Your Yorkshire Wedding - March/April 2023 (Issue 59)

FASHION, BEAUTY, HONEYMOONS, GROOMS AND MORE £3.55 MAR/APR 2023 Bdaanrcne Ultimate spaces to say ‘we do’ Accessorise with style Your finishing touches – sorted! A four night escape to Tuscany WIN! HOT OFF THE PRESS! The latest wedding news and views SNAP HAPPY Amazing Yorkshire photographers You and me Three couples share their big day journeys


REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Meet your new Editor, Claire Muffett-Reece 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around Yorkshire 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 83 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 97 COMPETITION Win a four-night break in Tuscany CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2023 VENUES 15 EAST IS EAST Take a peek at six amazing Hull and East Riding venues 21 BARN DANCE Want to wed in a barn? No problem – we’ve got you covered! On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by Ivy & Lily ( Renowned for its handmade flowergirl tutus, seen on model Georgi Heald, the brand created this gorgeous shoot to showcase its new latte-coloured design. Other suppliers involved include: Bridal dress, Jacqueline’s of Beverley (; Bridal model, Kora Ward; Hair, Flourish Hairdressing, (; Photography and studio, Eve Photography Studio ( 53 21 FEATURES 43 TRUE BLUE Touches of soft blue and white work perfectly for a winter celebration 49 AUTUMNAL AFFAIR These pictures prove how beautiful autumn can be to wed 53 SNAP HAPPY We caught up with seven Yorkshire wedding photographers 89 SUSTAINABLY STYLISH Read on to discover why West Yorkshire’s Titanic Spa wins awards 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 WORK MATES Alex got more than he bargained for on his first day at a new job: a wife! 32 SPELL BOUND A chance meeting at a Halloween ball led to happily ever after for Olga and Oliver 38 LESSON IN LOVE Rachel and Jonny knew they were meant for each other after just four months HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and ultimate honeymoon destinations 92 A GRAND AFFAIR Experience ultimate luxury combined with traditional Greek appeal at Rhodes-based Ixian Grand & All Suites 94 FLY AWAY WITH ME We’ve rounded up some of our favourite city escapes 96 SANTA NEEDS A SPA DAY The Runnymede on Thames sets the scene for a much-needed pre-Christmas break GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 87 SUITED AND BOOTED Styling advice for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 58 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 59 HEAD OVER HEELS Walk down the aisle in style this season with our hand-picked edit of the best bridal shoes and bags 61 IN LOVE WITH LACE This timeless fabric never goes out of fashion 65 FRILL SEEKERS Enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats 71 ACCESSORISE WITH STYLE These Yorkshire businesses are ready to help with the finer details 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 79 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your wedding woes 80 BAN THE BLOAT Wedding Wellness nutritionists explain how to avoid bloating on the day 58 27 92 65 32 4

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Hello from your new Editor of Your Yorkshire Wedding! The lovely Rachel has moved on to pasture’s new, but never fear – I’ve years of experience in helping you source suppliers and organise the best day of your lives; also editing our sister title, Your North East Wedding. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the features I’ve researched and compiled as much as I love putting them together. Formalities over and done with, let’s get on with the good stuff – planning your big day! If you’re as much of a sucker as I am when it comes to reading about other couple’s celebrations, turn to our three reader weddings, starting with Dani and Alex’s laidback affair on page 27. From there it’s all things grand and beautiful, courtesy of Olga and Oliver’s high society wedding (complete with British nobility!) on page 32; before a castle wedding of dreams for Rachel and Jonny on page 38. And that’s before you’ve even started to delve into our exclusive shoots, with Rise Hall and Sneaton Castle the venues of choice for these picture-perfect snaps (see pages 43 and 49 respectively). All that plus Yorkshire’s best wedding photographers (p53), regional jewellery and accessories (p71), barns and farms to wed in (p21) and much more! I hope you enjoy my first issue – see you in May! New beginnings 43 WINK WINK What a snap! There’s more to see in our exclusive shoot 71 HAIR FLAIR Finishing touches to add the wow factor ISSN 2052-0522 Your Yorkshire Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Yorkshire Wedding is published six times a year. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Claire x Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor 15 INTO THE WOODS I’m loving this shot from East Ridings’ Bunny Hill Weddings ADVERTISING Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Muffett-Reece | 01376 535 611

27 GIRL POWER We’d love to know what got bride Dani giggling! 79 LADY IN RED Auburn girls show us how it’s done! 97 WIN! A four night break in gorgeous Tuscany 53 SAY CHEESE It’s never been easier to find your dream photographer EDITOR’S LETTER 7 83 WEDDING SOS You ask – and we will always deliver!

All the latest from around Yorkshire SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED Couples planning a small wedding can still enjoy their special day on a grand scale thanks to new wedding packages launched by Carlton Towers. The Gothic revival-style stately home in North Yorkshire is offering an Intimate Celebration for a minimum of 30 guests, and a Candlelit Celebration for a minimum of 60 guests. Included in the per person price is a welcome drink, three-course meal, half a bottle of wine per guest and glass of sparkling wine for toasts. The services of a dedicated wedding planner, table linen, use of a silver cake stand and knife, plus a gold mirror and easel to display the table plan, are also included. The Intimate Celebration costs £195 per person and is available now on a Monday to Thursday, while the Candlelit Celebration costs £130 per person and is available Sunday to Thursday between September 2023 and March 2024. Terms and conditions apply, visit for more information. ALL HAIL THE ALE! Want to thank a member of your wedding party for all their help throughout the run-up to your big day? We’ve a Yorkshire business for that! Say hello to Masham’s Black Sheep Brewery, who’ve been busy brewing proper beers independently since 1992. They’ve a great line-up of gift packs to order online, perfect for fathers of the bride or groom, best men or ushers (or bridesmaids; our Editor Claire loves a pint of the good stuff!). We’ve got our eyes on The Deluxe Cheeseboard on their site right now. Priced at £84.95, it includes a whole host of Wensleydale cheeses and biscuits, along with pickle, ales and a branded cheese board and knife set. We’ll drink (and chomp on lots of cheese) to that! Be sure to visit their website for info. NEWS Nearlywed GIN’S THE TONIC! Masons of Yorkshire is celebrating 10 years in the business, and its state-of the-art distillery in beautiful Bedale is the perfect place for a party if you and your besties are gin lovers! Start the festivities going with a welcome cocktail on arrival, then be guided through the magic of mixology. Learn the art of distilling, develop your senses with a guided tasting with the in-house mixologist, and enjoy a magical, sophisticated cocktail evening in the lush surroundings of the Masons of Yorkshire bar. The package includes a delicious charcuterie board, packed with fresh, locallysourced ingredients. All dietary requirements are catered for – just organise this in advance with the helpful and passionate team. Bespoke evenings are Masons’ speciality, with this costing from £45pp and lasting around 3.5 hours. For more information and to book, call 01677 426467, email or visit for more info. 8

SING A SONG Great music is high on the hit list for any engaged couple when planning their wedding, so make sure your guests are well entertained by considering Leon Marshall to sing and play. “As a singing guitarist I provide live music from the intimacy of the ceremony, during reception drinks and your wedding breakfast, before getting the party started for the evening reception. I have a repertoire of around 300 songs ranging from rock ’n’ roll through to popular songs today. I give my couples the option of choosing songs that I’ll play from my list if they’d like, and if there’s something that’s not on the list I’ll certainly have a go at learning it! My packages start from £250 for the ceremony on its own, to £1,450 for the whole day – but for the full day you’ll get ceremony music, two 45 minutes sets during the drinks reception, two 45 minute sets during the wedding breakfast, four 45 minute sets during the evening, and a playlist of background music for between the sets.” Visit for more info. HAPPY SNAPPER If you’re still searching for a wedding photographer, consider Richmond’s Katrina & Her Camera, who covers North Yorkshire, the North East and beyond. “I’ve been a hobbyist photographer for the past five years and since having children decided to turn my passion into a career,” says Katrina. “I was asked to second shoot some weddings with another photographer last year and got the bug – and am now available to shoot your own special day. I’m keeping it simple with my introductory prices, starting with The Full Thing – £,1000 for eight hours of coverage, along with around 400+ digital images and a complimentary pre-wedding shoot. I’ve also a Short & Sweet package available, which is £550 for four hours and includes around 200+ digital images.” Also offering a flexible rate for those looking for something a bit less formal, Katrina is currently running a special offer for 2023 weddings of just £850 for The Full Thing package. Get in there quick by heading to for more info. WINTER’S COMING Love the thought of a winter celebration? We recommend you pay a visit to East Yorkshire’s Saltmarshe Hall, a historic 19th century stately home set in 17 acres of stunning countryside. They’re currently running a Winter Wedding Exclusive 2023 package for couples looking to tie the knot between October 2023 to March 2024. Priced at £8,600 based on 50 people all day, it includes exclusive hire, winter Pimm’s or Bucks Fizz, seasonal canapés, two-course wedding breakfast accompanied by a glass of wine per person, glass of Prosecco for toasts, a hot sandwich for the evening, and a night in the honeymoon suite with breakfast the following morning. They’ll even add in table linen and napkins, a cake knife and stand, Master of Ceremonies, neutral limewash chairs, silver cutlery, crockery and glass wear – and six centre pieces from All Occasions Florists! Visit to find out more. 9 LOCAL NEWS



for an intimate wedding The perfect base... We love to create truly memorable wedding days. From the moment you arrive to the time you leave as a newly married couple, we’re devoted to making your special day everything you want it to be. For that intimate wedding experience, we have the Organ Factory - a truly stunning, intimate room with original stained glass windows and seats up to 24 maximum.We can accommodate weddings for up to 40 guests in our Sun Lounge, Conservatory and Sawmill Suite. Skeldergate,York YO1 6DU | 01904 611570 | | For more information contact our wedding specialist Becky on 01904 611570 or We have three packages to choose from ranging from our Classic, where all the small details have been covered, through to Fairytale which is all you could have dreamed of and more. We focus on the smaller, more intimate weddings, and bespoke packages are available for smaller numbers. Proclaim your love for each other in our sanctuary of 17th century buildings. Our packages A complimentary upgrade to one of our cottages for the night of your wedding if you book before May 2023. Quote ‘LadyAnne’ to redeem.

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURYORKSHIRE.WEDDING READER OFFER! 20% OFF MARGARET DABBS LONDON PRODUCTS Margaret Dabbs London is renowned for luxury foot-care products to give you that ‘walking on air’ feeling; perfect for anyone getting themselves in top condition for their big day. Head to Harrogate’s Montpellier Parade for your nearest Margaret Dabbs London clinic, where you’ll see the brand’s range of expertly-crafted treatments and products, all of which give them the benchmark in the luxury foot and hand-care market. Here you can also experience their world-famous Medical Pedicure: performed by a HCPC-registered Podiatrist, think of it as a complete foot health overhaul, including a comprehensive consultation, diagnosis and treatment. Margaret Dabbs London is offering Your Yorkshire Wedding readers 20% off all products in their Harrogate clinic as well as online. Valid until 30 April, 2023. Excluding on-sale items, bundles and gift cards, simply use the code YORKSHIRE20 when checking out to enjoy money off. Terms and conditions apply; please see for more information. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BRIDAL SHOES The hunt for the perfect bridal shoe ends here with the chance to win the ultimate pair for your special day from Steve Madden. The shimmering Bridal Collection is not only amazing for brides but bridesmaids too, ensuring a picture-perfect look on the big day. For everyone who loves to shine you can choose from rose gold, silver, nude and white with finishes that include satin, rhinestone, leather and clear materials. If the shoe fits… be your own Cinderella! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a pair of bridal shoes to the value of £150 from For your chance to win enter online via our website Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13 Steeped in historic charm and beauty, Grade 1 listed Camblesforth Hall and Grange 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. Your Dream Wedding Awaits

EAST is Take a peek at six amazing Hull and East Riding venues CAVE CASTLE HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB 01430 422245 | Surrounded by 150 acres of meadowland, Cave Castle Hotel is situated at the edge of the Wolds, boasting its own private lake and wishing well. Sympathetically styled to honour its routes as a stately home, the venue boasts intricately decorated ceilings and shimmering chandeliers, while still blending the modern elegance of neutral tones with statement pieces. The grand staircase and glass dome ceiling are a focal point, while some suites boast original fireplaces and stone walls. With its own bar, the Balmoral Suite has access to the terrace and can accommodate 100 for a wedding breakfast and 150 for a reception. Alternatively, the Sandringham Suite seats 200 for a ceremony, 150 for a formal dinner and 200 for a buffet-style function. There’s also the option for smaller celebrations in the Queens Room (20 ceremony guests) or the Kings Room (18 for a reception). EAST RISE HALL 0345 450 4545 | Rise Hall is Yorkshire’s largest privately-owned Grade II stately country house offering exclusivity just a short distance from Beverley. With 30 acres of lawns and woodland, there are ample locations for you to get the perfect wedding shots, while inside you’ll discover interiors designed with wedding couples in mind – think original features, inviting places to relax, and an Orangery Ballroom dressed in fairy lights. The Morning Room and Drawing Room can be combined for your ceremony to seat up to 120; or instead choose the Morning Room alone for 80. Receptions for up to 180 (250 for your evening affair) take place in the Orangery Ballroom, a light-filled space with five sets of patio doors leading out to the terrace. There’s also a honeymoon suite, 31 individually-styled bedrooms, a fire pit and even the venue’s very own traditional Yorkshire pub! 15 LOCAL VENUES

BARFF HOUSE COUNTRY WEDDINGS 07944 944822 | Set in the heart of East Yorkshire, Barff House is surrounded by open fields and woodland. Its traditional oak-beamed barn sits alongside the flower gardens and is adjacent to the Georgian farmhouse. With atmospheric lighting, rustic ceremony arch and interesting beams and brickwork, it’s a romantic setting for ceremonies. Make your way past the decorated swing into the woodland and you’ll find an enchanting area with twinkling tree lights, straw bale seating, shepherds’ crooks and glowing fire bowl. Choose to wed inside in the barn, or outside in the garden, both of which have the capacity for 100 seated guests. Afterwards, host your reception in the barn or in a beautifully-furnished marquee. The venue even boasts luxury accommodation in its converted cart shed, sleeping six, or shepherd’s hut, sleeping two. BUNNY HILL WEDDINGS 01430 846022 | Bunny Hill is a modern barn situated in the East Yorkshire countryside and brimming with sophisticated décor, mezzanine lounge bar, vaulted ceilings and incredible views. Throughout the double-fronted building you’ll find the reception barn area, powder rooms and dedicated catering space. There are also grounds of around 12 acres offering manicured lawns, shady woodland, children’s play area and walled courtyards. All that and a 70-metre zip line! Say your vows in the Garden Room (160 guests), with bifold doors and large windows allowing for woodland views; or outside under the wisteria-draped arbour with 200 guests seated on the lawn or under the stretch tent. Enjoy your first meal as newlyweds with up to 200, before partying the night away in the Main Barn (349 guests). You can even stay in the onsite luxury self-catering accommodation for 24 guests; a collection of converted former stables and outbuildings. 16

THE GRAND LODGE AT OAKLANDS 07809 134138 | The Grand Lodge at Oaklands sits within 200 acres of woodland, beside a picturesque lake, in the heart of East Yorkshire. Inside, the décor is a mix of rustic charm with luxury elements, stylish lighting and jewel colours on the mezzanine floor. Outside, its aesthetically pleasing designs, using locally-sourced materials such as the timber cladding, allows The Grand Lodge to blend in delightfully with its natural surroundings. The Pavilion is an outdoor ceremony area to say your vows in front of 200, which benefits from views over the lake. Or there’s the Lakeside Lodge, an indoor ceremony area that’s separate from The Grand Lodge – plus it’s a great backup if you chose the outdoor ceremony area, but the weather decided otherwise! Receptions then take place in The Grand Lodge itself, a great space that can seat 200 for your wedding breakfast, and 300 for your party. THE DEEP 01482 382838 | Situated along the Humber Estuary and close to Hull city centre, The Deep offers spectacular views and is the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. Set amongst beautiful aquatic displays, it provides stunning spots within the attraction for ceremonies for up to 100. These include alongside the sharks and turtles in the Endless Oceans exhibits; among the jellyfish in Cool Seas; next to the fun-loving penguins in the Kingdom of Ice; or in the observatory overlooking the Humber Estuary. Wherever you choose to say, ‘we do’, when it comes to your reception every wedding is treated as bespoke, with several areas available depending on the time of day and your number of guests (200 maximum). Whatever you choose, it’s important to the venue that your wedding is everything you want it to be, with a host of complimentary extras that can also be provided, from fish bowls to glass vases, artificial flowers to table sprinkles, and candles to table plan stand. 17 LOCAL VENUES


WWW.ESCRICK.COM | 01904 728252 | ENQUIRIES@ESCRICK.COM Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, York, YO19 6EA OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUE Photography by Dominic Lemoine Situated within the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, High Trenhouse is fully licensed for both indoor and outdoor weddings for up to 50 people, with accommodation for 10 of your party. Full catering is provided and a wedding coordinator is on-site to help make your ceremony special. Surrounded by 3.25 acres of greenery, winding woodland paths, ponds, livestock and wildlife, this timeless, rustic farmhouse venue is perfect for any intimate fairytale wedding. 0333 112 2747 | | |

Barn Dance Want to wed in a barn? No problem – we’ve got you covered! BARMBYFIELD BARNS 07771 562539 | Based just outside Barmby Moor, Barmbyfields is a collection of rural barns, renovated to retain their rustic charm of old exposed beams and brickwork. There’s many different rooms to utilise, consisting of the main barn, ceremony room, bar area, entrance and upstairs granary; a place where people go to relax. There’s also an outdoor barn, popular in both summer and winter, while the grounds provide many photo opps, from the signature rope swing to a grass paddock; ideal for garden games. Marry in the old brick barn ceremony room, which hold up to 120 and features candles and flowers hanging off open beams. From there it’s on to the main barn – with a capacity of 220 it boasts fairy lights in the roof and around the walls, with the team at Barmbyfield providing two different types of tables and chairs in rustic or white styles. WOLD VIEW FARM 01377 267188 | Located on the Yorkshire Wolds, this venue’s renovated barn features exposed brickwork and timber, with many features upcycled from the farm, such as the main light in the ceremony room – handmade from a 100+ year old oak gatepost! Outside of the main barn is an acre of paddock, surrounded by wildflowers and woodland, while there’s also an open fronted barn that houses an outside bar area and seating area. A dedicated ceremony room, clad with timber and with views of the woodland, is licenced to hold 120 guests – but the venue is also licenced to hold weddings in any part of the building and outside in the paddock or outside barn. Receptions usually take place in the large wedding breakfast room (120 for the breakfast and 150 for a reception), with friends and family spending their time in the bar area, outside, on the mezzanine or in the wedding breakfast room. 21 THEMED VENUES

THE NORMANS 07580 900 933 | The Normans is set in the North Yorkshire countryside, with much of the exterior aesthetics attributed to the 18th century working farm on which the venue is set. Comprising several distinct indoor areas, The Ceremony Barn boasts exposed brickwork and cascading fairy lights; while The Grain Shed has been transformed into the ultimate party space. Though the cows have long gone, the Cow Stalls still retains much of its original charm since being put to a more stylish purpose: a ‘snug’ where guests can take time out from frivolities to chat and relax. The Normans is fully licensed to hold civil partnerships and marriage ceremonies in The Ceremony Barn for up to 120, while weather permitting, drinks receptions are held in the south-facing courtyard, complete with water fountain, extensive seating and easy access to indoor areas The Cow Stalls, Tack Room and The Stables Bar – in case the weather turns and guests need to take cover! THE GAMEKEEPER’S INN 01756 752434 | Situated in the beautiful grounds of Long Ashes Park in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Gamekeeper’s Inn is surrounded by rugged scenery, outstanding walks and quaint villages. Providing a contemporary and feature-packed setting for your day, the conservatory provides a relaxed dining destination serving tasty local produce, while the bar area is an informal space with glowing log fire and cosy nooks and crannies, perfect for pre-wedding get-togethers. Built in the 19th century and formally the estates Gamekeeper’s cottage, the building still retains its quaint traditional look. Ceremonies and receptions are held in the award-winning Netherside Suite for up to 120; an idyllic setting featuring natural oak beams and large windows. What’s more, should you book all of The Gamekeeper’s Inn accommodation for guests, they’ll give you a complimentary stay in the honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding. 22

AUSTFIELD FARM, AUSTFIELD LANE, HILLAM, NORTH YORKSHIRE, LS25 5NQ We have hosted some fabulous weddings here in our rustic barns, each with their own individual style from festival style, boho, traditional, rustic, each one different relaxed & lots of fun. THE DIARY IS FILLING UP FAST FOR 2023 - WE ARE ALSO TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2024 | Charlotte 07818 415320 | Jason 07857 131412 | | We have three barns with space to seat 180 through the day and can have up to 300 at night as well & the courtyard & paddock. Your special day will feel unique,rustic and relaxed in a countryside setting on our family farm. We also hold a licence for you to be married here. You can either have your ceremony inside or outside weather dependant. LiquidCatering run our fully stocked bar and have a wide range street food available or you can choose your caterers, we can recommend all sorts of super local businesses to make your day special. Get in touch with Charlotte to arrange an appointment to have a look round or if you have any questions our friendly team will be happy to help. A Wild and Wonderful Wedding Day This outstanding multi-award winning venue delivers unforgettable memories and with an experienced team of event specialists, you can rest assured that every detail of your special day will be meticulously planned and taken care of. Contact us now for a truly unforgettable wedding experience email: visit our website: www.yorkshirewildlifepark.comor call: 01302 535057 ext 76 ▪ Wedding packages feature a civil ceremony for up to 120 guests in our Outlook Suite ▪ Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and canapés on the African themed Tsavo lodge lawn ▪ Make your day extra special with our meet the animal experience. Who wouldn’t want a group of Lemurs as part of their bridal party? ▪ Access for guests to explore the whole Park ▪ Wedding Reception Packages in the beautiful setting of African themed Tsavo lodge for up to 160 guests ▪ Superb offering including high quality catering, dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator, resident DJ and Photo booth Zoo & Safari Weddings at Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one truly unique way to tie the knot! Yorkshire Wildlife Park - Hurst Lane, Doncaster DN9 3HQ

Set just outside the village of Barmby Moor, near York, Barmbyfields is a collection of rural barns, tastefully renovated to retain their rustic charm. | | Barmbyfieldbarns | Barmbyfield Barns Our venue is unique, offering a refreshing alternative to the conventional venue, adding something different for your special event! A unique opportunity to create your very own original and truly memorable celebration. We do a 3 day hire on our barns so you have the barns two day before your event and then the event day. OUR BARNS CONSIST OF: • Ceremony Barn - seating up to 120 guests • Main Barn - seating up to 220 guests • Bar - fully stocked and staffed for your event • Granary - an upstairs snug area • Outside Barn - sheltered space in case the weather is typically ‘British!’ • Grass Paddock - suitable for outdoor games and great for group photographs • Service Areas - toilets/ baby changing and kitchen space • Accommodation - 5 bedroom farmhouse (sleeps 10) Take a deep breath, we are here to help! Situated on the edge of Scarborough, Stepney Hill Farm is fully licensed for both indoor and outdoor weddings. There is no place more magical than our rustic barn. It is open and inclusive which means no interrupting room changes, as it has been carefully arranged to create fluidity to your day & evening. Our Barn is a blank canvas which gives you the flexibility to create the wedding of your dreams. Call us on 01723 373443 When working with our wedding planner, you can personalise your package to include every detail you have dreamt about. Do not hesitate if you have something in mind, we will do everything possible to grant your wishes. Get in touch and arrange a viewing, it really is the best way to get a feel for our venue. We love to hear what you are wanting from your wedding day so we can transform your dreams and help make them a reality. At Stepney Hill Farm Photography by @chicweddingphotography

HIGH TRENHOUSE 0333 112 2747 | High Trenhouse is set in three acres of land, with the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales as its backdrop. Here you’ll find woodland glades, wildflowers, ponds, and water features; the perfect setting for adding a marquee or alter for an outdoor celebration. With a licence for outdoor weddings, as well as indoor, the choice is yours. Rustic and full of charm, High Trenhouse offers two ceremony rooms as well as comfortable overnight accommodation – along with two bars, dining area and farmhouse kitchen. As well as being able to wed outside in front of 50, the Littondale Suite provides a wonderful space for smaller weddings of up to 50, while the Malhamdale Suite (also 50 capacity) is situated in a separate building to the main house and has wooden beams and lots of natural light. Afterwards, feast on a fully catered three-course meal in the dining room, while also enjoying drinks on the veranda. BERT’S BARROW 07818 415 320 | Bert’s Barrow is a family farm and the buildings haven’t changed from when it first grew corn and potatoes! Set in 50 acres on the outskirts of Hillam village, the barns stand proudly and boast original features inside and out. The courtyard and paddock are a sun trap perfect for your ceremony or lawn games, or a space to enjoy privately as newlyweds to catch the sun setting. For the wedding day, there are three barns full of character that can accommodate an intimate 30 guests or larger party of 350 people. Their rustic aesthetic can be complemented with bunting, festoons, fairylights, benches and barrels, ready to dress however you want. The ‘I dos’ can take place al fresco in the paddock where you can arrive by horse, tractor and trailer or helicopter, in front of 500 guests. The Corn Store can seat 180, and has a fabulous fairylight backdrop, while the Bunting Barn can seat 140 and the Horsebox Barn 80. Post-vows, the beauty of Bert’s is its bespoke offering, as you can have your reception in any of the barns to simultaneously move between them for the wow factor. They can accommodate up to 350 guests. When tying the knot here, the exclusive-use policy also allows you to come in before your wedding and have the day as you want it, with the help of the owner to coordinate your incredible day. 25 THEMED VENUES

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Work Mates Alex got more than he bargained for on his first day at a new job: a wife! Images courtesy of Amy Jordison Photography Dani met Alex met when he started at the same company she worked at. “It was his first day and I happened to be covering reception for the morning,” says the bride. “Alex’s manager left him waiting in reception for a while, so we ended up chatting – and got on from that very first meeting.” Alex popped the question four years later, under the stars at the Grand Canyon. “That’s what we tell people, at least!” laughs Dani. “I’d been excited about it being an amazing stargazing location, but after we’d driven out and found a place to park, we looked up to see nothing but clouds! After 15 minutes, a small clearing revealed about six stars, which is when Alex seized the moment and proposed. I had my suspicions he might ask me during the trip, but it was a wonderful surprise at that moment.” The couple set the date of 23rd April, 2022, marrying at Hornington Manor. Here, Dani tells us more about their big day… 27 REAL WEDDINGS

We both decided to write our own vows, and are so glad we did. They were only short but added a personal touch to our ceremony that we’ll remember forever. I found my Stella York wedding dress at Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. The staff were amazing, helping me choose a structured Matte Mikado ballgown with lace overlay on the bodice. The table centrepieces were either ruscus trees or floating candles in longstemmed glass vases, sat on wooden log slices surrounded by greenery. It was a magical sight to see when we walked into our wedding breakfast. We were both nervous on the morning of the wedding, so agreed to do a ‘first look’ at each other just before the main ceremony. It really took a bit of the pressure off. We wanted our wedding to be timeless and beautiful, but also laidback, and Hornington Manor was perfect. It even has 19 bedrooms which we were able to book out for the entire weekend. My dad made a wooden wedding arch from scratch for our ceremony, which my mum adorned with copious amounts of greenery and flowers. It was stunning! 28

Our chocolate, lemon and Victoria sponge wedding cake was made by Iced Yorkshire, choosing a simple design of white milk wash icing, greenery for decoration and a sparkly gold cake topper. Alex and I are really into gigs, so knew we wanted a live band – and The Bees Knees were amazing! Alex is a drummer and asked to join the band for a couple of songs, which they happily agreed to, even rehearsing together a few weeks before the wedding. We hired out a wedding-themed crazy golf course, which our guests loved. There was a lot of healthy competition going on during the afternoon, especially after a couple of drinks! We booked professionally trained West End singers and musicians as singing waiters, who served canapés and drinks before breaking into song during dessert. Everyone was gobsmacked, and they even got our family and friends involved in their set! Alex wore a grey suit, opting for tails and ivory waistcoat to stand out from the groomsmen. The guys teamed this with sage ties and pocket squares, plus fresh ivory rose and greenery buttonholes. My bridesmaids wore maxi-length, sleeveless sage dresses. As they were different ages and heights, I wanted to make sure they were happy with what they wore, so gave them a choice of designs. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

So many guests told us it was the best wedding they’d ever been to! Our main objective when planning was for everyone to have an incredible time, so we couldn’t have asked for more. DANI & ALEX’S CONTACTS Photography, Amy Jordison Photography | Venue, Hornington Manor | Bridal boutique, Ava Rose Hamilton | Bridal jacket, Thimbelina | Hair and make-up, Alison Martin Hair & Makeup | Suits, Moss Hire | Cake, Iced Yorkshire | Flowers and charger plates, Shindig Event Styling | Signs, The Friendly Paper Co | Catering, The Hog & Apple Food Co | Venue styling, Limelight Wedding Emporium | Mini golf, Ace Party | Singing waiters, The Singing Waiters | Band, The Bees Knees Alex’s 87-year-old Gran was on the dancefloor all night, dancing with every family member and friend she could find – including Alex’s group of friends who were 50 years her junior! 30

Spell A chance meeting at a Halloween ball led to happily ever after for Olga and Oliver Images courtesy of Charlotte Hedgecock Photography BOUND 32

Ukrainian-born Olga met Oliver at a Halloween ball at private London members’ club, Annabel’s. “Oliver was dressed as Dracula and spotted me on the dancefloor,” says the bride. “He thinks he acted suave trying to catch my attention, but he looked like a gazelle caught in the headlights, with his mouth wide open! I joined him for a drink at the bar, and we spent the rest of the night chatting, meeting for lunch and a walk around Hyde Park the next day. Our relationship progressed from there, which wasn’t easy at first, seeing as I lived in London – and Oliver lived in North Yorkshire!” Oliver proposed to Olga during the height of Covid, with the couple moving in together the day before lockdown to prevent them being 250 miles apart. “On Christmas Eve, after a few presents under the tree as a decoy – his way of indicating no engagement ring was coming! – Oliver suggested we walk around Castle Howard’s grounds. Distracting me by saying my shoe was dirty, I turned to check – and Oliver swiftly got down on one knee with a diamond ring in hand!” The couple set the date for the 3rd September, 2022, choosing Ripon Cathedral for their service, followed by a reception at Grantley Hall. Here, Olga tells us more about their amazing day… WORSHIP ME Olga and Oliver were lucky enough to have their marriage conducted at Ripon Cathedral, which was built in 672. “I run the charity EmbraceMe Foundation (, which provides humanitarian support for Ukraine and its refugees,” says Olga. “Due to the charity raising significant funds at the Ripon International Festival at Ripon Cathedral a few months prior, we were granted permission to have our ceremony there. It was a princess-style wedding every girl dreams of, with my mother walking me down the aisle, escorted by my four bridesmaids. The service was held by the Dean of Ripon John Dobson, who delivered the most magical service, which was grand and personal at the same time.” When it came to their reception, Olga and Oliver fell in love with Grantley Hall. “Luxurious and award-winning, it was everything we could have asked for,” said the bride. “A beautiful setting for an elegant wedding celebration, it offered a unique blend of rich history and modern luxury.” GOING GREEN The couple opted for green and ivory cream for their theme, alongside many personal touches. “To us, these colours are a classic combination of aristocracy,” continues Olga. “We carried this throughout our day, with tall flower displays at the cathedral high altar, and a 25 metre wisteria hanging garland, which my mum and I made, for our reception. Hung on a ceiling ring where 33 REAL WEDDINGS

our wedding breakfast was held, monitors were carefully attached to the ring, streaming tailor-made videos from the moment we met until the days before our wedding.” When it came to the seating plan, Olga and Oliver were keen to name each table after a place important to them. “The head table was Happily Ever After,” says the bride. “We also chose Basil’s and Tortuga, among others, named after Oliver’s favourite bar and villa on Mustique Island, St Vincent and The Grenadines. Choosing where guests sat took some planning by Oliver, taking into consideration friends’ and families’ interests, politics and preferences.” DRESS TO IMPRESS No expense was spared when it came to the bride’s dress. “My bespoke gown was created by an award-winning designer from Ukraine, and took over a year to make,” says Olga. “It was befitting for our high society wedding, with guests including British nobility, the UK’s most prominent business leaders and high net worth individuals from overseas. The ivory satin bodice was inspired by Grace Kelly’s royal wedding dress, featuring embroidery with floral motifs cut from hand-made lace, appliquéd onto silk tulle. Thirty eight crystals were used instead of buttons, while the top of the dress was covered with thousands of crystal beads. I finished my look with a bridal train that was just shy of three metres, and a five metre veil with yet more crystal beading.” The groom also looked the part, with a tailored navy-blue morning suit with grey trousers, vest and mustard tie. “His groomsmen wore traditional tails, while my bridesmaids were dressed in sage floor-length gowns, also designed by a Ukrainian award-winning designer,” continues the bride. LET’S EAT Paying attention to their guests’ every need was also important to Olga and Oliver. “We started with drinks at Grantley Hall’s Après at The Orchard, before enjoying a four-course Michelin-star wedding breakfast,” says the bride. “Later, we cut our cake – a five-storey salted caramel creation. Decorated with pearls and white edible ‘lace’, it featured fresh foliage, hydrangea and white country roses on the perimeter circle of each tier. But the food and drink didn’t stop there, with a free bar, drinks, canapés and late-night sandwiches served throughout the evening.” The groom was a professional DJ in his twenties, meaning it was down to Oliver to organise the music. “Oliver’s always known what tunes to play to get everyone dancing,” says Olga. “He therefore pre-mixed records for the reception, wedding breakfast and first dance – Van Morrison’s Someone Like You, the favourite song of his late father, who passed away in 2021. A private DJ then entertained our guests for a few hours, before we partied until 2am at Grantley Hall’s very own nightclub, Valeria’s.” 35 REAL WEDDINGS

ROLL CREDITS Photography, Charlotte Hedgecock Photography | Ceremony venue, Ripon Cathedral | Choir hire, Hire Row Music Events | Reception venue, Grantley Hall | Olga’s hair, Sarah Pugh Hair | Olga’s jewellery and accessories, Ogden Harrogate | Suits, Rhodes Wood | Cake, The Paradise Cake Company | Flowers, Bud Floral Designs Want to see more of Olga and Oliver’s big day? They’ve a website dedicated to their wedding, which can be viewed here: OLGA’S TOP TIP “The time runs triple-fast on your wedding day, so enjoy it while it lasts!” 36

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LESSONS in love Rachel and Jonny knew they were meant for each other after just four months Images courtesy of Matt Godman Wedding Photography Rachel and Jonny met while the bride was studying for a Master’s in Archaeology at the University of York. “Jonny lived close by in Beverley, and we initially started talking about how much we love the countryside – and how much we love dogs!” says Rachel. “We met at the weekends, and on our third date Jonny took me for drinks to celebrate having submitted my dissertation that morning.” As the relationship progressed, the couple spoke more about spending their future together. “This meant we came to an understanding that we were going to get married before anyone proposed!” continues the bride. “After dating for less than four months, we started talking about engagement rings, and I asked my dad if I might have my great grandmother’s, which he’d put away. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it fitted down to my size, so I chose my own antique engagement ring, keeping our wedding bands as a surprise gift to exchange on the day.” The couple chose the 28th May, 2022 for their celebration, marrying at Bolton Castle. Here, Rachel tells us more about their wedding… 38

We wanted a venue not too far from Jonny’s family in East Yorkshire, and were stunned when we saw Bolton Castle. The fact they could host the ceremony and reception as well sealed the deal! We opted for large sharing platters for the wedding breakfast, as we loved the idea of long banqueting tables in the main hall. Bolton Castle even had decorative ‘thrones’ for us to sit on! Jonny’s mum Jane made our cake – and it was delicious! The top tier was lemon with curd, the middle chocolate with ganache, and the bottom fruit with marzipan. I asked our florist to put together whatever she thought best, with an emphasis on greenery and flowers that were local and in season. I knew I wanted a dress with a high neckline and long sleeves, but couldn’t find many to choose from. In the end I found my vintage Laura Ashley dress on Etsy – and it fitted perfectly! Over the course of the year preceding the wedding, Jonny’s mum also collected flower petals to dry and make into confetti. As well as sharing platters for the main meal, our guests were served canapés with their reception drinks. We also had a dessert table as well as the wedding cake, opting for a pie and cheese buffet for our evening food. REAL WEDDINGS 39

Jonny wore a beige Hugo Boss suit with green tweed waistcoat and pink Hermés tie. The colours complemented the greens and pinks of the flowers, plus the castle’s stonework, perfectly. We have to commend Dave and Susie, who work at the castle and function as Masters of Ceremony. Nothing was too much – Dave even hosted archery for the guests to try in the courtyard. One of the highlights of the day – besides getting married! – were the musicians we hired to play instrumental medieval music. We had each other’s wedding bands engraved with a surprise message. Standing in the courtyard directly after the ceremony, we finally read the messages we’d be wearing for the rest of our lives. On the day of the wedding our cat, Sausage, went missing! Our house sitter messaged before the ceremony to say he’d been found, so my smile during our vows might have looked a bit like relief! I loved not having much structure in the day, managing to avoid running around trying to find people for photos, or trying to corral people into different situations. 40