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It’s hard to picture a more enchanting setting for your wedding day than Whitley Hall Hotel. Nestled within the rolling countryside of South Yorkshire, the 16th century mansion provides a fairytale venue for you to exchange your vows and celebrate your wedding reception. A combination of timeless architectural features and chic contemporary touches makes the hall truly beautiful indoors, while outside its 20 acres of idyllic gardens and grounds provide stunning backdrops for endless photograph opportunities.

Perfect for both intimate and extravagant ceremonies there is a choice of exquisite rooms for couples to pick from all of which ooze class, comfort and character. Renowned for its great modern British food, the hotel offers exceptional wedding breakfasts, from formal banquets to intimate dinner parties, with a wonderful selection of packages and many options to create bespoke menus. Whatever your requirements, Whitley Hall Hotel is at your service and dedicated to creating an unforgettable wedding that is uniquely your own.


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6 DATES Seasons: Editor explains why autumn is a good time to tie the knot

MENUS Tasty options: Why couples are ditching traditional menus


10 REAL LIFE Friday13th: Why couple decided to choose ‘unlucky’ day

FLOWERS Darling buds: On the scent of ‘something different’


14 PICTURES Videographers: Build a wonderful souvenir from your special day


MOSAIC BRIDES Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

Published by Acredula Group 47 Church Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2AS

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WELCOME TO MOSAIC BRIDES This edition is brimming with fresh wedding ideas for the current season and beyond, offering assistance with everything from the dress to the decor. We have a stunning four-page wedding dress shoot, complete with striking accessories put together by Chloe Curry of The White Room bridal boutique, Sheffield and photographer Cat Hepple. Autumn inspiration comes in the form of top styling tips from Brides Up North blogger Julia Braime and delicious catering suggestions from Firefly Food. Other treats include a captivating real life wedding in the Peak District, versatile bridesmaid dresses, beautiful blooms and wedding videography, plus we learn how one bride’s something old can become another’s something new.

Rachel Parry, features editor


GOWNS Techniques: Boutique reveals some helpful tips for brides

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Julia Braime, editor of top UK wedding blog explains why an autumn wedding should be at the top of your new season wish list.

Perfect season: Autumn wedding. Picture courtesy of Howell Jones Photography –

Falling for the fall


h, autumn. Season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and new boots. I’ve always been a fan of the fall: that back to school vibe, the new season’s collections hitting the high street, bonfires, witches’ brews and toffee apples. But whilst I love kicking up the leaves and the chance to buy more cashmere, I’d never had myself down as a marry-in-the-autumn kind of a gal. I’d always imagined that when I married it would be in May – outdoors on a balmy day with those darling buds in full bloom. What I hadn’t factored in was my chronic hay fever, my brother-in-law’s June wedding or venue availability. So summer was out and autumn was, apparently, in. As it turned out, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. A wash-out summer was followed by a stunning October, and we woke on our wedding day to bright blue skies. Savvy brides know that possible price cuts, better availability of suppliers and fabulous fall styling options make autumn weddings the chicest and often the cheapest choice. WORK WITH THE SEASON – Your autumn wedding need not be a harvest festival. Pumpkin lanterns and sheaves of corn have their place, but think carefully about incorporating them into your big day. Little touches like golden leaves dressing an aisle or fruit centrepieces can give a subtle yet striking nod to the season. Peonies might not be a possibility, but work with your florist to find the prettiest seasonal blooms. You don’t have to go for oranges and golds either. Why not keep it classy with cool dove greys and muted pinks. BRING THE OUTSIDE IN – Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The changing trees, misty mornings and spectacular sunsets are the perfect backdrop for a stunning

Autumn bride: Julia Braime, editor of top UK wedding blog

set of wedding photographs. If you have chosen an indoor venue, leave the curtains drawn back and the lights low to let the outside in and add tone and depth to the room. As it gets darker, clusters of candles and twinkling fairy lights will create a cosy atmosphere. You might even want to go all the way and gather your guests outside for a bonfire, firework display and sparklers. PREPARE FOR THE WORST – This is the UK. It’s likely the weather may not go your way. Be prepared and stay stylish by stocking up on pretty umbrellas before the big day. Add a sequinned wrap to your bridal outfit and make sure that your bridesmaids have something gorgeous to take off the chill too. MID-SEASON SALE – The wedding industry works hard for brides all year round, but you may find that venues and suppliers have more availability and are prepared to be more flexible on price in the later autumn months. All you need do is plan ahead and ask nicely. MIGRATE SOUTH – Take it from me, there’s nothing better than jetting away to paradise in the middle of October, especially when everyone else is back to work on Monday. Do your research and check the weather at your chosen destination as some tropical hotspots can get a little stormy late in the season. As the top wedding blog resource and directory specifically for the north of the UK, Brides Up North brings you a double daily dose of inspiration, real weddings, supplier showcases, fashion features, discounts, giveaways and more. Log onto

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Set menus are becoming a thing of the past as more wedding couples ditch traditional dishes for personal plates. Rachel Parry finds out more. Easy-to-handle: Quirky and informal food such as imaginative canapés are proving a popular choice for wedding menus.

For couples with taste!


he wedding industry is starting to adapt to couples’ DIY attitudes towards their wedding days. Where once a set package was seen as a cost-effective and hassle-free option, it’s now often viewed as rigid and unimaginative. This attitude has spilt over into wedding breakfast choices with many brides and grooms snubbing set menus in favour of bespoke requests, tailored to suit their individual personalities, tastes and style preferences. The trend has not gone unnoticed by Nicola Wright and David Briggs, of Firefly, who have recently added bespoke catering to their list of services to please creative couples. “Both myself and David come from a catering background so it was always the plan to move the business into this area, allowing us to offer couples the whole package,” says Nicola. “At the moment couples want menu choices that give them the freedom to follow fashions, include their favourite foods and please their guests. As a result many brides and grooms are bringing in

outside caterers, which can provide more choice and flexibility. “At ‘Food By Firefly’ we offer a totally bespoke catering service with all food made fresh to order. This gives couples the opportunity to have whatever they want, whether it’s a Chinese banquet or a simple barbecue.” In order to deliver their new business venture effectively Firefly has moved to new premises in Loxley, Sheffield, where the catering team is based. In addition the firm has opened a new showroom within Olivia’s Bridal Studio on Shambles Street, Barnsley, to showcase the venue styling side of the business which includes chair covers, centrepieces, stationery and decor. If this wasn’t enough they have also just launched Little Mesters Cafe and Bistro, at Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield. “The new Sheffield locations means we can invite couples to discuss their wedding, tastes and budgets and then come up with a menu that’s perfect for them. “Silver service has become dated, couples are now favouring either food

served on plates, sharing platters or buffet-style dining, which are all more informal. “There is currently a trend for vintage weddings with couples wanting tea parties but anything that’s quirky and informal is proving popular. “Miniature canapés like mini fish and chips and Yorkshire puddings with rare beef and horseradish tick the boxes before the wedding breakfast while at night most couples don’t want to stop the party for a banquet, instead they want easy to handle options like bacon sandwiches.” Firefly autumn/winter wedding menu suggestion:  Cream of chicken and tarragon soup  Slow roasted pork fillet served with sage mash potato, seasonal vegetables and a wild mushroom sauce  Warm stem ginger pudding with custard  Coffee and petit fours

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The personal touch: James Meehan and Kate Beaumont have their hands bound together with ribbons. Pictures courtesy of S6 Photography,

Friday 13 is not unlucky for some Friday 13 is considered by some to be unlucky, but for James Meehan and Kate Beaumont it’s a dream date.


aving had their first date on Friday 13 in 2005, James Meehan and Kate Beaumont took great delight in booking their wedding for the same date earlier this year. Friday April 13 had been deliberately avoided by superstitious couples at their chosen venue – The Maynard in the Peak District – meaning it was still available for the Sheffield couple to snap up just 12 weeks beforehand. Determined not to have anything ‘too wedding-y’ as Kate describes it, the couple wanted a beautiful venue that would let them do everything their own way. “We found a lot of venues to be really rigid but the wedding planner at The Maynard totally understood what we wanted,” says Kate. “We love that area of the Peak District and the building and the views are just stunning.” James, 34, and Kate, 31, planned a

non-traditional wedding day that would feature personal elements while making their guests feel involved with proceedings. When sourcing suppliers they looked for individuals who understood their style and welcomed their input. Kate worked closely with Jennie Beard of Hansley and Beard on the decor, incorporating vintage and antique touches with memorabilia from travelling. Meanwhile Anna Potter at Swallows and Damsons came up with Kate’s dream vintage floral designs and Debbie Carlisle, of DC Bouquets, designed an exquisite headpiece to complete the bride’s attire. Braving to go where few brides have gone before, Kate made her own wedding dress. “I did a degree in fashion but hadn’t really used it after uni until a friend asked me to make her wedding dress,”




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Chic: Kate and her bridesmaids enjoy views over the Peak District.

The wedding decor incorporated vintage touches, above, and, below, the back of Kate’s dress which she made herself.

says Kate. “I knew then that I would want to make my own wedding dress.” To create the perfect gown Kate visited vintage wedding dress shops in London to research shapes, styles and fabrics before piecing together a gorgeous slimline, 1930s’ inspired design in heavy silk with delicate lace detail. Having rekindled her passion for dressmaking Kate has since launched her own business, A Vintage Bride, offering vintage inspired off-the-peg and bespoke wedding gowns. On the day of the wedding James and Kate challenged tradition once again by doing what’s known as a ‘First Look’ – basically a wedding couple seeing each other for the first time, in private just before their ceremony. The couple’s photographer Jon Dennis of S6 Photography snapped away as the magic unfolded when James and Kate

set eyes on each other for the first time during their big day. “It was a really special moment that was amazing to share together before going in to see all our guests,” says Kate. “James was really emotional but it was the first time he had seen the dress that he knew I had been working on for ages. “We then walked each other down the aisle.” The couple had planned a humanist ceremony with Kate Gee, of Hats and Champagne, which included personal vows, readings and music choices. The proceedings also featured a hand fastening ceremony where colourful ribbons were tied onto 20 guests’ chairs at random who were then invited up to the front of the room to ‘bind’ the couple together by tying the ribbon around Kate and James’s wrists.

Following the ceremony the wedding party enjoyed a Pimms and cake reception with sweet treats home-baked by some of the couple’s guests. Lots of heartfelt speeches were made after the main wedding meal by Kate’s mum, James’s dad, the best man and the happy couple themselves. “It really was a great day,” says Kate. “The whole thing went really quickly but we have our gorgeous wedding photos to remind us. “We picked Jon at S6 because we didn’t want traditional wedding photos and he made us feel so at ease in front of the camera. “We were totally blown away when we saw the results – we loved the outdoor images in Padley Gorge and the first look was captured perfectly.” To find out more about Kate’s dresses visit

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Rachel Parry talks to florist Julie Mangham about the importance of beautiful blooms in completing a wedding day.

Beautiful bouquets: Julie Mangham of Darcy’s Flowers creates elegant floral designs with a modern twist. Picture: Jason Chambers Photography,

Darling buds


lowers provide much more than colour on a wedding day according to Julie Mangham of Darcy’s Flowers in Cawthorne. Nowadays couples want ‘something different’ and that’s exactly how Julie sums up the service she delivers from her quaint florist shop in the stunning grounds of Cannon Hall. Upon completing her City and Guilds qualification four years ago, Julie chose to specialise in wedding flowers and has relished in the challenge ever since. “I’ve always had a creative side and I’m a real romantic so creating flower designs for weddings is the perfect job for me, I love it,” says Julie. “As a small business I have the time to spend really getting to know my customers which enables me to come up with something different for each couple while still delivering the image they have in mind.” The gorgeous setting of Darcy’s Flowers adds to the magical experience

Julie aims to deliver to brides and grooms-to-be when she meets with them in the run up to the big day. “I invite couples to see me regularly so I can get to know them as individuals as well as find out details about the wedding. I want to know about the venue, style of ceremony, colour scheme, theme, and the dress as well as their likes and dislikes. I then use that information to come up with flower designs which complement the wedding while reflecting elements of their personalities. “It’s a very fast moving business and looks seem to change with the seasons — there is always a new trend rather than couples wanting tradition. “Recently I’ve been working on a lot of vintage style weddings using beautiful vintage roses such as Memory Lane, Amnesia, Cool Water. “I usually order flowers from Holland but one wedding I’m working has a very English feel to it so I’m sourcing the

flowers in this country.” After discussing ideas and budgets with her couples, Julie sets to work designing elegant bouquets, button holes and centrepieces that feature a modern twist. She also invites customers for sample days so they can see the flowers which will be included to check they are 100 per cent happy with their choices. Julie even gives the couple a flower to take away to watch how it develops so she knows the exact time she will need to order the flowers ahead of the wedding to achieve the desired look. “A couple only get married once and therefore there are no surprises when it comes to the flowers — I aim to deliver exactly what they want. For me flowers bring everything together on the wedding day. They complete the story. “I get a real fix when I deliver the flowers knowing that I have achieved just what they wanted.”




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Building a picture of your day


hen asked to think of a wedding video many would conjure up the image of a shaky home video with bad editing and echo but professionals in the industry are working hard to change that perception. Wedding videographers use top of the range equipment and a variety of professional techniques to capture the beauty and emotion of a couple’s big day using cinematic film. A step on from photographers, videographers collect both visual and audio footage to document a wedding day, focusing on the main events as well as those all important little touches. Gary Edwards and Martin Hardwick, of First Sight Wedding Videos, are keen to show couples just how effective videography can be in capturing the real essence of a wedding. “For us a wedding video is all about story telling,” says Gary. “We work hard to capture the emotion and atmosphere of the day which really captivates the viewer. Focusing on the little touches helps to build a picture of the individual couple and their ceremony, while the use of audio makes onlookers feel like they are a part of the day. “The aim is that you could give the final production to a stranger and after watching it they would feel a connection to the couple.” Present from the beginning, Gary and Martin visit both the bride and groom on the morning of the wedding before heading to the venue to film the guests arriving. The vows, speeches, first dance and everything else in-between is also caught on camera, without stealing the bride and groom’s limelight. “Video technology has come a long way in recent years,” says Martin. “Long gone are the days of using huge shoulder mounted cameras to achieve a great quality of video, instead we use top of the range digital SLR cameras, which enable us to obtain high quality of video while being discreet.

Special moments: Videography can capture the essence of a wedding day.

Discreet: Modern technology allows videographers to film the day without stealing the limelight.

“Such advances are also allowing us to catch up with the fantastic photographers in the industry. We are now trying to push videography on a stage by incorporating a couple’s story of how they met and the engagement into the footage as well as the build up to the big day.” For couples looking to hire a videographer, Gary and Martin have one piece of advice — do some research. “Visit as many sites as you can and watch lots of wedding videos to see what styles you like and what you would want to be included,” says Gary. “Often you get what you pay for so make sure it’s high quality. “We always arrange an initial meeting with our couples to show them examples of our videos and explain how it all works on the day. “It also gives us an opportunity to get

to know the couple, their story and details about the wedding so we can get all the best bits on camera.” First Sight wedding packages consist of a signature edit, which is around 20 minutes long, and a highlights edit showing the very best of the big day. Couples are presented with their final productions on DVD which also includes a full speeches edit and a full service edit. Gary and Martin can also upload the video online on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo so couples can share their video with friends and family, wherever they might be. Said Martin: “Presenting a bride and groom with the finished version is a great feeling. We’re always touched by how pleased they are with the final product.” To view examples of Gary and Martin’s work visit

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A bride’s personality is as important as her gown’s when looking for the perfect marriage. Sheffield bridal boutique owner Chloe Curry reveals her match-making techniques.

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desire to help brides-to-be find a wedding dress that truly reflects who they are led Chloe Curry to set up The White Room bridal boutique in Sheffield city centre last year. The ethos behind her business is to offer brides a different, memorable and unique experience that encourages them to invest in an overall ‘look’ rather than just a dress. To achieve this Chloe gets to know her brides on a personal level – discovering their passions, individual style and the inspiration for their big day. But creating the right look isn’t just about

the bride’s personality, it’s about the gown’s personality too. “We don’t just ‘do’ bridal – we create concepts, we style, we advise and we revel in the challenge of creating looks that make a bride go ‘ohh, I feel like me’,” says Chloe. “All of our gowns have individual personalities and when a bride finds her’s and it complements the gown’s, a match is made. “In order to demonstrate to brides how styling a gown can really change its look I worked with photographer Cat Hepple on

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Different personalities: Far left is the Aspen dress by Jenny Packham and Natalia headpiece by DC Bouquets. Left is the Sophie dress and Willow, above, by Claire Pettibone. Also above is a Sahara headdress by House of Istria.

an inspirational photo shoot. We wanted to capture the brilliance of The White Room’s designers by showcasing the gowns in a unique and innovative way. “It was our aim to capture the beauty of the fabric and construction of the gowns to show brides that a gown is so much more than just that – it is a personality, an inspiration and a feeling.” For the shoot Chloe picked gowns from the 2012 collections of American designer Claire Pettibone and British designer Jenny Packham. Great thought went into showcasing unique looks, using

eye-catching accessories, imaginative hair styling and soft make-up. The results, seen here, are set in Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery. “As a stockist of Claire Pettibone we were very keen to use her gowns and create a concept around her Beau Monde collection as well as the continuing favourites we hold at The White Room. “We also wanted to showcase one of our British designers, Jenny Packham as her new 2012 collection includes some of her best pieces to date like ‘Aspen’ and ‘Foxglove’.

“We needed to show brides that Jenny’s collection was as outstanding as her evening wear, as seen on the likes of Kate Middleton and Kate Winslet. “To achieve this we incorporated dance and movement with soft pastels for a warm, apricot and soft look. “A gown is the integral part to any woman’s wedding look but it’s not the whole picture. It’s important to pair the gown with the right accessories to complete the look and make it your own. “We styled our gowns using accessories from Debbie Carlisle and House of Istria.

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“As a Sheffield boutique, we pride ourselves on working with and helping local businesses grow and our relationship with Debbie of DC Bouquets has done just that. “Her pieces are amazing and our brides love all that she creates as she encapsulates vintage inspired elements with modern day glamour which complements rather than competes with the gown. “We used her ‘Lana’ piece with Claire Pettibone’s ‘Sophie’ gown, to show just how versatile our styling can be. We also used one of Debbie’s stronger pieces ‘Natalia’ with ‘Aspen’ by Jenny Packham which really pulled off a 1930’s Hollywood starlet look. “The House of Istria is a new supplier to The White Room and in full support of all that she does, we used her amazing feather piece ‘Sahara’ to really lift the warmth of Claire’s ‘Willow’ gown and highlight the fact that a gown can be really brought to life on even the smallest of women with the right accessories.”

Inspired: The Sophie dress, top left, and Kristene dress, above, both by Claire Pettibone, with Mae headband by DC Bouquets and veil by HM Veils.

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Choice is key for a bride when it comes to picking the right dresses for her bridesmaids. Rachel Parry discovers the options available at Sheffield bridal boutique, Emily Bridal Wear.

Structured style: Sorella Vita dress designs offer bridesmaids an individual look.

On trend: Indigo one shoulder dress from Wtoo.

Versatile: Two Birds bridesmaid dresses can be worn in over 15 different ways.

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inding one dress to please all is a problem faced by most brides when shopping for their bridesmaids. Individual heights, figures and complexions all need to be taken into account as well as the style of the bride’s dress and the overall theme of the wedding. Emily Harrison and Laura Needham, of Emily Bridal Wear, hand pick from three market leading designers accumulating in a selection of dresses that offer a wide range of styles to suit all bridesmaids. Said Emily: “For brides looking for

more on trend dresses the Watters and Wtoo collections offer so many options and have an array of different styles, fabrics and colours choices. “The Sorella Vita collection is perfect for brides wanting a more structured style for their bridesmaid. “The range offers fabric and length options as well as a sumptuous colour palette so brides can create their own individual look. “Meanwhile the Twobirds collection offers a unique concept — one dress which is available in four lengths that

can be worn in over 15 different ways to create a range of looks giving brides and bridesmaids a more flexible approach to finding the right dress. “The dresses are so versatile every bridesmaid can choose a style they’re most comfortable in. “The designs look beautifully elegant, and fit in perfectly with the growing trend of brides having mismatched bridesmaid gowns.”




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nurse.) If you would like to attend as a family you may be suitable for our children and families programme, ring 01226 737060 for more information. Barnsley Change4Life also helps pregnant women. Having a baby is a special, lifechanging experience, but unfortunately for many women it is a time when they gain a lot of weight which they struggle to lose, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Losing weight isn’t advised during pregnancy, although if you are already overweight when you fall pregnant, Barnsley Change4Life are on hand to advise on healthy lifestyle changes. We can help to avoid excessive weight gain and make sure your growing baby gets everything it needs to grow and develop healthily. If you are ready to change today then give us a ring on 01226 737060. You have nothing to lose but the weight!

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A desire to save treasured wedding items from going to waste after the big day led Rebecca Aspin to launch a new business venture.

Bargain bride: Rebecca Aspin set up to give used wedding items a new lease of life. Photograph courtesy of Simon Kench –

Something old, new and reduced


n her third wedding anniversary East Yorkshire bride Rebecca Aspin realised many of the beautiful items she had bought for her wedding were still in bags and boxes. Determined not to banish such items to the loft never to be used again, Rebecca set up – an online marketplace dedicated to the buying and selling of used or pre-loved wedding items. Here brides can make their something old become another bride’s something new by selling everything to do with their big day from the dress to decorations. Rebecca said: “As a newlywed myself I was looking for a way to share all the beautiful items and fabulous finds from my wedding with another bride. “Although there are websites dedicated to buying and selling secondhand wedding dresses, on investigation I couldn’t find one where you could also sell all other wedding related items. And so ‘Sell My Wedding’ was born.” Sell My Wedding puts newlyweds who

are looking to recoup some of the cost of their big day in touch with brides-tobe who are not only looking for inspiration but a way to make their wedding affordable. “Unlike other websites Sell My Wedding lists everything to do with weddings; from veils to vases. It also features items for the whole wedding party from grooms, pageboys and ushers to bridesmaids and mother-of-the bride. “Although the average cost of a wedding has fallen, it still tops £19,000 which is a staggering amount of money. In an age where people are more cost conscious and ethically aware brides and grooms are looking for ways to keep the cost of their wedding down.” Rebecca explains the site is easy to use – sellers simply pay a one-off fee of £20 to list an unlimited number of wedding items. There are no individual listing fees, no sales commission and items won’t expire until they have been sold. Sellers can manage and update their own page and can even choose to list a

single price to literally sell their wedding. “The website basically puts buyers and sellers in touch with each other – negotiations on price and delivery take place directly between the buyer and the seller. “The benefits for brides-to-be, is that if they know what they’re searching for, they can search via our extensive category list or by theme – from traditional, or vintage to seasonal. “Feedback from sellers has been really positive and we know that items are selling which is great. Following this feedback we’re going to look at introducing a noticeboard feature, so that brides-to-be can post items that they are looking to find. “Brought together under one website the aim is that brides will be able to find everything they need for their wedding, without having to leaf through endless wedding magazines and internet sites and because everything is second-hand or pre-loved, the beauty is that it will be at a fraction of the original cost.”

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Charm and character for Sarah and James J


ames and Sarah Clegg instantly fell in love with the charm and character of Whitley Hall Hotel when planning their big day.

The couple, from Glossop, went to school together as teenagers but didn’t strike up a relationship until some years later during a chance meeting in Huddersfield. Keen not to let Sarah out of his sight again, romantic James popped the question at a local fireworks display in 2010. “It was just before my 30th birthday,” recalls Sarah. “He didn’t get down on one knee as it was really muddy but he gave me a big hug when I said yes and we went shopping for my engagement ring together afterwards.” First on their planning list was to find a venue but this proved a little harder than expected with none quite making the grade. “We started looking at venues soon after the proposal but not one felt right,” said Sarah. “My Mum later spotted Whitley Hall in a magazine and we made an appointment right away to view it. “Upon arriving both myself and James instantly fell in love with the venue. It felt homely and relaxing, but best of all it was beautiful and full of character on both the inside and out.” Sarah, 31, and James, 31, set the date for March 31, booking the Whitley Suite for both their civil ceremony and reception. On the big day the couple spent the morning getting ready at the hotel while their 80 guests arrived and eagerly awaited Sarah’s entrance. A string trio played the couple’s favourite modern music as Sarah walked down the aisle. She looked stunning in a simple yet striking ivory dress followed by her two adult bridesmaids in beautiful green gowns from BHS. Sarah’s stepdaughter, ten-yearold Alex did a wonderful job as bridesmaid and ring bearer, wearing a cute dress from Next. Meanwhile James and his groomsmen looked handsome in grey suits from Greenwoods of Huddersfield. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed drinks in stunning grounds of Whitley Hall

ahead of the sit down meal and speeches. In the evening James and Sarah had their first dance to Miracle by Foo Fighters before dancing the night away with friends and family. Looking back on the day the couple say they wouldn’t change a thing.

“We only had one mini drama when a piece of music went missing but the string trio quickly came up with an alternative and the rest of the day went without a hitch,” recalls Sarah. “We can’t speak highly enough of the staff at Whitley Hall they made sure we were in the right place at the right time so we didn’t have to worry about a thing. The photographers were also great at making us feel really comfortable in front of the camera. “Our guests were particularly impressed by the venue and the food – everyone had a great day.” After spending their first night as Mr and Mrs Clegg in the bridal suite at Whitley Hall, James and Sarah enjoyed a romantic weekend break staying in an Eco-pod in Scotland. Later this year the couple, who are both teachers, will have their main honeymoon in Hawaii, stopping off at a few places along the way.

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An unforgettable country estate wedding awaits‌



ESTLED within the rolling countryside of South Yorkshire is Whitley Hall Hotel – a perfect blend of romance and history for an unforgettable country estate wedding. During its 500 year history the hall has undergone much alteration, restoration and extension by its many owners who have transformed the building from a modest house into a grand hall. Over the years Whitley Hall has served many purposes as a home, boarding school, military residence and most recently as a restaurant and hotel. Today the 16th century mansion also provides a fairytale setting for couples to exchange their vows and celebrate their wedding reception. The enchanting ivy-clad hotel combines timeless architectural features with chic contemporary touches that will ensure your wedding is talked about for many years to come. Meanwhile outside its 20 acres of beautiful gardens

and grounds provide stunning backdrops for endless photograph opportunities. Perfect for both intimate and extravagant ceremonies there is a choice of exquisite rooms for couples to pick from. The Whitley Suite, with access to the gardens, can cater for up to 100 daytime guests and 125 for evening receptions. The charming room provides a cosy and welcoming atmosphere and is one of three rooms licensed for civil ceremonies. Dating back to 1584, the Parker Room is also licensed for civil ceremonies with a maximum of 60 day guests and 80 evening guests. This room provides a traditional and elegant setting with access to a terraced area and purpose built pier for stunning wedding photographs. For intimate ceremonies of up to 12, the Picture Room is perfect. Brimming with character the room, which is licensed for civil ceremonies, features

wood panelling, oil paintings and an original ceiling reputedly commissioned by Mary Queen of Scots. Meanwhile for modest receptions there is the Wordsworth Room on the first floor overlooking the gardens, an excellent setting for celebratory dinner parties of up to 20 guests. For those whose numbers are in excess of those quoted for the Whitley Suite or Parker Room, the hotel are able to offer couples exclusive use of the hall during their special day, subject to terms and conditions. Perfecting the little extras that make a wedding day truly special, the staff at Whitley Hall Hotel are committed to helping couples achieve a dream day, that is uniquely their own. To ease pressure on the bride and groom assistance is offered with everything from seating plans and decor through to entertainment and menu choices. Formal or relaxed, grand banquet or intimate diner party, Whitley Hall Hotel can cater for up to 100 guests for your

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wedding breakfast and offers a myriad of decadent delicacies combining great modern British food with a selection of drinks packages and many options to create bespoke menus. When the celebrations come to an end guests can indulge in a night of luxury in one of the hotel’s 32 ensuite bedrooms, each individually decorated to reflect the character of the building. Meanwhile newly weds are treated to complimentary overnight accommodation in a superior ensuite room, providing a perfect end to a perfect day.

Romantic Getaways Guests are invited to relax and unwind where history meets fashion in the elegant surroundings of Whitley Hall Hotel. Friendly staff will make you feel

instantly welcome and aim to make your stay as memorable as possible. With 32 distinctive ensuite bedrooms which combine romance and class, comfort is a top priority. So why not indulge in one of Whitley Hall’s special breaks? The Great Escape package offers two nights of dinner, bed and breakfast from just £130 per person, based on two people sharing. The first night includes a bottle of pink sparkling wine and a complimentary glass of port in your room on arrival plus three course

dinner, bed and full cooked breakfast. On the second night enjoy three course dinner with a bottle of house wine, bed and full cooked breakfast.

beautiful gardens, complete with an attractive patio area.


The extensive grounds and unique setting of Whitley Hall Hotel makes the venue an excellent choice for both corporate events and special occasions. The hotel offers free function room hire and private dining facilities for both work and pleasure. A choice of private dining rooms are available for special occasions and corporate diner parties, each with individual character and charm. Meanwhile for larger events there are several attractive rooms, accommodating up to 100 people, plus free wi-fi and parking. In addition there is a welcoming bar area, open to both residents and nonresidents, which offers a wide variety of drinks and bar meals.

Guests often comment that the jewel in the crown of a stay at Whitley Hall is the quality of its cuisine. Whether a simple bar menu, à la carte or table d’hôte the meals served are justifiably appreciated by those who recognise superbly cooked, exquisitely presented dishes delivering taste and flavour as well as value for money. Why not sample the culinary delights for yourself by taking advantage of Whitley Hall’s ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ menu, served in its beautiful restaurant. It includes a delicious three course meal and a glass of bubbly or elderflower cordial for just £15.95 per person. Alternatively in the summer months diners are welcome to sit out in the

Conferences and Events

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Wedding fayre dates to remember MOSAIC BRIDES



York Barbican, York Sunday 23rd September 11am - 4pm Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley Sunday 30th September 11am - 4pm

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The Earl of Doncaster Hotel, Doncaster Sunday 7th October 11am - 4pm Hilton Leeds City Hotel, Leeds Sunday 14th October 11am - 4pm Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Sunday 28th October 11am - 4pm (admission £2 per person) Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Tuesday 30th October 6pm - 9pm Normanby Hall, Normanby Sunday 4th November 11am - 4pm

Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Sunday 11th November 11am - 4pm

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Wedding planner, Emma Willis, of Sheffield-based Wedding Daze, reveals her top five features for a dream wedding.

Preparations are the key: Emma Willis. Picture: S6 Photography.

Tips for a dream day

Feminine style: Sweet pea dress by Charlotte Balbier.

 Top dress designer Charlotte Balbier wedding dresses ooze stylish and feminine style – with over 50 years’ bridal experience in the family (Amanda Wyatt, another fabulous dress designer being Charlotte’s mum), brides are spoilt for choice. The English Tea Party range is a favourite of mine – especially the Sweet Pea dress.  Top venue Outdoor wedding receptions make a beautiful setting. Either a marquee or a Tipi-style tent pitched up, surrounded by stunning countryside is an alternative to a hotel wedding. Style this wedding venue as much as you like, it can be

decorated with bunting, vintage crockery, photo booth and a candy bar.  Top theme The English country garden theme is a firm favourite with our couples. A pretty mix of pastel pinks, cream is a versatile colour scheme. Pink roses and cream peonies mixed with floral bunting makes a beautiful setting for wedding celebrations. Why not have an afternoon tea for your guest. Tea served in vintage china cups and a selection of traditional home-made cakes are a must to complete the look.  Top entertainment For a different way to entertain your

guests, a caricature can be a quirky form of entertainment and even gives your guests a souvenir to take away from your wedding day. Richard Smith is one of the best at making light-hearted fun of your guests.  Top honeymoon destination A honeymoon should reflect your personalities, either a relaxing beach holiday, cottage in the lakes or an action packed safari will ensure you start your first holiday as a married couple with a bang. Your Holidays First is a great choice to help you chose the right destination for you.

Unusual location: Outdoor settings make a beautiful wedding. Picture: PapaKåta, Theme.jpg

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