Autumnal Wedding Day at Wood Hall Hotel in Wetherby for Julie & Stuart / ‘Tis the Season to Love Orange!
Wood Hall Hotel in Wetherby is a well known West Yorkshire wedding venue set amongst serene countryside. Heading down its long, downhill driveway, you feel a wow-factor sensation. It’s therefore a favourite for brides and grooms and their wedding photographers. Julie and Stuart chose it for their marriage ceremony and wedding reception.
It all began about 7 years ago in Leeds: Stuart had persuaded his sister to go along with him to a speed dating event in Leeds city centre. As hoped, he met his girl! In return, Julie jokes that she met Stuart, fell in love with George, the pooch, and that the rest is history! They bought a house together in Roundhay and got engaged in May 2011.
They were very thorough in their research of Yorkshire wedding venues and suppliers. They chose Wood Hall Hotel in Wetherby for their marriage ceremony and celebrations and they chose me/eyecapture from the Hazlewood Castle wedding fair in Tadcaster.
The colours chosen by our bride and groom gave the whole day extra warmth and brightness. They decided to have a theme of an elegant British afternoon tea party. Their wedding breakfast dining room was aglow with rich oranges flowing from tea-pots and tea-cups and tables were named after cakes.
Now, to the bride’s preparations: The whole wedding party had stayed at Wood Hall the night before so that they were all relaxed on the morning.
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa is part of Handpicked Hotels and is set amongst serene countryside. It was originally built as a county retreat (unsurprisingly!) for the Vavasour family and it’s now of the finest wedding venues near Wetherby. Here, brides and grooms get exclusive use of its Vavasour Room and grounds for their wedding day.
The bride’s room was full of her little nieces and nephews providing lots of cuteness!
Getting ready was all a family team effort. Everybody had taken great care to look their part and they looked great.
With the bridesmaid all ready in a delicate green, it’s time to see ‘the dress’
A nipped-in-at-the-waist, lustrous silk Suzanne Neville wedding gown
Julie’s wedding gown was expertly fitted by Scarlett Poppy bridal wear in Pudsey, Leeds
Bodice style gowns can be tricky to lace up well so do allow plenty of time to get it right. A comfortable bride is a happier bride!
Meanwhile . . .downstairs in the Wood Hall reception rooms . . .
It’s around 12.30 and most of their guests have now arrived for the 1pm ceremony. Some ladies were drinking tea in the drawing room.
Two of these ladies are also due to be married soon
Time to find our groom: chatting happily to the registrar in the ceremony room.
Just one ring for today – for the bride. It was especially made and designed by the couple with the jeweller incorporating the bride’s grandmother’s wedding band
As guests are almost seated, there’s a special surprise furry guest waiting. His name is George.
It’s nearly time, so it’s back to our bride, Julie
There’s nothing better than stunning your groom!
There were three readings: one by Stuart’s sister, the other two by Julie’s friends, one of whom made the wedding cake
It’s well-known that a good sense of humour is vital for happy relationships
Many congratulations Mr & Mrs Saville
Champagne and congratulations
Ladies who like to admire all that sparkles
It’s only right that George, le pooch, is included too. He’s been sharing their life for many years.
Niece & auntie: green eyed blonde beauties
We headed over to the Italian Gardens for canapes, photographs, sunshine and confetti
Another little very cute nephew. He’ll be coming up again later in the dancing section too with no loss of late night cuteness whatsoever.
The ‘wedding car’. Off we went, up the hill of the magnificent long driveway at Wood Hall Hotel for the views (and a bit of kissing)
Wood Hall’s Vavasour room, ready for the wedding breakfast
This heart shaped tower wedding cake of yummy prettiness was made by Julie’s friend. Lady and The Cake picture coming up.
It’s around 3pm and everyone is ready to start the wedding breakfast. Guests received homemade jam as wedding favours and were advised to spread it with love.
Most of our brides and grooms prefer natural, journalistic photography
Time for tea and cake
This lady made one heart shaped tower wedding cake and two single tier cakes.
The bride’s father, the groom, the best and the bride all made a speech
You can’t beat a good slideshow with baby photographs of the groom for a few guaranteed laughs
Time to get the party started
With lots of dancing, mostly by the kids, here’s the end of Julie and Stuart’s blog post of their wedding day at Wood Hall Hotel in Wetherby.