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Rebecca Ingram for a simple winter wedding at Woodhill Hall – Hannah & Jonathan

06th August 2019 | Katie Byrne

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A festive setting and a relaxed-yet-stylish vibe combined to create a wedding party as elegant as it was cool for Hannah and Jonathan’s big day.

A spontaneous decision to say ‘I do’ inspired the couple to book their winter wedding, with their December date sitting perfectly in between Christmas and New Year.

A sophisticated seasonal palette of cream and green was complemented by natural details in pinecones and foliage, while softly lit candles completed the wedded wonderland ambience.

From a six-tier cheese wedding cake to the perfect confetti shot, there are so many elements to adore about this gorgeous celebration.

With images by JPR Shah Photography

Proposal

Hannah says: There is no elaborate, romantic down-on-one-knee story here, unfortunately! Jonathan and I have been together for seven years: we have our home and an absolutely beautiful two-year-old daughter, Sienna, together. We had spoken about marriage over the years but in more of a ‘someday, somewhere’ sense.

We both have a very spontaneous nature so we both knew when it happened, we wouldn’t spend years planning a wedding – it would just happen! So, one sunny May evening last year, we literally looked at each other and said: “let’s do it” and so the decision was made.

Setting

Our wedding date was 28th December 2018. We wanted to do everything within the year – well, six months, technically – so we were left with very few dates. Two, in fact! We would have family and friends travelling up to eight hours to join us at the venue, so between Christmas and New Year was the perfect option for us. Plus, it gave an extra excuse to make the most of the Christmas period and for it to be even more special.

Both our ceremony and reception were at Woodhill Hall. We came across Woodhill Hall a day after we decided to get married, purely by chance – and wow! We are so pleased we did! Woodhill Hall is absolutely stunning; quirky and so beautiful with wonderful, welcoming staff to boot and it matched us down to the ground. It blew us away!

Theme

I decided to go with my own kind of style rather than overthink it. We decided very quickly on a winter black tie feel, with an elegant colour scheme. I have a very simple, unfussy style, so everything was based around this – I knew I wanted a lot of cream with Nordic greens, pinecones and plenty of fir (and candles!) to complement it.

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Dress

My wedding dress was the Ada by Rebecca Ingram, which I purchased from The Bridal Boutique in Baildon, West Yorkshire. I knew I wanted something very fitted and sleek; I tried this dress on and knew it was the one! Like all the decisions with our wedding, we didn’t over-think any aspect or labour over any of the decisions.

Groomsmen

Jonathan wore a custom-made black-tie suit from Slaters in Leeds.

Bridesmaids

I loved the idea of black bridesmaid dresses – however, finding something that wasn’t ‘typical bridesmaid attire’ to fit a whole host of body shapes with a Bardot-style neckline was a struggle! In the end, my ‘maids wore dresses from Pink Boutique and my flower girl wore a frock from John Lewis.

Beauty

Lisa Jones styled my hair and Sarah Stonehouse F.A.C.E Makeup Artistry did my makeup. Both come highly recommended and are beautiful girls, inside and out!

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Photography

The wonderful John and Caitlin from JPR Shah Photography captured our day – now, where do I start?! I can’t speak highly enough! They are fabulous, funny and if there is any situation where they can’t floof your veil and commando-roll out of the way in stealth style, I would be surprised!

The love for the job they do exudes to the highest level and it felt like having two extra members of the family at the wedding.

Videography

Another fabulously talented guy! Our videographer was the wonderful Andrew Green from Tyne Digital. I really again can’t recommend Andrew highly enough and his work is impeccable. His attention to detail is phenomenal and his work speaks for itself. Both Andrew, John and Caitlin worked together like a dream team.

Styling

My mum created the bouquets for myself and the bridesmaids, as well as the buttonholes and corsages. Yes, she is very talented, and I am very lucky!

We used the Great British Bash for the Tabitha hanger in the Orangery, which was beautiful and hung directly over our ceremony and then the head table for the wedding breakfast. The hanger is modular and can be specifically designed to suit your colour scheme – Fiona is wonderful and makes sure everything is perfect.

Cake

We chose a six-tier cheese wedding cake – it was supplied by Ford Farm in Dorchester.

Dining

With our wedding being over the festive period, we decided to have a change from a traditional roast dinner. The Big Greek Meze menu was delicious, and everyone loved the change. We also decided to go with the corkage package; I left my parents in charge of the wine choices!

Entertainment

We knew we wanted a band as soon as we booked the wedding; there was definitely no other option for Johnny. We approached an agency and let them know the genre of music we wanted, and they sent through a list to choose from. It was extremely easy to pick Audiowave – they were amazing!

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Best bit

This is a hard one to write down. Without being completely soppy and cliché, it was marrying my best friend. I was always so cynical about marriage and how ‘one day’ and a certificate could make any difference or impact your life. In day-to-day way, it doesn’t really! But standing in front of the person that sees you at your most vulnerable and your best throughout life – no matter what comes your way – there was an overwhelming sense of emotion: completeness, calmness and so much love!

Advice

My top tip for other Brides Up North is – don’t over think the silly things, because essentially, they are exactly that – silly. Dave and Margaret aren’t going to criticise the fact you picked the wrong shade of pink or that you have beef wellington canapés instead of chicken satay, or that you haven’t done wedding favours! Everyone will love and adore your day because it is your day and they are there celebrating with you. We made decisions quickly and actually found it a lot of fun.

When it came to styling ideas, I really enjoyed looking at the real weddings section on Brides Up North – it was really hard to envisage what our wedding would be like, so reading and looking through different stories made me cry every time!

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