A North Yorkshire wedding full of greenery and fun
13 Aug 2020
The florals added the finishing touches to Melanie Brown and Steven Lynch’s wedding at The Fig House at Middleton Lodge in Richmond
Photography: Scott Carney
Tell us about the proposal
Steven planned a trip to Kielder Observatory for a stargazing night, our time slot was midnight, so it was pitch black and he proposed to me on the main deck, under the stars (well the ones we could see as it was a bit cloudy). I didn’t see my engagement ring properly until we got back in the car to leave as it was so dark otherwise.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We had no theme. Our colour scheme was navy, grey and green foliage.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
The Fig House is just dreamy. It had the right mix of modern and traditional and felt timeless, the large windows let in so much light and we knew, even from pictures, that it was going to be our front runner.
Tell us about the dress
I tried on about 10-15 dresses, various different shops and designers. I really liked a Grace Loves Lace dress, which I found in London on a girly day trip, I had my heart set on it, but my mam and mother in law hadn’t seen me try any dresses, so I arranged to go to a little shop in Chester le Street just so they could experience it and when I walked in ‘my’ dress was on the mannequin and I knew immediately it had to be mine. It is very 'me', a little bit different but still classic. The dress I got was Geraldine by Maggie Sottero from Wedding Wardrobe in Chester le Street.
We used Jess at Sprig & Thistle, who is an exceptional talent. She did all of our flowers, from the bouquets to the décor. The flowers were stunning, in particular our flower arch and the table set up for the wedding breakfast.
Tell us about the details of the day
We used Etch + Cut for perspex, personalised coasters for our guests to take home as wedding favours. We also booked singing waiters to surprise our guests and that went down a storm, it really got the party going.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I was so happy waiting to go down the aisle, very euphoric and asking my bridesmaids to take their time walking down the aisle and soak it all in. I didn’t realise this at the time, but apparently, I pretty much sprinted down the aisle myself. I can’t really remember anything other than seeing Steven’s face, his reaction and just wanting to get to him to give him the biggest cuddle.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
I walked down the aisle to Hoppipola and then out to Then He Kissed Me by the Crystals and we had some of our favourite songs playing while we signed the register. We had two of our best friends do readings for us The Present by Michael Donaghy and an excerpt from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The future belongs.
What was your most memorable moment?
Steven’s face when he first saw me, I’ll never forget that initial reaction. Aside from that, I just remember smiling and being so happy the whole day, I remember more the general feeling of joy as opposed to one highlight.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
People. Although, I do think we had it easy compared to some, it’s just others don’t necessarily have the desire to get your invites back to you on time as what you might imagine.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
The Carpenters – We’ve Only Just Begun. Steven chose this song, I’d never heard it before and after making a shortlist, he first played this to me when we were driving and I cried. The words are just perfect.
The Master Cakesmith made us a three-tier cake; bakewell, toffee pecan and chocolate and each tier was lush. We went for a navy cake with a floral wrap and were in love with it. It was perfect.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
I was pretty well prepared, but one bit of advice I’d tell future brides is do not let anyone spoil your day, if things happen on the day or people try to bring drama to your door, shrug it off and ask them to go for a dance instead. No one can say no to the bride when she asks for a boogie.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Our honeymoon has been cancelled, we were due to fly to Vancouver, San Diego and Austin, however we don’t mind as we had the wedding of our dreams and holidays can come later.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Everything will come together, be patient with people and remember the day is for you, enjoy it and spend every moment how you want to.
Steal Their Style
Photography: Scott Carney
Venue: Middleton Lodge
Wedding Dress: Wedding Wardrobe
Hair: Bridal Hair by Lesley
Make Up: Louise Brownlees Makeup Artist
Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS
Groom's outfit: ASOS
Cake: The Master Cakesmith
Flowers & Décor: Sprig & Thistle
Video: George North Digital
Singing Waiters: The Best Singing Waiters
DJ: DJ Levi Sax