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Essense of Australia for a chic wedding at Holdsworth House – Amy & Ryan

16th July 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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True elegance combines with the beauty of autumn for today’s super stylish wedding at Holdsworth House in West Yorkshire.

Tying the knot last October, Amy and Ryan were instantly smitten with this Jacobean venue thanks to its beautiful grounds, myriad of rooms and reputation for top-notch food.

Going all-out classy with their theme, they teamed shimmering gold with dusty pinks – not to mention a champagne hue in the bride’s gown – for a glowing palette in keeping with the autumn season.

Styling touches include tall glass vases, pom poms, pearls and floating candles for a sophisticated set up perfect for the ‘gram. And there’s sparklers and even confetti poppers from their first dance to look out for too, so get scrolling!

With images by Laura Calderwood Photography

Proposal

Amy says: We got engaged on a little island just off the coast of mainland Florida, on the beach.

Setting

We tied the knot on 19th October 2019. The date had no special significance, but we liked the idea of an autumn wedding where the sun would be shining but it wasn’t too hot.

We got married at St Paul’s Church in Drighlington, West Yorkshire. It’s such a beautiful parish church.

We chose Holdsworth House as our reception venue because it is a gorgeous Jacobean building. We loved the fact it had lots of little rooms and places for our guests to explore over the course of the day. It also has beautiful grounds and the food was amazing too!

Theme

We just wanted a classy feel to our wedding, simple but beautiful. We went for golds and dusty pinks. We think the combination of colours stood out but wasn’t too bright and kept a classy feel.

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Dress

I chose a dress with a champagne colour underneath with lots of lace. I wanted it to be slightly different to the standard white wedding dress but still wanted to keep the traditional look, too. My dress was Essense of Australia but I made some changes to the straps to make a bespoke dress in the end, unique to me! I bought it from Ava Rose Hamilton.

Groomsmen

Ryan wore a dark blue suit by Harry Brown Suits from Slaters. Our groomsmen wore the same; a dark blue suit also by Harry Brown Suits from Slaters.

Bridesmaids

My bridesmaids wore gorgeous dusty pink, sparkly dresses from Very called V by Very.

Beauty

My hair was done by one of my friends, Alex Boldy, who is also a hairdresser.

My bridesmaids’ hair, meanwhile, was done by one of my bridesmaids who is also a hairdresser, Hannah Hobson.

As for my makeup, this was done by the amazing Keelie Moorby, and my bridesmaids’ makeup was done by Emily Hough.

Transport

We travelled in a Rolls Royce Phantom hired from Cupid Carriages in Rotherham.

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Photographer

Our photographer was Laura Calderwood who was absolutely amazing. She felt like one of my bridesmaids; helping out with anything she could. I felt so at ease with her. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

Videographer

We used The Creative Wedding Agency to capture our day on film. They were fantastic and we loved our final video. We would recommend them to anyone.

Styling

For my bouquet, I asked for a dusty pink look consisting of wedding roses from Ivy Florist, Pudsey. I have dried them out now and framed them!

We had the same arrangements in church as we did at Holdsworth House for our centrepieces, consisting of vases filled with water and floating candles. We scattered rose petals around the vases and then attached pom poms to the chair ends.

We also had gold 3D rose tablecloths, and tall clear vases filled with water and pearls. We placed vases on our top table, and I got all the bridesmaids to put their bouquets and mine too into these during the wedding breakfast to provide further décor and make the most of the flowers.

Favours

Our favours were celebration chocolates in little gold paper boxes. Our place names were made out of wood and ordered from VM Bespoke.

Cake

We chose a three-tiered cake – the bottom layer was chocolate, the middle one was carrot and the top tier was lemon. An amazing cake shop in Farsley, The Delicious Cake Company, spent ages helping me design the perfect classy cake to match my theme.

Dining

Our canapes included mini fish and chips, plum and tomato bruschetta, and duck spring rolls, accompanied by prosecco and beer on arrival. We chose these because everyone loves fish and chips! We wanted a mixed option so everyone would have something they love.

For the wedding breakfast, we chose butternut squash, coconut and chilli soup to start, braised beef dinner for main and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. It was so hard to choose the main meal at our tasting session because all the food was to die for!

Drink-wise, we chose white and red wine recommended by Holdsworth House at our menu tasting session, including Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Pinot Grigio. The red wine went so well with the beef and even though we don’t normally drink red, we loved it!

For our late supper we chose bacon sandwiches, hot dogs and potato wedges.

Entertainment

We had Magic Matt – a professional pickpocket magician. He was amazing and kept all our guests entertained for hours! We also booked wedding band Undercovered – they were exceptional and had everyone up dancing.

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Special touches

I made toiletry baskets for the ladies’ bathroom with extra little bits in in case they ran out. I also made a flip-flop basket for when the guests’ dancing feet got tired.

We had sparklers in the evening outside in the grounds and had won a competition for photo booth hire with Giggle Booth. They were great; providing a guest book, props and key rings throughout the night.

Our love letters were gorgeous and hired from an excellent company called Let’s Create Events.

I also had a bespoke headpiece designed and made by a wonderful little jewellery shop called Victoria Walker Boutique in Farsley.

Thanks to

I would recommend the Holdsworth House as everything ran smoothly on the day. The food was fantastic – everyone commented on how amazing the food was. It also had lots of little places to go during the day so guests could spread out and have some space.

Best bit

We absolutely loved the whole day but in particular the night time. We had pictures, sparklers, our band playing, drinks were flowing and we had confetti poppers for our first dance, which looked amazing.

Honeymoon

We went to the Peak District straight after our wedding for a couple of nights and then went to Paris a few months later. Paris was such a beautiful city. We chose it because we love sightseeing and going to new places.

Advice

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, ask for recommendations off other people, plan ahead and take time during the day to step back and just enjoy the moment; it goes by in a flash.

We went to one of Brides Up North’s wedding fairs, which was great as it inspired lots of different parts of our day. It also showed us different things we would’ve possibly forgotten about! Berry’s Jewellers were also there and offered us some money off our wedding bands on the day, so it’s definitely worth attending.

We had such a wonderful day and were just grateful that everyone spent the day with us. We planned the wedding quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed planning it.

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