Today I am thrilled to share this bright, autumnal, and joyful Harrogate Wedding at the Sun Pavilion with pretty colourful details
Images were captured by Stevie Jay Photography.
Stevie is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Huddersfield but covering the whole of the UK and Europe. Her style of photography is relaxed, laid back and fun.
Stevie says of the couple and their Harrogate Wedding day…
Bryony and Alasdair were one of the cutest couples I’ve had the pleasure of photographing – these two were so much fun to work with and I remember grinning from ear to ear as I drove home from the Sun Pavilion, Harrogate.
It really was one of those “is this really my job?” moments.
Now we all know just how unpredictable the good old British weather can be. I was a little concerned when they said they were planning an outdoor ceremony in November.
Bryony and Alasdair couldn’t have chosen a better day though.
It was pretty windy, but no rain and they wanted to really make the most of the outdoor space the Pavilion has to offer.
However, when you have as beautiful a venue as the Sun Pavilion you can’t go wrong even if you end up stuck indoors all day.
Bryony and Alasdair had told me they’d chosen the venue because of the pretty stained glass dome ceiling, yet I still wasn’t expecting how unique and stunning it looked until I saw it myself!
It’s pretty damn spectacular and lets so much wonderful light into the room and festooned with lanterns and a gorgeous floral arch the terrace looked absolutely incredible.
Everyone snuggled together to keep warm and it was as close to being outside as you could get in November!
Following the ceremony we made sure we strolled into the park for portraits so they could get a bit of time to chill out together.
For reception decoration they decorated the Sun Pavilion with some of my favourite things – painted wooden ducks, cacti as well as more colourful lanterns!
With these two the pictures really do all the talking, the joy just shines out of them and they didn’t stop laughing all day.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Bryony…
Tell us about the Engagement…
We went away for a weekend in Grasmere for our 5 year anniversary.
It was the end of January and we had just been on a long, snowy run in the fells behind Coniston and were driving back to the hotel when Ali suggested an afternoon walk.
I was ready for a hot shower and trip to the spa at our hotel but he was persuasive and in the setting sun I found us up a small fell overlooking Windermere talking about the last 5 years together and what the next 5 would bring.
When Ali got down on one knee it was a total surprise as I’d planned the weekend away!
Tell us about your Wedding Planning process…
We knew that we wanted an autumnal wedding and didn’t want to have a long engagement so decided that 9 months time was right for us.
Online research got Ali worried this might not be enough time, but we never felt rushed. In fact, I’m known for being very indecisive, so I think the time pressure helped channel my mind into making the decisions.
We just went online and got a list with a timeframe of everything to be done at ticked it off methodically as we went.
In Venue sourcing we looked at a few but nothing was ticking all the boxes. One day we were driving and we’d seen the website for the Harrogate Wedding venue, The Sun Pavilion so stopped over and had a look. We both knew pretty quickly it was the place for us.
It was light and airy with a beautiful stained glass window in the ceiling.
Its location in the Valley Gardens gave us the outdoors feel we wanted while being in the centre of town near hotels and transport that was practical for the guests.
Plus the opportunity to have the ceremony outside on the covered terrace was a real bonus, as the weather in November isn’t reliable enough to have an outside wedding but it was something we both wanted.
On the day Ali’s dad Allan read Union by Robert Fulgham and two of my bridesmaids gave a reading by John Muir about the beauty of nature.
We wanted to keep the ceremony our own, so I walked in to an instrumental version of Here Comes the Sun, by Denis Turbide and we walked out to Nothings Gonna Stop us Now by Starship.
Later in the day and as part of his Scottish heritage Ali’s mum Marsela performed a quaich ceremony at the reception.
This is a symbolic ceremony of taking our first drink together as our two families come together and gave everyone a chance for a whisky toast.
To start off the evening we had a ceilidh and the band, Capstick ceilidh band, were great, and I think we may have surprised the band with so many people getting involved!
After that we crafted together a playlist with suggestions from guests to keep everyone up and dancing.
The Details & Décor
We sorted out all the décor ourselves and just aimed to keep it bright and simple.
We had a running joke about how much I hate frilly chair covers, so we hired chairs from Laura Lindsay at Bridebay.
To add a pop of colour to the ceremony without needing too many flowers, we bought paper lanterns to hang on the terrace.
For the rest of the décor, we felt the venue really spoke for itself, so it was the little details that really brought the day together.
As we got engaged while away in Grasmere, for our favours (and placecards) we had Grasmere gingerbread with a calligraphy tag for each guest.
Guarding the cake were two wooden ducks we bought at a local country show with Ali’s winnings from doing the show race.
Beside them was a jar of jelly snakes as any time one of us goes to the corner shop we bring some back for the other.
On the tables we had little cacti and succulents, I’d tried to propagate some myself but by the time the wedding came around they were still tiny, so I bought a selection from Green Living Glasgow, as a nod to the city we used to live in.
Neither of us had a much knowledge about flowers so we gave our florist our loose autumnal colour scheme and they went from there.
They made bouquets for me & the bridesmaids and were very accommodating when we realised one of the bridesmaids has such bad hay fever that flowers weren’t really an option.
As well as that they did the buttonholes, greenery garlands for the staircase, loose flowers for the tables and the flower arch, having it all on theme really helped bring the décor together.
We were very lucky that Ali’s aunty Carolyn is a talented baker. She made a multi-tier sponge cake of alternating chocolate and lemon layers and crafted these stunning sugar flowers that are now a keepsake of the day.
As a little extra surprise she made a little sugar figure of our pet hedgehog Matilda.
Share your Best Bits
Nothing can beat the seeing your partner in the ceremony when you see them and you’re just so full of emotion and love.
It was really nice to get our photos done together after that and spend a bit of time alone to just soak it all in.
Apart from that it’s the small things – like when Ali realised he forgot to pack trousers at the hotel we stayed in afterwards and had to go for breakfast in his kilt.
Advice For Other Couples
In the final run-up to the day we asked each other why we hadn’t just eloped and had a super relaxed day without the organising stress.
But we were so thankful for the day we had together and all the memories with loved ones that it was definitely worth.
So don’t stress about all the decisions because no matter what you’ll have an amazing day.
Venue: Harrogate Sun Pavilion
Photographer: Stevie Jay Photography
Bride’s Dress: Wed2B
Bridal Coverup: Milamira Bridal
Shoes: Steve Madden
Hairpiece: Agnes Walker
Bridesmaids Skirts: Jolie Moi at John Lewis
Suits: Slater Menswear
Flowers: Regal Florists
Chair Hire: Bridebay
Cake Topper: Sophia Victoria Joy
Cacti & Succulents for decoration: Green Living Glasgow
Wedding Invitations: Gemma Allen Studio
Confetti: Dollz Confetti
Catering: CGC Event Catering
Band: Capstick Ceilidh Band
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