Your Yorkshire Wedding - September/October 2023 (Issue 62)

£3.55 SEP/OCT 2023 VENUE STYLE GUIDE Tips from the best in the business Made in YORKSHIRE Keep it local when it comes to finishing touches WED & BREAKFAST Say ‘we do’ at one of these hotel venues CAMERA READY Looking the best for your big day Sneak Peek! Exclusive wedding inspiration


REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Hello from your Editor, Claire Muffett-Reece 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around Yorkshire 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 93 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 97 COMPETITION Win a romantic break worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 VENUES 15 HAPPY IN HUDDERSFIELD Stop right there – here’s five local venues to consider for your big day 21 WED & BREAKFAST These Yorkshire hotels could be just what you’re looking for On the cover This issue’s cover was shot by Vicky Benge (, who captured this image as part of a shoot at Camblesforth Hall and The Grange. Turn to page 44 to see more. 55 21 FEATURES 44 POOL PARTY This amazing shoot is the inspo you’ve been looking for 49 LOOK THE PART Find the best wedding hair, beauty and grooming help here 55 YORKSHIRE’S FINEST On the hunt for local help for your day? We’ve got you covered! 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 APPY EVER AFTER A match on an app led to everlasting love for Sarah and Oli 32 TURKISH DELIGHT Craig’s Turkish proposal to Rebecca was nothing short of perfect 39 WEDDED BLISS See Natalie and Jonathan’s Carlton Towers celebration HONEYMOONS 83 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 86 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this honeymoon hotspot for local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 89 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 80 SOMETHING BLUE The latest products for the guy in your life FASHION & BEAUTY 61 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 ALL DRESSED UP The new season edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details and flowing fabrics 69 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves to take you from day to dancefloor 73 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 77 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your wedding woes 73 86 63 79 27 4

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

This summer’s been pretty rubbish when it comes to the weather, hasn’t it? The odd sunny day, then apart from that rain, rain, and more rain. I can only offer my sympathy to all the couples who planned to wed outside back in July and August, with their dreams thwarted by yet another downpour. That’s why it’s important when choosing where to marry to take into account all options, with my Huddersfield (p15) and hotel venues (p21) suggestions able to cater for your day both inside and out. Elsewhere this issue, I’ve been busy catching up with a whole host of Yorkshire suppliers to help those wedding dreams of yours turn into reality. Looking for something handmade in the region? Turn to page 55 for local businesses who offer bespoke, amazing creations. After someone to make you wedding ready from top-to-toe? My feature on page 49 will soon see you booking in for hair, make-up, tanning, nails and more. All that plus three gorgeous reader weddings (p27, p32 and p39) – and a chance to win afternoon tea for six (p8), bridal and wedding party millinery hire (p13), and a local escape worth £1,000 (p97)! See you in November… RGoaAin, Rwayain 77 YOU BEAUTY Expert hair and make-up advice 13 COMPETITION Win amazing wedding millinery for two 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 97 WIN Enter now to be in with the chance to nab this break worth £1,000 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

21 ROOM WITH A VIEW Hotel wedding venues with the wow factor 27 YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE Sarah and Oli’s first kiss as husband and wife 32 MALE ORDER Craig and his groomsmen were keen to wow the crowd 93 NANNY STATE Need a babysitter for your big day? No problem! EDITOR’S LETTER 7 44 TAKE A DIP Exclusive shoot from a team of local suppliers

NEWS All the latest from around Yorkshire WIN! AFTERNOON TEA FOR SIX To celebrate the launch of Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa’s new garden dining domes, they’re offering one lucky Your Yorkshire Wedding reader a prize of afternoon tea for six, served by Laura Ashley The Tea Room. This incredible prize includes afternoon tea for six, with a selection of finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones, cakes, tea or coffee. Plus, the hire of the dome for two hours and a glass of chilled fizz per person! One of the most beautiful wedding venues in Sheffield, Kenwood Hall is a luxurious four-star hotel surrounded by vast landscaped gardens, perfect for photography by the lake and the ideal vista against which to enjoy this prize. The hotel blends the atmosphere of a country retreat with a convenient location just one mile from Sheffield’s centre, making it a hugely popular wedding, hen party and reception space. To enter head to – and for info on Kenwood Hall visit SAY CHEESE Cheese lovers rejoice – cakes are no longer just for those with a sweet tooth, with the Wensleydale Creamery now offering a range of celebration cheese cakes. Made from a specially-selected range of Wensleydale Creamery’s cheeses, the new cakes create a centrepiece as delicious as they are spectacular, making them the perfect addition to your wedding. Created using some of the finest ingredients in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the cakes can also be interchanged to suit your specific tastes. Available in two sizes, they cater for between 50-100 guests – for info visit ELOPE FROM IT ALL Fancy escaping from the drama that comes with planning your day? Consider Gretna Green; who’ve announced a new offer where you can save up to 20% – with packages starting from £1,500. With a rich history of couples choosing love above all since 1754, Gretna Green holds a special place as a destination for those seeking to elope and marry away from the restrictions of traditional ceremonies. It’s this fascinating history that adds an extra touch of romance to its enchanting atmosphere. Gretna Green’s Luxury Wedding for Less offer means you enjoy up to 20% off your dream celebration when marrying on selected dates across October and November 2023. Including two nights’ accommodation and dining when you marry in front of six, 10 or 20, visit for info. Nearlywed 8

HAIR FOR YOU Looking for more sustainable wedding options? Don’t forget about your hair and beauty, with Wakefield’s En Route Hair and Beauty scooping Sustainable Salon of the Year at the British Hairdressing Business Awards 2023. En Route was one of the first salons to join The Green Salon Collective, which reduces the amount of salon waste going to landfill. Recycling as much as possible, it includes chemicals, contaminated foils, colour tubes and all seven types of plastic. The salon’s also switched to renewable energy and changed all lighting to LED; features shower heads that reduce water consumption; uses recyclable and biodegradable towels and even works with local allotments to compost hair cuttings. For information on the wedding services En Route Hair and Beauty offers email or visit STAY & PLAY East Yorkshire’s Oaklands wedding venue has just unveiled its brand new onsite accommodation. From October 2023, Oaklands wedding couples will benefit from 14 new luxury lodges, built within the woodland; exclusively available for you and your guests to book. Each lodge is stylishly furnished to a high standard and comes equipped with flat screen TV and dressing area. Choose from nine double lodges, four family lodges and one incredible honeymoon lodge. For info visit LAST MINUTE OFFER! Want to wed within six months? Consider Carlton Towers’ new twonight Enchanted Evenings Wedding Package. Aimed at smaller affairs, it includes overnight accommodation for two nights in the stately home’s Baroness Tower, plus seven double bedrooms for guests. A homecooked breakfast is offered on both days, and the night before the wedding 16 guests can enjoy a two-course Champagne supper. But that’s not all – on the big day, a three-course wedding breakfast, plus evening buffet reception (both based on 30 guests), with sparkling Prosecco toast, is included. You even have exclusive access to the state rooms in the main house, the sweeping lawns, staircase and gardens for those all-important photos. Also included is a glass of winter Pimm’s, three-course meal with half a bottle of wine for each guest, white table linen, cake stand and knife, plus lanterns, mirror, and easel to display your table plan. Costing £11,900, the package is available from October 2023 to February 2024. For info visit FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a three-piece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, NEWS 9

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VISIT AND LEARN WHY WE ARE THE ORIGINAL HOME OF ROMANCE From intimate weddings for two up to 100 guests. For more information on special offers and more information on any of our wedding packages contact our award-winning wedding team: +44 (0)1461 336 001 11TH & 12TH NOVEMBER, 10AM – 4PM Wedding PHOTO: ZOE ALEXANDRA Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG16 5EA

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN! BRIDAL AND WEDDING MILLINERY HIRE FOR YOU AND TWO GUESTS Not sure how to accessorise your wedding look? Check out this competition from Harrogate’s Jenny Roberts Millinery; offering one lucky reader free hire of a couture piece of bridal millinery from their new range, Something Borrowed. But that’s not all, as two members of your party will also be treated to a millinery consultation and choice of over 450 pieces to hire – at no charge. This could be for the mother of the bride and groom, or any other special guests in your wedding party. Jenny Roberts Millinery has over 20 years of fashion styling and millinery experience, looking to new trends for inspiration for their collections, as well as creating headwear to flatter and enhance every client’s look. Advising on millinery to suit your face shape, outfit and occasion, as well as the choice to hire you can also commission a bridal headwear design to incorporate elements of your gown to your exact requirements. To enter visit – and for more information on Jenny Roberts Millinery visit Don’t forget to scan the QR code for some of their key pieces, too. F eebie & OFFERS WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

BRIAR COURT HOTEL AND VENUE Halifax Road, Birchencli e, Huddersfield HD3 3NT T: 01484 519902 F: 01484 431812 E: WWW.BRIARCOURT.CO.UK We Pa ag from £3500 We s The Briar Court Hotel BRIAR COURT THE hotel & venue Situated in the heart of the West Yorkshire Pennines between Huddersfield & Halifax. The Briar Court Hotel & Venue is ideally located with everything you will need for your perfect day. Including your ceremony, wedding breakfast, evening reception and accommodation. Choose from a range of wedding packages, starting from £3500. Contact us for more information or to arrange a viewing. 20% OFF REMAINING WEDDING DATES IN 2024 | QUOTE TVHPACKAGE20 WHEN MAKING YOUR BOOKING Book your special day | T&Cs apply on our website A stunning wedding venue in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Our woodland location offers the perfect backdrop to make ensure that your wedding is picture perfect.

HAPPY INHuddersfield Stop right there – here’s five local venues to consider for your big day HEALDS HALL 01924 409112 | Healds Hall is a picturesque, historic hotel in a perfect location in West Yorkshire, nestled in the Spenborough valley. Set within stunning landscaped gardens and grounds, the 250-year-old Grade II listed former mansion house has been with the same family for over 40 years, and is a cherished and beloved venue. The perfect mix of traditional and modern, it features some wonderful and quirky features, while the private lawned gardens to the rear are the perfect backdrop for photos and drinks receptions; lit beautifully for your evening party. Ceremonies and receptions are held in the Harrington Suite; flooded with natural light, and with French door access to its beautiful grounds. Licensed for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts for up to 120, you can also host your evening reception here for up to 200. There’s also the Front Lounge for a more intimate wedding, seating up to 30 for a ceremony and wedding breakfast, or the Lawned Gardens – an oasis of tranquility, outdoor ceremonies here are held for up to 120. 15 LOCAL VENUES

BRIAR COURT HOTEL AND VENUE 01484 519902 | Situated in the heart of the West Yorkshire Pennines, Briar Court is ideally situated for guests travelling from further afield to explore Huddersfield, Halifax and the surrounding areas. Here, hospitality, a friendly service and fantastic attention to detail come as standard, with the venue’s wedding packages designed to cover everything you need, from delicious menus, DJ, events coordinator, venue dressing and more. The Briar Suite has been recently refurbished and offers space for a ceremony for up to 100, as well as a wedding breakfast for 120, and your evening reception for 200 friends and family. Modern and elegant, it even has its own private entrance and bar. For a smaller affair, opt for the Court Room – adjacent to the hotel lobby, it’s ideal for a ceremony for up to 60, and a wedding breakfast for 50. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s small gazebo area, perfect for photos; 48 hotel rooms for guests to bed down in – plus all packages include complimentary accommodation for newlyweds. CEDAR COURT HOTELS HUDDERSFIELD 01422 375431 | Cedar Court Hotel Huddersfield is a recently refurbished four-star hotel with stylish bedrooms and grand function rooms. Boasting picturesque Yorkshire views, its beautifully landscaped gardens and charming courtyard features mock Greek/Roman ruins, ideal for capturing those enchanting evening pictures. Ceremonies are held in the Yorkshire Suite (capacity 400), Emily Suite (capacity 100), Ainsley Suite (capacity 100) or Halifax Suite (capacity 60), with your reception then held back in the Ainsley, Emily or Yorkshire spaces, depending on the amount of guests you wish to cater for. The largest wedding suite has the capacity for over 300 seated guests for dinner – and many more for your evening party. 16

THE VENUE HUDDERSFIELD 01484 488848 | The Venue Huddersfield is a beautiful Grade II building, built in the 18th century. Nestled within woodland, it has access to 43 acres of green space for that picture-perfect wedding. An idyllic spot where guests can sit back and enjoy nature, the grounds are large enough for outdoor games, marquees and bouncy castles, giving you the flexibility to create your dream wedding. The Venue Huddersfield is a versatile space that offers you a blank canvas to help bring your dream wedding to life. The Highburton Suite is a ceremony space for up to 110, and has stunning exposed brick walls, large windows with lots of natural light, and a modern chequered dancefloor. There’s also the Farnley Suite (60 guests); a traditional, neutral room with stunning window views. Then, when it’s time for your reception, you can utilise the venue’s lounges, Cinema Room, Club Room and Back Terrace for up to 150 guests. Or why not book exclusive use of the entire building for up to 250? That way friends and family can take full advantage of the venue’s dining pods, mini golf course, fire pits, hammocks and more. WOODMAN INN 01484 605778 | The Woodman Inn is a charming country pub nestled amongst enchanting woodlands. Its rustic exterior exudes warmth and authenticity, thanks to its traditional architecture and inviting ambiance. Surrounded by nature, the inn offers a serene retreat where you can enjoy your very first moments as newlyweds. Fancy saying ‘we do’ here? There’s the Country Room for one ceremony option in front of up to 60 guests. This enchanting space exudes a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, with its exposed beams and stone windows adding a touch of character and authenticity. You can also choose to host your entire celebration here, with a wedding breakfast for up to 60, and an evening reception for up to 90. Alternatively, opt for the Garden Room, a captivating space nestled within the venue’s secluded woodland gardens. Its glass-fronted marquee is surrounded by lush greenery and is bathed in natural light; accommodating larger weddings of up to 150 guests for both ceremony and breakfast. Then, when it’s time to party the night away, up to 200 of your nearest and dearest can come together to help you create unforgettable memories – with perhaps a few drunken ones some family members might rather forget! 17 LOCAL VENUES


DISCOVER YOUR DREAM WEDDING VENUE Nestling in the foothills of the South Pennines, with the peace and tranquillity of the Yorkshire countryside, our beautiful country inn & rustic marquee offers superb food, a stunning woodland setting for your wedding photographs and impeccable service giving you a perfect picture book wedding. 19 Bedrooms Available 2024 Availability Close to Huddersfield & Sheffield 2 Venues Available Intimate Weddings Outdoor Ceremonies Dog Friendly Rustic Romance Thunderbridge Lane, Huddersfield HD8 0PX OPEN DAY SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER

breakfast These Yorkshire hotels could be just what you’re looking for when it comes to finding the perfect venue Hollins Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club combines the charm of a traditional Victorian manor house with the versatility of a modern venue. Situated on 200 acres of grounds it offers the ideal backdrop for your wedding – you can even hitch a golf buggy ride to the viaduct for photos! When it comes to saying, ‘we do’, all suites offer natural tones, creating the perfect canvas for any theme. The Bronte space (minimum 40 guests for day/65 for night) benefits from a private bar and windows that frame the amazing views. There’s also The Hawksworth Suite (minimum 70 guests for day/100 for night) – the largest space with private patio and bar. For intimate ceremonies you can even choose the Thompson Room, which caters for a minimum of 10 for a ceremony. Also included in any package is menu tasting, a wedding planner and overnight bed and breakfast for the newlyweds in a superior room with bottle of Champagne. You even get use of the Leisure Club during your stay, red carpet arrival, white linen tablecloths and napkins, toastmaster, cake knife and stand, three-month leisure club membership and fixed accommodation prices for guests. WED & HOLLINS HALL HOTEL, GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 01274 534275 | 21 THEMED VENUES

THE BRIDGE HOTEL & SPA 01937 534305 | Wetherby’s The Bridge Hotel & Spa is surrounded by Yorkshire countryside, with a beautiful Italian courtyard filled with greenery, flower arch and evening lighting. A perfect blend between old and modern aesthetics, each room incorporates a beautiful feature, including The Byron Room’s 18th century Rococo plasterwork – and the French doors which lead from the Walshford suite onto the courtyard. Say your vows in The Byron Room, with seating for up to 85. Painstakingly restored to its original glory, it’s illuminated by a beautiful English-cut crystal chandelier and Italian marble fireplace for a backdrop. You could, alternatively, marry outside under The Gazebo. This has seating for up to 130 and can be beautifully dressed with flowers to match your colour scheme. Receptions then take place in either The Walshford Suite or The Ribston Suite, with a total of 150 for your wedding breakfast, or 200 for your reception. What’s more, depending on the package booked, the venue also offers complimentary wedding tastings, overnight stay for the couple on their wedding night, and another stay to mark your one-year anniversary. MALMAISON YORK 01904 946060 | Different is what Malmaison York does best – especially when it comes to weddings. A luxury hotel that takes catering and celebrating to a whole new level, it features spectacular spaces big enough for an incredible wedding – or small enough for intimate gatherings in opulent and contemporary rooms. Bang in the heart of York’s ancient centre, the hotel was once a landmark insurance building, but now provides assurance of a different kind – that you have a remarkable, stylish celebration in a truly beautiful setting. Ceremonies and receptions are held in a number of contemporary rooms, from 24 guests up to 180, depending on the areas you work with. Each space can be transformed to host small, intimate gatherings, while movable walls allow you to open up the entire space, giving you complete flexibility to turn Malmaison York into your perfect venue. In addition, a muted pink, white and black colour palette adds a little drama to your special day, letting you embrace the extraordinary and giving you and your guests a day to remember. Be sure to take advantage of the stunning rooftop terrace for your wedding photos, with spectacular views over the city and including York’s standout Minster. 22

Y ur perfec Y rkshire wed ing venue Located near the quaint village of Grassington in the spectacular Wharfedale valley, The Gamekeeper’s Inn is a beautiful Yorkshire Dales pub which will become your home from home. Offering you and your guests cosy corners and tasty local produce paired with well-appointed accommodation and leisure facilities, our hidden gem creates the perfect setting for your country log burning fire, natural oak beams and large windows allowing natural light to grace your day. The time leading up to your wedding day should be exciting, romantic and memorable. Angela, our dedicated Wedding Coordinator will help you design a bespoke package, advising you on every aspect of your day. wedding. We have two beautifully appointed rooms licensed for Civil Marriages and Partnerships. Our conservatory is perfect for intimate weddings for up to 50 guests. The award-winning Netherside Suite hosts up to 120 guests for your ceremony and up to 150 guests for your evening reception. Full of rustic charm, The Netherside Suite features a Vis ur websi e Wedding Venue Showcase Register Online 21st October The Gamekeeper’s Inn Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, North Yorkshire BD23 5PN 01756 752434 |

Hollins Hall Hotel and Country Club provides a romantic setting in the rolling Yorkshire countryside for the wedding of your dreams. Set in 200 acres of stunning grounds, our hotel offers a picturesque setting with splendid banqueting rooms.The historic charm of our hotel will add a touch of luxury to your day. Whether you’re planning an intimate event, or you choose to go for grand, invite your special guests to Hollins Hall, where your celebration will be remembered forever. Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club | Hollins Hall, Baildon,West Yorkshire, BD17 7QW Tel: (+44) 1274 534272 | Email: Facebook | Instagram @HollinsHall The Perfect Yorkshire Wedding

THE GAMEKEEPER’S INN 01756 752434 | Located near the quaint village of Grassington, in the spectacular Wharfedale valley, The Gamekeeper’s Inn is the picture-perfect place for your Yorkshire wedding. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, the hidden gem has fantastic facilities and services including delicious dining using local produce, stand out leisure facilities, and an array of well-appointed bedrooms, lodges and pods for your guests to stay in. There’s also a luxury Honeymoon Suite complete with freestanding bath and private balcony for you to bask in marital bliss. The venue has two beautiful function rooms licensed for civil ceremonies. There’s the light and airy Conservatory, which can accommodate up to 50 and is ideal for an intimate affair. Or check out the award-winning Netherside Suite, which can welcome 150 for a ceremony and 120 for a reception. This space benefits from a log burning fire, natural oak beams and panoramic windows overlooking the Dales. As a family-owned venue, the hotel prides itself on that personal touch, with a dedicated wedding coordinator with you every step of the way to turn your wedding dreams into a reality. THE WHEATLEY ARMS 01943 816496 | Nestled in the idyllic Wharfe Valley, The Wheatley Arms is a Yorkshire stone inn that exudes timeless charm and elegance. A venue that promises to make your wedding unforgettable, here you’ll experience five-star hospitality, creating the very best of memories in a beautiful setting. The Garden Room is popular for ceremonies and receptions, hosting up to 60 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast, and 90 for your evening celebration. A beautifully designed space, its French doors open out on to the manicured gardens and private courtyard. Just imagine enjoying reception drinks and canapés with friends and family, while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It even also has 12 boutique-style ensuite bedrooms that are perfect for accommodating guests. Three of these are particularly special, with private balconies where you can relax in the fresh air. The bridal suite is one such room, providing a luxurious space for you to unwind after your big day. THEMED VENUES 25 Call: 07515 336 477 or email: STUNNING PORTRAITS, REAL NATURAL MOMENTS from an award-winning West Yorkshire Wedding Photographer

AFTER Appy Ever A match on an app led to everlasting love for Sarah and Oli Images courtesy of Tom Benson Photography Sarah met Oli through the dating app, Bumble. “I messaged asking if I’d met Oli before – a genuine question as I really thought I had!” says Sarah. “He replied quickly, then we went on our first date 10 days later. Fast forward another two weeks, and I found myself sitting in a quaint Yorkshire pub meeting Oli’s parents!” Oli proposed during a trip away to Bamburgh. “Before we left, I was searching for the toothpaste and realised Oli had already packed it,” continues the bride. “I went in his washbag to get it out, and was met with a stern look and a few choice words telling me not to go through his things – which was strange and totally out of character for him! The drive there was quiet, and I thought I might have upset him, but when we arrived Oli was keen to take the warm Champagne we’d packed on a beach walk with us. Looking back, the signs where there, but I wasn’t listening to them at all! Eventually, Oli suggested we sit on some rocks looking at the view across the sea, before asking me to stand up and look at the water for a picture. When I turned back round, there he was down on one knee. I of course said, ‘Yes!’.” The couple set the date of 31 May 2023, choosing Skipbridge Country Weddings as their venue. Here, Sarah tells us more about their big day… 27 REAL WEDDINGS

I had a locket tied around my bouquet which was gifted to me by my late grandma. When I used to visit, I insisted on looking at the pictures inside; a photo of my late grandparents on their wedding day and a picture of my mum and her brother when they were young. We had giant garden games including croquette, Jenga and Connect Four to entertain friends and family. It was a great way to break up the formalities and give everyone a chance to chat in a fun way. My four-yearold nephew, Jenson, was our ring bearer. However, we decided not to give him the real rings, as panic would entail if he ran off in a different direction – so we gave him Minnie and Mickey Mouse rings in his box! We decided on dried flowers in keeping with the rustic style of the venue, choosing eucalyptus and preserved roses, which are guaranteed for three to five years. We fell in love with Skipbridge Country Weddings straight away! From its outside dance floor, to the grand tipi with open fires and Chesterfield sofas, it gave off a relaxed, festival vibe that was different to the norm. The day before we married I was worried there’d be a lack of height for our centre pieces; so I sent Oli off to source gypsophila to match the buttonholes and bouquets, which we placed in vases recycled from my sister’s wedding. 28

Oli and his best man wore sage green three-piece suits with a white shirt and dark green tie; while the rest of the groomsmen were free to choose their own style. We also bought matching ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen to complement the overall look. I didn’t know what my bridesmaids were wearing until the morning of the wedding! They live in Harrogate and Surrey, so it would have been difficult to arrange a day to go shopping, and I also wanted dresses they’d wear again. I gave them our colour palette and let them choose their own! Thinking it might rain, I bought umbrellas, blankets and even personalised Mrs Clark wellies! When I then realised how hot it would be, I had a mad dash buying handheld fans and flip-flops for those who wanted to carry on dancing – even if their shoes wouldn’t allow them to! My dress was from Wed2B, choosing the Jonah design; a draped bodice combined with off-the-shoulder straps and fitted skirt, finished with thousands of iridescent sequins and beads. To keep the children – and some adults! – amused we also had a bubble machine, which looked amazing as they caught the sunlight and drifted off around the venue. Sticking with our rustic theme, I made the name cards myself. I sourced wooden slices as the base, using stamps and ink for everyone’s name and their role in the wedding. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

SARAH & OLI’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Tom Benson Photography | Venue, Skipbridge Country Weddings Dress, Wed2B | Hair and Make-Up, Lucy Blenkinsop Hair and Makeup | Suits, Moss Bros | Rings, I’Anson Jewellers & Goldsmiths | Flowers, Minna Blooms | Cake, Stanforth Butchers | Catering, Blues Catering | Band and DJ, The Johnhouse Experience | Photobooth, Omega Photo Booths Andy, the best man, did an amazing speech, even visiting the venue to make sure he could use a projector and screen. He created a PowerPoint of different photos of him and Oli, and also wrote a poem about their friendship. Andy also played a prank. He gave out keys at the start of the day to a few people, simply saying they’d know what to do when asked. During his speech, he then asked guests to return their keys to Oli’s house now he was married; and they all came up and sheepishly put them in the bucket! When we were lining up for the confetti shot, Oli turned to me and said he was having an out-of-body experience as this was our wedding; our confetti shot. We had to keep pinching ourselves and reminding ourselves that this was our day! Our photographer, Tom, was fantastic. Guests commented how friendly and approachable he was, and that they didn’t feel like they had a camera in their face, feeling totally at ease having their picture taken. 30


Turkish Craig’s Turkish proposal to Rebecca was nothing short of perfect Images courtesy of The Kensington Photographer DELIGHT 32

Rebecca met Craig on a dating app. “We had our first date at a coffee shop and instantly clicked, chatting for ages nursing our now-freezing cold drinks,” says Rebecca. “We were talking for so long that we didn’t realise the shop had closed an hour earlier – and the staff were too polite to tell us to leave!” Craig originally ordered Rebecca’s engagement ring at the end of February 2020, with the plan to propose in front of friends and family in Reading, where they’d first met. “Covid had other ideas, with government restrictions delaying production of the ring and stopping large gatherings,” continues the bride. “Instead, he popped the question on holiday in Turkey, where we’d hired a villa with family for two weeks. On the day, he taught his twin brother how to use his camera, instructing him to hide around a corner and get ready for ‘the moment’. Then, just as the sun started to set, our families slowly disappeared into the villa; hiding on the balcony to watch. Craig led me to the side of the pool and got down on one knee, asking, ‘Will you let me annoy you for the rest of our lives?’. Obviously, I said yes!” The couple set the date for 8 April 2023, choosing The Oakwood at Ryther for their big day. Here, Rebecca tells us more about their wedding… ROOM TO MANOEUVRE The couple first visited The Oakwood at Ryther in April 2021 and were instantly drawn to how much space the venue has. “We loved the exposed beams in the ceremony area, the size of the reception barn along with its mezzanine level, and the amount of light it had,” says Rebecca. “The venue was decorated to an extent when we visited, but it was clear that it didn’t need much as it was so beautiful already. All in all, we loved the simplicity and elegance of the space that also allowed us to put our own twist on it.” Another huge bonus came in the form of the venue’s on-site accommodation. “This meant that close family and friends were able to stay the night before, as well as on the day of the wedding,” continues the bride. “We had a lovely little celebration on the first night, hiring a pizza van to cater for us all. It was such a nice way to build up to the wedding weekend, and also meant that different members of the party got to know each other beforehand.” IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS Rebecca and Craig wanted their wedding to reflect them both, so Craig chose a London Underground-themed table plan to represent his East London roots. “We recreated the tube map, with each table named after a different line, but with a hint of the eucalyptus print on our wedding stationary, tying everything together,” says Rebecca. “We used menus as place settings, folded into the napkins to show the name at the top. Decorated with the same motifs that were on our save the dates, invites, and all signage at the wedding; they featured a blend of eucalyptus leaves and white and blush roses.” When it came to the actual flowers, the couple decided on all silk. “This was more friendly for the environment, my allergies – and our bank account!” laughs the bride. “Our florist, Anne, understood our vision of a rustic theme, and made sure that none of the arrangements were too polished or perfect. She added green foliage to complement our colour scheme, and recommended a mix of cream, blush and purple flowers. She 33 REAL WEDDINGS

also put together a beautiful wisteria arch which was placed behind the top table, as well as flower garlands across the mezzanine level. She also organised small chair decorations for the ceremony barn, along with flower arrangements for either end of the aisle.” COME DINE WITH ME Food was a huge part of the couple’s day. “We started with canapés of roast beef-filled mini Yorkshire puddings, rosemary and olive goat’s cheese scones, and belly of pork with black pudding purée,” says Rebecca. “For our wedding breakfast, friends and family enjoyed starters of Iberico chorizo, Whitby scallop and pork belly served with apple and chorizo cannelloni; wild Yorkshire mushrooms on balsamic sourdough toast; or chicken liver parfait with red onion marmalade and sourdough crisps. The main course was either hog roast served with Yorkshire puddings, chive-crushed potatoes, tender stem broccoli, carrots, stuffing, and ‘proper’ gravy; sea bass with pearl barley and mussel risotto, parsley purée, sea vegetables and chestnut mushrooms; or roast butternut squash filo parcel with pimento sauce, chive-crushed new potatoes, tender stem broccoli and carrots. This was all followed by Greek lemon cake with ice cream, or frozen apple parfait with apple sorbet, fresh apple, caramel, fennel meringue and sherbet.” For their wedding cake, Rebecca and Craig opted for a design made of cheese. “Created by Love Cheese of York, it featured six cheese wheels over five layers,” remembers the bride. “We decorated it with small flower garlands put together by our florist, placing it on a personalised laser cut cake board and finishing with a wooden topper. After we cut the cake, our caterers laid it out on the top table for our evening spread, along with crackers and chutneys from Wilkin & Sons.” WEAR IT WELL Rebecca found her dream dress in Essex, where the couple now live. “I wore the Champagne Arabella design from Abigail’s Collection in Colchester,” she says. “My mum and maid of honour picked out the dress originally, but when I saw it on the hanger I initially dismissed it. However, I’m so pleased they persuaded me to try it on! The ballgown fit was very flattering for my shape, and also made me feel beautiful and ‘bridal’. The dress had a stunning glittery underlayer that shimmered as I walked, with the lace keeping it classic and traditional. I also loved how the buttons ran all the way down the back, from the top to the very end of the train.” Craig, his groomsmen and both dads, meanwhile, headed to Slater Menswear to pick out their suits. “We wanted the men to wear a tweed-style design, as we felt it worked well with our venue as well as being in keeping with a Yorkshire wedding,” says Rebecca. “Choosing light sage green suits with burgundy ties, Craig opted for a paisley tie to separate himself from the rest of the party.” Then there were the bridesmaids, choosing satin burgundy floor-length gowns from David’s Bridal. “Their dresses were A-line, with a plunge neckline, low back and flutter sleeves. I also had a modesty panel sewn into my stepdaughter’s dress, as she’s only 13 and this made her feel more comfortable.” LET’S DANCE! Entertainment-wise, Rebecca and Craig opted for a live band. “We chose Nic & The Wildhearts, booking them as a duo to perform for the reception drinks, then as a five-piece band for three sessions throughout the evening,” says Rebecca. “Nic was unfortunately unwell on the day of our wedding and couldn’t perform – but our guests were none the wiser, as she arranged REBECCA’S TOP TIP “Be organised. We had a mega-spreadsheet that we filled in with the contact details of all of our suppliers, the deposits paid and when further payments were needed.” REAL WEDDINGS 35

ROLL CREDITS Photography, The Kensington Photographer | Venue, The Oakwood at Ryther | Dress, Abigail’s Collection | Suits, Slater Menswear | Hair, Leona Stacey Hairstylist | Make-up, Brittany Painter Make-Up Artist | Bridesmaids’ dresses, David’s Bridal | Flowers, Silk Floral Art | Cake, Love Cheese Stationery, Natalie Emma Design Co | Catering, The Hog & Apple Food Co | Rebecca’s ring, Samara James | Craig’s ring, Flinn & Steel Entertainment, Live Music North Ltd | Photobooth, Limelight Photobooth Hire a replacement singer who was incredible. Nic also stayed in touch with our in-house wedding planner and my maid of honour throughout the day, so that neither Craig nor I had to worry about a thing.” Also on hand to amuse the guests was a booth from Limelight Photobooth Hire. “There were loads of great props for the guests to use, including a horse head mask which was a firm favourite!” continues the bride. “Guests got two copies of the photos, one to stick in the guest book with a message, and one to keep. Then, to fill the time between the end of the meal and the band setting up, Craig’s younger brother hosted a round of Mr and Mrs – with a bride and groom rubber duck on a stick as the Mr and Mrs! He did a great job making everyone laugh, with questions like, ‘Who’s the better driver?’, ‘Who does the cat love more?’, and ‘Who’s the messiest?’ – with us obviously disagreeing with most of our answers!” 36

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Wedded bliss See Natalie and Jonathan’s Carlton Towers celebration Images courtesy of Jane Beadnell Photography Natalie met Jonathan more than 10 years ago when working together on a construction project in Hull. “I actually used to work in internal audit for the company, and realised only after meeting Jonathan face-to-face that I’d picked him out of a bunch of co-workers to audit on a previous job,” says Natalie. “Needless to say, he passed with flying colours! After getting to know one another we learnt we shared common grounds and interests; quickly realising we’d found something special.” Jonathan popped the question on Christmas Day 2018. “By now we’d lived together for just over three years,” continues the bride. “There was no meaning behind the date chosen, other than it just felt right for Jonathan at that point in time. He also kept the proposal to himself, as he thought it was more intimate and special that way.” The couple set the date of 4 February 2023, choosing Carlton Towers as their venue. Here, Natalie tells us more about their big day… 39 REAL WEDDINGS

Carlton Towers is a special venue for us both, as we often spend Valentine’s Day there. We picked the first Saturday in February as our wedding date, giving guests the chance to get over the Christmas hype – plus it also fell on the day before my birthday! Jonathan and his groomsmen wore matching Marc Darcy suits, light in colour with navy edging to complement the bridesmaids’ dresses. Both of my parents are no longer with us, so my gorgeous stepson, Thomas, gave me away. He’s only 21 and was so nervous, which helped ease my own worries about walking down the aisle. We went for gold twig wishing trees for centrepieces to tie-in with the gold gothic décor at Carlton Towers. It fitted in very well for our winter wedding. We decided on sweet cones for the favours in a white and gold theme, so each and everyone attending could enjoy them. A large ornate mirror was chosen for the seating plan to be scribed on. It matched perfectly with the table décor and was very grand in appearance. 40

We had our place names hand crafted, with the hope friends and family would take them as a keepsake. Many guests have since shared how they’ve used them in their own homes. I wanted a simple bouquet, with more foliage than flowers. My florist produced the most wonderful aesthetic bouquet you could ever imagine, even popping in a hidden blue eryngium for good luck. The inspiration for our cake was taken from the second Sex and the City movie. Its floating illusion with crystal décor and simplicity was incredible! I found my Elysee Bridal gown after searching for what seemed like a lifetime for the perfect dress! Opting for simplicity, it featured sheer satin fabric over decadent lace. I teamed it with a long gold veil and ivory heels with a gold butterfly. My bridesmaids wore deep navy floor-length gowns with long lace sleeves and an open back, with the colour working perfectly alongside my ivory wedding dress and gold venue décor. Our daughter, Erin, was only five months old when we married. She wore a stunning ivory dress with ruffles and navy bow, and was the most gorgeous flower girl you’ve ever seen. 41 REAL WEDDINGS

Our other daughter held a sign as she walked into the ceremony room that read, ‘Daddy, it’s time to give Mummy our last name’. It was a special and poignant moment for Jonathan. Enjoy every second of your special day – it goes so quickly! One of my biggest regrets is not having a videographer to capture the moments we couldn’t be there to see. NATALIE & JONATHAN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Jane Beadnell Photography | Venue, Carlton Towers Dress, Elizabeth Kate Bridal | Jewellery, Christopher Brown | Suits, Tickled Pink Bridal | Hair, Pro Styling Rawcliffe Make-up, CC Makeup Artistry | Nails, Opal Nails & Beauty | Flowers, The Flower Shack of Snaith | Cake, Cupcakes 2 Love | Stationery, Say It With Print | Venue Stylist and Table Plan, Ambience North Yorkshire | Favours, The Sweet Cone Company | Balloons, Bliss Balloons | Sequin Wall, Magical Sleepovers and Events | DJ and Saxophone, Jonny Ross Music Gifts, Heartmade By Kirsty 42