Your Yorkshire Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 60)

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Making your Dream Wedding unforgettable The Parsonage Hotel & Spa was built in early 1840s and maintains many of its original features. Located in the small village of Escrick only a short drive from the historic city of York. The Parsonage is an ideal venue for a truly wonderful wedding. ◆ CIVIL CEREMONY LICENCE ◆ SPA AND HEALTH CLUB 60 EN-SUITE BEDROOMS ◆ MANICURED GARDENS ◆ AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ONE WEDDING PER DAY ◆ AWARD WINNING CHEFS The Parsonage Hotel & Spa ESCRICK • YORK • YO19 6LF 01904 728 111 / / / The Parsonage Hotel & Spa

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Hello from your Editor, Claire Muffett-Reece 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around Yorkshire 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 73 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 88 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100! CONTENTSMAY/JUNE 2023 VENUES 15 TOWN & COUNTRY Wed in one of these incredible York and Harrogate venues 21 GARDEN PARTY Yorkshire’s finest venues with gardens and grounds to wed in and celebrate at On the cover This issue’s cover is sponsored by High Trenhouse, a charming wedding venue situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park ( The image is of bride, Anita, on her wedding day and was captured by David Isaacson Photography ( For more information on High Trenhouse turn to page 21. 45 21 FEATURES 45 IN BLOOM Want beautiful big day bouquets and blooms? These Yorkshire florists have got you covered 50 COME DINE WITH ME Eight Yorkshire caters that will wow even the pickiest of guest 50 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 WED LIKE AN EGYPTIAN Ella and Karim’s day included Ancient Pharaohs and a surprise belly dancer! 32 SCHOOL’S OUT After meeting at school love blossomed for Alison and Roman 39 YOU AND ME ALWAYS Emma and Kieran’s wedding was spectacular from start to finish HONEYMOONS 80 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 82 THE CITY OF LOVE We reveal why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two GROOMS 76 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 77 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 78 GREEN WITH ENVY The latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 56 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 57 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 61 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 66 DESERT ROSE Your honeymoon suitcase needs these summery staples 68 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 70 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your wedding woes 57 27 80 61 68 32 4

One of my favourite parts of my job as Editor of Your Yorkshire Wedding is getting to write readers’ stories, as it means I get to look through all of our couples’ photos. Nosey? Of course – who doesn’t love looking at details and inspiration? However, it’s that moment the photographer captures your soon-to-be spouse seeing you walk up the aisle that gets me. Every single time. That raw emotion upon seeing the person you love most in the whole wide world as they’re about to become your husband or wife is a powerful thing – so huge congratulations; as you’re about to experience that incredible feeling for yourself! Right, now that I’ve blabbed like a baby even writing that sentence, it’s time to chat about what we’ve got in store for you this issue. First up let’s talk about those amazing reader weddings, with Ella and Karim, Alison and Roman, and Emma and Kieran sharing their nuptials with you, starting on page 27. We’ve also got venues with seriously impressive gardens and grounds to wed in (p21), advice from top hair and beauty experts (p70) and food to wow friends and family with, courtesy of our catering feature on page 50. Plus, turn to page 13 to win a distillery experience for you and three besties (with lots of sampling), worth £200! I’ll drink to that! See you in July… Tears of joy 73 EXPERT ADVICE You ask for help – and we always deliver! 88 COMPETITION Win a pearl necklace worth £1,100! ISSN 2052-0522 Your Yorkshire Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Yorkshire Wedding is published six times a year. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Claire x Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor 50 FEELING PECKISH? You will be after looking at these wedding caterers! ADVERTISING Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Muffett-Reece | 01376 535 611

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All the latest from around Yorkshire YOU BEAUTY! Having just opened in April, Beauty in Bloom is an ecohair and beauty salon based in Ilkley. Owned by Charlotte Hawkins, her specialist team of hair stylists and make-up artists continue to make a name for themselves as the bridal hair and make-up people in and around Yorkshire. Aside from over 20 years of experience, their passion for perfection is unrivalled – put simply, they’re the team you want on the morning of your wedding! “When we say ‘yes’ to a wedding we never dream of just sitting and waiting until it’s our moment to make up our brides,” says Charlotte. “We’re on hand to straighten trains, make brews, pop shoes on and everything in between! Because, when it’s your special day, these little gestures make all the difference, and make for a seamless day!” For more info, and to find out what bridal services the salon offers, visit HOT NEW VENUE! We love nothing more than reading about a new wedding venue, so are delighted to announce that EK at The Mill in Skipton is now open. Steeped in character and overlooking the canal and countryside, it offers a beautiful space for licensed civil ceremonies, wedding receptions and vow renewals. With its high beamed ceilings, Yorkshire stone walls and stunning woodland views, the venue adds an extra special quality to the most important day in your life. There’s seating for up to 70; bespoke food from an award-winning chef; plus they can advise on local wedding stylists, photographers, florists and more, from an impressive contacts book of well-chosen suppliers. Don’t delay – check the venue out now by heading to NEWS Nearlywed YOU’RE HIRED! Former candidate on this year’s The Apprentice, Shannon Martin has launched her British-led bridal collection, Nori Ivy, which she originally pitched to Lord Sugar. “While I was grateful for the opportunity to be on the show, I left in week two when I discovered the process wasn’t for me,” she says. “I realised I didn’t need a business partner to make Nori Ivy a success, as I could do it on my own, alongside my amazing team!” Shannon already has two thriving Yorkshire businesses, Dotty Bridal and OffThe-Peg Bridal Outlet, and has been part of the wedding industry for over 10 years. The Nori Ivy collection of 14 gowns is available in sizes 0-30, and features stunning silhouettes, a variety of textures, exquisite fabrics and intricate detailing; all of which are customisable to any bride’s requirements. For more information head to LOCAL NEWS 9

SAY YES TO CRATHORNE HALL Searching for the perfect North Yorkshire venue? Consider Crathorne Hall near Yarm, where the rooms are filled with so many historic features you’re sure to fall head over heels the moment you arrive! Here, guests receive the red carpet treatment in anticipation for your vows, before being guided to one of the impressive ceremony spaces guaranteed to make an impression. The stunning original fireplace with beautiful marbling takes centre stage in the Edwardian room, combined with intricate detailing and feature chandelier for a feeling of incredible grandeur. It even has floor-to-ceiling windows which provide views over the grounds and Leven valley. Alternatively, the unexpected setting of the foyer is where you can say your vows under arched ceilings, surrounded by elaborate wood panelling. Or, for a more intimate experience, the Hall offers additional spaces including the Yorkshire Room and Presidents Lounge, offering period features, sash windows and wealth of natural light. For more information on marrying at Crathorne Hall visit THE SPA’S THE STAR Did you know studies have shown how you feel on a Sunday has a direct effect on your week? That’s why Huddersfield’s Titanic Spa has launched their new Sunday Night Stopover package! The UK’s first eco-Spa, it starts with a Sunday arrival from 10:30am, where you’ll enjoy the 15m salt regulated swimming pool, relaxation lounge and outdoor hot tub, as well as access to the spa’s Heat and Ice experience; a journey of hot and cold therapies to guide you to utter serenity. You’ll also enjoy a 55-minute facial treatment from a choice of four; plus a one-course light lunch and two-course evening meal. You then get to bed down in Titanic Spa’s luxury self-contained apartment style accommodation, before checking out on Monday morning after enjoying a continental breakfast hamper. Titanic Spa’s Sunday Night Stopover Break costs £179pp; visit for more info. PSST! Be sure to check out the July/August issue to be in with the chance of winning a stay here! NEW & IMPROVED Skipton’s The Coniston Hotel has recently revealed its stunning refurbished events area, the newly reworked Bannister Suite. The hotel’s largest self-contained space, it’s fully equipped with fantastic facilities including private bar, courtyard and separate entrance for wedding party privacy. The adjoining Orangery is perfect for arrival drinks, while the main room can seat up to 120. For a more intimate get together, The Coniston’s AA Rosette awarded restaurant, The View, offers some delicious Yorkshire classics; and for those looking for relaxation, the award-winning Nàdarra spa is the perfect way to decompress. What more do you need? Visit – and turn to our feature starting on page 21 for more info. 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURYORKSHIRE.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH JUNE 2023. WIN! MASONS OF YORKSHIRE DISTILLERY TOUR Fancy a ‘gincredible’ experience, worth £200, for you and your three besties in the run up to the big day? Yorkshire’s first and finest distillery, Masons of Yorkshire, is offering an exclusive distillery experience for four; two personalised bottles of award-winning gin or vodka; plus four glasses for you to take home to carry on the celebrations! Soak up the super-glam surroundings in the private bar, have a professional tasting experience with your favourite people – plus your new favourite drinks – and learn how Masons of Yorkshire creates the most delicious craft spirits. Some wedding reception drinks inspo, perhaps? The Pear and Pink Peppercorn Gin with tonic is heavenly! For more info visit Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13


TOWNand Wed in one of these incredible York and Harrogate venues COUNTRY THE GRAND YORK 01904 380038 | The Grand York’s Edwardian building and original features are guaranteed to impress any wedding guests. Built in 1906 and located on the city walls, the hotel is packed with history and heritage that’s reflected in the décor of the building, from its tall ceilings to architectural quirks such as porthole windows. However, it also has a stunning contemporary wing, where heritage meets modern simplicity. Considering The Grand for your big day? Let us tempt you further, with its Chairman’s Suite’s wood-clad pillars, ornate fireplace and views of the city perfect for a wedding of 30. The Grand Boardroom, meanwhile, has a majestic feel, with floor to ceiling wood panelling, huge windows and original parquet flooring. Overlooking the York Minster and city walls, this space can accommodate 100. You can then host a reception in either of the above, before taking advantage of a complimentary night’s stay as part of your package, with preferential rates for guests. 15 LOCAL VENUES

HOTEL DU VIN YORK 01904 405260 | Hotel du Vin York is the embodiment of relaxed, comfortable luxury. A spectacular example of a Grade II listed Georgian Manor house, tucked away on The Mount, here you’ll find 44 distinctive rooms and suites, featuring luxurious beds with Egyptian cotton linen, roll top baths, flat screen TVs and many more unique features. When it comes to your big day, Hotel du Vin York boasts a central Courtyard located in the centre of the hotel that provides a perfect setting for a ceremony for up to 50. After you’ve legally tied the knot, enjoy your reception again in the Courtyard for up to 45 seated friends and family. There’s also the Ruinart, a stunning airy room with original features including its fireplace, flooring and Georgian windows (22 guests); the Ouse, a cosy, intimate feel perfect for smaller wedding parties (20 guests); or for larger affairs the whole Bistro can be used exclusively to accommodate both ceremonies and wedding breakfasts for up to 100. THE JUDGE’S LODGING 01904 638733 | Rich in detail and history, The Judge’s Lodging offers the perfect base for your big day. Situated in the heart of York’s city centre, this Grade I listed Georgian townhouse is full of charm and elegance, directly overlooking the Gothic-style York Minster cathedral – making it the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. Paperwork is currently in place for a ceremony licence, with couples soon saying their vows in the Monkey Room, an intimate space for up to 24 with natural light, high ceilings and original fireplace. Afterwards, greet friends and family at your reception in the grand and plush Grey Room (24 guests), or choose the outdoor Terrace or Front Courtyard (weather dependant; 60-100 guests), complete with access to private bar area. Afterwards, retreat to your ultimate haven – The Judges Suite – to enjoy post-wedding bliss. 16

THE YORKSHIRE HOTEL 01423 706700 | The Yorkshire Hotel has stood as a beacon of elegance in the heart of Harrogate since 1818. Boasting a privileged position overlooking the stunning Stray, and in close proximity to the picturesque Valley Gardens, the historic building has been masterfully restored and rejuvenated, preserving its timeless charm while offering all the modern comforts you’d expect. The newly renovated Sky Suite is set to make your day magical, and is the perfect space to say your vows in front of 100 guests. It’s here you’ll also host your wedding breakfast and evening reception, accommodating 100 guests for a traditional sit-down meal, or up to 150 for an evening party. Afterwards, enjoy an overnight stay in The King Balcony Room, featuring a private sitting area and sweeping floor length windows that frame the spectacular views of Harrogate itself. Your guests can also stay in one of the many beautiful bedrooms, taking advantage of special accommodation rates when you choose to wed here. MIDDLETONS HOTEL 01904 611570 | Steeped in history and with a variety of unique wedding spaces, Middletons Hotel provides the base for a truly magical celebration. From the Victorian stained-glass windows to original wooden beams, there’s an abundance of character wherever you choose to host your nuptials. Combing 17th century architecture with 21st century luxury, the newlyweds can spend their first night in either the Bridal Suite or the recently renovated suites in the hotel’s iconic Lady Anne building. If choosing to wed in the Organ Factory, up to 24 guests will be wowed by this intimate room, which boasts natural light and stained-glass windows. There’s also the rustic in design Sawmill Suite (40 guests), or the Sun Lounge – tucked away at the back of the hotel, it’s home to some fascinating pieces of history and is a light and airy space for up to 40. Receptions then take place in the Conservatory (50 seated), or back in the Sawmill Suite (60 capacity). 17 LOCAL VENUES


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Garden Party Yorkshire’s finest venues with gardens and grounds to wed in and celebrate at CARLTON TOWERS 01405 861662 | Carlton Towers has a distinguished history spanning 800 years, overlooking 250 acres of private parkland and woodland. Here, couples have exclusive use of the house and gardens; with many opting to use the space in front of the house for drinks and photos. Grand weddings or intimate ceremonies can all be catered within Carlton Towers’ house and grounds. The Venetian Drawing Room (96 seated) boasts gold walls, an impressive fireplace and silver chandeliers. There’s also The Picture Gallery, with brass chandeliers and two fireplaces (144 seated). You’ve also The Card Room (36 seated); an intimate room with oak-lined walls and fossil limestone chimneypiece. You can even wed in The Walled Garden Vineyard (36 seated), with lines of beautifully presented vines nestled among old English roses, herbs and fruit trees. You’ll then host your reception in any of the above spaces. HIGH TRENHOUSE 0333 112 2747 | High Trenhouse is set in three acres of land, with the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales as its backdrop. Here you’ll find woodland glades, wildflowers, ponds and water features; the perfect setting for adding a marquee or alter for an outdoor celebration. With a licence for outdoor weddings, as well as indoor, the choice is yours. Rustic and full of charm, High Trenhouse offers two ceremony rooms and comfortable overnight accommodation – along with two bars, dining area and farmhouse kitchen. As well as being able to wed outside in front of 50, the Littondale Suite provides a wonderful space for smaller weddings of 50, while the Malhamdale Suite (also 50 capacity) is situated in a separate building to the main house and has wooden beams and lots of natural light. Afterwards, enjoy your fully catered three-course meal in the dining room, while also enjoying drinks on the veranda. 21 THEMED VENUES

LINEHAM FARM 0113 378 3939 | Just a few miles from Leeds, Lineham Farm is a mix of rural charm and cosy farmhouse. Its wedding barn has wooden beams adorned with fairy lights and large windows set in traditional stone, while the adjoining lounge area centres around a fireplace with working log burning stove. The central point of any wedding here must be its courtyard, an open space creating an inviting atmosphere to host drinks, food, music and more. Wandering through the courtyard brings you to The Green, a woodland space for up to 130. Here you’ll also find seating with fire pits, ideal for toasting marshmallows as the sun sets. Alternatively, wed in the barn (capacity 100), the courtyard (capacity 100), or the hillside (capacity 130), before hosting either a formal sit-down occasion in the barn, or festival-style affair in the courtyard. Just imagine food trucks pitching up at the entrance, serving culinary delights while guests relax at tables underneath festoon lighting. SALTMARSHE HALL 01430 434920 | A Grade II Georgian estate house, Saltmarshe is fronted by the River Ouse and is set in 17 acres of Yorkshire countryside. The parkland offers opportunities to explore riverside walks and ancient trees, while the walled garden features herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and treelined walkways. Marrying here is nothing short of spectacular, with several ceremony spaces to choose. The Morning Room (capacity 110) is the largest indoor room, with large skylights and ample windows for tons of natural light. The Drawing Room (65 guests) is perfect for an intimate ceremony; the Walled Garden (110 guests) ideal for an English country garden affair; while the Lime Tree Avenue (110 guests) sees you making an entrance down the old staircase into a row of trees with festoon lighting. You can even wed by the beautiful backdrop of the Pond (110 guests)! 22

Call us now for more information and to arrange your personal tour with Andrea. Civil Ceremony License. Available Exclusively. Indoor & Outdoor Weddings. Access to 3.5 acres of secluded grounds. Phone: +44 (0) 3331122747 Email: Web: Situated in the stunning Yorkshire Dales, High Trenhouse is a rustic farmhouse venue perfect for intimate weddings of up to 50 people.

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THE CONISTON HOTEL COUNTRY ESTATE & SPA 01756 748080 | Weddings at The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa sees plenty of enchanting event spaces to accommodate your guest list. Here you’ve private grounds and woodland to explore, a barn for small and intimate affairs, plus a modern and contemporary space for larger gatherings. With acres of grounds, majestic lake complete with candlelit jetty, and historic church; weddings at The Coniston are truly romantic. Choose the Garnett Room to say ‘we do’ – flooded with daylight, it seats 80 with room for a grand entrance. Winston’s 17th century Barn (60 guests) boasts original features including exposed beams; or say your vows by the picturesque 24-acre lake (100 guests). There’s also a spectacular Wedding Terrace where up to 100 will watch you wed with breath-taking estate views – or you can even enjoy an intimate woodland ceremony for up to 10 at sunset or dusk. WHIRLOW BROOK HALL 0114 250 5600 | Whirlow Brook Hall is located within 39 acres, creating the perfect backdrop for those all-important photos. There’s the manicured lawn with the Hall sitting proudly in the background, pond and rockery areas adorned by wildflowers, or sprawling woodland for those wanting a rustic setting. Originally a manor house built in 1906, Whirlow Brook Hall sits high on an elevated terrace overlooking the gardens, creating a ‘wow’ factor as guests arrive via the long driveway. Here you can marry in front of up to 80 in the Oak Room, a beautiful oak panelled space featuring an original fireplace. For ceremonies of up to 120, choose the Garden Suite, which boasts views of the gardens and is full of natural daylight. Your breakfast and evening reception is then held again in the Garden Suite, with doors leading onto a private terrace where guests can enjoy drinks or take in the evening air. 25 THEMED VENUES

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a Wn E egdy pl it ikae n Ella and Karim’s day included Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs – and a surprise belly dancer! Images courtesy of Kirsty Mattsson Photography Doctors Ella and Karim met at Bradford Royal Infirmary, but didn’t confess to liking each other until a year later. “By now we were working in Huddersfield, with Karim regularly waiting outside the ward I was in for me to finish,” says Ella. “I initially thought of him as just a friend, but it was only when I couldn’t get Karim off my mind that I realised much stronger feelings were involved.” Karim proposed on 19 April, 2019, on a last-minute break to Gran Canaria. “I was hoping he’d pop the question while we were away, as I knew he’d asked my dad’s permission to marry me a couple of months earlier,” continues the bride. “I wasn’t disappointed, with Karim taking me to a heart-shaped island called Anfi for the evening, proposing on the jetty at sunset. It was all very romantic.” The couple set the date of 17 March, 2022, marrying at Wharfedale Grange. Here, Ella tells us more about their big day… 27 REAL WEDDINGS

Even though we married at the same venue as our reception, my dad wanted a traditional father/daughter journey, so we hired a 1949 Cadillac for before and after the ceremony. I found my Essence of Australia dress at Silsden’s Ava Rose Hamilton. I knew I wanted an A-line design, but never thought I’d fall in love with such a simple gown! I added sparkle with a jewelled belt and plenty of lace with my amazing veil. We wanted a natural and wild but vibrant coloured look for our flowers. Our florist fitted our style perfectly, using sustainable products and making some incredible creations. My sister made our delicious cake, sitting down with us to design exactly what we wanted. It even included our names in Arabic painted on the front. Wharfedale Grange is a stunning venue and we instantly knew it was the one. Everywhere you look you find a quirky unique feature you won’t have seen anywhere else. Karim is Egyptian, so our theme centered around the country. Tables were named after Ancient Pharaohs, and we had miniature statues of each on the table, bought from Egypt’s markets. 28

We put a traditional red Egyptian Fez on each table for the guests to have fun with. Karim’s mum and I also made two extra ones for the top table covered in red rhinestones! We were both nervous about our first dance to Tom Walker’s Just You and I, but once it began there was no one else in the room but us. We had a confetti cannon during the dance, too, which gave us some extra jazz! Our nine-month-old son was looked after by a professional nanny for the day. It meant none of our family or friends missed part of our wedding and his routine wasn’t disrupted. He wore blue chinos with bow tie and braces and stole the show! After canapés guests were served sharing mezze platters with flatbreads, falafel, and dips. We then enjoyed slow cooked beef and sticky toffee pudding; and had chicken or falafel shawarma and Egyptian desert Om Ali in the evening. Karim wore a Hugo Boss suit which we picked out together. Comprising a velvet jacket with bow tie, he teamed it with a white and peach buttonhole to complement my bouquet. My bridesmaids and bridesman wore the same cornflower blue, but in a style of their choosing. We found the bridesman’s suit first and then sourced the dresses to match. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

We also had a magician and live band for entertainment, as well as a photobooth with props. Our guests got one picture to keep and one to stick in our guest book with a message. ELLA & KARIM’S CONTACTS Photography, Kirsty Mattsson Photography | Venue, Wharfedale Grange | Videography, Jason Lynch Weddings | Ella’s dress, Ava Rose Hamilton | Ella’s jewellery and accessories, The Bobby Pin | Hair, Bridal Hair by Sam Gateley | Make-up, Leanne Jackson | Suits, Hugo Boss | Flowers, Daisy Hoban Floral | Transport, The Wedding Car Hire People | Catering, Nomad Catering by James Brown | Photobooth, Photobomb | Magician, Russ Appleby | Band, The Indianas | Bellydancer, Taste of Cairo | Childcare, The Yorkshire Nanny Company We hired a belly dancer as a surprise for our guests to perform in the evening. This is very much an Egyptian tradition – and she was fantastic! Scan to view video 30

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School ’s After meeting at school love blossomed for Alison and Roman Images courtesy of Terri Pashley OUT 32

Alison and Roman met at secondary school. “We knew of each other, but it wasn’t until we left school that we got to know each other properly through parties and mutual friends,” says the bride. “It wasn’t a romantic story with lots of flowers and dates – we were young, clicked and fell in love!” Roman proposed on the couple’s 10 year anniversary. “We were meant to be in Italy celebrating, but Covid hit so he popped the question during lockdown,” continues the bride. “I’d made Roman a memory book with photographs of different times throughout our relationship as a gift, and jokingly wrote on the last page, ‘What will be next for us?’. I’d of course written it as a not-so-subtle hint, but was shocked when he got to the last page and got down on one knee, producing a ring from his pocket!” The couple set the date for the 28th May, 2022, choosing Bunny Hill Weddings for their big day. Here, Alison tells us more about their amazing celebration… THE PERFECT PLACE Choosing a venue was one of the easiest options for the couple. “I had stumbled across Bunny Hill Weddings on Instagram a year or so before we got engaged and fell in love with it just from the pictures,” says Alison. “I followed their account and always thought how amazing it would be to get married there ome day. After we got engaged I made sure to book a viewing as soon as was possible – and it didn’t disappoint. It was everything we had ever dreamt of and more, with private grounds and stunning scenery. We also loved how the owners had thought of every single detail – it even has a zip line on site! We had other viewings booked at alternative venues, but as soon as we left and got in the car, Roman turned to me and said, ‘This has got to be where we get married!’” PIC ’N’ MIX When it came to organising the little touches, Alison and Roman had plenty of ideas to hand. “Our gorgeous wooden table place names were made by a close friend of ours,” continues Alison. “Our florist was in charge of designing our centrepieces, with half the tables featuring tall gold stands with flower arrangements on, plus floating candles, tealights and petals around the base. The other half featured floating candles in glass cylinders and stemmed glass at different heights with tealights and petals. They looked incredible!” For favours, the couple decided to go for something to really get people talking. “We opted for little ‘roulette’ shot bottles for each guest, with either a clear spirit or water!” continues Alison. “After Roman finished his speech, he asked everyone to take a drink from their bottles – and their faces instantly gave away what drink they had!” 33 REAL WEDDINGS

FIRST TIME LUCKY Alison found dress-shopping a breeze, as it was the first gown she tried on! “I’m normally quite a minimalistic person when it comes to dresses, so my Zavana Couture Amira Gown was a little out of character for me! I teamed it with a long, plain veil, as it was stunning enough without additional accessories.” The rest of the bridal party also looked the part, starting with the couple’s daughter. “The team in Chloe Jane Bridalwear; where I bought my dress, provided me with material in the same style as my gown, so I could have a flower girl outfit made for her,” continues the bride. “I found an amazing dressmaker on social media, and she matched us perfectly. My bridesmaids looked just as gorgeous in their sage green dresses, while Roman and his groomsmen wore tuxedos – including the kids!” LET’S EAT Food-wise, Alison and Roman were keen to keep their guests wellcatered for. “Bunny Hill Weddings use an amazing company that let you choose whatever you want,” says Alison. “For canapés, we enjoyed mini Yorkshire puddings with beef and gravy, chicken burgers and sliders, and mini pies with steak and pea purée. They even added a tiny steiner of real ale to this! We then had Italian antipasti platters, roast meat boards and chocolate brownies for our wedding breakfast; with loaded fries in the evening. Our guests still say now how much they loved the food.” For their wedding cake, the couple kept things simple. “We wanted a minimalistic design so chose a plain white three-tier style, decorated with flowers from our florist. After sampling a lot of lovely cake, we decided on white chocolate, chocolate and lemon and poppy seed flavours.” ZIP TO IT Entertainment-wise, the couple took full advantage of the venue’s own facilities. “A lot of our guests – including myself! – were on the zip line throughout the day and night, which was brilliant fun,” continues the bride. “We also hired singing waiters who performed after the main course. They got everybody up standing on their chairs, waving napkins in the air, and the party continued after that! The DJ then started and the dance floor was always full, which was how we wanted it to be.” Looking back, there were many memorable moments the couple will cherish forever. “Getting ready was a lovely part of the day, as it was filled with anticipation and excitement,” remembers Alison. “Our best friends were in charge of the speeches, and they really did us proud; both packed with laughter and emotion. Our photographer, Terri, was also amazing, keeping us relaxed and capturing so many incredible shots.” 34

AUSTFIELD FARM, AUSTFIELD LANE, HILLAM, NORTH YORKSHIRE, LS25 5NQ We have hosted some fabulous weddings here in our rustic barns, each with their own individual style from festival style, boho, traditional, rustic, each one different relaxed & lots of fun. THE DIARY IS FILLING UP FAST FOR 2024 - WE ARE ALSO TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2025 | Charlotte 07818 415320 | Jason 07857 131412 | | We have three barns with space to seat 180 through the day and can have up to 300 at night as well & the courtyard & paddock. Your special day will feel unique,rustic and relaxed in a countryside setting on our family farm. We also hold a licence for you to be married here. You can either have your ceremony inside or outside weather dependant. LiquidCatering run our fully stocked bar and have a wide range street food available or you can choose your caterers, we can recommend all sorts of super local businesses to make your day special. Get in touch with Charlotte to arrange an appointment to have a look round or if you have any questions our friendly team will be happy to help. A fully qualified Bridal hair specialist based in South Yorkshire, but covering other areas also. I love to help my brides create their dream wedding look. From first contact up to your wedding morning I am here for my brides every step of the way. To see more of my work, get in touch or book an appointment, please see my social media pages Hair by Samantha Ashley Hair by Samantha Ashley

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ROLL CREDITS Photography, Terri Pashley | Venue, Bunny Hill Weddings | Videography, Hitched Productions | Alison’s dress, Chloe Jane Bridalwear, | Hair, Hair by Samantha Ashley | Make-up, Sarah Turgoose MUA | | Flowergirl dress, Made By Thee SG | Suits, Marks & Spencer | Rings, UK Bullion Jewellers | Flowers, Stems Design | Cake, Scrum Bakes | Catering, The Hog and Apple Food Co | DJ, DJ Mike McKay ALISON’S TOP TIP “Don’t overthink the planning! It can get quite overwhelming and stressful, especially as the wedding day draws nearer, but everything works out in the end!” Scan to view video REAL WEDDINGS 37 Steeped in historic charm and beauty, Grade 1 listed Camblesforth Hall and Grange is a hidden gem in Yorkshire which will provide a magnificent backdrop to your special day. Nestled within the grounds is the newly renovated barn Wedding venue, The Grange. Offered on an exclusive 3 day hire basis, you have the time and freedom too design the Wedding of your dreams. From the breath-taking Coach House, to the beautifully adorned Hemmel Barn, to the ‘rustic-chic’ Poultiggery Bar, each space is perfectly designed to give you a seamless Wedding Day. The large courtyard gives you and your guests ample space too enjoy a drinks reception in the sunshine, or why not enjoy a glass of champagne on the lawn in front of the Hall? The opportunities are endless. Your Dream Wedding Awaits

YOU AND ME, always Emma and Kieran’s wedding was spectacular from start to finish Images courtesy of Peter Rollings Photography Emma and Kieran met through Facebook when Kieran clicked ‘add friend’ after spotting Emma’s profile. “We were attracted to one another instantly and enjoyed spending time together over the next few months,” says Emma. “It was as if we’d known each other for a lot longer than we actually had, and everything felt ‘just right’. We even began to think our paths had crossed in the past and we hadn’t realised.” Kieran proposed to Emma on holiday in Mexico. “Kieran had already found the perfect ring with the help of my mum, and planned to pop the question on a swing in the sea for that picture-perfect moment,” continues the bride. “However, as we got to the swing a huge tractor appeared out of nowhere and stopped close by! Instead, Kieran asked me to marry him later that night overlooking a waterfall in an incredible restaurant. It’s a moment neither of us will ever forget.” The couple chose the 22nd April, 2022 for their celebration, marrying at Goldsborough Hall. Here, Emma tells us more about their big day… 39 REAL WEDDINGS

How can you not be attracted to Goldsborough Hall? It’s a beautiful stately home with wonderful surroundings, and I felt like a Princess for the day. We chose chocolate hearts for favours, presented in a white organza bag with personalised label thanking our guests for celebrating with us. Our table plan and table names were designed to match our invites; ivory pearlescent card with Champagne gold glitter border and blush pink satin bow. I wore an ivory Martin Thornburg Regal Sequin Ball Gown, adding draped sleeves with sequin and jewels, as well as removing buttons from the train and a sequin layer to the skirt of the dress. My cake was perfect; a three-tier stack of lemon, chocolate and Victoria sponge. White in decoration, it also had crystal sparkles on the top and bottom tier. Kieran and his groomsmen looked amazing in their royal blue threepiece suits with blush pink tie and handkerchief. I knew I wanted lots of roses and big white blooms when it came to our flowers. My florist nailed it with Playa Blanca roses, hydrangeas, ranunculi and French ruscus. 40

Musicians played during our guests’ arrival and throughout our drinks. They also played Kieran’s entrance song, my mum’s entrance song, and my own. I asked both my grandad and stepdad to walk me down the aisle, and it was such a special moment to have with both of them. My grandad walked me to my stepdad, then my stepdad gave me away. I requested that the dancefloor was never empty – and thanks to our DJ it never was, with him entertaining our guests with the perfect mix. The best man was very kind to Kieran during his speech, but saved a video of me on the karaoke from a night out and played the video! It was a tad embarrassing, but got everyone laughing. My bridesmaids wore A-line blush pink dresses, and my bridesman chose a blue suit with pink tie. We surprised our guests with a mother of the bride dance. My mum’s a huge Take That fan, so we danced to Greatest Day – and my bridesman dressed up as Gary Barlow! REAL WEDDINGS 41

EMMA & KIERAN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Peter Rollings Photography | Venue, Goldsborough Hall | Videography, Dan Dalton Photography & Film | Emma’s dress, Bridal Apparel | Hair, Hair by Samantha Ashley | Make-up, Marta Makeup | Suits, Joshua Adams Menswear | Rings, Craven Jewellers | Flowers, Mrs Bouquets Florist & Wedding Stylist | Cake, The Pretty Sugar Cake Company | Stationery and Table Plan, A Moment of Magic | On the day Stationery, Ivy & Gold Company | Balloons, Made Fabulous Events | Selfie Postbox, Yorkshire Selfie Photo Booth Co | DJ, Yorkshire DJ Beats | Band, Event Music Company Scan to view video 42

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FLOWERS 45 Want beautiful big day bouquets and blooms? These Yorkshire florists have got you covered IN BLOOM Who? BlossEm Where? Pontefract “I offer all aspects of floristry from designs to ceremony and venue styling,” says BlossEm’s Emily Davis. “My style is natural and romantic, as I work with the seasons and complement the surroundings of a wedding. From the initial meeting to delivery of your flowers, I offer a personal service where you deal with myself through all the planning. I put my heart and soul into every big day, and after 16 years still get butterflies showing a bride her bouquet.” Who? Harriet Jane Flowers Where? Richmond “I’m a bespoke wedding florist with no set designs or packages,” says Harriet Jane Flowers’ Harriet Coates. “I’ll work with you to create your dream flowers to your style and budget, listening to your wants and needs. Whoever you choose, try your hardest to entrust your florist to make the right decision, giving your colour suggestions as opposed to specific flowers. This allows us to create a stunning design that falls within your budget.”