Real Yorkshire castle wedding: Becca and Charlie

Becca and Charlie planned a low key and understated wedding… but then they fell in love with Allerton Castle, a magnificent 18th century gothic castle near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.

Allerton also has 200 acres of parkland and gardens. Unfortunately with non-stop rain there was no opportunity for the wedding party to explore the outdoors, but the castle’s opulence made for a fabulous backdrop to Yusuf Ozkizil’s photographs.


Becca said of their venue: “I’ve always loved 1920s and 1930s vintage so it was great to find somewhere that fitted that so well, it really just gave us a theme to plan round and made it quite easy to choose things to fit.”

Becca describes herself as “not exactly bridal” but spoke highly of her “fantastic” dress designer Sally Lacock. “I absolutely love my dress and I can’t imagine having found a better one. Her dresses are beautiful and they were just the right side of actually being a wedding dress while not causing me to have a meltdown in the shop – unlike one memorable moment when the assistant in a bridal shop tried to put a veil on my head (she didn’t make that mistake again…!)

“Sally was practical without making me feel like I was on some kind of conveyor belt, and she has a great sense of style that really comes through in the way she puts the dresses together. She is pattern cutter by trade, so there aren’t endless fittings. I would recommend Sally and her dresses to anyone.”

Need to know:
Bride’s gown designer: Sally Lacock
Bride’s hair: Westrow, Wetherby
Bride’s make up: did own
Groom’s suit: A Suit That Fits, top hat from Christy’s
Wedding rings: Cred
Flowers and centrepieces: Twisted Willow
Invitations, place names: did own
Table numbers: Cox and Cox
Favours: teacups bought from charity shops
Catering: Dine
Cake: made by bride’s mum
Entertainment: Brideshead Ballroom Stompers
Honeymoon: Cuba


Real Yorkshire wedding on the set of Emmerdale: Mel and Ryan

If the setting for today’s real wedding looks at all familiar, it could be because Mel and Ryan were married in the north West Yorkshire village of Esholt, where TV soap Emmerdale was filmed. I’m sure you’ll agree the couple fit right in ~ they look like TV stars!

Thanks to Rachael Pereira Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding.


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.


Real wedding… ‘Sole mates’ Hannah and Harry wed in Yorkshire Dales

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Leeds couple Hannah and Harry wanted a relaxed day where their guests had a great time and a good dance.

The fun started in the morning when Harry phoned BBC Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce, who announced their nuptials on the radio and described the pair of podiatrists as ‘sole mates’ ~ which gave Hannah a good giggle.

The marriage took place at the Red Lion and Manor House in the unspoilt village of Burnsall in the Yorkshire Dales.

Professional photographer Gabrielle Jackson of Images by Gabrielle is a good friend of Hannah and snapped some great candid shots of the bride, groom and guests.


Real Yorkshire wedding… Carli and Oliver: afternoon tea and “all things vintage”

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Carli and Oliver’s wedding in the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Dales reflected their loves ~ family, being outdoors and history.

Carli says she is “consumed by all things vintage” and this showed throughout the wedding. The bridal party travelled in a VW camper van, 1940s music created just the right atmosphere for afternoon tea on the lawn ~ the couple even taught themselves a Charleston routine for their first dance!

Carli and Oliver love being outdoors so a church wedding in the Dales ~ where they spend most of their weekends walking ~ followed by a marquee reception at nearby Yorebridge House {recently voted the UK’s most romantic hotel} was the perfect choice. Their day was captured beautifully by photographer Tom Arber and assistant Vince Jones of Whole Picture Photography.


Real Yorkshire wedding… Fran and James: fun in countryside for adventurers

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Fran and James are not your average couple, and they didn’t have your average wedding.

Held at Danby Castle amidst the North Yorkshire countryside, the wedding was in perfect harmony with this eco-friendly, outdoor-loving couple ~ who, I might mention, began their honeymoon in the Arctic Circle.

Fran and James’s philosophy and character shines through their whole wedding, and I have to admit they captured my heart a little. There’s so much to say about this relaxed, natural affair that it’s hard to know where to start, but I strongly advise you to read this post right to the end ~ and please leave a comment if you like it!

Their day, photographed by Lissa Alexandra, is full of DIY details, and shows how incredible the result can be when you use a little of your imagination and inject a lot of your personalities.


Real Yorkshire wedding… Sara and Patrick: why not Christian Louboutins for your ‘something blue’?

Sara and Patrick wanted a simple, intimate wedding ~ but several personal and imaginative touches made it anything but ordinary.

Stylish Sara wore fab blue Christian Louboutins, a knee-length Audrey Hepburn-style satin and tulle dress ~ which, unbelievably, you can pick up for around £100 ~ and a birdcage veil, made by her mum.

The Grade I listed 18th century Cusworth Hall near Doncaster, South Yorkshire and its parklands provided a stunning setting, and I love the idea photographer Lisa Pitchford had to incorporate Patrick’s treasured double bass.


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