Rudding Park Wedding Photography
Ellie and Matt married on Saturday 5th September 2015. The date was extremely important to Ellie in particular, as whilst they both were in Australia Ellie’s granddad sadly passed away shortly after they got engaged. Elllie’s grandparents were married for 53 years and their wedding anniversary was on 3rd September. It therefore meant a lot to her to have their wedding on the same weekend.
Their wedding took place at Rudding Park in Harrogate. The venue is absolutely stunning and there were many reasons that they chose it. Matt & Ellie wanted to have a traditional wedding and felt the chapel onsite had all the elements for this. As Ellie is from Bedfordshire and Matthew is from Northumberland, Harrogate was a great place to meet half way for both families. The venue is very accessible to get to yet once you are on site, due to the large grounds, you feel secluded and private. Everything being on one site was another reason they liked the venue, as it meant their guests wouldn’t need to travel. The chapel was the factor that won them over though, it is stunning and gave a really traditional wedding feel on the day.
They had a classic, elegant theme as it’s what Ellie had always dreamed her wedding would be. Their colour scheme was burgundy, which they choose because it’s a ‘loving’ colour and went well with the autumn season in which they were married.
Ellie’s dress was from Mia Sposa Bridal in Newcastle. It was a ‘signature’ Justin Alexander design. The dress had a soft sweetheart top, tightly fitted with a soft fishtail skirt. Across the chest was a beautiful diamond pattern. She had always wanted a body-hugging strapless dress but pictured it would be plain. When she tried this dress on, she fell in love with it and even more so with the sparkly detail and diamonds. This then started off her love for diamonds, which she had added into her bouquet.
Matthew wore a Ted Baker dark grey suit. He had a white pattered waistcoat, grey trousers and tails as well as a burgundy cravat. The suits were hired from Moss Boss. The groomsmen all wore the same as Matthew. Moss Bros were a great option for us as the groomsmen were from all over the UK so it was ideal that they could each pop into their local store with a special code to get their suits.
Ellie’s kind words about us: “We picked Stan Seaton Photography to capture our day and I would highly recommend them. Both Stan and Jane are very professional and friendly. They made us feel so at ease and many of our guests commented on how friendly they were. They were with us from the very early morning, where Jane stayed with me and the girls, and Stan with Matthew and the boys, right through to the evening dancing! Our photos are absolutely stunning.”
Ellie and Matthew also had MoviArt Films to video the wedding, who they would certainly recommend. They captured their day from getting ready to the second dance. It was just wonderful to watch back.
When it came to the flowers they were very lucky as a family friend Jayne Wood, who owns her own florist The Flower Basket in Wooler, Northumberland, kindly offered to provide Ellie’s bridal bouquet, bridesmaid flowers and buttonholes as her wedding gift to them. Her bridal bouquet included white roses, calla lilies and white freesia with greenery. Small diamonds were also added into the flowers.
To style the venue they used a company based in York called Finishing Touches. They provided them with table centre pieces, which were fish bowls with a candle in the centre surrounded by six white roses. They also provided us with white chair covers, dark red chair sashes and matching table sashes.
Instead of giving favours Ellie and Matt made a donation to the Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis charity on behalf of their guests. Each guest received a charity pin and a thank you card. This charity is very close to Ellie’s heart as she suffers with Ulcerative Colitis.
They had a three-tier wedding cake and each layer was a different flavours: lemon, vanilla and Victoria sponge. This was covered in white icing with iced roses down one side and finished with a red ribbon around the bottom. Our cake was made by Harrogate-based Piece of Cake.
We went to a food tasting at Rudding Park prior to the wedding to choose the menu for our wedding breakfast. Following the ceremony we had canapés of mini fish and chips, herb tart, goats’ cheese and cranberry and a mini beef and Yorkshire pudding. The starter was duck parfait or pea, broad bean and garlic soup for the vegetarians, followed by mains of chicken breast, dauphinoise potatoes, fine beans, butternut squash and jus, then roasted bell pepper with couscous and garden vegetables for the vegetarians. Dessert was strawberry cheesecake.
To provide some musical entertainment during the day they had a string quartet to play at the ceremony and during the canapés and photos before the wedding breakfast. They used Kendal String Quartet, as they came highly recommended. In the evening they had a live band, who also did DJ sets, called Champagne Skies. They chose them because they were young, fun and entertaining and their music was fantastic – the dance floor was never empty the entire night.