Utopia, Skipton Broughton Hall Wedding

Broughton Hall Wedding

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Andy & Diana’s day was stunning – they got married in All saints church just a few moments away from Broughton Hall, Skipton. Everyone got ready in Broughton Hall and the drinks reception and dinner was also held in the house with the evening party in Utopia in the walled garden – such an amazing venue! Matthew and I captured their day together.

To view some other Utopia, Broughton Hall Skipton Wedding Photography check out my other blogs – Lucy & Andy , Rosie & Matt, Sally & Dave & Julia & Andy  

But getting back to this wonderful Utopia, Broughton Hall Skipton Wedding Diana Says;

We are so pleased we booked Bethany to be our wedding photographer. We found her after lots of research online and loved her website and style. We also booked her partner Matthew. They were both very calm and relaxed on the day and weren’t intrusive at all. They captured our wedding day in a documentary style as we didn’t want too many formal shots. We loved the final results too.

We got engaged on 31st October 2014. Andy surprised me with a trip to Tuscany, Italy for a long weekend.We drove south to Grosetto, an area we had been and loved before. Andy planned to go to our favourite beach as the weather was surprisingly warm, for a picnic lunch before checking into our hotel. It was quiet, with a few Italians sunbathing in their speedos! Andy got tomato juice over his hands so walked the few paces to the sea to wash his hands. Looking up, I found him flailing his arms around holding a now wet iPhone looking for something. I went to him and was told to help him look for something, something he had just dropped out of his top pocket. I immediately started sifting through sand in the shallows, asking him what exactly I was looking for. ‘A ring, he said. A special ring!’ We looked for a long time not saying much, until I realised it was fruitless and we were both in soaking wet clothes. We went back to our patch of beach and I guess I was in shock as I had my hands over my eyes. Not knowing whether to laugh or cry, not knowing if that was a proposal or not. Until I turned to find Andy down on one knee asking me to be his wife, holding a box with a diamond in it. I didn’t hesitate with my answer.  It was magical. Thinking he had made the whole previous couple of hours up and wondering how I never knew he was such a good actor. It turned out he had bought a proposal ring by one of my favourite designers, Poppy Dandiya which he had dropped in the sea, which we continued to look for and never found. But thankfully he didn’t loose the diamond and we designed my ring together back in London after spending the most wonderful few days in Tuscany.

We got married on 13th August 2015. We wanted to get married straight away and once we had decided on our venue, it was the only date left that year, so we went with it! We got married at All Saints Church Broughton with Elslack. A rural parish church. Followed by the Wedding breakfast at Broughton Hall, Skipton, North Yorkshire. The evening reception was at Utopia on The Broughton Hall Estate.

It was the first venue we looked at and we fell in love with it. At first it wasn’t possible as there were no dates available. We returned to look at venues in Italy, but as a Yorkshire girl I really wanted to get married at Broughton Hall. Luckily a date came available and we were very happy it did. It was our perfect venue. We were able to be on the estate for 5 days and the owners and staff made it feel like it was our home for the week.

We based our colour scheme on the flowers and herbs we wanted. Based on scent but also their meaning to us. So olive branches, rosemary and lavender as these reminded us of our time Italy. White roses as Yorkshires flower. So neutral with a hint of pale natural green. All very natural and neutral.

Working in fashion I was incredibly fortunate that a man I work with used to design and make wedding dress in his native South Africa. When he offered to make mine I was over the moon. The whole process was just dreamy and he made me feel like a Bride-to be. An experience I didn’t find going into boutiques. We worked on the design together and chose the fabrics. The lace came from James Hare in Leeds, so I even had Yorkshire Lace! Then he and his seamstress made toiles and we made tweaks until it was perfect and then it was made in the real fabric.I felt so privileged to see the different stages of my dress being made and all the time and effort and final bits of hand sewing that went into my my perfect dress. I also wore a simple cathedral length veil and Chanel shoes!

Andy wore a dark navy blue suit from Paul Smith and pale pink/lavender coloured tie. I also had a pocket square made out of the silk part of my Wedding dress which he wore too.

The groomsmen wore their own dark navy blue suits and the same Paul Smith tie as Andy. The bridesmaids wore Ted Baker dresses in very pale green. They could be tied in different ways. Which was very helpful as one of my Bridesmaids was 7.5 months pregnant .Flower girls dress was from Monsoon, Page boys outfits were a mixture of M&S and Next.

We didn’t have far to travel, just from The Hall to the church in Elslack. But my Dad surprised us hiring 2 cars from ‘Chauffer Services Yorkshire.’ The bridal car was a beautiful 1930’s Beauford and the Bridesmaids Car was an Austin Princess.

The Hedgerow in Threshfield provided our flowers.A good friend recommended them to us and Wendy was just fantastic. She was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Everything was white flowers and green herbs. Yorkshire roses, White freesias, olive branches and rosemary were the main feature.Bride and bridesmaid bouquets were simple hand tied made up of all the flowers and herbs used throughout the weddingButton holes were miniature white roses with herbs.

Scent was most important to us as the Hall didn’t require much dressing and Utopia- where we had the evening do is a walled garden so was full of flowers anyway We had olive trees outside the church with a walkway of lavender and rosemary.  A floral heart wreath attached to the church gate and also some rosemary heart shaped topiary on the windowsills and a beautiful floral display at the front of the church in a vintage dolly tub.The wedding breakfast tables had simple arrangements in the centre using the same flowers and a sprig of rosemary was placed on each napkin to create more scent. All the flowers and herbs were taken from the Church to Utopia for the evening do.

We had the most delicious cake from ‘Patisserie Viennoise’ in Otley. It was a chocolate cake made with chocolate sponge, a rich chocolate truffle filling, decorated with dark, milk and white chocolate and fresh white roses. It was big and dramatic and all got eaten!

One of my bridesmaids Tasha Taylor Johnson is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter. Who sang both in the Church and for our first dance. It was one of the highlights of our day. She suggested the band to us who were local (ish) from near Doncaster. They were fantastic and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Mark Ellis runs Vibe Music and is also their saxophonist. We had them as a jazz trio in the day time and then the Silvertones for the evening reception.

As Andy is from Cardiff we had a rather late idea of having an all male choir sing in Church. We booked ‘Steeton Male Voice Choir’ just a month before the wedding. They were brilliant , enthusiastic embracing all of our ideas and nearly 30 members of their choir squeezed into the Church to sing for us, both before and during the ceremony. Our guests and ourselves absolutely loved them as they provided rousing songs and hymns throughout the service. Both in English and Welsh. A special touch was singing ‘My Girl’s A Yorkshire Girl’ just before I entered Church.

Lea And Sandeman wine merchants from  Barnes, London. They supplied all our wedding wines.

Paul Phillips from Chopp Hair Salon in Leigh on Sea. Paul is the owner of the salon and finance of one of my close friends. So I was very lucky that he did my hair. Kimberley Brook- Makeup Artist recommended by a friend.  She was great and a calming fun presence too.

It really is the best day ever. People used to say that to me all the time and i never understood. But when your wedding day arrives. You just get it. And it is! You feel this huge tidal wave of love from all your family and friends, it is an incredible and overwhelming experience. We just wish we could celebrate all over again!

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