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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Rachel Westall gives the lowdown on what to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 79 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 90 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2022 FEATURES 45 BLUSHING BRIDE Transform your venue with tones of blush and berry 51 LOST IN THE MISTS OF TIME This shoot was set up to give a touch of whimsy magic to winter weddings 53 FABULOUS FLORALS Bouquets, centerpieces and showstoppers – we’ve got you covered! 76 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines' senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey 83 CATERING COLLECTIVE An A to Z guide to solve all your culinary related questions On the cover... This issue's cover has been sponsored by Spicer Manor, a luxury wedding venue nestled on the edge of the stunning Peak District National Park, (www.spicermanor.co.uk). The image was captured by Tom Beynon Photography (www.tombeynonphotography.com) at the beautiful wedding of Christophe and Erin. VENUES 15 LOCAL LOVELIES York and Harrogate venues that wow! 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS Venues with fantastic outdoor spaces 3 53 21
4 45 HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination 96 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Sarah Gallivan discovers a Sherwood Hideaway in Nottinghamshire GROOMS 87 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches 88 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials FASHION & BEAUTY 59 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 60 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 65 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 70 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 72 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product to help you conquer all and we’ve put some of them to the test 73 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 65 88 32 REAL WEDDINGS 27 MAGICAL MOMENTS Rose and Fin Pickford’s wedding had floral touches throughout and a sprinkle of magic! 32 I’VE GOT YOU BABE With hints of autumn tones throughout, Tabs and Nick went full country glam for their day 39 A FAMILY UNIT Matt and Michelle tied the knot at The Arches, Dean Clough Mill with their two daughters, Lauren and Fern with them every step of the way
The Perfect Seaside Wedding Venue 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: firstname.lastname@example.org The Royal Hotel, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HE *Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Whatever stage of wedding planning you’re at, we’ve got a great issue packed with tips, advice and inspiration. If you’re just weeks away from your big day we hope it’s everything you want and more. If you’d like to see your W-day pics splashed over the pages of Your Yorkshire Wedding then please do just pop me an email or submit it on the link below. This edition we have three amazing local weddings all so different in style and personality – we really love to read about your days. If you’re just starting your planning journey, then sit back and relax. Starting on page 15, you’ve six pages of wedding venues to discover, whether you want to say ‘I do’ in York or Harrogate, or you’re an outdoorsy couple and want a venue with an amazing outdoor space. If it’s food inspo you want then we have a catering feature with our A to Z on all things food and drink from afternoon teas to Zinfandel! There’s so much choice these days so ask your venue if they’re open to ideas. Maybe there’s a specific food item you want to eat on your big day or you want to drink the cocktail you made on your hen do as you celebrate with loved ones following your vows. It’s your day, so make sure you love every part! Finally, don’t forget to enter our fab competition, where you can win a minimoon in the Lake District on p90. And remember, to submit your own nuptials to grace the pages of Your Yorkshire Wedding, get in touch via our website https://www.youryorkshire.wedding/get-involved Happy planning! Rachel Westall, Editor Wedding fever! Rachel x The rust tones in these bouquets are just stunning I love bright fashion jewellery – how perfect are these for a hen do or honeymoon? Check out page 70 for more holiday must-haves! WIN a two-night stay in the Lake District worth £1,500 on page 90 www.photosbyhash.com 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Account Manager Penny Potter | 01376 538 482 email@example.com Subscriptions 01376 514 000 firstname.lastname@example.org ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 email@example.com 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
Exquisite décor touches in this styled shoot at The Majestic Hotel How perfect is this dining area at The Normans? I’m blown away by the drama of these images from this Kirkham Abbey shoot, page 50. www.sophiemort.com Tabs and Nick chose Birdsall House for their wedding venue and isn’t it just perfection! The new bridal collection of hand-crafted shoes from Charlotte Mills features flats and mid-heel heights, as well as high block heels Can I be part of your girl gang? Check out more pics from this real wedding on page 32 https://bloomweddings.co.uk www.photographybykathryn.com www.melissabeattie.com EDITOR’S LETTER 7
To advertise here call Sales on 01376 538492 or visit youryorkshire.wedding Please mention “Your Yorkshire Wedding” when calling advertisers See our website: www.simplydevine.co.uk 83 York Road, Tadcaster LS24 8AR T: 01937 836068 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Simply Devine has more than 18 years’ experience in dressing mothers of the bride or groom. With a bespoke collection of special occasion wear, and hundreds of hats, hatinators and fascinators in every colour of the rainbow, owner Liz DevineWright will help you look and feel a million dollars for that special day.
All the latest from the region WOODMAN INN CELEBRATES WIN The team at Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge are celebrating their recent win, when they were crowned ‘West Yorkshire Wedding Venue of the Year’ in Hitched, the online wedding planner. It’s a great start for 2022 for The Woodman, which celebrated a record-breaking year for the number of weddings held at its two beautiful wedding venues – the intimate setting of the Country Room, perfect for 40 day and 80 evening guests and the sumptuous Garden Room, which can comfortably cater for 60 day and 100 evening guests. As the team rev up for another record-breaking year for wonderful weddings, event director, Jordan Thomas, said: “This award is fantastic recognition of the great work of the team and our outstanding network of talented and trusted suppliers from florists and photographers to DJs and pianists. It’s always great to be recognised for your work but the fact that these awards are based on reviews from happy couples is doubly rewarding. We can’t thank our newly-wed couples enough for saying such nice things about us and we’re looking forward to another exceptional year for weddings at The Woodman.” For further information, visit www.woodman-inn.com New holiday cottages Looking for a relaxing pre- or post-wedding getaway with friends or loved ones? Classic Lodges has recently launched its new cottages at Grinkle Park. Grinkle Park Hotel is a stunning and luxurious baronial country house set in 35 acres of land between the North Yorkshire Moors and villages and beaches of the coast. There are three new cottages: Gatekeepers, Low Moor House and Gardeners Rest. All have been creatively designed and furnished to a high standard offering comfort and luxury. They benefit from an outside patio area where you can enjoy a cooked pizza or barbeque surrounded by wooded valleys. Guests staying will also receive a welcome hamper and have access to free Wi-Fi throughout. Tucked away between Whitby and Guisborough just of the A171, the three cottages are set in the perfect location for exploring the Yorkshire coastline, the Moors, or to travel on the North Yorkshire Railway, with York only just over an hour away. NEWS Nearlywed THE GRAND, YORK,WINS LARGE! The Grand, York, is delighted to announce it has won ‘Large Hotel of the Year’ at this year’s Visit York Tourism Awards. The prestigious Visit York Tourism Awards ceremony returned on Thursday 3rd March, 2022 with the best of York’s businesses going head-to-head to win one of 15 trophies. The Grand, York, is located in one of the historic city’s most iconic buildings. A destination for memorable experiences and unforgettable service, The Grand delivers fine Yorkshire hospitality, from locally sourced food and beverage to bespoke experiential packages, including its highly popular Dark Skies experience, which launched last year, offering guests the opportunity for an unforgettable stargazing experience in partnership with the North York Moors. The award-winning hotel features 207 rooms alongside a relaxing spa, stateof-the-art cookery school, world-class event facilities and exclusive food and beverage outlets including The Rise Restaurant Terrace & Bar for all-day dining, The 1906 Bar and Hudsons for intimate dining. With multi-functional rooms, The Grand is also one of the top wedding venues in the north for both intimate and grand affairs. For further information, visit www.thegrandyork.co.uk LOCAL NEWS 9
WIN FOR SIMPLY DEVINE Tadcaster hat shop Simply Devine is celebrating in style. Liz DevineWright has taken the overall titles of Specialist Wedding Supplier of the Year and Wedding Boutique & Accessories Supplier of the Year in the English Wedding Awards 2022. Liz collected her two trophies at a ceremony held in the Mercure Piccadilly Manchester Hotel. This is the fourth win for Liz at the English Wedding Awards, as she took the overall titles after winning the Yorkshire regional heats, beating competition from suppliers from the north east and north west. She has previously won a number of the awards at the events in recent years, but this year’s final came on the anniversary of the opening of her Simply Devine shop 18 years ago. Liz explains, “It’s double celebrations for us this week after what has been a very difficult two years for all of us servicing the wedding industry. Government regulations forcing us to close, and heavy restrictions on wedding guest numbers, coupled with race meeting closures has severely impacted our business and the hospitality and wedding industries. Fortunately, we’ve come through this and are celebrating our win and our milestone of completing 18 years in business.” For further information about the shop visit: https://simplydevine.co.uk Meadows & Mulberry wedding focus In 2018, florist Karon Breckon decided to focus on weddings. Karon explains, “I’d been inspired when I attended a Wedding Business Retreat with Tallulah Rose Flower School down in Bath. I was completely smitten by the style and ethos of the teaching. I was also introduced to British flowers and a more sustainable way of creating flower designs. I love this style of floristry design. And so Meadows and Mulberry Weddings was born.” During the intervening time, 2018 to 2021, Karon has learned her craft, taken part in workshops, created wedding flowers with British flowers at every opportunity as well as get involved in wedding shoots to further enhance her skill set, adopting a more eco-friendly method of creating flowers, avoiding single use plastic. Karon continues, “As a result of this drive to be a wedding florist, I’ve become busier and busier with weddings. And so this year the decision to close my flower shop in Sheffield made absolute sense and focus solely on my wedding couples. “I now have the flexibility to be able to take on weddings throughout Yorkshire and the surrounding counties. Already I’m creating weddings in Northumberland, as well as north Yorkshire whilst my base is still in Sheffield. This will change at the end of 2022. I will be moving my business to north Yorkshire due to relocation. So 2022 has lots in store!” We wish Karon lots of luck with her venture. Weddings really are a lovely area to work in. For further information, visit www.meadowsandmulberry.co.uk BUTLERS IN THE BUFF IN DEMAND Are you a young male working hard on that buff physique over the last two years? Are you eager to show the world the fruits of your labour? Are you down to earth and like to be the centre of attention? If the answer is ‘yes’, then there may be an exciting new career waiting for you just around the corner. Yorkshire-based company, Buff Boyz, has announced it’s on the lookout for fitness-loving males to meet a UK-wide resurgence in demand for its butler in the buff service. The s pike in demand comes as more hen parties have got underway with the easing of socialdistancing rules. The entertainment company is looking for fun-loving males between the ages of 21-38, who are in good physical shape, have a gentlemanly manner, and are up for creating party experiences to remember. Each recruit will receive free training in the art of etiquette, service excellence, and mixology. In addition, they’ll also be presented with their very own bow-tie, collar and cuffs, and one of the company’s prestigious serving aprons. David Walsh, Director of Buff Boyz, said, “We’re an ambitious company that wants to give people fun, exciting and memorable experiences. As restrictions have eased, demand for our butlers in the buff package has gone through the roof, meaning we need many more sophisticated gentlemen on our books to meet the surge. If you’re an open-minded, down to earth gentleman that will take pride in providing others with first-class service and entertainment, then we want to hear from you. Joining Buff Boyz as one of our buff butlers will see you earn a minimum of £35 an hour, including travel expenses; receive free training, and be provided with an exciting side-hustle to boost your income. It’ll do wonders for your selfconfidence and will see you meet some incredibly interesting people.” If you’d like to become a Buff Boyz butler, visit: https://buffboyz.co.uk/buff-butlers-jobs www.helenrosephotography.com 10
Yorkshire Wedding Planner Bespoke wedding planning, styling and on the day co-ordination www.knottedinlove.co.uk knottedinloveweddings 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.
engi ne shed T H E WE T H ERB Y for more information and for our brochure visit our website Based in the heart of picturesque Wetherby and set in a converted grade II listed building, The Engine Shed is the perfect venue for a truly unique wedding. VENUE A UN I QUE An experienced wedding co-ordinator to help you plan your day Exclusive use of the venue for the entire day The services of our duty manager as toastmaster Use of our cake stand, table and knife Late bar licence on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays AND SUNDAYS Discounted accommodation rates for your wedding party
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 5th August 2022. Terms and conditions apply. ECOTREATS Cosy Cottage Soap lovingly hand makes natural and eco-friendly bathing, beauty and wellness products in Malton. As well as soaps and body lotions, best sellers include solid shampoo and conditioner bars and natural deodorant – helping brides switch to gentler products in the run-up to the big day. There’s also a stunning selection of wedding favours and bridal party gifts. Our favourites include the Melt Your Heart Wax Melts or the Triple Treat Bundle containing a soy wax candle, lip balm and bar of soap. You can even try your hand at soap making with group masterclasses held at the workshop where you can have two to three hours of good clean fun, this is a perfect hen do activity – especially for mixed age groups! Proudly plastic, palm oil and crueltyfree, the company also avoids SLS & parabens and supports the local community to reduce waste. So, you can relax knowing that your next pamper session is kind to the planet, to your skin and to Yorkshire. Cosy Cottage Soap is offering our readers a 15% discount on any online order over £30 until 1st July, 2022. All you need to do is enter WEDDING15 at checkout! For further information, visit www.cosycottagesoap.co.uk Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out www.vurchoo.co.uk THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13
www.camblesforth-hall.co.uk email@example.com Steeped in historic charm and beauty, Grade 1 listed Camblesforth Hall is a hidden gem in Yorkshire which will provide a magnificent backdrop to your special day. Nestled within the grounds is the newly renovated barn Wedding venue, The Grange. Offered on an exclusive 3 day hire basis, you have the time and freedom too design the Wedding of your dreams. From the breath-taking Coach House, to the beautifully adorned Hemmel Barn, to the ‘rustic-chic’ Poultiggery Bar, each space is perfectly designed to give you a seamless Wedding Day. The large courtyard gives you and your guests ample space too enjoy a drinks reception in the sunshine, or why not enjoy a glass of champagne on the lawn in front of the Hall? The opportunities are endless. Bedern Hall, Bartlegarth, York, YO1 7AL | Telephone: 01904646030 Email: Elly@bedernhall.co.uk Intimate and Individual Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions
CEDAR COURT HOTEL HARROGATE 01423 858 585 | www.cedarcourthotels.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate is a historical Grade II listed building with many interior features. It has tall windows letting plenty of daylight in, making the events spaces bright and airy. On arrival, the fountain is a focal feature to be admired. The hotel is surrounded by a landscaped garden with mature trees and shrubs. Going local Wed in and around York and Harrogate TIME TO CELEBRATE Cedar Court has a variety of places for you to exchange your vows. The Rowan Suite has a stunning feature wall with a decorative balcony and large mirror and can welcome and up to 160 guests for your reception. The Cedar Suite can accommodate larger weddings; and the Queen’s Suite can cater for more intimate celebrations with its striking original fireplace and beautifully carved ceiling. WE LOVE… The hotel has its own heated tipi at the front which can be used all year around and is ideal for a summer wedding or cocktail reception. 15 LOCAL VENUES
THE NORMANS 07580 900 933 | www.thenormansweddings.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT The Normans has four indoor areas, each with their own distinct characteristics. The Ceremony Barn features exposed brickwork, handsome timber trusses and jaw-dropping fairylights. The romantic ambience of the Tack Room Bar and Cow Stalls, meanwhile, comes courtesy of original rustic fixtures and soft lighting. The Grain Shed dining area consists of white-washed cladding, a billowing fabric ceiling, and stunning fairylight canopy. GRANTLEY HALL 01765 620 070 | www.grantleyhall.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT Grantley Hall combines 17th century grandeur with 21st century sophistication and seamlessly blends original features such as ornate ceilings, marble fireplaces and wood panelling with contemporary décor. The Garden Pavilion where the Grantley Suite is located is in a separate building adjacent to the main building offers its own private terrace and stunning views of the main house. TIME TO CELEBRATE The Music Room, located in the original Hall with high, ornate ceilings and view of the gardens this room can host ceremonies for up to 120 guests. The Grantley Suite – located in the Garden Pavilion – is a modern room with beautiful chandelier centrepiece and private terrace can host ceremonies for up to 150 loved ones. The Japanese Garden Pavilion is ideal for outdoor ceremonies with the backdrop of the hotel as the décor. Parties of up to 150 can be accommodated in this area. Drinks receptions often take place in The Orchard, an impressive sailcloth area overlooking the West Lawn prior to the Wedding Breakfast which will take place in the Grantley Suite – catering for up to 150 guests. WE LOVE... Most wedding guests choose to host an after party in the late-night bar in the stylish setting of Valeria’s – a subterranean champagne bar located underneath the Grantley Suite. TIME TO CELEBRATE Marriage ceremonies take place in the stunning Ceremony Barn. After saying the ‘I dos’, couples and their guests move outside to The Courtyard which features manicured lawns, a calming central water feature, and twinkling fairylights. If the weather isn’t behaving, guests can retreat into the cosy Cow Stalls seating area and Tack Room Bar. WE LOVE... Blink and you’ll miss it! The Normans is tucked away inside an 18th century farm located on a quiet country road. But walk through the through the double gates and into The Courtyard and you’ll find a tasteful juxtaposition of traditional and modern farm buildings, and contemporary outdoor spaces. https://bloomweddings.co.uk https://bloomweddings.co.uk www.th-weddingphotography.co.uk https://rollingsphotography.com 16
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. 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 email@example.com www.kingscrofthotel.com
YORK MARRIOTT HOTEL www.yorkmarriott.co.uk | 01904 701 000 WHAT TO EXPECT The York Marriott Hotel provides a bright, modern and welcoming venue for your special day. The hotel offers a selection of versatile spaces that are perfect for both intimate celebrations and larger gatherings, and can be completely customised to suit you. It even has an onsite leisure club and beauty salon, perfect for a pre-wedding pamper session. BEDERN HALL 01904 646 030 | www.bedernhall.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT With its soaring beamed ceiling, arched windows and warm stone walls, Bedern Hall is a breathtaking yet intimate space. This beautifully restored Medieval hall dates from the 14th century and provides a classic backdrop to your wedding day. The pretty courtyard and garden terrace provides a perfect setting for photographs and being in the heart of the city means that your guests are in walking distance of the railway station and nearby car parks. The garden terrace is covered with heating providing extra space for your guests. TIME TO CELEBRATE The Medieval hall will seat 70 people for a ceremony and with the room flooded with light from the arched windows, or candlelit for a winter wedding, you can be sure of a traditional feel for you and your guests. Once the dining hall of the Vicars Choral of York Minster, Bedern Hall now provides seated dining for 60 people. Curved mahogany tables create a horseshoe layout to give style to your reception whilst giving an inclusive feel for your guests. WE LOVE... The ancient scissor beamed roof soars over the hall, adding a splendid backdrop to your reception. TIME TO CELEBRATE You can say your vows in the stunning surroundings of the hotel’s beautifully landscaped gardens, in front of the wedding gazebo. Alternatively, say ‘I do’ in the Classics Suite a space that provides a beautiful backdrop and welcomes up to 100 guests. WE LOVE! With views across to York Racecourse, the gardens are an ideal spot for an outdoor ceremony or alfresco drinks reception. From the wedding gazebo to the lover’s bench, there are many picturesque spots for capturing memories of your day. www.chrischambersphotography.co.uk www.furmoto.com LOCAL VENUES 19
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
Glorious gardens These venues tick all the boxes with their amazing outdoor spaces THE CONISTON HOTEL COUNTRY ESTATE & SPA 01756 748 080 | www.theconistonhotel.com WHAT TO EXPECT Set in 1,400 acres of beautiful countryside, weddings at The Coniston are truly magical. From panoramic views of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales to the private grounds, woodland and even lake complete with candlelit jetty, the venue offers a picture-perfect setting to capture those memorable moments. TIME TO CELEBRATE Ceremonies can take place in The Garnett Room, which sits up to 80 guests or Winston’s Barn, a charming, 17th century barn which enjoys many original features, including vaulted ceiling, and exposed wooden beams. The Bannister Suite will be where you savour your first meal together. Comfortably seating your 80 guests, The Bannister Suite is a modern, self-contained space with private cloakrooms, bar and courtyard to enjoy the outdoors. There’s also space for up to 200 guests for the evening, to take to the dancefloor and party into the night! WE LOVE… The rustic jetty by the 24-acre lake makes for a magical setting to say ‘I do’. THEMED VENUES 21
THICKET PRIORY 01904 230 600 | www.thicketpriory.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT Thicket Priory is a beautiful Victorian country house venue, with interiors which are both in-keeping with the history of the venue and a twist of contemporary for any modern couple. Each space has been tailored to its function and every bedroom has its own character, adding warmth and ultimately a homely feeling for all. The driveway up to Thicket Priory builds excitement on arrival and depending upon the season the building is adorned with roses or wisteria. TIME TO CELEBRATE Thicket Priory offers exclusive use. It has a chapel on site and accommodation for up to 70 guests, all under one roof. As well as at the chapel, couples can also say their vows in the ballroom, or even outside at the bandstand. The ballroom is a stunning, neutral canvas ready for couples with understated décor, or those with plans for ‘bigger is better’. Sitting under three beautiful chandeliers, it’s certainly dining at its best. WE LOVE… Surrounded on three sides by a nature reserve, the gardens are teaming with both flora and fauna. WALLED GARDEN HELPERBY 0345 450 4545 | www.walledgardenhelperby.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT The Walled Garden Helperby is a charming, intimate and exclusive setting for your wedding or event. This historic Grade II listed garden is set in a picturesque north Yorkshire village in the grounds of Helperby Hall. Recently restored, the four acres of lawns and walkways were created with the flexibility for you to create your perfect garden wedding. TIME TO CELEBRATE The historic stone cupola is licensed for wedding ceremonies; with a capacity for 200 guests. The gardens provide a perfect backdrop for your marquee wedding, with space for up to 200 guests. The venue’s suppliers will work with you to create your dream garden wedding, with ample room for an open-air drinks reception and live music. You could even set up lawn games or a firepit area. WE LOVE… The cosy Gardeners Cottage, which sleeps six, just next to the garden, is available for the happy couple to use with their friends and family. www.carlawhittingham.co.uk www.carlawhittingham.co.uk https://www.djbphotography.com https://www.djbphotography.com 22
THE ORANGERY AT SETTRINGTON 01944 768 106 | www.orangerysettrington.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT Built in 1791, The Orangery is a majestic building featuring impressive Palladian architecture. The interior is bathed in light from the floor-toceiling arched windows, offering romantic views over the Italian gardens. The 100ft hall is beautifully designed with high vaulted beam ceilings, tall stone pillars, candlelight lanterns and decorative wall lights. The landscaped gardens present numerous photo opportunities: the lake, fountain, tempietto, rose colonnade and Italian statues positioned either side of a sweeping grass lawn. TIME TO CELEBRATE Couples can choose to marry inside the Orangery or outside beneath the Tempietto in the gardens. the capacity depends on the other elements of the day and how the Orangery and gardens will be used. All Saints’ Settrington Church sits alongside the venue so some couples choose to marry there first and walk over to the Orangery. Drinks receptions take place on the terrace of the Orangery and inside depending on the weather. Capacity for drinks reception, dining, and dancing inside the Orangery without a marquee or having to drop any tables during the day is 160 guests. WE LOVE… The Orangery offers a free wedding planning service. Your dedicated wedding planner will meet with you to get all your ideas down on paper, offer their experienced advice and together formulate your itinerary. ALDWARK MANOR ESTATE 01347 838 146 | www.aldwarkmanorestate.co.uk WHAT TO EXPECT Set in 185 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside situated alongside the River Ure, Aldwark Manor Estate boasts a peaceful and picturesque setting. The manicured gardens surrounding the Manor House provide a stunning backdrop for capturing all those special moments of a wedding day. The hotel has been synonymous with luxury since it was established in 1978. Elegant grounds, sensual design, elemental dining, and grandeur at every turn. TIME TO CELEBRATE With a choice of rooms all boasting natural daylight, direct access to the gardens and terraced areas and ornate features, there’s a room that’ll fit every couple’s wedding vision. WE LOVE… Agatha the double decker bus is always a talking point and certainly stands out. It can even be used for reception drinks. https://joeshortweddingphotography.com https://joeshortweddingphotography.com 25 THEMED VENUES
Whether it’s Ed Sheeran, Disney, Pachelbel’s Canon or Blink 182 there’s something for everyone to enjoy! WWW.HARMONYSTRINGQUARTET.CO.UK 07837 870354 | email@example.com Contact us for your bespoke quote M a l t on , Nort h Yor k s h i r e , YO 1 7 9 NR www. b i r d s a l l ho u s e . c om Birdsall House is a stunning and exquisitely furnished family home. We offer an elegant and exclusive setting for your wedding where guests can celebrate in style. We can organise a small private wedding for 12 people or an opulent wedding of 250 people all within the house and grounds • The house is exclusively yours for the day or weekend • We can host religious weddings in our Church, which is within the grounds, or civil ceremonies in the house or throughout the gardens. Our 12th Century ruins are a perfect romantic backdrop for photographs • Our highly skilled caterers will work with you to create your perfect menu • We have a beautiful honeymoon suite and 5 further ensuite guest bedrooms • We hold only up to ten weddings each year so you can guarantee exclusivity and privacy for you & your guests • We work with you every step of the way to ensure you have a truly bespoke and unique wedding. For further information about holding your wedding at Birdsall House, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org Birdsall House www.tildastribe.co.uk @tildastribe a5-flyer-duplex - 0220.indd 1 25/02/2020 14:22:58 Handmade Goats Milk Soap THE PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR GUESTS Our wedding favour bar is a unique and wonderful gift to treat your wedding guest’s with a luxury bar of our goats milk soap with a selection of choice out of our 7 scents. We oer our standard 50g bar packaged in our box or alternatively we can customise the packaging to suit your needs. AN EXTRA SPECIAL PACKAGE We also oer a very special package for the Bride & Groom to meet the Tribe and experience milking the goats which will be used in your unique wedding favours this includes – meeting the tribe, milking Tilda, professional photos and a glass of hot mulled wine, Port or Prosecco.
MOMENTS Magical Rose and Fin Pickford tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall, Sheffield, with floral touches throughout and a sprinkle of magic! Images courtesy of Ufniak Photography Rose and Fin met via mutual friends whilst at York University back in 2013. Having purchased their first home and even adopted Figaro their pet cat, in 2019, Rose had that feeling that a proposal was on the cards. Rose remembers, “Fin had planned a day of my favourite activities for the two of us. Immediately, I was a little suspicious as I’m normally the organiser, but we went to Leeds for a day of crazy golf, bowling, and video games. Before we went out that evening for an Italian that Fin had also booked, I was sitting in our lounge minding my own business and to my surprise Fin proceeded to get down on one knee! Just before he proposed with the ring, he also gave me a present, a watch, which had engraved ‘Marry me?’ on the strap – a special touch as Fin is an avid watch collector. Knowing I’d hate a public proposal, this was perfect as we could celebrate with pizza and prosecco that evening.” Wedding planning commenced and the couple said ‘I do’ on 21st August, 2021 at St James Church, Norton, with a reception at Whirlowbrook Hall. Here, Rose tells us more about their day… 27 REAL WEDDINGS
Amnesia Roses, Miss Piggy Roses, vuvuzela roses, Peach hypericum berries, white double Eustoma, white lupines, and Eucalyptus made up my bouquet. I designed the stationery myself and wanted to ha ve the colours of my bouquet incorporated. Karen from Kurly Bird events did our centrepieces; hoops with floating candles which looked lovely and romantic on the day. As we were originally going to get married in 202 0, a family friend had agreed to drive the same wedding car that my parents use d on their wedding day 37 years prior! Unfortunately, by the time our third postpon ed wedding date came around, the car was no longer in service. Keeping with a si milar car to originally booked, we decided on a beautiful ’50s Rolls Royce. Our chosen venue, Whirlowbrook hall, has amazing grounds and exclusivity for the day which was an immediate draw. For favours we had sustainable and eco-friendly soap as our favours from a local Yorkshire farm, who also happened to be F in’s cousin! 28
My dress had a beautiful train, which I paired with a two-tier cathedral length veil studded with Swarovski crystals to complement the detail on my dress. I knew I wanted a dress to hug my waist, and for it to ooze elegance. I loved everything about it apart from the sleeves when I first tried it on, so Blushes Bridal Studio were so accommodating and said they could easily remove them for me, so we did, and I loved how it made my dress feel more one of a kind to me. We went for a three-tier round cake, with an ombre design of coral and sugar flowers. We went for a more modern choice of flavours: raspberry and white chocolate, lemon, and chocolate orange. I loved having accessories at our wedding that were personalised to us. As a Harry Potter fan, I put our sparklers in Ollivander’s box to look like wands. Another memorable musical moment was that we had Harry’s Wonderful World played by the Harmony String Quartet just as we sat down for the wedding breakfast. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to have a subtle bit of magic at our wedding! Fin and the groomsmen went for slim navy-blue su its to complement our summer colour scheme, and we chose lavender grey dresses for the bridesmaids. 29 REAL WEDDINGS
For every birthday since the age of 10, my dad would write me a poem in my card which would usually describe the events of the past year. On our wedding day, my dad included a poem as part of his speech which I wasn’t expecting. I thought this was very thoughtful and something I’ll always look back on with fond memories. ROSE AND FIN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, www.whirlowbrook.co.uk | Photographer, www.ufniak.co.uk | Dress, www.blushesbridal.com Hair stylist, bridal party, www.facebook.com/hairbyrebeccalcolley | Hair stylist, bride, @turtonmelanie Make-up artist, www.instagram.com/jessicakatemakeup | Suits, www.slaters.co.uk | Cake, www.theamazingcakehouse.co.uk Flowers, www.fantaildesignerflorist.co.uk | Transport, www.dovecoteweddingcars.co.uk | Venue Styling, www.kurlybirdevents.co.uk Stationery, www.leeds.minutemanpress.co.uk | Favours, www.tildastribe.co.uk | Videography, www.liamjosephphotographyandfilm.com Sweet cart supplier, @dee_edmands_ | String Quartet, www.harmonystringquartet.co.uk | Saxophonist, www.marriedttmusic.com By night, Fin had put on a surprise and hired a saxophonist for two hours to play alongside songs from our DJ which really livened the atmosphere. We decided to have dance lessons ahead of our fir st dance. We chose Baby I’m Yours – a nod to Sheffield with the Arctic Monkey s track but we also loved the meaning of the song and the style. It really is true when they say that the moment you see your partner at the end of the aisle, any nerves will go away. The date itself had an extra special meaning too since it was also 67 years to the day that my late grandparents tied the knot. Harmony String Quartet played a range of songs during the reception, from Disney to jazz hits to classical music. ROSE’S TOP TIP! Remember to take a few moments to look who is around you and soak up their company. It’ll be one of the only times where everyone you love is in the same room and this feels really special 30
STUDIO SISTER 11 Regent street Leeds LS2 7QN Tel 01132 444847 WWW.STUDIOSISTER.CO.UK @studiosister @studiosistermakeup Wedding specialists Congratulations! May we take this opportunity of offering you our congratulations on your forthcoming celebration.Our aim is to make your wedding day, the most memorable occasion. Our experienced team will be pleased to advise you on your choice of wines, seating arrangements and all other items that have to be organised for you special day. We suggest that a visit to the hotel is an essential prerequisite for you to fully appreciate the high standards.We require that you book in advance so that we can ensure one of our dedicated team can be available to discuss your individual requirements. Originally built in 1850n the hotel is a fine example of early Victorian architecture. The building has been sympathetically extended to include 27 en-suite rooms, enhancing its original character and features. We offer special rates for yourself and any guest wishing to stay the night before your big day. All rates include a full English breakfast. The hotel can be fully exclusive if you so wish. This will have special Terms & Conditions. The hotel also offers a charming patio and landscaped gardens providing a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photographs. Heath cottage is ideally situated within three miles of the M1 and M62 motorway networks, with Dewsbury train station less than 5 minutes away. Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF12 8ET www.heathcottagehotel.co.uk email@example.com | 01924 465399 www.theamazingcakehouse.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org | 07759 898442 We love nothing more than to provide you with celebration and wedding cakes that are as unique as you are. 102 WESTWICK ROAD, GREENHILL, SHEFFIELD, S8 7BX
babe I’ve got you With hints of autumn tones throughout, Tabs and Nick went full country glamour in their exquisite wedding held at Birdsall House Images courtesy of Melissa Beattie Photography 32
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!” Nick bought the ring back in 2019 on the day that Tabs’s fiveyear-old nephew Ben was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Tabs explains, “He said to himself he wouldn’t propose until Ben was better and thanks to God, after an op to remove it and a year of chemo and radiotherapy, I got a ring but better still Ben got to ring the bell!” In September 2020, Nick got down on one knee in one of their favourite London haunts and a year later, on 18th September, 2021 they tied the knot at Birdsall House. SETTING THE SCENE “Birdsall House is just perfection!” Tabs gushes. “There are not many stately homes that have been in the same family for centuries and so steeped in history. Positioned in an unspoilt part of north Yorkshire it’s incredibly private but with so much space to play around with. Plus, owners Cara and James have created the perfect family home so it feels incredibly personal and truly relaxed.” It was also important for the couple to be married in a church and with St. Marys on the grounds of the estate it was an obvious choice. As a nod to the pair’s memories of living in London, they chose a classic white taxi to transport them from the church to the grounds. “It seemed a bit ridiculous having a car to drive me five minutes from the house to the church and back again but as we left the church the driver suggested going for a 10-minute drive to allow everyone to get back to the house and for us to catch our breath. My goodness – what an incredible drive that was. Just us as newly married husband and wife – with a glass of fizz in hand! We drove through my parents’ village and everyone at the pub was waving and cheering. Such a lovely moment!” Food was a part of the day the newlyweds wanted to be remembered. “Tom Coe at Coe Catering comes highly recommended not just from the Birdsall team but across north Yorkshire. We really wanted a dish we had in Provence as a starter which was gazpacho with basil sorbet – simple flavours but delicious! Often you go to a wedding and the food isn’t memorable but so many people have spoken about the food after saying how amazing it was. The next day I noticed that two friends even text me during the meal with a picture of their fillet steak saying how incredible it was! “We all know that after an hour or two of dancing, people get hungry so we had Knead and Feed pizza guys come and serve unlimited pizza until the early hours. It was so good I had a cold slice the next morning! “We weren’t going to do favours but then I went on gardening leave between jobs and found I had some time on my hands. Nick and I love going out for food and drinks so we created a mini Good Pub Guide – from the Three Chimneys in Skye to The Wiverton Bell in North Norfolk – we covered the breadth of the UK. Our tables were named after the pubs featured in our wedding favours and were held up by a wine cork to carry on the theme.” The table was finished off with a fantastic bowl of flowers spilling out over the table from florist, Lucy and her amazing team, along with some tall tapered candles. REAL WEDDINGS 33
We have 3 unique licensed venues that provide you with the perfect place to host your special day. Kelham Island Museum An iconic venue at the heart of the steel city. A striking Victorian building situated on manmade island over 900 years old, Kelham Island Museum is an iconic venue at the heart of the steel city. Offering magnificent backdrops against the façade of the passing River Don and with unique buildings and features reminiscent of the island’s industrial history, it combines steel city heritage with urban chic to make a truly inspiring setting for your special day. Mi i l lennium Gal lery Millennium Gallery is a landmark space that typifies this vibrant, contemporary city. It is home to the very best in art and design; a celebration of Sheffield’s rich history of innovation and craftmanship, its Metalwork Collection is one of the finest in the world. The white walls of the Gallery provide a blank canvas for the happy couple to create the wedding of their dreams with views out onto the Steel city itself. Weston Park Museum An iconic space that charts the story of Sheffield from prehistory to the present, Weston Park Museum, with its neoclassical pavilion, and stunning architecture, provides a beautiful backdrop for your big day. A romantic and eclectic collection of art and artefacts, including favourites such as Spike the woolly rhino and Joe Scarborough's iconic city panorama of Sheffield Through the Ages, make this award-winning, family-friendly museum a unique space for weddings and civil ceremonies. For more information about sharing your special day with us contact the hospitality team on; email@example.com www.sheffieldmuseums.org.uk Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY Millennium Gallery, 48 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2T Unique spaces provide the per fect places to say “ I do” Mark Tierney Photography Captured Life Photography Nathan Dainty Photography Ellie Grace Photography
LOOKING THE PART Being a lady that knows exactly what she wants, Tabs tried on one dress and one dress only. She explains, “I’ve always known what I like and what I don’t. I’m proud to say that I get that from my mum. I suppose being a bride in my mid ’30s I know myself and my body. I’m a size 16-18 and one thing I’d love to see change is the sample sizes − why should I have to squeeze myself into a size 10? Surely, they should have two sample sizes, a 10 and maybe a 16? I also bought an embellished dress from Never Fully Dressed which I changed in to for the partying teamed with a pair of Veja trainers and my classic red Nars lippy. Nothing was going to stop me from dancing all night!” When it came to the men it was a resounding answer: “Tails all day long! Men look so utterly handsome in tails and it’s so rare they get to wear them!” Nick was kitted out at Ede and Ravenscroft for his outfit, which matched the bridesmaids and had some beautiful diamond Asprey cufflinks gifted to him by his Mum for his 18th birthday. The three best men also wore tails. TIME TO CELEBRATE During the wedding reception the newlyweds had chosen Kate Lister and her partner Alex Hill (both of Foo Birds) to perform whilst the guests sipped champagne in the sunshine. “Her voice is like caramel and they sang some fantastic soul, jazz and pop songs.” Tabs continues, “Then in the evening we had Flynn and Tonics who totally got the party started, they even let me perform an impromptu version of Say You’ll Be There by the Spice Girls. Once they had finished their set they then DJ’d for us. Our first dance was I’ve got you Babe by Etta James.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “I felt incredibly relaxed and ready to get down the aisle!” Tabs remembers.“ I suppose having dated for a decade and being older, we knew what we were doing. I also naturally love being centre of attention so I suppose this was a perfect day for me! Nick was incredibly cool, calm and collected. “My Dad is a Bishop and we asked him to take the service. It made it unbelievably personal from the vows to the address, he just smashed it. Dad also took me down the aisle, which meant changing from his Father of the Bride frock coat to his cassock during the first hymn. Luckily my brother-in-law, sister and friend were doing the music so we just had to have another chorus at the end to give him time to get back from the vestry! It was a right family affair and everyone said how special it felt.” TABS’S TOP TIPS: “Keep your guests in mind – don’t let the initial drinks reception go on too long leaving people standing around and I truly believe you should go for quality over quantity even if that means inviting less people!” REAL WEDDINGS 35www.youryorkshire.wedding