Real Yorkshire wedding… Julia and Chris: ‘lovebirds’ say I do under Sun Pavilion’s stunning stained glass ceiling

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As far as wedding venues go, they don’t get much more spectacular than the Sun Pavilion in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. This art deco building has a stunning stained glass domed roof and is set in the lush Valley Gardens. It was there Julia and Chris chose to say ‘I do’, with their big day captured by Morgan Photography.

Julia decided to make her own save the dates, invitations, postbox, thank you cards, and ‘orders of the day’, which doubled up as fans. She used a picture of two lovebirds which in the end came to signify their wedding style.

She also invested a great deal of time and effort into tracking down the dream Pronovias dress she had first spotted in a shop window in Paris.

She said: “I had fallen in love with its fluffiness and when we talked about getting married I knew I had to track it down! It was from a previous season but I found a sample dress in a small shop and, as it was in my size, it seemed that it was meant to be.

“My Mum died from cancer 10 years ago and I didn’t want anyone else with me when I chose my dress – so off I went on my own. I insisted on trying on loads of different styles but as soon as I tried on Rapsodia I didn’t want to take it off – sold!

“As it was the sample, it was a real bargain (which pleased the Yorkshire boy enormously) and after a trip to the dry cleaners, it was perfect. I would recommend this route to anyone who is looking to save money (to splurge on shoes!) but doesn’t want to compromise on quality.”

The couple are lucky enough to be friends with genius florist Sally of Serendipity Floral Designs, who interpreted Julia’s vision of a pink ‘pouffy’ ball into a gorgeous bouquet of peonies decorated with a vintage brooch.

The bridesmaids’ wrist corsages were freesias ~ Julia’s mum’s favourite flower ~ also finished with vintage brooches.

Their favours were poignant pin badges from Cancer Research UK’s Jenny Packham range. Also popular with guests were the speech sweepstake kits {free from Paddy Power} ~ the couple were touched when the winners handed over their spoils to boost their charitable donation ~ and the well-stocked sweetie bar.

Julia’s advice to other brides is to keep calm ~ even when you find out your best man will be sporting a black eye on your big day ~ and remember why you’re there.

She said: “Lots of people before the big day gave me snippets of advice – the best two pieces were to take time to look up to watch your loved ones having fun and to not stress about the little things which go wrong.

“I remembered this and avoided bridezilla mode when the best man sported a black eye from a mugging in the kebab shop the night before the wedding and when the groom’s parents nearly missed the whole thing as they “lost track of time”!!

“You have to remember what the day is really about – my favourite part was looking deeply into my best friend’s eyes and clasping his hands tightly whilst we said our vows.

“Yes, we had the venue we wanted, with all the trimmings and a room full of our favourite people but the real meaning of the day was written into those words we promised – to love and cherish each other no matter what life throws at us.”

Julia and Chris’s love story began two years before their wedding day and took a huge leap forward on a grey, windy day on a Northumbrian beach when Chris drew a heart with the words ‘marry me’ inside in the sand. I wish them all the best for their life together as husband and wife.

Need to know:
Bride’s gown: Pronovias ‘Rapsodia’ from Gowns and Garters, Northampton
Bride’s veil: Louella Bride, Leeds
Bride’s hair accessories: Pronovias
Bride’s jewellery: necklace and earrings, Swarovski; pearl bracelet belonged to the bride’s late mother and was her ‘something old’
Bride’s shoes: Diane Hassall ‘Blush’ from Sophie Louise Bride
Bride’s make up: Louise Lunn
Bride’s hair: Jenny via Louise Lunn
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Linzi Jay from Limelight Occasions
Bridesmaids’ hair accessories: Coast
Bridesmaids’ jewellery: Monet at House of Fraser
Bridesmaids’ shoes: Moda in Pelle
Groom’s suit: from Slaters, Leeds
Groom’s shoes: Kurt Geiger
Groom’s accessories: tie from Ted Baker
Photography: Morgan Photography
Wedding rings: designed and made at Hatton Garden, London
Flowers and centrepieces: Serendipity Floral Designs, Leeds
Invitations, table numbers and bunting: handmade by the bride
Place names and favours: Cancer Research UK
Cupcakes: The Cupcake Shoppe
Entertainment: Chequers
Honeymoon: road trip along the Californian coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecc Aspin
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 13:50:45

    Beautiful. I loved looking at this wedding as my December wedding was also at the Sun Pavilion! Great to see a different season and another bride’s take on a fabulous venue. Becca x

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  3. ReelLifePhotosElaine
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 01:58:21

    Interesting blog, Angel of the North. I like the way you provide links to each and every wedding supplier involved: that must take quite a bit of work to track them all down, as most brides would struggle to find time to share all that with you. Interesting collection of photos too Morgan Photography. Like all the little detail shots. xx Reel Life Photos Elaine

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  4. Helen
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 00:20:49

    Stunning!

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  5. C-L
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 22:02:12

    Simply fabulous! And great to get some more inside info on what looks like the perfect day!

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  6. Morgan Photography
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 19:07:42

    Looks Fab!

    Reply

  7. katy howieson
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 11:34:58

    Gorgeous 🙂

    Reply

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