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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Rachel Westall discusses the highlights of this issue 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around Yorkshire 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 63 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 77 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in St Lucia CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2022 FEATURES 39 MODERN REGENCY With the popular Netflix series, Bridgerton, releasing a second season in March this shoot was perfectly timed to inspire brides who enjoy the finer things in life – with a whole lot of sass! 55 YORKSHIRE ROCKS! Get your hands on amazing locally bought jewellery and accessories to complete your bridal look! 67 ARRIVE IN STYLE Tips and advice for choosing your big-day wheels 70 LET YOUR DREAMS BLOSSOM Capturing the most pretty, delicate details, this shoot, organised by Nisha Keaton, is blooming gorgeous 72 HERE COME THE GIRLS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey On the cover... This issue’s front cover was captured by Kirsty Mattsson Photography (https://kmattssonphotography.com). The cover stars, Tom and Dan married at Bowcliffe Hall. Read all about their joyous day on page 23. VENUES 13 GOING LOCAL Wed in and around Hull and East Riding 21 TOWNS & CITIES 17 destinations with the wow factor 3 45 13
4 28 HONEYMOONS 78 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 80 GOURMET LOVERS PARADISE IN THE ALGARVE... With 3,000 hours of sunshine and just a threehour flight from the UK, the Algarve offers a delightful year-round destination GROOMS 74 IN THE PINK Fuchsia, watermelon, flamingo, rouge, salmon, coral, hot pink... the choices are endless when it comes to this oh-so fabulous hue! 89 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 42 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 43 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new-season bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 45 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 51 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 58 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 60 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 55 70 43 REAL WEDDINGS 23 COLOUR POP! Tom and Dan Shrimpton tied the knot at Bowcliffe Hall in a celebration of love, inclusion and togetherness 28 GREAT EXPECTATIONS Bright colours and balloons set the scene when Caroline and George Rispin tied the knot at The Grand Hotel & Spa, York 33 EAST MEETS WEST Louise and Zain tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall in a fusion wedding with British and south Asian influences
It’s that feeling of optimism. The boost in our mood and energy levels that hits us every year as the season changes. Bright yellow daffodils are blooming and we can all look forward to warmer temperatures! Nisha from Your Choice Photography has shared with us a stunning local shoot photographed on a cobbled street in Yorkshire with blossom trees in bloom all around. We also have a second shoot styled by Ellen Davies from LND Events at Camblesforth Hall. With influences from the Netflix series, Bridgerton, it’s giving us all the feels! This issue, we have a feature dedicated to jewellery and accessories! As a bit of a magpie who adores nothing more than a bit of bling, I was in heaven collating these three pages. Whether you want pops of colour, silver or vintage-inspired, we’ve got you covered! If that’s not enough our amazing Fashion Editor, Claire Ridley, has pulled out more stops with a page packed with clutches and heels to really finish off your big-day look. I can’t gush over our real weddings enough this edition. Each so different and so amazing in equal measures. Please do enjoy being inspired by their days and if you think you’d like to see your wedding gracing our pages, then please do get in touch via our website www.youryorkshire.wedding/get-involved Happy planning! Rachel Westall, Editor That spring feeling! Rachel x So much love for these boots in this styled shoot photographed by Clare Coleman Photography on page 39 I love a pop of colour to complete a bridal look. Check out these statement earrings by Beaverbrooks on page 55 WIN! A honeymoon in St Lucia on page 77 ISSN 2052-0522 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Rachel Westall | Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 firstname.lastname@example.org Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 email@example.com Account Manager Penny Potter | 01376 538 482 firstname.lastname@example.org Subscriptions 01376 514 000 email@example.com ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 firstname.lastname@example.org Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Yorkshire Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Yorkshire Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at county.wedding and countyweddingevents.com cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS
Louise and Zain tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall in a fusion wedding with British and south Asian influences on page 33 Classic lace never goes out of style. Check out page 51 for plenty of inspiration I loved every colourful detail in Tom and Dan’s day, real all about their celebrations on page 23 https://ryan-browne.co.uk Tips and guidance on what mode of transport to choose on your day on page 67 The Deep invites you to enjoy exclusive after-hours use of the aquarium and tie the knot surrounded by the magical wildlife of the sea page 13 https://kmattssonphotography.com The new Chi Chi London Wedding Collection has launched featuring luxury styles in soft fabrics with hand-designed embroidery for brides, bridesmaids, and flowergirls on page 42 EDITOR’S LETTER 7
Nearlywed All the latest from the region LUNAR LOVE! A new study has revealed the best 2022 dates for couples to get married under the stars, based on the nights in the wedding season with the clearest stargazing views. Burton Constable Holiday Park, which offers luxury holiday accommodation, has researched the predicted moon phases and darkness intervals for nights between May and October 2022. The Park analysed the Fridays and Saturdays in the 2022 wedding season, which are the most common days for UK couples to get married, according to ONS data. Couples wanting to stargaze at their wedding should view the stars on a night with a new moon, where the side of the moon illuminated by the sun is facing away from the Earth. This stops reflected sunlight from washing out and hiding the starry night sky. Avoid dates with a predicted full moon or high illumination as the bright light will wash out any stars. The findings discovered that Saturday 27th August is the best date for stargazing weddings, with 0 per cent illumination, providing a clear view of the stars. August is also the most popular wedding month, so this could be the perfect date for a celestial-themed celebration. The best Friday for stargazing, and the second-best stargazing wedding date overall, is the 29th July, which is also due to have 0 per cent illumination from the moon. The top three Saturdays for marrying under the stars in 2022: ♥ 27th August (0 per cent illumination) ♥ 30th July (1 per cent illumination) ♥ 24th September (4 per cent illumination) The top three Fridays for marrying under the stars in 2022: ♥ 29th July (0 per cent illumination) ♥ 26th August (2 per cent illumination) ♥ 1st July (3 per cent illumination) The research follows data from Pinterest, which suggests that astronomy loving couples will be leading the pack when it comes to wedding themes in 2022. Lunar-themed events are predicted to take off in 2022, with moon party decorations seeing a huge increase in interest (+140 per cent) along with star-themed parties (+140 per cent). For brides-to-be, lunar wedding dresses are predicted to see a +180 per cent increase in interest this year. And for couples with a lunar theme in mind, bioluminescence aesthetics will see an increase in interest of 80 per cent. The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique scoops award The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering has scooped up its third award title of Best Bridal Retailer in Yorkshire and The North East at this year’s The Wedding Industry Awards. Voted for by brides who have visited the boutique, and then rigorously judged by bridal professionals, this award is one of the most prestigious in the wedding industry. Owner of the boutique, and mum of three, Diana McMann says, “I’m still on cloud nine! It has been the most challenging 18 months as a small business, going through times of not knowing if we’d have a business at the end of it, to having one of our most successful years yet! I’m so proud of how we’ve adapted and turned these challenging times into opportunities. I’m thrilled that my team have been recognised for their continued dedication to our brides and for giving them the most amazing bridal experience. We couldn’t do any of this without our brides and we are so grateful of their support too. It’s an honour to be a part of their special day and it’s so heart-warming to see wedding days now going ahead and the wedding industry getting back on its feet. I can’t wait for an exciting year ahead, which will see us open an additional fitting room, allowing us to help even more brides on their bridal journey.” The Little Pearl specialises in bridalwear and accessories and prides itself on giving all of its brides an unrivalled, one-to-one, private, bridal experience. For more information visit ww.wthelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk NEWS 8
LET’S GET COOKING! Thai restaurant, Chaophraya in Leeds, has relaunched its everpopular cookery masterclasses for participants to learn how to cook their favourite Thai dishes, following a successful trial at the end of last year. A great idea for a hen or stag do! The cookery masterclasses, which will be located within the upper restaurant area, will bring guests together to learn how to cook authentic Thai dishes, from start to finish, whilst mastering the art of culinary skills transferable to any kitchen. Running every Sunday, the class will teach participants how to make one of five starters and mains including some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes; Thai Green Curry, Pad Thai, Papaya Salad, Tom Yum Thai Soup, Spring Rolls and Massaman Curry. Leading the cooking classes, is their experienced head chef who has been trained by and owner Executive Chef of the restaurant group, Kim Kaewraikhot. Kim said: “Our guests can put their culinary skills to the test, or simply enjoy creating a classic Thai dish in a group environment.” Classes start at £69 and for more information and how to book, visit the website: https://chaophraya.co.uk/cooking-schools GET GIN-SPIRED! The Mobile Gin School caters for hen parties, events and weddings. The company can even produce bespoke gin wedding favours for your day. It also offers a bespoke gin service to make your own custom gin bottle. The Mobile Gin School is open for booking from May 2022 onwards. The company can come to your wedding day, where you and your partner can create your own wedding day gin using their beautiful copper stills. The team will ask for a bit of assistance from your guests with helping choose the flavours and then invite them to get hands on and recreate your recipe into miniature wedding favours to take home. You will receive the bottle you made in a gift box to cherish or to drink. Don’t worry if you drink it, the School will keep your recipe on file and can recreate it for you any time. For further information visit www.themobileginschool.com or via social media. Contact The Mobile Gin School quoting reference: Gin22 to receive a free bottle of gin upon a successful wedding booking. A guest appearance James Buckley, better known as The Inbetweeners’ Jay Cartwright, has topped the official Cameo 2021 Year in Review, making him the most popular of all 50,000 stars on the world’s leading fan engagement platform. With 80 per cent of Cameos given as gifts, it’s inevitable to see spikes in virtual message bookings around key moments like anniversaries; as a surprise for the hen or stag; or as a present for the bride and groom! Leeds was the seventh most popular location in the UK partial to sharing and sending a personal celebrity video message. A Cameo spokesperson said: “Congratulations to James Buckley for being crowned the most popular star on Cameo in 2021. It’s great to see that he remains a fan favourite, not just in the UK, but also across the world. Cameo is about creating meaningful connections that matter, and we’re delighted to be able to help fulfil so many magical moments for fans.” To book a Cameo from your favourite stars, download the app or visit www.cameo.com Even MORE wedspiration from CWM! Here at CWM HQ we’re literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We’d go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we’ve created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. here you’ll find tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings - after all, if we’re honest, who doesn’t love being a bit nosey! And we haven’t stopped there, as you’ll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks. We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? It’s your one-stop shop for wedding vid-spiration! Simply head to YouTube and search ‘County Wedding Magazines’ or visit: www.youtube.com/channel/UCMAChACKNanShdZwI5QGXMQ 9 LOCAL NEWS
WWW . E S C R I C K . COM | 0 1 9 0 4 7 2 8 2 5 2 | E NQU I R I E S@E S C R I C K . COM Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, York, YO19 6EA OU T DOO R WE DD I N G V E NU E Photography by Dominic Lemoine emmayatesharpist.co.uk | email@example.com | 07887852633 BUFF BOYZ Visit BUFFBOYZ.CO.UK to request an instant quote today Buff Boyz provides unique packages for a truly unforgettable hen party weekend. Our services are nationwide, and we offer a wide range of activities designed to suit any party theme you are planning on hosting. So whether it’s a mobile cocktail making class, life drawing activity or a buff butler service, there is something to thrill everyone. We pride ourselves on hiring the best! So, you can relax in the knowledge your event is in safe hands with our staff, with years of experience in hospitality and complete training.
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 3rd June 2022. Terms and conditions apply. BOHO BRIDES Are you a boho bride or bride tribe looking for hen party activities with heart that are fun, original and don’t cost the earth? Based near York, the Wild Harvest School of Self-Sufficiency offers exclusive hen party glamping and activity breaks, where guests can stay in stylish tipis in an idyllic rural setting. Or, if you prefer, Wild Harvest can bring a choice of hen party activities to your home or the venue of your choice. The activities on offer can include everything from wild food foraging walks, instinctive archery and workshops where you can make natural bath bombs, soaps or lip tints to flower crown making, willow weaving and candle making. Wild Harvest is owned and run by Diana Hammill, who raised her three children alone and off-grid in a remote part of the North York Moors. She now enjoys teaching others some of the natural lifestyle skills that became her way of life and also offers boutique tipi accommodation on her charming Yorkshire small-holding. To download Diana’s free, 20-page hen party planner, which is full of tips and ideas, visit www.wildharvest.org/hen-party Your Yorkshire Wedding has linked up with Wild Harvest School of Self-Sufficiency to offer readers a 10 per cent discount on hen party activities, which equates to the bride taking part free of charge! To claim your discount, book online at www.wildharvest.org, using the code YYW10. *To qualify for this offer, hen parties taking place at an alternative venue must book a minimum of two activities for a group of seven or more. To book just one activity, your group must include 12 guests or more. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out www.theswanatstreatley.com County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 11
www.cherishedweddingvenue.co.uk T: 01405 785412 E: firstname.lastname@example.org @cherishedmemoriesweddingvenue BALNE CROFT FARM, BALNE CROFT LANE, POLLINGTON, DN14 0EY OFFERING A VARIETY OF OPTIONS FROM A MICRO WEDDING TO A LARGER SCALE WEDDING. STARTING FROM £2050 GET IN TOUCH FOR MORE INFORMATION. Turn your wedding dreams into reality at the Briar Court Hotel With over 30 years’ experience in weddings and events, you can be secure in the knowledge that your Wedding Day will be perfect. 01484 519902 www.briarcourt.co.uk Halifax Road, Birchencliffe,Huddersfield, HD3 3NT Packages start from £3,500 for 60 day guests and 100 evening.
Going local Wed in and around Hull and East Riding THE GRAND LODGE AT OAKLANDS 07809 134 138 | www.oaklandsweddings.co.uk WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? The Grand Lodge at Oaklands sits within 200 acres of beautiful woodland, beside a picturesque lake, in a tranquil setting, in the heart of rural east Yorkshire. Using locally sourced materials such as timber cladding, allows The Grand Lodge, together with the outdoor and indoor ceremony areas, to blend in delightfully with the natural surroundings. TIME TO CELEBRATE The Pavilion is the outdoor ceremony area which benefits from views over the lake. It’s a versatile space which couples can put their individual stamp on and seats up to 170. The Lakeside Lodge is the indoor ceremony area that boasts character and charm. It’s separate from The Grand Lodge and can seat 120 guests − a great backup if you’ve chosen the outdoor ceremony area, but the weather isn’t kind. The Grand Lodge is the reception area that can seat up to 200 for your wedding breakfast. WE LOVE… Approximately 200 trees, sourced locally from north Yorkshire, were used to build The Grand Lodge. The trees were replaced by a new oak woodland adding to the 150,000 trees already surrounding Oaklands. www.thekensingtonphotographer.co.uk www.thekensingtonphotographer.co.uk LOCAL VENUES 13
THE MANOR ROOMS 01430 425 079 | www.themanorrooms.co.uk WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? The Manor Rooms has been sympathetically built with luxurious interiors, ticking the box for both rustic and elegant themes. TIME TO CELEBRATE For your ceremony, The Manor Room can seat up to 150 guests. This amazing room has huge chandeliers, panelled walls, easy bar access and dancefloor areas, and offers breathtaking views of the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. There’s options to have your ceremony in The Library and The Garden Room, you can even say your vows on The Terrace − a great space for guests to witness your nuptials whilst enjoying a little sunshine in the private garden. For your reception, The Manor Room is a fabulous dining and party room, adorned with huge chandeliers. There’s a choice of dining furniture and layouts, offering both rustic and elegant styles, a feature bar and a dancefloor. This room hosts up to 150 guests. For a smaller reception of up to 40 loved ones, The Garden Room offers a great space for a gourmet dining experience or afternoon tea party celebration. WE LOVE… With stunning views, guests are wowed by the beautiful location, overlooking the fields and hills, where they can sit under the stars and enjoy the Boma outdoor seating area and firepit, which is a nod to the Taylor family’s love of Africa. RISE HALL 0345 450 4545 | www.dine.co.uk/venues/rise-hall WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Rise Hall is a quintessential English country house with modern, luxurious comforts. Light and airy, this isn’t a hotel nor a museum, but your ‘stately home from home’ for the duration of your stay. Rise Hall is a Grade II listed stone country house in a Capability-Brown designed country park. Hidden away down its own private driveway, Rise Hall is a grand and imposing historic building. Rise Hall’s grand portico entrance provides a perfect backdrop for those all-important photographs. It has 31 individually styled bedrooms for you and your guests, including the romantic Swift Suite for the wedding night. TIME TO CELEBRATE Rise Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies in the Morning Room, an elegant and light room with a stunning chandelier, original features and views across the manicured lawns of the estate, suitable for ceremonies of up to 100. The Orangery is the largest space in the house. A contemporary and flexible space flooded in natural daylight, for ceremonies and receptions up to 200 guests. WE LOVE… Rise Hall knows how much your animals are a part of the family. To enable our couples to include their dogs in their big day, the venue offers a highly individual, all-inclusive canine wedding chaperone service. https://lucydennisphotography.co.uk www.peterhugophotography.com www.bushmanphotography.co.uk 14
THE DEEP 01482 382 838 | www.thedeep.co.uk WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? The Deep is a landmark wedding venue located in Kingston Upon Hull. Set amongst beautiful aquatic displays, The Deep invites you to enjoy exclusive after-hours use of the aquarium and tie the knot surrounded by the magical wildlife of the sea. TIME TO CELEBRATE The Deep provides stunning spots within the attraction for ceremonies. These include alongside the sharks and turtles in the Endless Oceans exhibits, amongst the jellyfish in Cool Seas, next to the fun-loving penguins in the Kingdom of Ice or in the observatory overlooking the Humber Estuary. Receptions take place alongside the sharks and turtles in the Endless Oceans or in the observatory overlooking the Humber Estuary. The venue can accommodate small intimate weddings as well as larger weddings of up to 250 guests. WE LOVE… The Deep offers a host of complimentary extras that can be provided if you wish to use them; from fish bowls to glass vases, artificial flowers to table sprinkles, candles to table plan stand. THE HIGHFIELD HOUSE 01377 256 231 | www.thehighfieldhouse.com WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? You’ll feel at one with nature in this beautiful wedding venue set in the Yorkshire countryside and surrounded by woodlands, manicured gardens and a stunning protected arboretum. In fair weather, you can spill out into its idyllic patio overlooking the stunning garden area, bordered by an array of beautiful trees and flowers, and a small stream, for lawn games or simply socialising outdoors. TIME TO CELEBRATE Ceremonies can take place in either the Drawing Room with its stunning fireplace and elegant carved ceilings or the Great Hall with its vaulted ceiling and wrought iron chandeliers. The Drawing Room has a capacity of 100 and the Great Hall 75 for ceremonies. Your wedding breakfast can be taken in the Drawing Room which can be transformed into a dancefloor in the evening. Then there’s the cosy Library Bar snug, and comfy Palm Parlour for guests who choose to take a little time out from the festivities in a quieter corner. The Drawing Room has a dining capacity of 84, the House has a capacity of 150. WE LOVE… The Highfield House offers full exclusivity of the house and grounds for the full weekend of your wedding celebrations and a choice of one of its stunning suites for the night before your wedding and the night of your wedding. 15 LOCAL VENUES
The Perfect Seaside Wedding Venue Wedding Fair 20th March 2022 A stunning hotel situated in the heart of Scarborough standing proud overlooking the South Bay. Wedding Packages from £1,999* Studio 41 Photography For more information please contact our dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator T: 01723 361774 (Option 2) E: email@example.com The Royal Hotel, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HE *Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Urban love Town and city venues to make you go wow! THE YORKSHIRE HOTEL 01423 706 700 | www.the-yorkshire.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT Found in Harrogate’s most central location, The Yorkshire Hotel boasts panoramic views across The Stray and parkland beyond. The hotel is surrounded by photo opportunities, from the stylish town centre to the traditional Valley Park Gardens. There’s also the imposing yet elegant Victorian façade of the hotel, with its grand entrance and large staircase. Following a multi-million-pound refurbishment, The Yorkshire has unveiled its new Wedding Suite. Tastefully designed by leading interior designers, the contemporary setting offers stylish, neutral grey tones and statement lighting. The venue strikes a balance between its Victorian heritage and offering everything the modern-day couple could want. TIME TO CELEBRATE! Celebrations are held in the Sky Suite (120 ceremony guests). Found on the fifth floor, it has incredible views across the surrounding area, while its modern interiors provide a striking big-day backdrop. Receptions for up to 150 people are held in the Sky Suite, exclusive-use Sky Bar and private function suite. WE LOVE… No two weddings at the venue are the same, as everything is tailored to the couple. Bespoke wedding breakfasts are created with its AA Rosette head chef. Plus, Harrogate’s Barman of the Year will be designing the couple’s dream drinks menu. www.joannebphotography.co.uk www.joannebphotography.co.uk THEMED VENUES 17
CAMBLESFORTH HALL AND GRANGE 07897 720 765 | www.camblesforth-hall.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT The Grange at Camblesforth Hall is a stunning brick barn wedding venue, providing a blend of rustic and romantic with a dash of glamour. The four beautifully restored barns feature bespoke lighting, fairylights and soft drapes which complement the array of original features. The venue oozes character and charm, giving couples the perfect backdrop for a magical wedding. The barns surround a large private and versatile courtyard which houses birch trees and rustic planters, as well as beautiful ornate seating, perfect for summer afternoon drinks receptions. Camblesforth Hall itself boasts a stunning façade, perfect for photographs. TIME TO CELEBRATE! The Coach House is a high-ceilinged red brick barn with rustic lighting and a waterfall of fairylights, providing a romantic, rustic chic backdrop for your vows which comfortably seats up to 100 people. As well as the four barns, for smaller, more intimate spaces, couples may choose to marry in the main Dining Room within Camblesforth Hall itself which is also licensed for wedding ceremonies and can comfortably seat up to 25. The evening capacity is up to 200 people within both the Poultiggery Bar and Cart Shed. WE LOVE… The front facia of Grade I listed Camblesforth Hall is a very striking feature, perfect for group shots or those intimate couple photographs. WHAT TO EXPECT Situated in the heart of Scarborough, The Royal Hotel dates back to the 1830’s and its grand imposing architecture still bears the hallmarks of the regency period. It maintains its historic spirit and is certainly old charm at its best. The hotel has attracted many famous guests over the years including Winston Churchill, Edith Sitwell and Robert Luff. TIME TO CELEBRATE! The Prince Regent room offers an abundance of natural daylight with elegant décor. Complete with a bar and sun terrace this is the perfect room to begin your celebrations and welcomes 80 guests for your ceremony. The Royal Ballroom is the largest room at The Royal which provides a glamourous setting for your celebration. With enough space for 150 guests for your ceremony you can go on to have your reception here. With a large dancefloor, stage and private bar, this is a great space to celebrate and entertain your guests. The room accommodates 100 for your wedding breakfast and 150 for your reception. WE LOVE… Stood proud overlooking the South Bay you can enjoy the stunning coastal views on your perfect day. https://clarecoleman.com https://clarecoleman.com THE ROYAL HOTEL SCARBOROUGH 01723 361 774 | www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/the-royal-hotel-scarborough 18
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook | Instagram @HollinsHall The Perfect Yorkshire Wedding
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 shor t 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 ◆ AWARDWINNING CHEFS The Parsonage Hotel & Spa ESCR ICK • YORK • YO19 6LF 01904 728 111 / email@example.com / www.parsonagehotel.co.uk / The Parsonage Hotel & Spa
WHITLEY HALL 01142 454 444 | www.whitleyhall.com/weddings WHAT TO EXPECT Whitley Hall is an ivy-clad, Yorkshire stone 16th century mansion, surrounded by stunning gardens and grounds with mature trees and two small lakes. The 20 acres of grounds are home to peacocks, Canada geese and mallards. Located just to the north of Sheffield, Whitley Hall is a short drive from Meadowhall shopping centre and offers a great base for exploring the magnificent Peak District National Park. The interior is full of character and rich in history from the moment you step inside. The Tudor architecture marries perfectly with contemporary design, giving you the opportunity to revel in a blend of 16th century splendour and 21st century luxury. TIME TO CELEBRATE! The Whitley Suite is an elegant room, brand new for 2020, been designed to create a space which is both stylish and functional whilst still retaining that ‘Whitley Hall charm’ for which the venue is renowned. This room can host up to 110 guests for a civil ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 220 guests for your evening celebrations. With its wood-panelled walls, tasteful décor and a bank of windows which flood the space with natural daylight this room provides all you’ll need to create the wedding ceremony of your dreams. The Parker Suite has undergone some major refurbishment in 2020 and it now has its own private heated terrace. With upgraded lighting, a brand-new ceremony area and outdoor bar this room is in keeping with the hotel’s history but with a modern feel. Located to the rear of the house this suite is ideal for those looking for a more intimate wedding celebration. Civil ceremonies for up to 60 guests take place overlooking the perfectly manicured courtyard followed by a drinks’ reception on the private heated terrace area. It also boasts its own lake and pier complete with a small bandstand area for idyllic photography. WE LOVE… In the original Parker Suite, there’s an original Yorkshire stone wall which has been there since the original Tudor house – it’s engraved with the date and name of the original owner of the house, William Parker, hence the name of the suite. The venue also has 32 bedrooms two of which are sumptuous four-poster suites. LEEDS MARRIOTT HOTEL 01132 366 366 | www.leedsmarriott.com WHAT TO EXPECT In the heart of the city, nestled on a quiet courtyard, the four-star hotel offers contemporary comfort in bright, stylish surroundings. TIME TO CELEBRATE! Following a full refurbishment, Leeds Marriott Hotel boasts 17 versatile meetings and events spaces that provide a perfect backdrop for weddings for up to 300 guests. WE LOVE… Guests can enjoy the hotel’s city centre location, spacious and modern bedrooms and lively Cast Iron Bar & Grill, which serves up big flavour dishes packed with fresh ingredients and an inventive drinks list of signature cocktails, wines and local beers and spirits. www.shakespearephotography.co.uk www.mikecaldwell.co.uk www.mikecaldwell.co.uk 21 THEMED VENUES
WWW . R O S E GO L D R G . COM Wura Abimbola 07948 414093 firstname.lastname@example.org rosegold_music Specialist Wedding Hair & Makeup Artists www.thestylelounge.uk 07581 195 355 | email@example.com HO L MF I R T H V I N E YA R D 01484 691861 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/HolmfirthVineyard The Sheveling Wine Estate at Holmfirth Vineyard provides a romantic setting for your special day that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Whether you’re planning to tie the knot in the Summer or Winter, the landscape is captivating and dramatic all year round and creates memories to cherish forever. We offer a variety of packages and complete versatility of the vineyard to make your dream wedding come true, with bespoke options also available. Licensed for civil ceremonies our solaris function suite boasts a bright airy and flexible space with amazing views over looking the vineyard and Holme Valley. Seating up to 90 guests for a wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 140 guest for an evening reception the Solaris suite is decorated in contemporary neutral tones and also benefits from its own private outside terrace. Our packages include a complimentary Honeymoon Suite at our Retreat Complex, where 6 further self-catering apartments are also available for up to 34 of your guests to spend the night.
POP! Colour Tom and Dan Shrimpton tied the knot at Bowcliffe Hall in a celebration of love, inclusion and togetherness Images courtesy of Kirsty Mattsson Photography A modern-day romance, Tom and Dan met on Tinder in 2015. Tom proposed to Dan whilst on holiday in the Azores, Portugal. However, not without some obstacles along the way. Tom explains, “I Tried to set up a picnic but it was sold out at the hotel, so instead I had to buy a cheap bottle of fizz and some brie from the local corner shop. Then I’d picked a really romantic spot next to a small pond. However, at night it was pitch black and Dan refused to go down there as he thought it was like the start of a horror film! Anyhow, we ended up getting engaged next to the thermal spa on the steps with our bottle of unassigned fizz and lukewarm brie before having a swim.” Tom proposed with a Lego ring, as in the spirit of ‘inclusion’ he wanted to pick the rings together when they got back to Leeds. The theme of ‘inclusion’ was one very important to couple and was a prominent part of the wedding, making sure everyone felt equal and welcome. When newly engaged Tom and Dan arrived home, they visited a local jeweller in Leeds and had two engagement rings made together. Nuptial planning began and on 29th August 2021, at Bowcliffe Hall, they officially became Mr and Mr. Here, Tom and Dan tell us more about their special day... The Bowcliffe team were amazing from the day we met them. They were as excited for our wedding as we were, and that energ y and humanness was just what we were looking for. We were told the staff a sked to work the weekend of our wedding and they were all there watching at th e back as we got married! The venue was classic in lots of ways but also ha d a really contemporary feel. They were happy for us to use it as a base and bu ild upon it. 23 REAL WEDDINGS
Bowcliffe made sharing platters and boards for both courses so everyone shared together. Then there was an afternoon tea style dessert table. All these were designed by us and not from their standard menu. It had a communal, shared feel – it was all about togetherness and inclusion. Our centrepieces were a mix of highs and lows, so everyone could see each other. We chose pastel-coloured candles in rose gold holders and little geometric terrariums. The cake was made by our friend Siobhan – three layers (lemon, white chocolate and raspberry, and gin and tonic) – lightly butter iced with a naked feel. We had a backdrop made to be positioned at the end of the aisle; a geometric design with our initials in the middle – a centrepiece for the ceremony. The favours were succulents in antique teacups – a sustainable gift, alongside seeds in an envelope. Our flowers were sunflowers (Dan’s favourite), hy drangeas (Tom’s favourite), roses, dahlia’s, delphinium and freesia with plenty of lush eucalyptus. 24
Tom wore pink Dr. Martens shoes to give the suit a pop of colour and wore cropped trousers. Dan wore matching navy colour trousers but with a classic navy/brown shoe. We hired a choir! They sang a range of our favourite songs before, during, and after the ceremony and were amazing. Such a great touch. Our table plan was hand-drawn by an illustrator from Yorkshire, featuring images of us and our dog, Winnie. There was a DJ in the evening, and we danced in the rainbow light-up wings that Tom had bought for his ‘Gayzelle’ (like a stag but gayer!). The suits were made by Owen Scott Bespoke Tailors in Huddersfield – they were picked together so complemented each other well. Another thing we did which was a little different was to break up the speeches. We thought doing five speeches, one after the other would potentially drop energy levels in the room and some guests may get a little bored. Instead, we decided to do our speeches in between courses. REAL WEDDINGS 25
OUR TOP TIP! Try to make every moment part of your day, as it all goes so quick. Don’t just see the ceremony as the starting time, as half the day is gone by then. Also, something personal feels much more memorable and meaningful than something that’s traditional or not really about you. The evening food was a converted vintage fire truck serving pizza which was lush! The van was even driven across the grounds of Bowcliffe to get it in position. Again, another supplier who would do anything to make it work! TOM AND DAN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, www.bowcliffehall.co.uk | Photographer, https://kmattssonphotography.com | Wedding stylist, www.myprettiesuk.com Hair & make-up, www.thestylelounge.uk | Suits, www.owenscott.co.uk | Wedding rings, Goldsmiths | Flowers, www.thepetalstudio.co.uk Transport, https://tjstravel.co.uk | Stationery, www.print.work | Illustration, @harrietalicefoxdesigns | Evening catering, www.instagram.com/fired_up_pizza_co | Wedding backdrop, www.lasermadeoccasions.co.uk | Choir, https://rosegoldrg.com Cheeseboard | https://thecheeseboard.net Smoke bombs for photos are more effort than they are worth – we had five, and only two worked properly and by the end of it we both had sliced fingers, smelt of lingering smoke, and had a little bit of a funny hu e to our faces for a short while! Our friend Kirsty doing the ceremony was so personal and touching and our niece, Immy, doing a speech and a reading was very memorable. When nervous or excited or – anything – Tom has a lot of energy and so our photographer repeatedly had to tell him to stand still so she could get photos of him, otherwise he would’ve been in very few photos from the preparation stages of the day! We loved seeing all of our guests mixing and chatting to each other with everyone smiling and enjoying themselves and no one left out. 26
We’ll Take Your Hand In Ours Set in 1400 acres of beautiful countryside, weddings at The Coniston are truly magical. From panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales, a majestical lake with candlelit jetty, to our charming historical features on the Estate, we offer a picture perfect setting to capture those memorable moments. Choose to say ‘I Do’ in our rustic barn, historic church or one of our versatile function rooms. You can even get married down by the lake! For more information visit theconistonhotel.com The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa | Coniston Cold, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4EA Tel: (+44) 1756 748080 | Email: email@example.com | Web: theconistonhotel.com Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn New Outdoor Space Coming Soon! HOTEL & VENUE ng’sCroft Weddings at the KING’S CROFT HOTEL HOTEL & VENUE King’sCroft THE KING’S CROFT HOTEL, WAKEFIELD ROAD, PONTEFRACT, WEST YORKSHIRE, WF8 4HA | CLOSE TO M62|A1 Packages start from £3250 Wedding Pavilion Get Married outside all year round in our Unique Pavilion Accommodation Flexible Menu Choices HOTEL & VENUE King’sCroft HOTEL & VENUE King’sCroft HOTEL & VENUE King’sCroft 01977 600 550 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kingscrofthotel.com
28 Great EXPECTATIONS Bright colours set the scene when Caroline and George Rispin tied the knot at The Grand Hotel & Spa, York Images courtesy of Sam Chipman Photography
REAL WEDDINGS 29 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!” In September 2019, at Hipping Hall Boutique Hotel, George popped the question. Caroline recalls, “It was the most special and shocking moment of my life, I had an out of body experience, I didn’t quite know what to do.” The next thing to do was plan a wedding! So, planning preparations began and on July 31st, 2021 the pair got married at The Grand Hotel & Spa, York. The party continued on into the night at The Larder Club in York for the couple’s evening reception. Here, Caroline tells us more about their day... SETTING THE SCENE The happy couple both knew immediately that they wanted to get married in York, a fond place they lived and shared so many memories. After viewing three venues, they chose The Grand Hotel & Spa. Caroline describes, “It’s a beautiful building, you can’t miss it and everywhere you look is full of character and charm. I absolutely loved the boardroom which is where we got married with the chandeliers and big fireplaces and the views of York – you don’t need to do too much decorating because it’s already impressive enough as it is. It was exactly what we wanted and we knew that they’re experienced in organising weddings so we’d be in very good hands! Bright and bold was the order of the day when it came to décor. “It reflects who we are and how we dress,” Caroline explains. “We both like to wear bright and bold colours! We spoke to our incredible florist, Laura and basically just said we want as much colour as possible with a mix of different types of flowers – we don’t just want roses – give us whatever you can get and experiment! We still can’t get over how absolutely stunning the flowers were. We had jars of flowers as the centrepieces of our tables with candelabras which perfectly complemented the old charm of the room. We also had flowers on the fireplaces and candles for a romantic ambience. In my eyes the biggest advantage of having vivid, bright coloured flowers is how much they contrast to your wedding dress – they stand out so much more. Caroline and George also purchased some coloured confetti cannons which the groomsmen and Man of Honour fired as they were walking back down the aisle which made for fantastic photos! Infamous Betty’s had to play a part in the big day. “We absolutely love Betty’s and have so many fond memories of that place. We had the amazing Fondant Fancy three-tiered wedding cake with personalised designs – this was such a hit with all our guests, they could all have a fondant fancy instead of a messy big slice of cake! Our favours were gold Betty’s guinea coins which looked lovely on our tables. George used to sell balloons as a child, so we wanted to incorporate them into our date – we had some massive white balloons with green foliage from a wonderful local supplier in Copmanthorpe, The Little Balloon Company, and they were dotted around the venue too.”
30 LOOKING THE PART Caroline chose her Enzoani Nigella gown from the Scarlet Poppy Bridal Boutique. She remembers, “When I tried this one on, I fell in love with all the small beautiful intricate details such as the buttons all down the back of the dress, the lace train, the side see-through lace panels, the lace at the front with some sparkle and the delicate straps – it’s elegant yet also sexy. George and his groomsmen wore the same suit from Moss Bros, a green tweed three-piece. Caroline’s two bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon dresses and her Man of Honour wore a complementing suit. TIME TO CELEBRATE! Caroline and George chose a string quartet to give the perfect ambience to the day. Caroline tells us, “The quartet for the ceremony was extra special because the celloist was one of George’s good friends who offered to play for us. They were absolutely incredible and when I heard them as I was walking towards the boardroom, I couldn’t contain my emotions. Because I was so late walking down the aisle they did however have to improvise and play songs that they hadn’t prepared for!” After the newlyweds first dance at The Grand, they said goodbye to family and along with all of their friends, went to The Larder Club in York for an evening reception. Caroline explains, “We wanted to have something separate with our friends so we could let our hair down and not be concerned about our terrible dancing in front of our parents! The Larder Club was the perfect evening venue for us, it was the first time they’d ever done a wedding reception − the owners Jon, Laura and Rachel were so accommodating, they tailored the evening completely for us and turned their deli /cafe into a cosy evening event with photos of us and our friends in frames all around. Our amazing balloon supplier, Karen of the Little Balloon Company, even sourced us some balloons that perfectly matched the teal colour of the Larder Club.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS When asked how to describe the day, they both agree, “Nervous and excited sums it up! George had to buy himself a biscuit from a bakery to keep his sugar levels up! It was just the most surreal feeling waking up in the morning and knowing you’re getting married to the love of your life in front of the people who you love the most. Caroline particularly loved the morning, getting ready with her three best friends and vividly recalls when one of her bridesmaids opened the door to my room and just screamed ‘LETS GET YOU MARRIED!’ This simply set the tone for the whole fun-filled day! Caroline reminisces about another magical moment, “Walking down the aisle with my Dad and the string quartet playing – it’s a dream I’ve had since I was a young girl and I’m so incredibly thankful that I was able to do that although I definitely walked a lot quicker than what I had rehearsed with my Dad, I was practically dragging him down the aisle.” The pair had the day they’d dreamed of and know that it wouldn’t have been possible without their wonderful suppliers to assist them before and during the day. “Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for more genuine and talented people. Sam, our photographer, was incredible – there were moments I completely forgot where he was but he was always there taking the most incredible photos of us – photos that we’ll look back on for the rest of our lives and remember how beautiful we once were! CAROLINE’S TOP TIP! Ignore tradition and do you!www.youryorkshire.wedding