By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
I am thrilled to be sharing WWW readers Briony and Mark’s beautiful nuptials today, which were held at Wharfedale Grange in Yorkshire on the 30th May 2019. Their vision was for a classic yet modern wedding style, with a luxury barn venue, the result was just utterly gorgeous. From the enchanting barns decked with twinkling fairy lights to all the metallic touches throughout, this really is one inspiring celebration.
Let me first begin with the dress because well quite frankly Briony looked stunning in her Wed2B princess gown, which she teamed with a blooming gorgeous bouquet of blooms. Mark looked very dapper in his navy suit with champagne tie and I have to say the whole wedding party looked ever so stylish indeed.
What else do I think you are going to be swooning over? The flower installation above the top table has to be one of the most beautiful details, along with the floral cake and fairy lit table plan. I really urge you to take in all the romantic vibes, I especially adore the confetti cannon first dance. Just spectacular!
We have Hayley Baxter Photography to thank for sharing with us these marvellous images today. Wow.
Looking back I should have known, but the proposal came as a total surprise. For years we’ve taken holidays in Cornwall and it soon became our favourite place in the UK. Each year we would drive down with our Cocker Spaniel Charlie and spend the week soaking up the beautiful Cornish beaches with our beloved pooch.
2017 was no different, we set off with our two good friends Hayley and James and as soon as we arrived we headed straight to the beach. The four of us sat chatting and Mark told us he had booked us all a meal to Lewennick Lodge for a meal the following day, which confused me a little as it was such a lovely restaurant with amazing unspoilt views of the ocean that it seemed a shame to go so early on in the holiday; why not save it for a more special evening such as our last evening there?
The following evening came and being as stubborn as I am I dragged my feet, taking forever to shower and get ready; resulting in us arriving to the meal very late!!
Nevertheless, the four of us enjoyed a lovely meal together and Mark asked me to join him for a drink on the glass balcony with, which over looked the ocean and the amazing sunset. Of course I said no because it would be cold!! So a rather disgruntled Mark said he was off to take the dog to the nearby field for the toilet!
The next minute my phone rang, it was Mark again “Briony, the dogs gone to the toilet and I’ve forgotten a poo bag!” Naturally this wound me up even more “Mark what sort of dog owner doesn’t carry a poo bag with them!!”, and off I marched to the carpark to take him the bag.
When I arrived, poo bag inside out on my hand ready to pick up the deed Mark tried to hand me an envelope. “Where’s the poo???” I asked frantically!
Mark stopped me and told me firmly to open the envelope and by this time our friends had come out to see what the commotion was all about.
Finally I did as I was told to and took out a card with a picture of a puppy on it “Please don’t tell me you’ve bought another puppy, you cant even manage to pick up the poo for the one we’ve already got!” I joked.
I opened the card and began to read; it turned out to be the most thoughtful letter about his love for me. Luckily my friend was stood right next to me by this point and peered over my shoulder to see what written and frantically got her camera out.
At the end of the card it simply read ‘I’ve got a question for you’, and at this point Mark got down on one knee, took out a ring box with an amazing engagement ring in and asked me to marry him! We all cried and squealed with excitement! “Yess!!” I shouted. I couldn’t believe it!
And that was that, officially engaged. It didn’t matter that I had dragged my feet and made us late to the meal, making us miss the sunset and amazing view of the ocean where Mark had planned to propose. It didn’t matter that it almost happened whilst I was wearing a poo bag on my hand in a car park. I was lucky enough to be marrying my bestfriend and it was the perfect engagement.
I knew from the very beginning I didn’t want any bright colours. I wanted the feel to be quite classic and luxurious with neutral colour tones, but the added touch of golds and silvers along the way. Our venue really brought our vision to life for us!
I didn’t want the ‘fuddy duddy’ typical wedding feel and our theme and venue helped us to capture this.
We started our planning more or less straight away after getting engaged. My mum and myself spent lots of girly days at wedding fairs and we went to view a handful of different venues. I took inspo mainly from instagram and pinterest, but always had a vision of what I wanted in the back of my head right from the start and really wanted to ensure Mark and myself chose something that reflected our personalities and tastes.
My dress was the ‘Fearne’ dress from Wed2b. I had no intention of getting my dress when I did, and was simply on a girly day out with my mum, aunty and two cousins trying dresses on so I would know what sort of style would suit me.
Initially I thought I would want a fitted, boho style dress and my actual wedding dress was the only ball gown style I ever tried.
Wed2b was the first wedding shop I had ever been in and it was still nearly 2 years before my wedding, but as soon as I tried the dress on I just knew it was the one for me. The structured bodice and sleeve gave me the classic feel I was looking for, yet the tulle skirt and nude colour of the dress was exactly what I didn’t know I was searching for!
Wed2b is off the peg and there are only a limited amount of dresses made in my particular dress, and I knew it was ‘The Dress!’ so my mum kindly bought it for me, along with my veil; very plain and understated as I didn’t want to look too over the top with such a big dress and a thin diamante belt.
My mum also bought me a pair of beautiful diamond drop earrings, which matched my engagement ring and I treated myself to a thin diamond bracelet.
As well as my bouquet, I also had a silver embellished clutch bag which my mum purchased for me from a small business at a wedding fair we visited.
Our venue was the amazing Wharfedale Grange, a brand new wedding venue near Harrogate. During our early planning we came across Wharfedale, but at this point it wasn’t yet built so we carried on our venue search.
It wasn’t until around 10 months later that I search again for it, as the plans that I had previously seen looked amazing. We took the plunge and emailed Claire to book a viewing and I’m so glad we did.
As soon as we walked inside we instantly knew it was everything we had been looking for and more, it was the exact luxury barn feel we had been searching for.
The venue décor was breath-taking and every single detail had been thought of, which instantly set it apart from any other venue we had ever seen.
The North Barn, filled with its hundreds of twinkling fairy lights gave it the intimate feel we had been searching for to hold our ceremony in and the South Barn was brimming with luxurious bespoke made wooden tables, breath taking crystal chandeliers and a huge rose gold mirror ball over the dance floor.
The cart Barn, just off of the North Barn held the most amazing cocktail bar complete with every drink you could possibly think of and Claire and Zach our planners created a bespoke Gin bar for us as part of our drinks package, complete with crystal cut gin glasses, fresh fruit garnishes and a selection of gins and tonics for every guest.
Every single detail of the venue had been thought of, from the numerous mezzanines to break off to, the dressing gallery which was a bespoke private bridal room, the quirky décor details and the bottomless prosecco tap in the ladies bathroom!!! It was simply amazing and still to this day we cant believe we have been lucky enough to get married here.
Mark’s suit was designed by himself and tailor made by Moss Bros. He wanted a classic navy skinny fit 3 piece suit that had a very faint nude check pattern to it and lined with a champagne/nude colour, complete with our wedding date embroidered in to it. He went for a white shirt, nude tie and pocket square and ox blood coloured shoes.
Whilst guests arrived, during the ceremony and throughout the drinks reception we had a string quartet play. The music as I entered was Dallas String Quartet – Secrets and we left to the quartet playing Beyonce’s Halo.
Our first dance was to George Ezra – Hold my girl, complete with confetti cannon blast during the dance!
During our evening reception we had a saxophonist and DJ set.
Both mine and my bridesmaids makeup was done by the super talented Ellie Milan. I wanted my makeup look to be quite natural, but still ‘bridal’ looking. For the bridesmaids we opted for a classic glam look, with a little shimmer to the eyes and gloss on nude lips. Ellie is an amazing makeup artist so I never had any doubts that she wouldn’t create the vision had.
Our hair was done by Amy Elliott Hair, she’s so talented! I had two trials for mine, one with a thick boho braid and the next was the style I had for our wedding day. I wanted lots of volume to match the style of my dress and Amy achieved this amazingly.
For my bridesmaids we went for an understated, soft bun with a delicate diamanté hair vine.
Our photographer was the lovely Hayley Baxter.
Hayley is such an amazing talent and as soon as I viewed her work when searching for our photographer I was instantly sold.
She was so friendly and helpful and was bursting full of knowledge and experience in order to help us get the most out of the photographs of our wedding day.
The photographs of our day were one of the most important aspects of our wedding planning, they’re what we have to look back on of our special day for years to come, and Hayley managed to capture everything so perfectly.
From the moment Hayley arrived during bridal prep, to when she left during the evening reception we felt at ease and I truly believe this is why are photographs are so beautiful.
Our friends and family have all commented on the talent Hayley has and also how they never noticed her taking the photographs of them all.
Both Mark and I wanted someone who’s style was natural, in order to photograph the true essence and feeling of our day and Hayley did this so perfectly.
When we received the official photographs in Hayley’s beautiful packaging and sat down to view them we were so shocked. They exceeded any expectations we had and we honestly don’t know how we are going to pick which ones to have up in our home, we are well and truly spoilt for choice!!
Jason Lynch shot the video for our day, right from the bridal/groom prep to the first dance. We wanted the film to look cinematic, and this is exactly what Jason and his colleague did.
He made us feel so at ease and shot everything so naturally, a lot of guests didn’t even notice him filming them!!
Our cinematic short film is a perfect taster of our day and we also have a full edit of the day, which is around an hour long! It will be treasured forever and we can continue to relive our day for years and years to come.
Here’s a link to our short wedding video.
We wanted our flowers to be very natural in colour, with creams, nudes and greenery. I didn’t want anything to look too ‘formed’, so we opted for a loose style.
My bouquet was made up from tones of cream Peonies, Hydreangeas and David Austin Roses, completed with different types of eucalyptus and herbs for greenery.
Mark’s grooms buttonhole was cream flowers with greenery and the groomsmen wore button holes made simply from just greenery.
The table flowers were urns filled with cream flowers and greenery spilling out from them and the top table had a hanging flower instillation over it, with mine and the bridesmaids bouquets in lovely vases along the top table. All tables were dotted with candlesticks and tea lights to add that extra detail.
Our cake was a 4-tired white iced cake, quite natural with fresh flowers to decorate.
We opted for sponge cake and our flavours were raspberry and vanilla, red velvet and lemon and passionfruit and coconut.
Our bridesmaid dresses were from Chichi London. I stumbled across them one day whilst online shopping and they fitted perfectly with the look we wanted to create for our wedding. I knew from the beginning of our planning that I didn’t want long dresses and thought the nude underlay with the silver embroidered over lay fitted this perfectly, and their nude pointed court heels really finished the whole outfit off.
We didn’t have to do too much décor wise to the venue as it was already so thoughtfully decorated.
Special personal décor we had was handmade small corsages for every lady at the wedding, all made by my mum and following our family tradition which we have at each wedding.
My Uncle is also a very talented chef, so very kindly handmade all our wedding favours for us which was fudge with our name and wedding date imprinted in to each heart shaped favour.
One of my bestfriends made our wedding stationery for us – invites, place names, table names, menus and seating plans.
Myself and Mark made a sweet table for the children and my Aunty created us a beautiful donut tower decorated with fresh flowers.
I made a special table that had photographs of all my grandparents which are no longer with us, Mark’s granddad and one of our beloved little cocker spaniels Barney.
We ordered dried wild flowers from ebay for our confetti, which was handed out by the bridesmaids from wicker baskets provided by the venue.
The venue also comes as standard with lanterns which line the aisle.
We’ve been so busy planning our wedding and starting new jobs that we haven’t even managed to book our honeymoon yet. We are definitely going to jet off to somewhere soon though!!
The whole day was so memorable; it was such a special time to be able to share with our closest family and friends.
Personally my most memorable moment is walking down the aisle, I will never forget it. I don’t remember seeing anyone but Mark, and as soon as I saw him every nerve I had went away.
My other memorable moment was spending a moment for a mother and daughter dance, it was such an emotional yet lovely moment and I will cherish it forever.
Stick to the vision you have always had and you will create the most special day of your life.
Hayley Baxter Photography
Ellie Milan Makeup Artist
Amy Elliott Hair
So elegant and romantic.
Briony and Mark thank you both so very much for sharing your incredible wedding day with us xo Lou
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