Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your Yorkshire Wedding Real Weddings features.

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A day to remember

Anna and Jack met in the summer of 2011, and fell madly in love. "I was friends with Jack's sister," Anna says. "I moved into a house in Manchester but it badly needed renovation work; the solution was to stay with their family in the Orkney Islands for a few weeks while the work took place – gatecrashing a family holiday!" Anna and Jack soon connected as friends, before it grew into something more.... read more

You and me

Both teachers, our newlyweds met when Rio interviewed Robbie for a teaching post at the school she works in. "At first, he thought I was quite intimidating," Rio laughs. "We grew very close as work colleagues, before deciding to give our relationship a go during the summer holidays. We soon realised it was exactly what we both wanted." It was on a magical trip to New York at Christmas that Robbie popped the question in the most romantic of ways. "While walking through Central Park, I heard a guitarist playing my favourite song: Dreams by Gabrielle," Rio says. "I noticed rose petals and framed pictures of us next to where the guitarist was playing – I then realised Robbie might be about to propose. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him; it was a complete surprise and one of the most perfect moments in my life!" After clarifying that Robbie had asked her dad (he had!), Rio said "Yes!"... read more

A classic romance

When Briony and Mark first met through mutual friends, sparks flew immediately. "We instantly clicked," Briony said. "I knew I'd be with him forever. It felt like we'd known each other for years and he soon became my best friend." So it was no surprise that one day Mark would be planning to pop the question. "For years we've gone on holiday to Cornwall with our beloved cocker spaniel, Charlie," Briony tells us. "2017 was no different, and we set off with our two good friends, Hayley and James." When they arrived, Mark explained that he had booked a lovely dinner at Lewennick Lodge in Newquay. After the meal, he asked Briony to join him on the balcony, which looks out across the ocean and an amazing sunset. "I refused to go out because it was too cold," Briony laughs.... read more

Autumn delights

Katherine and Sam shared two big things in common: their profession and their sense of humour. "We're both teachers and we met while working in the same school," Katherine tells us. "We just got on really well; I laughed at his jokes and he loved my smile." It wasn't long before Sam was thinking about popping the question. "Sam proposed while we were on holiday in Sri Lanka," Katherine says. "It was after dinner one evening when we were walking along a deserted beach, while under a clear sky with twinkling stars." Katherine admits it wasn't a total surprise. "We had talked about getting married prior to the holiday!" she says. Back in the UK, the two began planning their perfect wedding, and set the date for 19th October, 2019. We caught up with Katherine to find out more...... read more

Timeless elegance with Abi and Tom

So many great couples start out as friends, and that was the case with Abi and Tom. "We went to school and university together before we started dating," Abi explains. "We both have the same sense of humour; we laugh a lot!"... read more

Autumn in Yorkshire

When Minju and Barry met in Qatar, where they both live and work, everything just seemed to click into place; they soon realised that they had similar values in life. "We got on so well, and enjoyed the small things together," Barry says. "We realised how much we were developing as individuals by being together." Barry's thoughts soon turned to popping thequestion.... read more

Love was made for me and you

In 2010, Ellie found herself competing against Joe for a placement at BMW. "Thankfully we both got the job!" Ellie says. "And the rest is history." Being from opposite ends of the country, the pair spent a lot of time travelling to see family. It was on one weekend visiting Ellie's parents down south that Joe knew it was time to pop the question.... read more

Home on the farm

Frances and James had a marquee wedding at home, with an emphasis on having the time of their lives. Frances and James were both out in Northallerton's infamous Bongo nightclub when they met. "I just thought he wasn't bad looking," Frances laughs. It must have been more than that, as the couple's relationship blossomed and James was soon planning how to pop the question.... read more

Come fly with me

Lindsay and Nick's day was full of aviation-themed details. Lindsay and Nick are childhood sweets, having met at school when they were just 16 years old. "We both have the same interests," says Lindsay. "One of which being aviation, which is where the theme of our wedding came from." Eight years after they got together, Nick was planning to pop the question. "I've always wanted to go to San Francisco," Lindsay explains. "Nick thought it'd be the perfect place to propose. It was a total surprise to me and there were lots of tears!" The loved-up pair then spent time biking over the Golden Gate Bridge. Back home, they started planning their dream day for 24th August, 2019, at Raven Hall Country House Hotel in Ravenscar. We caught up with Lindsay to find out more…... read more

Laid-back love

Holli and Richard planned a relaxed wedding that was brimming with personal touches. As with so many couples, it was a shared sense of humour that attracted Holli to Richard when they worked together at Ted Baker. It was obviously a good basis for the relationship as Richard was soon planning the perfect proposal while the couple were on holiday in Costa Rica.... read more

The great outdoors

Rachel and Iain filled their day with natural elements. Rachel and Iain's relationship started out as a modern fairytale. "We met on Tinder in November 2015," Rachel tells us. "I was attracted to his beaming smile and noticed his love of music and tattoos, which are also passions of mine. Iain says he first noticed my bright green eyes." In the weeks that followed, Iain showed his romantic side by sending Rachel recordings of him playing guitar and singing her favourite songs. "Everything was so easy and natural from day one," she says.... read more

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