to sit and enjoy the scenery and watch the world go by, with a rustic shabby chic feel, but done well. Our florist did a great job of capturing this vibe.

We went for bright pastel summer colours; the suits and bridesmaids’ dresses were in pink to match but this was purely as it went with everything.


I wore the Caroline Castigliano Tertia gown. I just loved the pretty look and shape of the dress, which was purchased from The Bridal Collection Harrogate.


Chris wore navy tails hired from Prestige Suit Hire in Lincoln, paired with a pink tie and cravat.


My bridesmaids wore pink dresses from Asos.


Jennifer Holmes Hair and Makeup covered this and did a great job.


I used my dad’s old Landrover, on which our florist, Evolve Flowers, placed a floral display. It was sentimental, as we have always had old Landrovers on the farm, so I could go to the church with my dad and come back in it with just Chris.


Laura Calderwood captured our day and she did a lovely job. She fitted in with the theme and style perfectly and made me and Chris feel comfortable.


I carried a rustic bouquet by Evolve Flowers, featuring a mix of flowers.

For the venue, we had rustic florals mixed with some English Lincolnshire gladiolas, which were grown by a relative and all placed together by Evolve Flowers.

We also hired lots of rustic furniture and chairs from Vintage Monkeys, who were so helpful.

As favours, Chris’ mum made homemade fudge.


We had a vanilla sponge creation decorated with berries and flowers.


We had a mix of canapés to start, followed by roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, then strawberries and cream for after. The food was provided by Rachel Greensit Catering at Masham, who did a fantastic job. For our wines, we had Chile Merlot and white Pinot Grigio.


We booked DJ Tim Whitworth for the evening and The Last Cavaliers, who were brilliant.

Best bit

All of it, I couldn’t choose just one!


For our honeymoon, we went back to the Upland Shepherd Huts where we got engaged.


My top for other Brides Up North would be, don’t panic! Do what you want to do, invite who you want to invite, and make your day and agenda as relaxed as possible, so you can enjoy it!

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