21 Jan 2013
Ben and Alex Jefferson
Where: Rudding Park, Harrogate
Photography: John Boy Wilson
We scoured the UK looking for a venue where we could get married, have our reception and stay over. It was important to us that our guests could arrive at the venue and worry about nothing else other than having a good time! Rudding Park had all these things plus we both grew up in Yorkshire and our families still live there.
I wanted a classic, timeless dress, I tried on 49 dresses before I walked into Emily’s Bridal shop and she put the excitement back into dress shopping. I walked out with a stunning dress.
I wanted a muted but vintage colour theme. I love pastel colours and so dusky pink and grey was a great mix for the bridesmaids. This then carried on through the flowers, stationery, sweetie table and the grooms men outfits. The flowers were a huge decision with regards to the colour scheme as they really give a venue the wow factor. They were probably the most important aspect of my day to get right. It’s amazing what an impact they have! Our flowers were amazing and the focal point for people entering Rudding Park. They made the venue seem so personal and they just complemented all of the other details of our day.
I was so relaxed on our wedding day. After two years of planning I just saw it all come together which is an amazing feeling for any couple. I think my bridesmaids were more nervous than I was as we stood outside the chapel. We had some relaxed pictures and then I heard Stringfever start playing Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ and knew it was time to go. It was a lovely feeling seeing all your family and friends and of course Ben was at the front waiting for me.
I gave our photographer a list of eight formal pictures I wanted and then said I didn’t want to see him for the rest of the day. He captured every moment of the wedding without the formality. We wanted to spend time with our guests.
During our wedding breakfast we watched everyone. It’s amazing to see your family and friends having a great time. It makes it worth all the time, planning and money. Make sure you take the time to have the ‘moments’ to enjoy it.
Photography: John Boy Wilson, email@example.com
Venue: Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate, 01423 871350, ruddingpark.co.uk
Dress: Davis by Enzoani from Emily Bridal, Sheffield, 0114 268 0843, emilybridalwear.co.uk
Groom: Cameron Ross Hire, hirewear.co.uk
Hair and make-up: Chic Brides, 07980 965172, chicbrides.co.uk
Cake: Cakes for all UK, cakesforalluk.com
Flowers: Firenza Floral Design, Halifax, 01422 835540, firenzafloraldesign.co.uk
Entertainment: String Fever, stringfever.co.uk
To see more of Ben and Alex’s wedding photos see our online gallery or the 2013 issue of Yorkshire BRIDE