Your Yorkshire Wedding - July/August 2023 (Issue 61)

£3.55 JUL/AUG 2023 GREAT YORKSHIRE CAKE OFF Beautiful wedding bakes The Perfect CANVAS Wed in an incredible tent or tipi EXCLUSIVE LOOKS! Wedding inspo you won’t want to miss VENUE STYLE GUIDE Tips from the best in the business Ftheeellove Three couples share their celebrations

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Hello from your Editor, Claire Muffett-Reece 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around Yorkshire 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 63 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 97 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2023 VENUES 15 SENSATIONAL SHEFFIELD Venues in and around the area with the real wow factor 21 OUTDOOR CELEBRATIONS These tipis, tents and outside spaces are ideal for hosting the best day ever On the cover This issue’s cover was shot by Hannah Brooke Photography ( Taken on location at Bunny Hill Weddings (, it’s part of an exclusive shoot which you can read about on page 45. 57 21 FEATURES 45 MAGIC MOMENTS This shoot shows how weddings can be just as spectacular during autumn and winter 49 STYLE GUIDE These Yorkshire venue stylists will make your wedding look spectacular! 53 SPRING SENSATION Exclusive looks from a talented team of Yorkshire wedding suppliers 57 THE GREAT YORKSHIRE CAKE OFF After a wedding bake to impress your guests? You’ve come to the right place! 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 SCHOOLGIRL CRUSH Laura fell for Oli the minute she saw him in secondary school 32 HAPPY EVER AFTER Ruth and Will celebrated with friends, family, food – and plenty of fun 39 BEST FRIENDS FOREVER Sadie and Joshua’s friendship soon blossomed in to something more HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Experience five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 94 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 96 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 87 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 88 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 67 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 69 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 75 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 80 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your wedding woes 82 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 78 27 92 69 85 32 4

Summer’s here at last, and for many that means tying the knot; glass of bubbles or Pimm’s in hand while enjoying the heat (which, to be fair, we need to take advantage of!). However, what I truly love about Yorkshire is that weddings are stunning regardless of the time of year. Autumn brings with it a red and amber hue, with falling leaves and a crispness to the air; winter offers a taste of magic, thanks to incredible scenery and venues dusted in snow; and spring is yet another amazing time of year to say ‘we do’, with snowdrops and crocuses blanketing the grounds. I know you don’t need convincing, but just in case be sure to turn to our two exclusive shoots that celebrate marrying in the spring (p53), or autumn and winter (p45). Elsewhere, I’ve plenty more inspo to gear you up for the best day of your lives. Venue-wise, check out where to wed in Sheffield and close by (p15); or embrace the outdoors by committing to one another under a tent or tipi (p21). I’ve also been busy catching up with Yorkshire’s best cake-makers (p57) and venue stylists (p49); as well as chatting to three couples all about their amazing celebrations (p27, 32 and 39). Then there’s all the prizes I have on offer, from a bridal boudoir photoshoot (p9) and Titanic Spa stay (p13), to an incredible four-night trip to Thailand (p97)! See you in September… Summer Lovin’ 57 LET THEM EAT CAKE! Be prepared to salivate looking at these Yorkshire creations! 63 PARTY TIME Photobooth advice and more over on our Q&A page 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 97 WIN An amazing holiday to Thailand! 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

39 MY GIRL Sadie’s dad was overcome with emotion seeing his daughter in her stunning gown 32 SOME BUNNY LOVES YOU We’re not sure groom Will was keen on the bunny ears for this group shot! 21 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Fancy a festival-style wedding? No problem! 27 IN LOVING MEMORY Laura made sure her late father was with her when she married Oli EDITOR’S LETTER 7 13 THE SPA’S THE STAR Enter our competition for an overnight experience to remember

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around Yorkshire BOBBY ON THE BEAT Looking for the latest bridal jewellery and accessories made in Yorkshire? Say hello to The Bobby Pin’s 2023 bridal range, including angel influences, ethereal pieces and statement earrings. Included in the line-up are two stunning headbands – big in bridal news right now – as well as some new jewellery designs. Your Yorkshire Wedding loves the coordinating hairpin and earring sets, Neve and Nina, ideal for brides wanting to twin with their flowergirl. “These latest 2023 designs are a fluid continuation of our elegant and modern bridal accessories; beautifully infused with some of the biggest trends in bridal for finishing touches with infinite style,” says owner Lisa Steane. For info visit NEW BRIDAL STORE! In Love Club is proud to announce the opening of its modern contemporary bridal shop in Otley. Offering a unique and personalised approach to finding the perfect dress, choose from iconic British bridal designers Charlie Brear, Bon Bride and Nikeen Asar; all made in the UK using the highest quality fabrics and the coolest designs. “We’re thrilled to have opened our doors in Otley,” says founder Helen Hargraves. “Our collection of contemporary wedding dresses is carefully curated to cater to every bride’s individual style, and we’re committed to making sure everyone feels confident and beautiful on their big day.” Visit for more info. READER OFFER! In Love Club are offering free appointments for Your Yorkshire Wedding readers; usually priced at £20. Use YYMG when booking your appointment via YOU BEAUTY If you’re looking for a portrait that reveals your unique beauty and shows you in an incredible light, head to Carmen Falkenburg Photography and invest in one of her Bridal Boudoir Goddess photoshoots. A truly empowering experience, this exclusive and private beautifully themed shoot is available at a luxury forest cabin in East Yorkshire. Here, Carmen – who scooped a Certificate of Excellence from an international bridal magazine – provides expert direction on posing to ensure perfect results, with a professional make-up artist also available; booked for the session at an additional cost. For info visit WIN! Carmen is offering one lucky Your Yorkshire Wedding reader a bridal boudoir package valued at £395, to include premium prints and a digital slideshow on a USB. To enter, visit 9 NEWS

TREASURED MEMORIES The joy of your big day can be tinged with grief over losing a loved one prior to your wedding. That’s where Hull’s ForeverAvADesigns can help, specialising in cremation jewellery, as well as offering a flower preservation service. The business was set up by owner Katie Ally, who sadly lost her daughter, Ava, in December 2018. “I began making items to occupy myself and create something in Ava’s memory,” says Katie. “When you lose someone special, certain occasions in your life, like your wedding day, can be much harder to deal with. With ForeverAvaDesigns you can have your loved ones close to your heart, knowing a part of them is with you on the most special day of your life. All items are created with the utmost care and respect, and made with the highest quality resins, silvers or golds.” Prices start from as little as £95; visit for info. AND… RELAX Ready for some pre-wedding pampering? Check out Leeds’ Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, who’ve just announced its appointment of luxury product house, Templespa; along with a new menu of Mediterranean inspired treatments. Thorpe Park’s treatment menu comprises of four Templespa Body Rituals, three wellness treatments and two signature experiences, with facials also available from skincare brand, Caudalie. We’ve got our eye on The Ultimate Glow! Back, Face and Scalp Treatment, which begins with an aromatic exfoliation and bespoke back massage with Mediterranean botanicals and essential oils. The finale is a full advanced skin-transforming facial, to turn up your glow for visible results ahead of your big day. For info visit WATCH THIS SPACE! A historic North East hotel is busy undergoing a £2m upgrade at present after becoming the latest addition to The Apartment Group’s portfolio of wedding venues. Work is underway on the 24-bedroom, Grade II listed Croft Hotel in Croft-on-Tees. Included in the refurbishment is an additional six new bedrooms, the creation of a new enchanting Chapel, an extensive transformation of the function suite and a range of other improvements across the hotel’s restaurant, wellness facilities and gardens. The expanded venue is expected to be ready to host weddings and events this summer; for more info visit 10

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURYORKSHIRE.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023. WIN! TITANIC SPA BREAK FOR TWO Hands up who needs a spa break away in a multiaward-winning luxury retreat? Thought as much. That’s why Your Yorkshire Wedding’s teamed up with Titanic Spa, the UK’s first eco-spa in Huddersfield. Boasting eco credentials like no other, it’s got solar power to generate electricity and even taps into the geological riches of the area; having created its own private borehole 100 metres below the earth’s surface to provide pure Yorkshire water filtered into the spa! This makes Titanic a spa that possesses a clear conscience, even sourcing food from local award-winning suppliers. One lucky Your Yorkshire Wedding reader can enjoy an overnight spa experience for two including an indulgent light lunch and tranquil treatment. The winner is also free to journey through the Titanic Heat & Ice Experience; a collection of warm and cool rooms to guide you to ultimate wellbeing and relaxation. A sumptuous evening meal follows an afternoon spent relaxing in the bean bag pit, before retiring to your private and modern apartment suite. To enter visit – and for more information on Titanic’s award-winning facilities head to FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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SENSATIONALSheffield Venues in and around the area with the real wow factor CEDAR COURT HOTELS HUDDERSFIELD 01422 375431 | Cedar Court Hotel Huddersfield is a recently refurbished four-star hotel with stylish bedrooms and grand function rooms. Boasting picturesque Yorkshire views, its beautifully landscaped gardens and charming courtyard features mock Greek/Roman ruins, ideal for capturing enchanting evening pictures. Ceremonies are held in the Yorkshire Suite (capacity 400), Emily Suite (capacity 100), Ainley Suite (capacity 100) or Halifax Suite (capacity 60), with your reception then held back in the Ainsley, Emily or Yorkshire spaces, depending on the amount of guests you wish to cater for. The largest wedding suite has the capacity for over 300 seated guests for dinner and many more for your evening party. KENWOOD HALL HOTEL 0114 250 5600 | Combining modern elegance with traditional charm, Kenwood House dates back to 1845 and was originally built as the home of George Wostenholm, a Sheffield cutlery manufacturer. Situated within 12 acres of picturesque grounds, guests can enjoy drinks on the terrace overlooking the lake and take in the stunning surroundings. The grounds also provide the perfect space if you’d like to add garden games for friends and family to enjoy. The Lakeview is the larger suite which can accommodate up to 140 guests for a wedding breakfast and 180 guests for an evening reception. There’s also The Terrace (70 capacity), which forms part of the House and dates back to the 1800s. Or choose The Cutlers Room (80 capacity), where you’ll enjoy its high ceilings, chandeliers, ornate windows and mirrors. 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE MOWBRAY 0114 276 7885 | Originally built in 1889 as a steel merchants for a prominent Sheffieldian, The Mowbray has a story behind even the smallest item. All lighting and furniture is custom made from reclaimed treasures, including a 1940s chandelier allowing for a beautiful authentic experience. What’s more, the venue comes complete with a beautiful set of sliding factory doors, plus red brick architecture that sits perfectly against the industrial landscape. Although not able to host ceremonies; instead advising guests to say their vows in their sister venue, The Chimney House; The Mowbray does host spectacular receptions.These take place in the main space of The Mowbray, with social feasting for up to 150 guests and with its reclaimed tables laden with fresh, seasonal food straight from their kitchens. There’s also a 100 year old mahogany drinks cabinet that forms the ideal cocktail bar! THE OLD RECTORY 0114 250 5600 | Located in the heart of Handsworth, this idyllic Grade II listed venue provides the perfect setting for your wedding day. Located behind St. Mary’s Church, it’s completely self-contained and features private outdoor seating, a variety of function rooms of various sizes, beautiful gardens plus ample on-site parking. The recently refurbished event space provides the ideal blank canvas and can be transformed in an abundance of ways to suit your requirements. Wed in either the Ballifield or Orgreave rooms; ideal for more intimate ceremonies of up to 45 guests. There’s also the Main Hall; a wonderful, modern space for ceremonies of up to 140 guests that can easily be transformed to suit any kind of theme or colour scheme. You’ll then host your reception again in any of the above spaces. 16

The Leggers Inn We are a beautiful family run venue located on the Calder & Hebble navigation in Dewsbury. With our own boat yard and canal boat (which yes you can arrive on!) Think exposed brick walls, beamed ceilings and waterside views in a laid back rustic venue. We have a lot of beautiful outdoor space as well as indoor Function suites. Contact us via Facebook or Whatsapp to find out how we can help plan your dream Yorkshire wedding! TheLeggersInn The Leggers Inn WF129BD +447828394286

From truly special wedding days, family celebrations, or afternoon teas, we’ll deliver a memorable event. With a selection of stylish spaces and superb dining options, we are the perfect venue. for all your events The perfect venue... Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, 1150 Century Way,Thorpe Park, Leeds,West Yorkshire LS15 8ZB 0113 264 1000 | | For more information please scan the QR code or please contact The Cutlers’ Hall is the most romantic wedding venue in Sheffield. We are a licensed wedding venue with a choice of five elegantly decorated rooms which are ideal to host any aspect of your day. 0114 276 8149 @TheCutlersHall @CutlersHall @TheCutlersHall

YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE PARK 01302 535057 | That’s right – you can also wed at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, a 175 acre park with animal reserves and naturalistic setting! The venue has extensive planted grounds but the unique feature of a wedding at Yorkshire Wildlife Park is that you can have your wedding photos taken with some of the animals – giraffes are a favourite! Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Outlook Suite is the perfect space to say ‘I do’, able to accommodate up to 100 guests and can be dressed accordingly to suit any theme or style. Alternatively, the Tsavo Lodge marquee is a stunning venue for a wedding, with space for up to 160 guests, and is available with African-themed décor or blacked out with a starlight ceiling, glittering silver and blue drapes and spotlights. THE CHIMNEY HOUSE 0114 276 7885 | Perched on the edge of a historic waterway; the ‘mill race’ on Kelham Island; The Chimney House is an iconic redbrick building tracing back to 1886. With its 93ft chimney, former residents include an elephant, meaning it certainly boasts some history! Coming into The Chimney House can only be described as cosy and welcoming, with the building restored to its former glory and now boasting redbrick fireplaces and stone stairs. Ceremonies take place in The Meeting Room for up to 50, with the venue custom styling a resplendent altar with an abundance of seasonal British blooms and candles. You’ll then host your wedding breakfast – or ‘feast’ as the venue prefers to describe it – for the same number of guests over two custom made tables. Again hosted in The Meeting Room, it’s an intimate space, set under original timber beams with incredible light from the original factory windows. CUTLERS’ HALL 0114 276 8149 | Cutlers’ Hall is without question a magnificent venue steeped in history and grandeur. An impressive Grade II listed building in the heart of Sheffield City Centre, the present hall, the third, was built on the same piece of land in 1832, and is regarded as one of the finest livery halls in the north of England. Cutlers’ Hall’s reception room is perfect for an intimate ceremony and wedding breakfast for up to 80 guests, with the Old Banqueting Hall catering for up to 120, and the Main Hall catering for over 200. Throughout your wedding you should also take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities that are in abundance throughout the building, with the Grand Staircase being a particular favourite. There’s also the famous Winter Gardens, or beautiful Peace Gardens just a five minute walk away. 19 LOCAL VENUES

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celebrations These incredible tipis, tents and outside spaces are ideal for hosting the best day of your lives ALMSCLIFFE VALLEY 01423 734422 | Set within a beautiful part of the Yorkshire countryside, Almscliffe Valley is an idyllic and secluded setting, affording uninterrupted views of the stunning Almscliffe Crag. The Valley gets the best of the day’s sunshine and is an ideal spot for holding wedding celebrations. With the benefit of an extra field for parking, and space for camping and glamping, stay the weekend and make the most of this little slice of paradise. The space and flexibility at Almscliffe Valley allows you to create your ideal day for a wedding breakfast of up to 150, and reception for up to 200. Although a blank canvas, they can help source trusted suppliers to create your dream day. With plenty of space for all sizes of tipi and marquee structures along with other outdoor elements such as ceremony areas (for non-legal ceremonies), food trucks and glamping; you can let your imagination run wild! OUTDOOR 21 THEMED VENUES

CAMP KATUR 01845 202100 | Camp Katur specialises in woodland weddings that use 300 acres of forests, fields and meadows as a canvas to create your perfect day. With space for tents and tipis of any size and shape and utilising the best of the North Yorkshire countryside, it’s the perfect destination for any couple wanting a blend of nature and luxury. At Camp Katur you can legally marry in the licensed Woodland Chapel, which can seat 120; nestled in the sun dappled woods that hug the fringe of the venue’s meadow, You can also wed in the Old Hay Barn that can seat 150, which overlooks the fields by the paddocks. With huge swing doors that open onto the garden and pond, integral barn and covered lean-to, it gives you the perfect balance of countryside and luxury. Afterwards, friends and family can choose to stay in Camp Katur’s range of 32 bespoke and luxurious accommodation, from architect-designed Lodges to custom Stargazing Geodomes. Many of which are ensuite and have hot tubs, making them an amazing place to stay after the dancing is done. SIMPLY BELLS 07989 960886 | Want to celebrate in your own space and glamp? Leeds’ Simply Bells can help! Their bell tents are a cool alternative to hotels, with you and your guests able to enjoy a full weekend together, with no taxi woes! A bell tent village is pretty remarkable, and makes the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding, festival style. Simply Bells typically only use five metre bell tents, which means lots of room for your guests’ belongings, along with being beautifully styled. They’ve over 30 bell tents and can sleep over 60, and have various packages available; from empty tents, part furnished and fully furnished. Why not also take advantage of their Mini Moon bell tent as newlyweds? It comes with a real solid wood bed, comfy mattress, dresser and many other gorgeous touches. 22

Y ur perfec Y rkshire wed ing venue Located near the quaint village of Grassington in the spectacular Wharfedale valley, The Gamekeeper’s Inn is a beautiful Yorkshire Dales pub which will become your home from home. Offering you and your guests cosy corners and tasty local produce paired with well-appointed accommodation and leisure facilities, our hidden gem creates the perfect setting for your country burning fire, natural oak beams and large windows allowing natural light to grace your day. The time leading up to your wedding day should be exciting, romantic and memorable. Angela, our dedicated Wedding Coordinator will help you design a bespoke package, advising you on every aspect of your day. wedding. We have two beautifully appointed rooms licensed for Civil Marriages and Partnerships. Our conservatory is perfect for intimate weddings for up to 50 guests. The award-winning Netherside Suite hosts up to 120 guests for your ceremony and up to 150 guests for your evening reception. Full of rustic charm, The Netherside Suite features a log Vis ur websi e The Gamekeeper’s Inn Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, North Yorkshire BD23 5PN 01756 752434 |

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 2024 - WE ARE ALSO TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2025 | 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. 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

WALLED GARDEN HELPERBY 0345 4504545 | Walled Garden Helperby is a charming, intimate and exclusive setting for your wedding. A historic Grade II listed garden, it’s 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 marquee or tipi wedding. Walled Garden Helperby’s historic stone cupola is licensed for wedding ceremonies; and has a capacity for 200 guests. Afterwards, party in the gardens, which provide the perfect backdrop for your marquee wedding; again for up to 200 guests. The venue’s suppliers work with you to create your dream garden celebration, with ample room for open air drinks and live music entertainment. You can even set up lawn games or a fire pit area! YORKSHIRE YURTS 01423 740781 | Yorkshire Yurts offer a wide range of marquees, yurts and stretch tents, all handmade in the UK; together with all you need to furnish the interior for your special occasion. From dining furniture to lighting, dancefloors, staging, bars and floristry accessories, Yorkshire Yurts can provide as much or as little as you need for your big day. They can also provide the practical bits too, such as catering tents and generator, along with putting you in touch with some of the best wedding suppliers in Yorkshire. Having a big wedding? Yorkshire Yurts have space for 300 for a ceremony and wedding breakfast, and 400 for your reception! They’ll bring beautiful event marquees and yurts to a venue of your choice, whether it’s the grounds of an ancient abbey, your family farm, or the garden of your favourite countryside pub – they’ve a wide range of different size structures available to accommodate your big day. THEMED VENUES 25

Surrounded by 55 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, only one minute from junction 31 of the M1 and on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District, the setting is stunning and the location is ideally placed, making for a luxury, urban retreat. The hotel is licensed to hold indoor civil ceremonies and civil partnerships, and in addition is licensed for outdoor ceremonies between April and September in the beautiful Pagoda on the front lawns. Aston Hall is also the only wedding venue in Sheffield with a church in the grounds, in case a traditional church wedding is preferred. Seating up to 250 guests, the Lagonda is the ultimate suite for any wedding offering flexibility in set-up and in size. Boasting a large dance floor, contemporary neutral tones and with its own bar, Lagonda offers privacy in stylish surroundings. Virage opened in 2018 and although located in a separate building, is in keeping with the look of the hotel and its original character, as well as being finished off to a high specification with its own individual and unique design. There is a spacious and contemporary bar area, leading through to the main function room which has floor to ceiling windows and a skylight stretching the full length of one end of the room. This fantastic space seats up to 100 for your wedding breakfast and 150 for your evening reception. Aston Hall also has 52 stunning en-suite bedrooms to accommodate your guests, including executive bedrooms, superior and luxury bedrooms, the latter of which feature stand-alone baths and four poster beds – brides and grooms can choose from one of these bedrooms for their bridal suite. The hotel offers a variety of packages to suit all requirements and budgets, starting from as little as £3,000. For more information, to request a wedding brochure, or to arrange an appointment to view the venue, contact the hotel directly on 0114 2872309 or email: @AHhotel @astonhallhotel ASTON HALL HOTEL WORKSOP ROAD ASTON SHEFFIELD S26 2EE Aston Hall Hotel, built in 1772 and steeped in history, offers the best of everything. It has been lovingly restored and updated with a modern, contemporary design, which is high in style whilst remaining a neutral backdrop for your wedding and keeping the original features intact.

CRUSH Schoolgirl Laura fell for Oli the minute she saw him in secondary school Images courtesy of Olivia Amy Photography Laura and Oli met at school when they were added to the same Year 7 form group. “After a year of dropping hints that I liked him, my friends highlighted I was clearly being too subtle – so told Oli for me! The following day, he asked me to be his girlfriend; and we’ve been together ever since!” Oli popped the question while on holiday to Center Parcs. “We drove there after work on the Friday and had a tight timeframe to check in, get ready, and go to the restaurant we’d booked that night,” continues Laura. “After being in the villa for no more than 20 minutes, and Oli trying his hardest to get me to stand still and stop searching for the shower bag; he pulled out a box from his pocket, opened it, and asked me to marry him. At the time I was still mentally working out where I’d packed the shampoo! I said, ‘Are you joking?’ in joyous shock and disbelief. Oli, not quite expecting that response, said, ‘No, I’m clearly not joking’!” The couple set the date of 4th May, 2023, choosing Sandburn Hall as their venue. Here, Laura tells us more about their big day… 27 REAL WEDDINGS

I wore the Essense of Australia D3492 gown, as it was floral and boho in style. I added caped sleeves so the top didn’t feel too bare, and accessorised with a bracelet made from silver and one of my dad’s ties. Oli and his groomsmen all wore the same navy blue suits, teaming them with lilac ties with a faux flower pin to match my bouquet. I wanted our flowers to feel like we’d just picked them from the garden, and made sure white roses were part of the arrangements, My Dad passed away in March 2022, and, as a proud Yorkshireman, the white roses reflected his presence well. Our wedding ‘flower’ cupcakes looked so much like the real thing that we spent the wedding trying to get people to eat them! The lady who made them was outstanding, matching the designs to the flowers and colours perfectly. When visiting one of Sandburn’s open evenings I fell in love with its wooden beams and huge windows. Oli loved it more when we realised 4th May was available, as he’s a huge Star Wars fan! Oli and I love seeing bands and going to festivals, so I found an album style tableplan on Pinterest. We chose some albums individually and a few together from the gigs we’ve been to. 28

Having all your family and friends together for the whole day is amazing, and will make your day all the more special. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen were incredible from start to finish. The bridesmaids kept the dance floor going all evening and a few of the groomsmen cried throughout the ceremony. We were so lucky with the weather, meaning guests could enjoy drinks and canapés before heading outside to socialise and get some great pictures. Oli’s best man, dad and Oli himself all entertained our guests with their brilliant speeches. My mum did one, too – but made hers into a quiz! My bridesmaids all chose their own dresses, as I didn’t want to make any of them feel they had to wear a dress they hated. I also liked the casual look to them all being different! Seeing each other for the first time is a feeling you can’t recreate. Both of us were holding back tears – Oli failing at this was definitely a highlight! 29 REAL WEDDINGS

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ever after Ruth and Will celebrated with friends, family, food – and plenty of fun Images courtesy of Mark Hooper Photography HAPPY 32

Ruth and Will met studying at Northampton University. “We lived in adjacent flats and think we first started talking at a party, but neither of us can actually remember for definite the first time we met!” says Ruth. “Will says he was attracted to me because I always make sure people are OK and looked after; whereas Will always makes me feel calm. He also always listens and is very thoughtful – and it doesn’t hurt that he’s a pretty good cook!” Will proposed to Ruth while out for a walk in a little village called Marton cum Grafton. “We’d been together for around eight years and were just coming out of the strict Covid lockdown measures,” continues Ruth. “Will had unbeknownst to me already paid for my engagement ring, and was waiting for the right moment to pick it up. He wanted to catch me by surprise – and I certainly wasn’t expecting him to pop the question on a muddy dog walk! It was the perfect proposal, and he’d even arranged for us to have a meal in the local pub afterwards to celebrate.” The couple set the date for the 23 October, 2022, choosing Yorebridge House for their big day. Here, Ruth tells us more about their amazing wedding… LOCATION, LOCATION When it came to where to wed, there was no question that the wedding would be in Yorkshire. “We love being outside, so were drawn to being somewhere scenic and beautiful,” says Ruth. “We wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place for ease and to avoid travelling on the day, and also wanted somewhere that felt intimate and homely. We knew that Yorebridge House was the venue for us as soon as we walked in. It’s a beautiful hotel and the staff were so friendly. We also loved how we were able to personalise much of our day, too.” Another selling point for Ruth and Will was the venue’s catering. “We love food and Yorebridge provided amazing cuisine and more,” continues Ruth. “On the day guests were given a choice of rolled duck terrine with Granny Smith apple and celeriac; cured salmon with beetroot and watercress, or salt baked celeriac with King oyster mushroom and truffle to start. This was followed by Wensleydale lamb with fondant potato and creamed cabbage; gilt head sea bream with tomato and olive; or potato gnocchi with butternut squash and salsify. Then, for dessert, friends and family enjoyed custard tart, nutmeg and raspberry sorbet; or dark chocolate brownie with hazelnut and praline ice cream. And it didn’t end there! In the evening the venue prepared a cheeseboard and served it alongside our cupcakes. We love cheese so it was delicious – even if I did get chutney on my dress!” 33 REAL WEDDINGS

PURE & SIMPLE The couple wanted an intimate wedding, so chose to invite only their closest family and friends. “Because we kept things low-key, we didn’t really have a colour scheme in mind,” says Ruth. “For this reason we didn’t do table names – and we didn’t even have a table plan! Instead, we just let everyone find their seats, with Will’s mum creating the place names as she’s very artistic. It’s a good thing she offered, as Will and I would have just printed the names off a Word document!” When it came to decorations, the couple were keen to reuse and recycle, saving on costs and the environment. “We collected glass candlesticks from charity shops and car boot sales, and had a mixture of candles in them for centrepieces,” continues the bride. “Our florist, Amy, provided some eucalyptus which we arranged around the candles. As for the actual flowers, I’m not too sure what we had in the end! We sent Amy photos for inspiration and then let her do her thing! It was important that we didn’t have too many, as I’d hate to see them go to waste after. For this reason we used lots of dried flowers, as we wanted them preserved for us to keep. My bouquet is now on our coffee table in the lounge!” JUST THE TWO OF US Keeping in with the intimate celebration, Ruth and Will chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen. “This also gave me more time to search for a dress that was elegant and timeless,” says Ruth. “In the end I came across the designer Sarah Seven, however, there’s only one boutique in the UK you can try her designs on. So off I went with my mum and sister to London! I ended up with the top of one dress, but changed the skirt. I also thought I wanted a train, but realised it was quite heavy when trying it on and felt it would irritate me on the day. I went dress shopping in May with the wedding in October – and if I could give any bride-to-be some advice it’s to give yourself more time than that!” Will’s outfit was found much closer to home; in All About The Suit in Darlington. “He chose a three-piece blue checked suit with burnt orange tie,” continues Ruth. “We also bought matching ties for our brothers and dads to wear.” NIGHT FEVER When it came to the evening entertainment, Ruth and Will opted for a DJ and saxophonist. “The saxophonist in particular made our evening,” says Ruth. “He played along to the DJ set which was amazing, and it was the moment where everyone came together and really let their hair down. What made the night even better was the fact I’d seen an online video a week before our wedding where a couple used a pair of white sunglasses with their names on for the evening party. We didn’t realise they would be such a hit! Every guest had their time wearing the sunglasses and were beckoned to show off their best moves on the dancefloor.” Emotions certainly ran high for the couple on the day. “It was really surreal,” explains Ruth. “You’ve planned something for so many months and all of a sudden, all your plans come together and it’s right there, happening. I really thought I was going to cry at some point, but I think I was too excited and happy in the end. And I knew that Will was going to be emotional so it would have been a nightmare if we were both inconsolable! We both can’t believe how fast the day went – people warn that you blink and miss it, but you really can! It’s most definitely worth taking a minute to soak it all up.” REAL WEDDINGS 35

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forever Sadie and Joshua’s friendship soon blossomed in to something more Images courtesy of Photogenick Photography Sadie and Joshua met at nursery aged three. “We went to different primary schools, then a few months before starting high school a friend reintroduced us – and we became best friends pretty much straight away!” says Sadie. “It was a gradual process falling for each other, and it was only when we left sixth form that I realised how much I missed seeing Joshua every day – and that being with your best friend is all you could ever wish for.” Joshua proposed when the couple had been together almost six years. “We were on holiday in New York for Joshua’s birthday,” continues the bride. “We walked to Central Park and Joshua suggested we hire a rowing boat. As we rowed close to Bow Bridge Joshua picked his moment, as there was a saxophonist on the bridge playing Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. Joshua stood up and got down on one knee with the ring box, and I was so gobsmacked my initial response was much less polite than ‘yes’! I’d secretly searched the house before our holiday and never found a ring – it turns out he’d given it to my best friend the day he bought it, who kept it at her house for four months!” The couple set the date of 30 April, 2022, marrying at St Katherine’s Church and choosing Unique Occasions at Loversall Farm for their reception. Here, Sadie tells us more about their big day… BEST FRIENDS Scan to view video 39 REAL WEDDINGS