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.

Once upon a time...

Sam and Victoria met at work. Victoria tells us, "We realised we had a lot in common, liked the same things and found ourselves eating pizza and drinking wine at the local restaurant shortly after." During lockdown, on Christmas morning Sam proposed. Of course, Victoria said yes, and wedding planning began! On 28th May 2022, at Ripley Castle, Harrogate, the pair said their vows. Here, Victoria tells us more about their day...

Picture perfect

Amelia and Dom met on a typical guys and gals holiday when they were young, free and single. And who says holiday romances don't last? Some eight years later, Dom got down on one knee whilst on holiday in Portofino, the picturesque fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline.

I've got you babe

No one could have predicted how Tabs and Nick's first date would have started out seeing as she was supposed to be being set up with someone else! Not hitting it off with her date, Tabs asked to swap seats discreetly with her best friend, Eve, after the meal and ended up sitting next to Nick - the rest is history! Tabs tells us, "Nick's intelligence was one of the things I was most attracted to along with his sense of humour and how unbelievably kind he is. Nick was most attracted to my sense of humour - you can't take yourself too seriously!"

Instant attraction

Jessica and Charlie Hogg met through friends and fell in love instantly. Jessica tells us, "We're extremely similar to one another, we're each other's best friends and soul mates." Charles popped the question in December 2019 when he took her to admire the view from one of Ilkley's famous rock formations, the cow and calf. Jessica remembers, "I turned around and he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was a huge surprise; my mum and dad knew and had a bottle of champagne waiting for when we went to tell them."

The big day was set for 16th July, 2021 taking place at Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club.

Great expectations

Caroline and George Rispin met at work in York back in 2014. Caroline tells us, "I loved George's energy and humour – he made me laugh like nobody else and I remember one afternoon we were working together and were so engrossed in conversation that we just didn't answer the phones! Everybody loves George when they meet him, he's so fun to be around and he's incredibly caring."

"We're both very ambitious and are attracted to each other's independent drive. We have such a strong bond because we share the same values – our relationship has been built upon trust, honesty, transparency, and an unwavering love and respect for one another." Just like their high expectations in life they also had the same expectations in another area as Caroline jokes! "We were also looking for a partner with height! I'm 5ft 11, so I needed a tall man and he's 6ft 5 – so I'll be forever looking up to him!"

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.

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!"

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.

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...