Your Yorkshire Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 64)

£3.55 JAN/FEB 2024 YORKSHIREWEDDING PERFECTION Wedmin help from the region’s experts A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 BOUTIQUE bliss Dress for your vibe ON... Leeds and Bradford venues WIN! WHAT’S HOT? 2024 trends Planned to Spotlight


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 57 HOT TOPIC Local experts tells us what’s set to the hot in the world of weddings for 2024 97 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON... Leeds and Bradford 23 TALE AS OLD AS TIME We’ve rounded up some of the county’s most beautiful historical venues On the cover This issue’s cover is sponsored by The Grand Lodge at Oaklands ( and shows real couple Gemma and Daniel on their big day at the beautiful East Yorkshire venue. It was expertly captured by Lucy Dennis Photography ( 51 35 FEATURES 47 HERE COME THE GIRLS Dive into this local shoot and discover what Wressle Grange has to offer its hens 51 PLANNED TO PERFECTION Be prepared and plan your way to the wedding of your dreams with our experts’ guidance 61 BOUTIQUE BLISS We chatted to the county’s bridal boutique owners to find out how to dress according to your big day’s vibe 3

REAL WEDDINGS 30 HOME AWAY FROM HOME What could be more exciting for local wedding supplier Anna than having the chance to bring her dream wedding to life as she married her beloved Chris? 35 RAISE A GLASS Claire and Jack styled their day in a palette of greens with touches of champagne 41 WE DID IT OUR WAY Lindsey and Stephen said “I do” on 30th September 2023 at The Oakwood at Ryther HONEYMOONS 85 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 89 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava 93 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light. GROOMS 74 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 77 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 69 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 80 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 82 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare’s head of education, Adele O’Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare 30 89 9 41 61 78 4

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97 WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500. 30 LEAVE IT TO THE PROS Wedding industry pro Anna married her beloved Chris at her family’s venue Jervaulx Abbey, and you won’t want to miss it! First and foremost let me wish you all a very happy new year! I hope all of your Christmases were merry and bright. For those of you who found an engagement ring beneath the tree, allow me to offer huge congratulations. No doubt you’re now excitedly organising your venue viewings and scouring Pinterest for the dream outfit, and we can’t wait to be your wedmin BFF. What I can tell you is that you’ve chosen a spectacular part of the world to get married in. From the city lights of Leeds and Sheffield to the astounding history of York and the sweeping countryside of the North York Moors, there’s something for everyone to create a memorable, magical wedding day. And it’s not only the venues that are second to none, but also the local wedding suppliers. You’ll get the chance to meet many of them throughout our pages, so do click on their links to find out what they do and how they can help. There’s plenty to look out for to get you started on your journey. Don’t miss our planning SOS feature where the experts talk you through your very first steps and offer their top tips to give you the inside track. Also, it pays to get a head start on shopping for your attire. Wedding dresses in particular need ordering at least a year ahead of time, plus you’ll need to factor in time for your alterations. So, once you’ve decided on the important stuff like budget, date, and theme, turn to our bridal boutiques feature, where the county’s boutique owners offer inspiration when it comes to dressing for your vibe. Finally, if 2024 marks the point on the calendar where it’s now the year of your big day – eek, we’re excited for you. There’s plenty here to grab your eye from hen do inspo to beauty advice, I hope you love this issue. 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 47 GIRLS’ NIGHT This issue’s styled shoot is bursting with hen do ideas! 41 THE PERSONAL TOUCH The key thing to remember when planning your day is that it’s your wedding, your way. And that’s exactly the path Lindsey and Stephen travelled: theirs was an occasion filled with everything they love. @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 At the ready ADVERTISING Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the county FROM RUBBLE TO RICHES In the summer of 2020 a couple from North Yorkshire undertook the mammoth task of transforming an abandoned Grade I listed manor house and barns into a luxury wedding venue. What you see today is a far cry from the dirt floors, rotten roofs and smashed windows that faced Naomi and Byron when they first moved into Camblesforth Hall. With a strong vision, determination and a lot of hard work assisted by a small team of specialist tradespeople, they created a dream venue for couples. Owner Naomi says, “Our main aim was to create an exclusive venue that couples could truly make their own, from their catering options to activities for their guests and being completely dog friendly. We want to ensure our couples’ weddings are exactly what they envisaged and that they could really relax and enjoy a weekend of cerebrations and, most importantly, feel at home here.” Camblesforth Hall and Grange has been recognised for its excellence as a finalist in the Wedding Industry Awards in 2022 and 2023 in both the Barn Wedding Venue and Newcomer categories as well as being awarded Highly Commended Barn Wedding Venue. Not resting on their laurels though, Naomi and Byron have now turned their attention to renovating the top floor of the house to provide further guest accommodation for couples, which they hope to have completed by April 2024 – so watch this space! Find out more about Camblesforth Hall at Five minutes with... THE WEDDINGS TEAM AT BOWCLIFFE HALL We recently caught up with the weddings team at Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, to learn more about the venue as well as asking the ladies’ advice on venue hunting, assembling a bigday team and styling a historical venue. Click play or scan the QR code to see the full interview. Check out to find out more about tying the knot in this beautiful spot. Nearlywed Scan to view video 8 ONWARDS AND UPWARDS After almost a decade of welcoming brides to its beautiful premises in Holmfirth, the new year will see Bijou Bridal Boutique relocate just up the road to an equally charming spot in Honley. Owner Kerensa is currently super-busy, along with her hubby, getting the new space refurbished and ready to open its doors in 2024. The new boutique will be more spacious allowing Kerensa to offer her brides much more choice. But she plans never to lose the personal, one-to-one, award-winning customer service and friendly vibe of the store, which is what makes it so special. For the latest updates on opening date, address, and more follow Bijou Bridal Boutique on social media at @bijoubridalboutique and @bijoubridalboutiqueholmfirth Also check out OLIVE OR A TWIST? Carlton Towers has partnered with Fairfax Distillery to launch its very own botanical gin, a delicious blend of elderflower, lemon verbena and thyme. The gin has been created using botanicals from the Carlton Towers estate selected by owners Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard in conjunction with the family-owned Yorkshire-based distillery. The idea for the gin began in June 2023 when Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard invited Kelly McCarthy from Fairfax Distillery to spend the day at Carlton Towers where they learned about the distillation process and foraged ingredients from the estate and herb garden creating the stately home’s first exclusive gin. “We are thrilled to announce the launch of our homespun gin enhanced by self-foraged botanicals. Our gin would make the perfect gift, a souvenir for wedding couples to remember their special day or just as a treat,” says Lady Emma Fitzalan Howard. Priced at £45 per bottle, the gin is available for purchase and will be stocked in Carlton Towers’ in-house bar. Find out more at

MUST-SEE SAVINGS Gretna Green, a family-owned wedding destination located in Dumfries and Galloway, is offering 30 per cent off its luxury wedding packages for two, six, or 10 guests (including the couple). Tie the knot in the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, situated at the heart of Gretna Green village. It’s the world-famous, historical home of the anvil wedding and has been at the centre of runaway love since the Marriage Act of 1754. Alternatively, you can say your vows in the Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House. Gretna Hall was the venue of choice for the rich and famous runaways of that era. This iconic Gretna Green wedding venue was built as a private manor house in 1710 and a coaching inn later that century. The packages include two nights’ accommodations for you and your guests at Smiths or Gretna Hall and include dining options. Visit to find out more about the packages and for a price breakdown. SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP Yorkshire-based brand Patricia Barclay Bridals has announced the launch of its flagship store in the Scottish Borders. A true family affair, award-winning Isobel Florence is a beautiful boutique found in the town of Dalbeattie, and Patricia Barclay gowns will be available here from February 2024. Patricia is an internationally renowned bridal fashion designer celebrating 23 years in the industry in 2023. Since 2008, she has been at the helm of her own bridal boutique, offering a custom made-to-measure and bespoke design atelier. In March 2023, Patricia launched her debut collection, Patricia Barclay, at White Gallery in London, where she secured some fantastic new stockists. Then, in September, she showcased a new collection of separates under the Amelia Gray Label. Now, following a successful Bridal Week Harrogate, Patricia Barclay has proudly announced the launch of her four labels: Patricia Barclay, designed for the traditional bride with a strong creative vision, gowns are super-glam with a sassy edge; Amelia Gray, a collection of separates, which can be mixed and matched to create the extraordinary dress of your dreams; Lily Barclay, full of timeless, classic cuts, demure dresses featuring a beautiful combination of fabrics; and Ella Rae, a whimsical collection, perfect for the fun-loving bride. Find out more about the local brand at Or to book an appointment at Isobel Florence, head over to MUSIC TO YOUR EARS Live music is a great addition to any wedding day, from the intimacy of your ceremony to getting the party started for your evening reception. Leon Marshall has been a professional wedding musician for the past seven years, and having just been named as a Regional Finalist in The Wedding Industry Awards 2024, the multi-award-winning singing guitarist has got your day covered! “I can provide live music from the intimacy of the ceremony and throughout the drinks reception and wedding breakfast, before getting the party started for the evening do.” Leon says. “I have a repertoire of around 300 songs that my couples are welcome to choose the songs I’ll play from, and I’m more than happy to learn something that’s special to you both!” Packages start from £250 to £1,450 for a whole day of live performance including background music between sets. You can follow Leon on social media @leonmarshallmusic and his website Plus, you can listen to his original music on all music streaming platforms. LOCAL NEWS 9

LET’S FACE IT Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa in Leeds is excited to announce the arrival of the innovative Caudalie Resveratrol Facial (£78 for 50 minutes), featuring the newly reformulated Caudalie Resveratrol skincare products. The Facial introduces an exceptional breakthrough in skincare: 100 per cent vegan collagen that mimics the skin’s own collagen, setting the stage for the future of skin care. The results are astonishing, as the Resveratrol Patent stimulates the skin to produce five times more collagen and two times more hyaluronic acid. The new Vegan Collagen 1 strengthens the collagen fibres by 237 per cent delivering firmer skin in just 18 days! Plus, the range aligns beautifully with Caudalie’s commitment to clean formulas, comprising 97 per cent natural and vegan ingredients. Find out more and book at AHEAD OF THE CROWD Liz Devine-Wright, owner of hat shop Simply Devine in Tadcaster, has been recognised as Specialist Supplier of the Year at the Nation’s Wedding Awards. She has previously won several gongs in the English Wedding Awards, and is also a finalist in the forthcoming 2024 awards as a Wedding Accessories Supplier. Her latest win adds to her collection of trophies in recent years. “It’s such an honour to win the Nation’s Wedding Awards because nominations are from our customers who’ve received a fabulous hat from us, and been happy with the customer service they received,” Liz says. “We’ve been in business coming up to 20 years, which is a huge milestone for us. It’s wonderful that the awards recognise amazing people and micro businesses, which provide services to brides, grooms and their families.” Liz designs her own hats, hatinators and fascinators, but also sells headwear from other designers. She also supplies her creations to independent boutiques up and down the country. A spokesperson for the Nation’s Wedding Awards says, “Winning an award in this prestigious competition is a significant achievement, as it acknowledges the talent and hard work of those in the wedding industry who set a benchmark for others to follow.” Find out more at RING-A-DING-DING Jessica Flinn Fine Jewellery, a beloved Sheffield-based business, has revealed its newest collection drawing inspiration from the captivating world of vintage Art Deco jewellery. This collection pays homage to the striking aesthetics of the design movement, featuring bold geometric patterns with clean lines, squares, triangles, pyramids and arcs that are nothing short of mesmerising. Emma Fathers is the brilliant junior designer who breathed life into this collection. Her creative genius led her to an intricate dance of geometric gemstones and metal shapes, creating a symphony of style that’s truly captivating. She delved deep into the opulence and vibrancy of the era, selecting a rich palette of sapphires, rubies and tourmalines, entwined with gold, platinum and diamonds. Adding a contemporary touch, the use of salt and pepper diamonds, Jessica Flinn’s specialty, bring that signature sparkle that’s bound to leave you spellbound. Find out more at 10 JOIN THE CLUB Wonderland Blooms has blossomed over the past four years, marking its anniversary with remarkable growth. What began as a small flower studio has flourished into a haven for floral enthusiasts. In celebration of this milestone, Wonderland Blooms is moving to a more expansive workshop. The new workshop not only promises more room for whimsical arrangements but also introduces an exciting addition — the Wonder Club. This exclusive club invites flower lovers to immerse themselves in the art of floristry through specialised workshops. Aptly named, the Wonder Club promises an enchanting experience, where members can discover the secrets behind crafting stunning bouquets and arrangements. This expansion reflects Wonderland Blooms’ commitment to nurturing a community of floral enthusiasts, fostering creativity, and sharing the joy of blossoms. The larger space signifies not just physical growth but also a broader canvas for artistic expression. As Wonderland Blooms embarks on this new chapter, the fragrance of possibility fills the air, inviting everyone to join the blooming journey in the heart of the Wonder Club, launching spring 2024. Find out more at

We’ll be at the Edinburgh Weddding Exhibition and also on catwalk on 27th and 28th January 2024 at Murrayfield Stadium. Patricia Barclay is an internationally renowned bridal fashion designer from yorkshire. Having just celebrated 23 years in the industry, the Yorkshire based British brand Patricia Barclay Bridals has launched its Flagship Store, Isobel Florence, a beautiful boutique nestled in the Scottish Borders in a lovely historical town called Dalbeattie. Isobel Florence is a family run boutique with Jule and King at the helm, where every bride who vsits their boutique will receives the full VIP treatment. Isobel Florence will be showcasing the Patricia Barclay Bridals Sapphire Collection at The Edinburgh Weddding Exhibition and also on catwalk on 27th and 28th January 2024 at Murrayfield Stadium. Patricia Barclay will be in attendance at this event where brides will be able to come and say hello and have a chat. To find out more about this local brand and its flagship boutique Patricia Barclay Bridals or Isobel Florence... Patricia Barclay Bridals @patriciabarclaybridals Isobel Florence Bridal isobelflorencebridal 07542 169460 |

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A £100 GIFT VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH THE BOBBY PIN Established in 2016 by Lisa Steane, The Bobby Pin offers incredibly beautiful wedding accessories for modern brides with a love of sparkle. There are luxe hair vines, crowns, headbands, combs, pins and jewellery, which all make the dreamiest finishing touches. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that a whole lot of style and love has been poured into every single piece so that it wows on your wedding day. Created to reflect current fashion trends and complement leading big-day looks, The Bobby Pin’s collections deliver something new and exciting to style-conscious brides enabling you to express your individuality and break free of the traditional bridal mould. Prepare to shop for your dream bridal accessories with a chance to win one of two £100 gift vouchers to spend at – taking you from Miss to Mrs in serious style! Use your voucher to shop up-to-the-minute bridal accessories, such as statement headbands, crowns and earrings, or romantic, floral-adorned hair vines, pins and combs. Alternatively, you could spend it on beautiful accessories and gifts for your bridesmaids. Enter online at by 29th February, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Image credit: Lucy Dennis Photography Skipton Road, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9BD | 01729 823814 Dream Weddings FALL IN LOVE WITH FALCON MANOR Visit our website for dates and details of upcoming open day events or to book a private viewing with our dedicated wedding team. Surrounded by the stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside, Falcon Manor is the perfect place to say “I do” AT PHOTOGRAPHERS: Christopher Lewis, The Wedding Guy, Bowness Films, Laura Calderwood

LEEDS AND BRADFORD Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot FALCON MANOR 01729 823 814 | Located in the sleepy Yorkshire town of Settle, Falcon Manor is a romantic wedding venue that’ll become exclusively yours for your special day. Surrounded by breathtaking vistas that create a picture-perfect backdrop for your wedding or celebration, Falcon Manor embraces its former elegance as a historical manor house while introducing modern touches and contemporary design. The grandeur of the Manor’s architecture is complemented on the inside, with a roaring log fire in the entrance hall to welcome you as soon as you walk through the door. Step into the light-filled Garden Room boasting the most beautiful feature lighting and a luxurious, neutral design that’ll enhance your chosen theme and styling. Falcon Manor is fully licensed for civil ceremonies, which take place in the stunning Garden Room that’s filled with daylight and opens out onto a beautiful terrace. Alternatively, choose an outdoor ceremony in the pavilion surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales countryside. Able to accommodate up to 87 guests in both locations, the Manor is a perfect place to exchange vows. As the day becomes night the Manor takes on a whole new ambience and atmosphere, projecting the warmth and magic of dusk through the bay windows of the Garden Room. Knowing you want a party, the staff are on hand to deliver the best evening for you and up to 150 guests to dance the night away. A private and exclusive bar is open until 12.30am. Why not add some extra special touches with Falcon Manor’s personalised gin bar or personalised Bowland Brewery pump clips? The gin bar option includes four bottles of gin with personalised labels, and you can also choose one of our Bowland Brewery ales to serve on the day and name it with your very own pump clip. CHEVIN COUNTRY PARK HOTEL 01943 467 818 | With its woodland surroundings and tranquil lake in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside, Chevin Country Park Hotel allows you to create a picturesque setting for your big day. The main building of the Hotel is the largest log cabin in the country, which will make it a talking point among guests and with the opportunity to stay over in one of the woodland cabins or lodges, their experience will be one to remember. The venue can cater for a variety of weddings from small, intimate gatherings, up to 100 guests. It’s the policy here only to hold one wedding per day, so you can be confident that the team will devote all of its time and attention to you to ensure your day is truly special for you and all your guests. Hold your ceremony in the Conservatory (90 guests) before moving through to the Woodlands Suite for your reception. The space has a modern twist while maintaining the Hotel’s rustic feel. The Garden Lounge is suitable for more intimate vows (30 guests) and benefits from panoramic views over the lake and woodlands. Here, there’s a real log fire providing warmth and ambience. It can also host your reception for the same number. Woodlands (100 guests) too has wonderful views, this time over the spectacular grounds thanks to its bi-folding door. It has a more modern feel to it and is versatile, complementing most themes for your ceremony and reception. The venue offers top table flowers, a pre-wedding menu tasting for two, use of the honeymoon suite for the night of the wedding, complimentary leisure membership for one month before the big day and discounted rates for guest accommodation. © Phil Sproson Photography © Phil Sproson Photography 17 LOCAL VENUES

THE FAVERSHAM 0113 243 1481 | The Faversham is one of the most sought after alternative venues in the city of Leeds and is ideal for those looking for less traditional nuptials. Originally a hotel, opening its doors in 1947, the venue has undergone an impressive renovation and has been reimagined to create a stylish backdrop to any wedding day. Located just five minutes from the city centre it has its own private grounds with parking. The multi-purpose events space with original glass-roofed Conservatory, elegant Lounge and outdoor south-facing terrace combined with the Main Room’s original flooring and exposed brickwork make it a dreamy setting for a wedding. The Faversham’s eclectic mix of vintage, industrial and modern furniture provides you with the flexibility to create your own settings in each room. You can host your ceremony in the Conservatory for up to 85 people or for up to 120 people in the Main Hall. Afterwards, the team can cater your wedding breakfast for guest numbers of 60 up to 140 and evening receptions for up to 300 people. The experienced in-house events management team will be on hand throughout your day to ensure everything runs perfectly. From the initial enquiry, throughout the planning, to the final execution, they’ll ensure every detail of your big day is taken care of and the process is as seamless and stress-free as possible. LINEHAM FARM 0113 378 3945 | Set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside and surrounded by 120 acres of outstanding natural beauty, Lineham Farm with its 17th-century farmhouse, is an idyllic backdrop for your celebration. It provides a completely blank canvas for you to get creative with, making your day your own, and with exclusive use of the venue for the weekend, it’s wonderfully flexible to boot. The Barn Room (110 seated and 150 evening guests) is the main function room and indoor ceremony area here. With Yorkshire stone walls, a high beamed ceiling and twinkling fairylights its a cosy, magical setting. Alternatively, marquee weddings allow you to create the perfect balance of an indoor and outdoor celebration as you immerse yourselves in the outstanding beauty of the Yorkshire countryside. The event field has plenty of space for marquees, tents, tipis and yurts. You also get exclusive use of the farmhouse, cottages and courtyards. The Courtyard is the ideal spot for ceremonies, drinks receptions or even evening celebrations. Sheltered from the wind by the Yorkshire stone buildings, and with plenty of space for an outdoor bar, it’s a lovely sunny space made for mingling. There can be few settings more magical for a ceremony than the farm’s unspoilt woodlands. Set among towering fir trees, beautiful foliage and natural wetlands, the space is intimate and enchanting. Hold your entire wedding beneath the forest canopy or simply use the woodland for scenic photographs. Lineham Farm provides accommodation for up to 50 overnight guests. Additional friends and family can make use of the dedicated camping area or stay at one of the many nearby hotels. The lovely double room on the ground floor of the farmhouse is set aside as the wedding suite, complete with seating area, kitchenette, log burner and en-suite bathroom. From street food and pizza vans to cocktail bars and sit-down meals, find the caterers you love and the venue will happily accommodate them for you. It also has a selection of recommended suppliers in case you get stuck. You have access to the kitchen and dining facilities with plenty of fridge space for food and drinks. 18

A unique destination with an alpine feel. otley, west yorkshire. a peaceful woodland location, in the heart of Yorkshire countryside. the hotel features classically styled function rooms, tranquil lake & luxury spa. packages for up to 160 guests can be tailored to your requirements. make your wedding a day to remember at chevin. 01943 467818 Chevin Country Park Hotel Waterton Park Hotel a historic property in rolling parkland. walton, west yorkshire. whether it’s a lavish affair for up to 145 or an intimate party for as few as 6, tie the knot & celebrate in either historic walton hall on the island, or the more modern waterton park hotel. both share the same idyllic lakeside setting, the perfect backdrop for your photographs. 01924 257911

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

WHARFEDALE GRANGE 0113 288 6320 | Located in the heart of Yorkshire between Leeds and Harrogate, Wharfedale Grange is small privately-owned estate set within a breathtaking panorama that spans the North Park of Harewood Estate. Once a strawberry farm it has now been transformed by its interiordesigner owner into a farmhouse-luxe paradise. You’ll find yourselves enchanted by the modern-yet-timeless décor! Here, you’ll find the private bridal preparation suite behind a secret door, plus a separate ceremony room, luxurious split-level cocktail bar, the grand South Barn twinkling with vintage chandeliers and even a oneof-a-kind gossip room complete with prosecco tap and phone chargers! The North Barn, designed to be striking but with romance in mind, is where the magic truly happens! The space has a built-in sound system to play your ceremony music and you may even want a gospel choir or musicians playing from the balcony above. The venue also offers al fresco “I dos” in the shape of an arbour overlooking the Yorkshire countryside. The Cart Barn features a fully-equipped couture cocktail bar with bespoke glassware that’s unique to the venue, you won’t find any ordinary wine and water glasses here! The bar comes fully staffed with trained, uniformed mixologists who really know how to produce a cocktail or two. On the mezzanine you’ll find a cosy log burner, velvet sofas and Designer’s Guide chairs. Antique mirrors, a huge original Belle Epoque chandelier, Fornasetti plates on the bookcase and the venue’s signature quirky décor are everything you need to set the scene for your big day. The South Barn is the luxury wedding breakfast space and home to the venue’s dancefloor. It features seating for up to 250 guests throughout, although 60 to 200 is perfect for downstairs. Twinkling festoon and fairylights illuminate your way and imagine your first dance beneath the huge glittering rose gold mirror ball while the entertainers of your choice play your favourite song through the impressive built-in sound system. A stone’s throw from the Barn is The Farmhouse, a six-bedroomed Grade II listed Georgian structure offering six en-suite bedrooms. With its own private driveway you can arrive here from 3pm the day before your wedding. CROWNE PLAZA LEEDS 0113 261 6848 | crowne-plaza-leeds Crowne Plaza Leeds boasts stunning sites for your reception, delicious catering, an open-plan bar and restaurant, and a grand staircase entrance that’s guaranteed to delight your guests. Together with stylish accommodation and on-site Spirit Leisure Club, the team is all set to make your special occasion a memorable one. From the moment you enquire, you’ll be assigned a dedicated wedding coordinator who’ll be with you every step of the way, helping as much or as little as you wish. Ceremonies take place in Headingley (60 guests), an intimate room ideal for romantic “I dos.” Once you’re wed, you’ll move through to Roundhay (150 guests) for your wedding breakfast. The space has its own private bar, mezzanine level for a drinks reception and a grand staircase for your photos. You can party the night away here with 180 loved ones. The venue also offers a free menu tasting. 21 LOCAL VENUES

From the moment you step inside, your adventure begins. Let us take you on a wonderful tour of our beautiful Manor. Each space is entirely unique, yet entirely perfect. Floral heaven, art deco glamour and prohibition moods, we have it all and more. 01484 504000 - -

AS TIME Tale as old We round up some of the county’s favourite historical venues SNEATON CASTLE 01947 603 150 | Sneaton Castle Estate is a family-run business, with a team passionate about turning your dreams into reality. Situated a mere stone’s throw from the historical seaside town of Whitby, it feels like a world away. Plus, there’s a myriad of photo opportunities both within the Castle walls and without. Imagine saying “I do” in the Castle’s fully-dressed, breathtakingly beautiful chapel, which is truly somewhere special. Licensed for civil ceremonies, your next chapter together in life starts here at Sneaton Castle. The venue uses produce from its own farm whenever possible and also provides a list of local suppliers that’s evolving on a daily basis! Local producers provide the venue with the pick of the crop, leanest cuts and catch of the day and are so proud of what they produce. The venue’s wedding package includes a delicious three-course Castle Charm wedding breakfast or a Vintage Nostalgia afternoon tea for 60 to 80 guests depending on the day. The carefully renovated Sister’s Priory is available to host your guests overnight with its modern en-suite rooms in a characterful setting. Complementary from 7.30am on the morning of your wedding until the ceremony is the Dovecote Dressing Room. A light and spacious room it’s ideal for getting ready with your bridal party with large full-length mirror, make-up chairs, floral arch and shower room. Plus, there are two further guest bedrooms located alongside the dressing room. Also included in the package is Our Lady Honeymoon Suite where you can spend your first night together as newlyweds. MANOR HOUSE LINDLEY 01484 504 000 | A hidden gem nestled in the heart of the desirable village of Lindley, West Yorkshire, Manor House Lindley is ideally situated just a mile-and-a-half from the M62. Its dramatic facade emphasises its heritage with sandcoloured stone and imposing columns around the front door, while large windows offer a glimpse of the tasteful interior design within. To one side, a sunny terrace entices and between buildings the beautiful courtyard brings a distinctly Roman feel. Painstakingly thought out and masterfully executed, the design of the Manor’s interiors stems from the Far East mixed with contemporary touches to give it a feeling of high-end luxury. The pièce de résistance is The Coach House, the designated wedding space, where vaulted ceilings and stained-glass blends with an opulent bar area and carved panelling. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and contain period features such as elegant fountains, leafy trees and a perfect view of the famous Lindley Clock Tower. The dramatic sweeping drive leading up to the Manor’s forecourt is also ideal for making a grand entrance on your big day. Ceremonies can be held in the spectacular Coach House (140 guests). Its clever dividers allow for an intimate wedding or a grander affair. Lindley Cellars (40 guests) offers pace for an alternative ceremony style. The space channels the Prohibition Era of dark and intriguing dens hidden from plain sight. The Lantern Room (40 guests) boasts a large bay window letting in ample light and bare brick walls. For even more intimate gatherings, The Lounge (eight guests) is located in the accommodation suite. Receptions too can take place in any of these spaces (140 wedding breakfast, 200 evening reception guests). There’s also St Stephens C of E Parish Church right next door. Various packages are available, and options may include free overnight accommodation in the fabulous wedding suite and free menu tasting once the initial deposit has been paid. © Chris Conway Photography © Chris Conway Photography 23 HISTORICAL VENUES

RISE HALL 0345 450 4545 | Rise Hall is one of Yorkshire’s largest privately-owned Grade II stately country houses 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 fairylights. 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, 30 further individually-styled guest bedrooms, a firepit and even the venue’s very own traditional Yorkshire pub bar! HIGH TRENHOUSE 0333 112 2747 | A charming exclusive-use wedding venue set in beautiful secluded grounds within the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, High Trenhouse is perfect for intimate weddings wrapped in nature. It has all the atmosphere, facilities, ambience and a variety of spaces available for you to hold your ceremony. From a lovely airy room with a vaulted ceiling to a wooded glade and a tree-lined meadow flooded with sunshine, the venue is exclusively yours. Surrounded by three-and-a-quarter acres of greenery, mossy walls, winding woodland paths, ponds and all the livestock and wildlife you’d expect, the venue is an idyllic oasis of calm and tranquility. If you’re not quite trusting the British weather though, the meadow will comfortably hold a tipi or a marquee for more covered space. Both buildings have their own dining spaces, bar and lounge wrapped up in beautiful gardens and woodland. The venue’s lawned areas are wonderful for congregating for canapés and cocktails, and there are plenty of quiet corners to relax in and explore. Ceremonies are held in Malhamdale Room (80 guests), Littondale Room (60 guests), Resting Hare Veranda (20 guests) or Epic Stores (20 guests). The venue’s buildings and spaces are also suited to formal sitdown meals or more relaxed dining options. The in-house team will take care of all catering for the members of your party staying overnight, but outside catering is required for the main event. Both buildings boast fully-stocked comfortable bars. Bennett’s is a lounge with conservatory, while North End’s bar is smaller with an attached veranda. Beers and spirits are sourced from local brewers and distilleries wherever possible and there’s a bevvy of non-alcoholic options too. 24

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BOLTON CASTLE | The setting of Bolton Castle creates a bold statement as your guests arrive. Visible from across the dale, the Castle sits proudly looking across Wensleydale. As your loved ones arrive in the village, their first view is the stunning fortified Castle complete with portcullis. The gardens wrap around three sides of the Castle with the remaining walls set into manicured lawns. The gardens are renowned for their rooms – including a physic garden with herbs and flowers used extensively in the medieval period, to the beautiful arches and rose gardens. The maze provides a lovely opportunity for some memorable photographs and is edged with gravel paths and manicured lawns. Priding itself on flexibility, the team at Bolton Castle will work closely with you to achieve that fairytale wedding of your dreams. You can hire the entire castle and gardens or choose to enjoy a ceremony in one room with two hours for photographs in the garden. The Castle can host both small intimate gatherings as well as larger affairs. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held in The Solar Room and The Great Chamber, where Mary Queen of Scots was held in some luxury. It also welcomes weddings on the lawn with the Castle as the backdrop, alternatively a marquee works well for both vows and celebrations. The Great Chamber within the Castle walls is perfect for the “I dos” with a capacity of 120 guests for a wedding breakfast and 220 for an evening do. A marquee on the lawn with magnificent views of the Castle and Wensleydale caters for 250 guests for a reception. What’s more, Bolton Castle’s on-site falconry allows the venue to offer couples a barn owl to deliver the rings at the outset of the ceremony. BOWCLIFFE HALL 01937 541111 | A special day calls for a special setting and Bowcliffe Hall certainly won’t disappoint! Charming and beautifully characterful, Bowcliffe Hall is a spectacular country estate set in 28 acres of award-winning gardens, that exudes contemporary elegance from the moment you drive through its gates. The fully-licensed estate offers magical surroundings for weddings all year round, boasting four distinct rooms and venues to choose from, which can welcome up to 85 day and 150 evening guests. Each venue varies in size and design, depending on your requirements. From the traditional Bowcliffe Room, adorned with captivating original features, facing onto expertly manicured grounds, to the Blackburn Wing, an architectural marvel shaped like an aeroplane wing, nestled among ancient woodland. Alternatively, those looking for an intimate and luxurious venue may prefer the Drivers’ Club, home to Bowcliffe Hall’s very own private members club, with decor inspired by the opulent 1920s and the Golden Age of Motoring. The venue’s highly-experienced team of in-house chefs will work closely with you to curate a food menu that tantalises your taste buds. Revel in a selection of delectable starters, mouth-watering mains and scrumptious desserts, all meticulously created using seasonal, locallysourced ingredients where possible. Bowcliffe Hall offers absolute exclusivity and flexibility. Its team will act as your personal wedding coordinators, ensuring that each and every detail has been thoughtfully considered and brought to life, as you say “I do”. HISTORICAL VENUES 27

Civil Ceremony License. Indoor & Outdoor Weddings. Access to 3.5 acres of secluded grounds. Call us now for more information and to arrange your personal tour with our events team. Phone: +44 (0) 3331122747 Email: Web: A charming exclusive use wedding venue for up to 50 people set in beautiful, secluded grounds within the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. For intimate weddings wrapped in nature, High Trenhouse has all the atmosphere, facilities and ambience

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Home away What could be more exciting for local wedding supplier Anna than having the chance to bring her dream wedding to life as she married her beloved Chris? Images courtesy of James Green Studio FROM HOME 30

Anna and Chris met online. Although Chris messaged first, he then took a week to respond to Anna’s reply. When it finally did come, the note just said: “I’m rubbish at messaging people back. Shall we just meet?” They’d both discovered a common interest in CrossFit and he attended a gym Anna was herself interested in joining, so she thought: “Why not?” They got together for a lunchtime Nandos, and having both made strange requests with their food, immediately felt comfortable with each other. “We both had a lot in common, but were also both independent. Having our own interests was very important to us both,” Anna says. Anna’s family has owned Jervaulx Abbey for more than 50 years, so it’s a huge part of their lives. Knowing how important it is to Anna, Chris came home a day early from a trip away with friends to set up candles and flowers in one of her favourite parts of the ruin. In on the plans, Chris’ sister called Anna to let her know that something had happened at the Abbey and that she should go down there. When she arrived, she found her family there waiting who advised her to go inside straight away and see what had happened. “As I walked in and saw the candles, I thought how cute it was that someone must have just got engaged,” Anna remembers. “Then I saw the flowers my sister had arranged and it started to click, but there was no sign of Chris!” Having expected her to walk into the room, he was still in his hiding place behind a hedge, but Anna had remained frozen in the doorway. She continues, “When he eventually realised I was there, he emerged, pulled me into the room, got down on one knee and asked the question.” The venue choice was obvious. Jervaulx Abbey regularly hosts weddings, and Anna works with the couples to arrange them. “I already knew how beautiful, relaxed and unique the Abbey was,” she explains. “With my job, I’ve visited loads of venues but nowhere compared.” So, the date was set for 20th May, Anna’s favourite time of year. “The lambs are out in the parkland, the birds are singing away and the Abbey becomes so colourful,” she tells us. SETTING THE SCENE Anna and Chris were legally wed in the Abbey on the Wednesday prior to their big day. This allowed them to ask a close friend to conduct the ceremony for the main event. “Clarke did an incredible job, with the right level of loving, commitment, personal and funny,” the bride says. Anna was keen to have wedding favours that doubled up as place names, so she made the guests name keyrings from resin using the colours from the wedding palette. “I was so happy to see them all being taken away as a lovely memory from the day,” she tells us. The bride also turned her hand to creating the table plan. She chose florals that would be used in the fresh flower arrangements and painted them onto a big blackboard, which stood on an easel at the entrance to the marquee. The couple had opted for a long trestle-table layout for a more sociable dining experience. “We actually decided to avoid centrepieces,” Anna REAL WEDDINGS 31

shares. The centrepiece for them was the food. Caterers Hog and Apple offer raised boards for the spread to go on, which looked impressive in their own right. “The presentation is stunning and we wanted enough room to make it easy to be placed down,” she continues. The couple also bought their own glasses with cut glass decanters containing mead for their toasts. Along with the wine and bud vases, these were just enough to fill the tables. Having worked alongside Emma at The Petal Studio for years, Anna decided she wanted to collaborate with her on her own wedding. The two settled on a meadow vibe to complement the Abbey and used urns to create a statement backdrop for the ceremony. This was later moved to the dancefloor where the wedding cake was displayed and used as its backdrop. Not wanting to waste any of the incredible blooms, the meadows also went into the marquee to decorate the table ends. With a gorgeous muted pastel palette throughout the displays included big blousy peonies, tulips and a selection of blooms carrying sentimental meaning including lily of the valley and forget me nots. Given Anna makes wedding cakes as a career, this was always going to be the most anticipated element of the day! Anna took inspiration from her wedding dress and its hand embroidery. Together with her sister they combined two techniques to create the showstopper: Anna hand-painted the flowers while Gayle used brush embroidery over the top. She also created some sugar flowers inspired by the couple’s wedding florals and used an off cut from the bride’s dress to create a big bow. There was also an incredible dessert table for which Anna baked all of her favourite cakes and sweet treats decorated with palette colours and hand-painted to tie into the day. “Don’t forget to eat! You run on adrenaline and don’t often feel hungry, but do remember to eat and drink plenty of water.” FOOD FOR THOUGHT Food and music were two of the most important aspects of Anna and Chris’ day, as going to gigs and finding street food to try are things the two of them enjoy as a couple. The Hog and Apple provided their sharing boards and the newlyweds adored the Brazilian twist on their traditional wedding meal. There were a selection of three meats – steak, chicken and pork – with plenty of sides to choose from. “It all looked as good as it tasted and it was such a joy when guests told us how delicious it all was,” Anna shares. A food van was enlisted for the evening. The couple found Spud and Bros as a food festival and asked them immediately if they catered for weddings. “We loved that it was a small business making poutine,” Anna says. “It was something a little different but at the end of the night, cheesy chips and gravy is a perfect option.” “We had a golden hour walk around the Abbey. It was so special to have a few moments to ourselves.” LOOKING THE PART Anna discovered Savin London gowns online and immediately fell in love with the floral inspiration. So, she visited the White Yard, which stocks the designer. She’d met 32