Your Yorkshire Wedding - November/December 2023 (Issue 63)

£3.55 NOV/DEC 2023 YORKSHIREWEDDING TIMES ROLL Wedding entertainment inspiration A mini-moon in Rhodes WINTER’S COMING Cosy venues with wow factor LET’S PLAY DRESS UP Where to shop for your bridal party's attire Win! Create your own winter wonderland Ask the EXPERTS Let the good


REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 79 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on creating a winter wonderland wedding day 89 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2023 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham 21 WINTER WONDERLAND Yorkshire wedding venues that look sensational in the cold months On the cover This issue’s super-fun cover was captured by Clare Coleman ( at North Yorkshire venue Birdsall House ( Enjoy more of this shoot from page 44. 41 31 FEATURES 41 BEAUTIFUL GIRL This exclusive shoot speaks for itself! 44 VANITY FAIR This summer fairytale wedding shoot celebrates female empowerment and individuality 46 LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL Whether you’re looking for a relaxed vibe, a riproaring time or something completely different, Sussex’s wedding entertainers have you covered 51 LET’S GET DRESSED Find out where to shop for your entire bridal party’s attire 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 LAST CHRISTMAS Meeting at a Christmas party led to a festive engagement for Emma and Tom 31 LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE An unexpected illness led to wedding bells for Nicola and Ian 36 REGAL ROMANCE Jake and Adam’s big day at Carlton Towers was a right royal occasion HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 86 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 88 WHAT A TREAT! The stylish Retreat at Elcot Park is country-house comfort at its best GROOMS 74 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 75 MANE ATTRACTION Influencer Eyal Booker and his brother Ariel reveal their top hair care tips for grooms-to-be 76 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 56 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 57 PARTY PIECES Dazzle at a Christmas or winter wedding in stunning silver and crystal accessories 58 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 63 A TOUCH OF COLOUR Winter isn’t about wearing a white wedding dress, pick a fruit-pastel inspired shade or something a little bolder 69 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 66 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 70 BEAUTY QUEEN We chat to Hannah Martin about her new book, Makeup, and all things bridal beauty 72 WELL GROUNDED If wedding planning stress is getting the better of you, take this time-out with Ground Wellbeing’s Peigin Crowley 46 84 79 58 26 4 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 | The Bradford Golf club, Hawksworth Lane, LS208NP | 01943875570 | Looking for that perfect Venue after you have exchanged your nuptials. The Bradford Golf Club is a premiere venue set in the tranquil countryside of the hamlet of Hawksworth in the heart of Yorkshire. After your day has drawn in and the lights change creating that perfect romantic atmosphere you can toast in that first dance with our very own in-house DJ and dance the night away with all your guests and have a day that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whether it’s a small intimate setting or A Grande celebration our Rodney foster suite is ideal for seating up to 100 guests for your wedding breakfast, with its large windows allowing the natural light to grace your day and our amazing, picturesque balcony captivating the charming Airedale Valley making it perfect for those photography backdrops in your wedding album. With our very own dedicated Wedding planner included in all our packages to help you with every aspect of your day from preparing your flowers with our very own inhouse florist, the latest trends or helping you find local suppliers we can help you to unwrap the day you truly want here. We have a great selection of menus available in all our packages, including sample tasting to help you choose, using locally sourced fresh produce and a great selection of wines to compliment your meal.

89 WIN! A honeymoon in Rhodes 51 SUITED AND BOOTED Frank Bird in Wakefield and Barnsley offers personalised grooms’ attire services ensuring the man of the hour and his squad look their best come W-day. Well, hello to all you lovely couples of this fine county, and welcome to my very first issue of Your Yorkshire Wedding. I’m super-excited to bring you the absolute best this area has to offer you and your big day, so let’s dive straight in. As we get to know each other, there’s one thing you’ll grow to understand about me: there’s only one thing I’m as obsessed with as weddings and that’s Christmas! So, I’m giddy with excitement already. Yes, here we are at the end of the another year, and is it me, or did 2023 fly by faster than usual? Mind you, with the pandemic growing more and more distant in our rear view mirrors as weddings embrace a sense of back-to-normality, it’s no wonder really. The highlights for me were the Coronation and Carlos Alcaraz’s brilliant win at Wimbledon, as well as getting to see some more of Europe and, of course, celebrating Your Yorkshire Wedding’s shiny new website! When you’ve read this issue, why not have a look around? There’s plenty on offer to keep you ahead of the curve with your wedding planning. Autumn has been unseasonably warm, so I have everything crossed for some chilly weather as we head into winter; especially for those of you with some cosy December nuptials in store. Summer’s all well and good, but the time comes when it’s great to just snuggle up in your favourite jumper and curl up with your spouse-to-be in front of your favourite Netflix show, or better still, with your tablet and favourite wedding magazine! This issue we let the good times roll with our roundup of local wedding entertainment ideas to ensure your big day is one to remember for everyone involved. What’s more, as we take a look into the world of dressing your bridal party you can make sure your bride tribe or groom’s gang are all hot to trot. Finally, for a touch of winter magic, check out our Hot Topic pages where local experts tell us how to bring the joy of the season to your nuptials. So as ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x ISSN 1746-9384 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. Kelly Andrews, editor MEDIA PUBLISHING VENTS UBLISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 36 MAN IN THE MIRROR How handsome did these gents look on their big day?. I’m obsessed with the mirroring of their black and gold jacket and waistcoat combos. 41 BLUSH AND BLOOMS This exclusive shoot speaks for itself! @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 Winter warmers ADVERTISING Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 Contributing editor Claire Muffet-Reece EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the county SPARKLE WITH KINDNESS In a world that’s becoming increasingly conscious of its environmental and ethical footprint, the demand for sustainable and responsiblysourced wedding jewellery is on the rise. Jeweller’s Loupe, with their own mixture of beauty and responsibility is an emerging example of how fashion can embrace both ethics and aesthetics. That’s where Serene comes in, the collection where artistry meets environmental consciousness. At the heart of Serene lies an inspiring concept drawing design inspirations from the patterns, textures and colours of the natural world. From the delicate patterns of a leaf, to to the calming ripples of water, each piece is a tribute to the beauty that surrounds us. The collection’s gemstones and diamonds are ethically mined, ensuring the extraction process isn’t harmful to the surrounding environment and doesn’t exploit local communities. Only lab-grown diamonds are used to create the newest sparkling pieces. What’s more, Serene offers the concept of made-to-order pieces in a world of mass-produced items. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted in the Jeweller’s Loupe workshop, ensuring the attention to detail and sense of artistry that can only be achieved by personalised craftsmanship. Learn more at REWARDING NEWS It’s been an eventful year for the owner of hair and beauty salon Beauty In Bloom. Since launching her Ilkley-based concept salon in April Charlotte Hawkins has seen great support, not only from her local community but now from her industry. Last week, the prestigious Hair and Beauty Awards announced the salon on Cowpasture Road as a finalist in the Bridal Salon of the Year category. Charlotte says of the news: “I’m blown away and it’s an honour to have our hard work and efforts recognised within the industry. We love making our brides look and feel amazing for their big day and this award would be testament to our dedication.” The ceremony will be held in June 2024, so watch this space to find out if Charlotte comes out tops. Find out more about Beauty In Bloom at Nearlywed 8

MIXOLOGY AND MINGLE Ideal for a group celebration, hen party venue Wressle Grange Farmhouse boasts plenty of indoor and outdoor space. Guests can play games, walk or simply relax. Three days here is the perfect amount of time to fully relax into the festivities with your besties. While you’re there, why not enjoy Ales and Cocktails’ new Cocktails and Graze package, an exciting collaboration with the venue? As you spend an intimate evening with friends and family, the team can provide you with the best drinks and most delicious food. You can sit on the patio in the sunshine or head down to the firepit in the evening and feel the warmth on your faces. The fantastic selection of grazing food includes charcuterie, cheeses, meats, fruit, pretzels, crackers and more. Ales and Cocktails makes cocktails to rival any city-centre bar, and they’re a dream for sipping in the sun! For 14 people staying at Wressle Grange for three nights the cost is £260 per person, which includes three cocktails and a graze table on the night of your choice. Check out CHEERS TO YOU There’s lots going on at The Gilchrist Collection’s venues at the moment, which locally include Rushpool Hall, Danby Castle Barn and Hackness Grange. The collection has announced its biggest and best giveaway yet, offering you the chance to win your wedding! The incredible prize is a complimentary wedding package at any one of its exclusive-use properties for 40 day guests and 100 evening guests on a Sunday through to Thursday. This includes canapés, champagne, a three-course meal, wine, evening buffet and much more. The competition is open to residents of the UK who are aged 18 and over, and legally eligible to enter into a marriage or civil partnership. To enter visit the website of your chosen participating venue (,, or and fill out the form, details can also be found on their social media. Entry closes on Tuesday 2nd January 2024, and the winner will be announced on the 4th. In other news from The Gilchrist Collection, CEO and founder Samantha Gilchrist has conducted a survey of 2,000 UK adults to learn about their wedding drinking habits. Sober guests said they were often left feeling uncomfortable sipping a soft drink, as 35 per cent of respondents said they’re questioned about it. In response to the lack of non-alcoholic options available at venues, The Gilchrist Collection has partnered with star barman Merlin Griffiths from Channel 4’s First Dates to add to the venues’ existing menu, providing sober guests with three new grown-up and celebrationworthy options. Each recipe is perfectly suited to different key moments during the celebrations. Samantha says, “Rather than mimic existing cocktails or simply mix together some fruit juices, each of the new drinks has been designed to give the happy couple and their guests the chance to experience all the wonderful flavours a cocktail has, but without the alcohol. For more, head over to FAIRYTALE DREAMS Bolton Castle has offered weddings and private hire for a number of years alongside its commitment to welcoming visitors during its open season. Now, this beautiful location has been shortlisted in the North of England Wedding Awards for the Countryside Venue award. What makes these awards special is that it’s only couples who’ve tied the knot at the venue who are eligible to vote, so as a small venue, the team are delighted to have been recognised among other much larger venues in the region. The Castle’s GM, Jacqui Naylor says, “To be a finalist in such awards is a real boost for the entire team who ensure weddings at Bolton Castle exceed all expectations of our couples, as well as their family and their friends. “As a much-loved visitor attraction, we work hard to bring a programme of excellent visitor events between March and November, with weddings and private event hire offered all year round. To date, it has worked well and whether our couples opt for private or shared hire, the castle provides a fairytale day whatever their plans or budget. The awards are yet to be announced but we feel we’ve already won with our shortlisting.” To find out more, head over to, and to see whether the venue has been triumphant visit NEWS 9

WINE AND SHINE Titanic Spa, the UK’s pioneering eco spa nestled amidst the breathtaking Pennine Hills, has introduced an exquisite new offering for spa and wine lovers alike: Wine and Unwind. The experience involves a fusion of luxury spa treatments and fine wine, set to elevate your visit to Titanic Spa to new heights. Wine and Unwind is designed to indulge both the senses and soul as the expert team in Bar1911 hand select a wine each week and match it perfectly to a complementing spa treatment. This harmonious wine and treatment pairing promises to transport its guests to a realm of unparalleled indulgence. Whether savouring a glass of Bar1911’s carefully selected wine or experiencing an award-winning spa treatment, you’ll leave feeling pampered and recharged. Huddersfield’s Titanic Spa has long been a trailblazer in the wellness industry, renowned for its commitment to both guest wellbeing and environmental sustainability. Located in a beautifully restored 20thcentury textile mill, the spa seamlessly blends stunning architecture with state-of-the-art facilities and apartment-style accommodation. Find out more at BATHED IN TRANQUILLITY Daniel Thwaites Spa Group is delighted to introduce its lavish Bath Butler Service, which will be available at Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa in Leeds. This indulgent offering promises an unforgettable experience, bringing together Daniel Thwaites’ gold-standard in customer service with a carefully curated menu of TempleSpa treats. This British spa brand, celebrated for its luxurious and aromatherapy-inspired formulations, will transform an ordinary bath into an extraordinary escape. It’s more than just a bath; it’s a moment of pure indulgence! The Bath Butler menu features a choice of three restorative experiences filled with luxurious TempleSpa products to offer you a time of restful slumber of sheer serenity, all at different price points: A Silent Night (£25), All Being Well (£26) and Do Not Disturb (£50). To add to the experience, you can add a pop of bubbles from a different bottle entirely as Bath Butler allows you to select your fizzy treat of choice delivered to your door, be it the enchanting Romeo Spumante Prosecco, the quintessentially British Hambledon Classic Cuvee English Sparkling Wine, or the prestigious Ayala Brut Champagne from the house of Bollinger. Find out more at A NEW LEASE OF LIFE Award-winning South Yorkshire wedding venue, Bawtry Hall near Doncaster, has redeveloped its facilities with support from HSBC UK. Large areas of the 18th-century site including wedding reception rooms and the grounds have been updated following the investment, with further works planned later this year. The owners have also hired 15 new staff members in order to meet increased demand following the renovations. Jason Cooper, one of Bawtry Hall’s shareholders says, “We’re thrilled with this latest round of renovations completed with HSBC’s backing. Although the building was already incredibly special, these updates will ensure that Bawtry Hall remains an exceptional venue for all our customers. We anticipate a continued drive in demand over the coming months, and we look forward to seeing the positive effects these improvements bring.” Find out more at 10

Y ur perfec Y rkshire wed ing venue... Venue Updates and Offers via email Scan here for SWEET SUMMER WEDDING PACKAGE YOUR SUMMER PACKAGE INCLUDES: • Room hire for your civil ceremony • A post-ceremony prosecco for your guests • Hire of the Netherside Suite for your reception • 3 course wedding breakfast for day guests • An evening supper for your guests • A personal wedding coordinator • Complimentary honeymoon suite for the newlyweds • Master of ceremonies and professional toastmaster • 12 or 14-inch cake stand and knife • White table linen and napkins • White chair covers with your choice of coloured sash • Use of the grounds for photographs • Free car parking • PLUS options for package upgrades £7,500 for 60 day guests £10,000 for 80 day guests £12,500 for 100 day guests T&C’s: The minimum number of day guests is 60, the maximum is 120. Children are £30 per person and additional evening guests are £20 per person. Fri - Sun between May and August 2024 YOUR WINTER PACKAGE INCLUDES: • Room hire for your civil ceremony • A post-ceremony prosecco for your guests • Hire of the Netherside Suite for your recepti on • 3 course wedding breakfast for day guests • An evening supper for your guests • A personal wedding coordinator • Complimentary honeymoon suite for the newlyweds • Master of ceremonies and professional toastmaster • 12 or 14-inch cake stand and knife • White table linen and napkins • White chair covers with your choice of coloured sash • Use of the grounds for photographs • Free car parking • PLUS options for package upgrades Weekdays, Monday to Thursday £95 per day guest Weekends, Friday to Sunday £100 per day guest T&C’s: The minimum number of day guests is 40, the maximum is 120. Children are £30 per person and additional evening guests are £20 per person. Please note, dates between 25th October and 3rd November 2024, and 20th December 2024 and 1st January 2025 are not available on this offer. INTIMATE WEDDING PACKAGE Complimentary honeymoon suite for the newlyweds 12 or 14-inch cake stand and knife Use of the grounds for photographs Free car parking Available Sept 2024 until Feb 2025 The Gamekeeper’s Inn, Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, Nr Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5PN Contact Angela: 01756 752434 | |

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN! £200 OF VOUCHERS FROM BEAUTY IN BLOOM Hands up who wants to look their big day best when it comes to wedding hair and make-up? Thought so. That’s why Your Yorkshire Wedding has teamed up with Ilkley-based Beauty in Bloom, who is giving away £200 of vouchers towards your big day hair and make-up! A commitment to the perfect outcome, the team, led by Charlotte Hawkins, enjoy a wealth of international experience. From Beverley to Burley-In-Wharfedale, they’re setting the mark in the world of bridal hair, make-up and beauty. Unparalleled in their bespoke approach, and with services including simply hair to make-up – or even the entire package – Beauty in Bloom’s group of specialists won’t be happy until your look is picture perfect. They’re even on hand to straighten trains, make brews, pop shoes on and everything in between! Because, when it’s your special day, these little gestures make all the difference, helping to achieve a a perfect and seamless day. Enter via giveaways before 31st December, 2024. For more information on Beauty in Bloom visit WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 Hill, Baildon, West Yorkshire, BD17 7QW Tel: (+44) 1274 534272 | Email: Facebook | Instagram @HollinsHall The Perfect Yorkshire Wedding

ASTON HALL HOTEL 0114 287 2309 | Aston Hall Hotel, built in 1772 and steeped in history, offers the best of everything. It has been lovingly restored and updated with a contemporary design, which is high in style yet retains its neutral backdrop for your wedding, keeping the original features intact. Surrounded by 55 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, only one minute from junction 31 of the M1 and right on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District, the venue offers a stunning setting that’s ideally located. The Hotel is licensed to hold indoor civil ceremonies and partnerships, and for outdoor “I dos” between April and September in the Pagoda on the front lawn. Aston Hall is also the only wedding venue in the area with a church in its grounds, ideal if you prefer a church ceremony. The Lagonda (250 guests) is the ultimate suite for any wedding, offering flexibility in both set-up and size. Boasting a large dancefloor, contemporary neutral tones and its own bar this space offers privacy in stylish surroundings. Virage (100 dining and 150 evening guests) 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 to a high specification with its own individual design. There’s a spacious bar area leading through to the main function room, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and a skylight stretching the width of one end of the room. The venue also offers 52 en-suite bedrooms to accommodate your nearest and dearest, one of which you can choose for your bridal suite. There are a variety of packages available to suit all requirements and budgets starting from £3,000. BARNSLEY, DONCASTER AND ROTHERHAM Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot 15 LOCAL VENUES

UNIQUE OCCASIONS AT LOVERSALL LIMITED 07941 340 291 | This ancient barn is a superb place to host your special day, surrounded by 129 acres of farmland it offers fantastic backdrops for wedding pictures to be enjoyed for years to come. Ceremonies indoors are held in the barn itself (90 guests), which is flooded with beautiful natural light on a sunny day and offers an intimate location on an autumn afternoon, with fairylights galore strung throughout. The barn also offers a fabulous dancefloor space for the evening celebrations. If you’d prefer to say “I do” al fresco, the meadow (120 guests) is located just across from the barn and is also licensed. Alternatively, for those wishing to opt for a religious ceremony, St Katherine’s Church is directly opposite. In the barn’s adjoining Courtyard Marquee (120 guests) you can host a wonderful wedding breakfast. There’s also ample accommodation available on site in the shape of two cottages each able to sleep eight members of the wedding party the night before, and the night of the wedding, ensuring your special day becomes a truly memorable wedding weekend. The Hideaway Hut is provided for the two of you on your wedding night free of charge. This also comes with a full English breakfast the following morning. The venue’s wedding planner will meet you three times prior to your special day to discuss your requirements and to help you with anything you need. YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE PARK 01302 535 057 ext 76 | With bespoke wedding packages tailored to your specific needs by a dedicated team of event specialists, Yorkshire Wildlife Park weddings combine the facilities of the multi-award-winning park with the nostalgia and magic of family zoo experiences to bring your dreams to life. Tie the knot with stunning views of Yorkshire Wildlife Park as your backdrop in the elegant Outlook Suite (70-120 day guests). Situated just off the Safari Courtyard, this venue is a lion’s whisker away from the animal enclosures. Outdoor “I dos” are also possible here and can be hosted on Tsavo lawns with the roar of the lions accompanying you down the aisle. Host your evening guests in a luxury African-themed marquee, Tsavo Lodge (70-120 day guests), surrounded by sprawling lawns and luscious greenery, the perfect spot for prosecco and pictures. With plenty of space to dance until dawn, this beautiful spot can adapt to your requirements. Here, you have the opportunity to interact and connect with the Park’s amazing animals on your wedding day with intimate feeding and photography sessions included in your package. Your guests can also enjoy free access to the Park until closing at 6pm giving your party plenty of time to capture magical memories with the animals and exhibits. What’s more, you’ll be transported to your photography session in style in one of the venue’s VIP golf buggies! You’ll be whisked away to your three chosen animals in no time, meaning more time for feeding them and celebrations with your guests later. What’s more, there’s no need to worry about getting from the venue to your accomodation, as you can add a stay at the luxurious Hex Wildlife Hotel. Just a short stroll through the park, this gorgeous hotel is located in the park-adjacent Yorkshire Hive, meaning you and your loved ones can rest your weary heads as soon as the party ends. 16

Wedding reception for 40 guests add more £40.00pp Evening reception for 70 guests add more £15.50pp Function suite room hire (civil ceremony room hire optional) Two course wedding breakfast One arrival or toast or meal drink per day guest Evening buffet for evening guests Bedroom for the night of your wedding Services of a Wedding Coordinator and Toastmaster White carpet, table plan easel and crisp white table linen Crockery, cutlery and glassware Use of our picturesque grounds for photographs Preferential accommodation rates for guests For more information contact the hotel on 01142872309 or *Saturday dates will incur supplement Late Availability Weddings Any remaining date in January to June 2024 from £3000.00 WORKSOP ROAD | ASTON | SHEFFIELD SOUTH YORKSHIRE | S26 2EE

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.

CARLTON TOWERS 01405861662 | The private home and estate grounds of Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard, Carlton Towers’ origins date back more than 1,000 years. The surrounding 350 acres of private parkland provide a magnificent setting in a hidden corner of the Yorkshire countryside, while the house’s state rooms are grand and opulent. Wedding parties are able to enjoy exclusive use, not only of the state rooms, but also of the front lawns and sweeping entrance staircase, all with idyllic backdrops for those important photographs and videos. You can opt for a grand setting in one of the venue’s elegant state rooms for your ceremony. The Venetian Drawing Room is majestic in style with a statement marble fireplace, high gilded ceilings, and glittering chandeliers; while the Picture Gallery is adorned with wood panelling and historical paintings. If you prefer an outdoor setting, the pretty Walled Garden Vineyard offers a lovely backdrop for an intimate summer wedding, or if you’re planning something larger you can opt for one of the beautiful Feast Field marquees. You also have the option to say “I do” in the imposing and historical Selby Abbey, just a short drive from Carlton Towers. The venue’s team of in-house chefs pride themselves on producing delicious menus tailored to their couples’ budgetary, dietary and cultural requirements. Where possible, they source local Yorkshire produce in order to create wedding breakfasts that dreams are made of. You can extend your celebrations into an evening reception too, with savoury open platters of artisan breads, York ham, cheeses, homemade chutneys, and pickled heritage vegetables. Carlton Towers boasts 16 opulent state bedrooms that can sleep up to 31 guests. Individual and unusual in style with some lovely features. Plus, tucked away on the estate just a few minutes form the house, you’ll also find the venue’s well-appointed cottages capable of sleeping a further 24 guests. Your dedicated wedding planner will be on hand to advise on everything including those fabulous little finishing touches. You can also choose to use the venue’s in-house florist and stylist or arrange your own team. Pssst... Check out Carlton Towers’ virtual tour at HELLABY HALL HOTEL 01709 464 164 | Hellaby Hall Hotel retains the charm and character of the original 17thcentury manor house with a contemporary extension. The use of York stone throughout seamlessly blends old and new, while the main hotel is surrounded by sculpted gardens. OWSTON HALL 01302 722 800 | The Owston Estate has enjoyed a long history from the pre-conquest era to the present day and constitutes an important part of the historical landscape of the Doncaster region. Not only a beautiful venue, it’s recognised for its exceptional hospitality, accommodation and championship golf course. BURNTWOOD COURT 01226 711 123 | Set within 35 acres of landscaped grounds, Burntwood Court offers the perfect combination of modern facilities and fine dining, as well as exceptional service and attention to detail. One of the venue’s stand-out features is its on-site Chapel, ideally positioned within beautiful gardens. TANKERSLEY MANOR 01226 744 700 | Tankersley Manor Hotel & Spa, surrounded by picturesque landscapes and boasting a 17th-century manor house, offers bespoke packages to reflect your personal style and preferences. The Tankersley Suite offers ample space for large celebrations, while the Crook Barn provides an intimate setting for smaller gatherings. Also check out... 19 LOCAL VENUES

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

PRINCIPAL YORK 01904 653 681 | Designed by award-winning architects and combining late-Victorian grandeur with contemporary comforts, Principal York is elegant and impressive in décor. From the awe-inspiring cast iron staircase and original Victorian floors, to the high-ceilinged banqueting rooms and 155 luxurious bedrooms, the hotel is packed with character and charm. Surrounded by three acres of landscaped gardens, it’s known as the Grande Dame of York, standing proudly just steps from the city’s bustling train station. Wed in the Oak Room, combining oak panels and decorative carvings with double-height sash windows. With sweeping views of the hotel gardens and York Minster, it’s licensed for ceremonies with up to 160 guests and wedding breakfasts up to 100. There’s also the Crown and Wedgewood Rooms (80 for a ceremony and 50 for a wedding breakfast), or the Events Centre (220 for a ceremony and 280 for a reception). You can also opt for the Ebor Room for a more intimate wedding. Located off the lobby on the ground floor, it overlooks the hotel’s gardens with views of the Minster in the distance. WINTER Warmers Yorkshire wedding venues that look sensational in the cold months 21 THEMED VENUES

SCARBOROUGH SPA 01723 376 774 | Built in 1879, Scarborough Spa is a stunning period building overlooking the North Sea. This Grade II listed Victorian venue is home to the beautiful Sun Court, a popular choice as the main setting for wedding celebrations. There’s also five different distinctive rooms, all licenced for civil ceremonies and catering for any size celebration, making the day truly unique to you and your guests. Then there’s the private wedding suite, which can be used on the morning of your big day for getting ready, plus you can pop back any time you want to freshen up! Your vows can take place in the venue’s grand ceremony spot, known as Sun Court, holding up to 300 and with panoramic views of the sea. For a more intimate setting you can also have your ceremony on the Terrace overlooking the Sun Court (80 guests), followed by drinks in the newly refurbished Platinum Lounge. Of course, it doesn’t end there – along with a host of other spaces you can even wed in the Grand Hall in front of an impressive 1,000 guests! TEMPEST ARMS 01282 842 450 | Set in the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, The Tempest Arms, with its roaring fires and oak beams, has been welcoming guests since the 17th century. Licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 60 for your ceremony and wedding breakfast; and 120 for your evening celebration; the Pick Hill Room has countless character features including open stone walls, real log stove and beams that date back hundreds of years. A new feature is the Tempest Arms’ meticulously landscaped private garden. Here, sit and relax under the Yorkshire sun, surrounded by vibrant flowerbeds and rustic stone walls. What’s more, comfortable seating arrangements scattered throughout invite guests to enjoy the fresh air, plus it can also be offered as a private garden for wedding parties! At the end of all the partying, why not bed down in one of the hotel’s 21 rooms and suites? Ranging from the snug comfort of a standard room, to the opulence of a deluxe suite with private terraces or Juliette balconies; imagine waking up to the soothing sounds of the babbling beck, or overlooking the picturesque countryside from your own private outdoor space. 22

BRIAR COURT HOTEL AND VENUE Halifax Road, Birchencli e, Huddersfield HD3 3NT T: 01484 519902 F: 01484 431812 E: WWW.BRIARCOURT.CO.UK We Pa ag from £3500 We s The Briar Court Hotel BRIAR COURT THE hotel & venue Situated in the heart of the West Yorkshire Pennines between Huddersfield & Halifax. The Briar Court Hotel & Venue is ideally located with everything you will need for your perfect day. Including your ceremony, wedding breakfast, evening reception and accommodation. Choose from a range of wedding packages, starting from £3500. Contact us for more information or to arrange a viewing. e Cutlers’ Hall is without question one of the most romantic wedding venues in She eld. We are a licensed wedding venue with a choice of ve elegantly decorated rooms each of which are ideal to host any aspect of your special day. At e Cutlers’ Hall, we specialise in creating unforgettable wedding experiences. Our central location provides a stunning backdrop for your special day. With customisable indoor spaces, we can accommodate weddings of various sizes and themes. Our dedicated event team works closely with you to bring your vision to life. From the initial planning stages to the execution on the day itself, we strive to make every moment memorable. We o er a range of services, including event coordination, catering, and decor assistance, to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience. Contact information: Website – Telephone – 0114 276 8149 Email –

A perfect grassland space for your bespoke event Set in picturesque parkland, Escrick Park Estate offers glorious uninterrupted views across the former deer park and open landscape stretching for miles. The grounds are mostly facing south, providing a very special location for your marquee event. This site enables you to build your very own bespoke celebration perfectly with the option of hiring the Woodland to say your ‘I do’s’. Fully-licensed for civil ceremonies. Escrick, York YO19 6EA Tel: 01904 728252 Email:

THE CONISTON HOTEL COUNTRY ESTATE & SPA 01756 748 080 | The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa boasts plenty of enchanting event spaces to accommodate your guest list. Here you have private grounds and woodland to explore, a barn for small and intimate affairs, plus a modern and contemporary space for larger gatherings. With acres of grounds, plus a majestic lake complete with candlelit jetty and historical church, weddings at The Coniston are truly romantic. Choose the Garnett Room to say, “We do” – flooded with daylight, it seats 80 with room for a grand entrance. Winston’s 17th-century barn (60 guests) boasts original features including exposed beams, or say your vows by the picturesque 24-acre lake (100 guests). There’s also a spectacular Wedding Terrace where up to 100 can watch you wed with breathtaking estate views or enjoy an intimate woodland ceremony for up to 10 at sunset or dusk. In the run up to the big day, guests can even relax in the landscape of luxury at the award-winning Nàdarra Spa. Enjoying views of the Dales, unwind in an outdoor infinity pool or cosy up with a romantic outdoor bath experience, nestled by the woodland. You can even hire the spa exclusively, the perfect pre-wedding celebration. Lee John Mann Photography Lee John Mann Photography THE GRAND YORK 01904 380038 | The Grand York’s Edwardian building and original features are guaranteed to impress any wedding guests. Built in 1906 and located on the city walls, the hotel is packed with history and heritage that’s reflected in the décor of the building, from its tall ceilings to architectural quirks such as porthole windows. However, it also has a stunning contemporary wing, where heritage meets modern simplicity. Considering The Grand for your big day? Let us tempt you further, with its Chairman’s Suite’s wood-clad pillars, ornate fireplace and views of the city perfect for a wedding of 30. The Grand Boardroom, meanwhile, has a majestic feel, with floor-to-ceiling wood panelling, huge windows and original parquet flooring. Overlooking York Minster and city walls, this space can accommodate 100. You can then host a reception in either of the above, before taking advantage of a complimentary night’s stay as part of your package, with preferential rates for guests. THEMED VENUES 25

Last Meeting at a Christmas party led to a festive engagement for Emma and Tom Images courtesy of Joel Skingle Photography Video courtesy of Adam Wing Films CHRISTMAS 26

Emma met Tom at a friend’s Christmas party in Newcastle. “I was a student in my second year of uni, whereas Tom’s from the city,” says Emma. “There was an instant attraction and we spent the whole party getting to know each other ending the evening dancing in the living room to Wham’s Last Christmas oblivious to everyone watching! We arranged to meet up after the party and Tom moved into my university house! After graduating I got offered a job in Oxford, so while Tom continued his studies at Teesside University, we had to do long distance for a number of years. You could say we got well acquainted with trains and late night farewells on a Sunday. After five years we finally settled down and lived together in Oxfordshire.” Tom proposed in December 2020 at Emma’s family villa in Spain. “Tom’s a game designer, so it only seemed right that he create a scavenger hunt-style proposal for me, hiding clues around the villa with the help of my sisters,” continues Emma. “Each clue was personal to our story, such as: ‘This next clue can be found somewhere cold and is also the name of one of our favourite movies’. Of course, he meant Frozen, so the next clue was in the freezer, and so on. The final clue led me outside, where I found flickering candles guiding me to the terrace. Our song, Shania Twain’s You’re Still The One, was playing on the loudspeakers, with Tom waiting for me under our family olive tree, with the final clue asking me to marry him. We celebrated with amazing fireworks, red velvet cake and champagne!” The couple set the date for 3 December 2022, choosing Trinity Methodist Church Harrogate for their service, and Goldsborough Hall for their reception. Here, Emma tells us more about their wedding… MEET ME AT THE ALTAR When it came to choosing where to wed, there was no doubt in the couple’s mind. “I’m Harrogate born and bred, and Tom’s from the North too, so we couldn’t picture anywhere else!” says the bride. “We knew we wanted to get married at Christmas, and also wanted a religious service. The whole church ceremony was incredible, especially hearing the poem my cousin Pippa wrote and read. Entitled A Promise Kept, it was all about our relationship, detailing how we met, and how Tom gave me a promise ring on our one year anniversary, knowing one day we’d tie the knot. It was so personal, and we now have it in pride of place at home!” Music is a huge part of Emma’s life, so she was thrilled when her childhood choir, St Robert’s, agreed to sing at their wedding. “They included our favourite carol O Holy Night, as well as O Come all Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” continues Emma. “I thoroughly enjoyed singing along to the descant with the choir, much to Tom’s amusement!” IT’S CHRISTMAS! The couple were keen to embody the spirit of Christmas for their wedding, but without being over the top. “We opted for a subtle and elegant winter wonderland theme, choosing maroon and burgundy with hints of rose gold and blush,” says Emma. “We used this scheme for our invitations – rich burgundy with rose gold foil – also weaving it into our table plans and place cards. As one of our favourite things about Christmas is the festive films, Scan to view video 27 REAL WEDDINGS

we also decided to have It’s a Wonderful Life, The Santa Clause, Elf, The Grinch, The Snowman, Bad Santa, Christmas Carol, Home Alone and Love Actually as table names.” Dressing the tables was equally as important. “We used frosted acrylic glass stands to embody the festive theme, with candelabras with a festive wreath and winter flowers for our centrepieces,” continues Emma. “We also added a selfie stick to each table, so guests could take group shots together. This worked really well – we got some great photos!” WEAR IT WELL Emma found her dream dress at Harrogate Bridal Rogue Gallery. “I tried on four gowns in total, falling in love with the Pronovias Elara A-line tulle design,” remembers the bride. “The diamanté sparkles looked like glittering ice on the white dress, and both my mum and step mum cried tears of joy when they saw me in it! I teamed it with a feathered white shawl, cathedral veil with diamanté crystals and a lace and silver leaf hair accessory.” Emma and Tom made sure the rest of the party was also dressed to impress. “Tom wore a tailored black velvet dinner jacket and matching trousers, with double-breasted waistcoat, bow tie and patent shoes. His two best men wore matching black tie tuxedos, while my bridesmaids looked stunning in maroon floor-length dresses with faux fur shrugs. Then there was our flowergirl, Rosie, who looked gorgeous in her rose gold dress with sparkly shoes and flower crown. Even our family dog, cockapoo Molly, got involved as our dog-of-honour. She had a personalised maroon bandana to match the bridesmaids!” FESTIVE FEAST Emma and Tom made sure their guests were well fed on their big day. “The food at Goldsborough Hall for the wedding breakfast was incredible,” says the bride. “We chose smoked salmon with lemon, pickled shallot and capers to begin, followed by roasted corn-fed chicken, mushroom duxelles, pommes Anna and madeira sauce for our main meal. Dessert came in the form of a truly decadent sticky toffee pudding. My husband was very lucky that my step mum let him have hers as well since she was too full!” The couple’s wedding cake also had serious wow factor. “We wanted to continue our maroon, blush and rose gold theme, with our supplier creating a beautiful four-tiered cake with flavours of chocolate, red velvet, Victoria sponge and carrot,” continues Emma. “We served this for our evening guests as part of the buffet, which went down a treat.” DANCEFLOOR READY Entertainment-wise, Emma and Tom opted for a live band and DJ. “For our first dance we of course chose You’re Still the One, as it holds a lot of importance to us,” says Emma. “The band sang this live and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! They then sang We Found Love, which immediately had guests up on the dancefloor, jumping up and down to Rihanna’s classic tune. To be honest, there really wasn’t a moment where the dancefloor wasn’t full and we couldn’t stop smiling all night.” Emma was also keen to have a traditional father daughter dance. “What song works better than Boney M’s Daddy Cool?” laughs the bride. “It was such a fun song to dance to, with Tom and I twisting and twirling around with our dads. My sisters then joined in and dad loved having his moment to show off his spectacular dancing!” 28