Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Yorkshire Country House Wedding at Wentworth Woodhouse with pretty royal blue and purple details.
Images were captured by Jenna Kathleen Photography.
Jenna is a West Yorkshire Wedding Photographer based in Huddersfield specialising in natural, honest imagery that stands the test of time.
She says of the couple and their Yorkshire Country House Wedding day…
When Olivia and Will contacted me asking me to be their photographer, you can only imagine how excited I was to hear that their wedding would be held at one of the largest country houses in Europe.
With its stunning architecture and evident grandeur, Wentworth Woodhouse really is a little known gem in the North.
When Olivia first enquired, she told me they were planning to dress the ‘grand old house’ with lots of flowers – and boy she was not joking! Everywhere you looked there were stunning arrangements of pink and purple flowers, all tying in perfectly with the bridal bouquet.
I arrived at Wentworth to be greeted by two suitably decorated stag’s heads and the display did not stop there.
There were garlands adorning the staircase, bouquets on pillars and plinths, on mantelpieces and windowsills and anywhere else you could think to arrange them.
These details really brought the place to life and I found I had to tear myself away from them in order to photograph the guests!
A number of guests met at the bride’s parents’ home in Barnsley for a celebratory drink before the wedding to then be transported to Wentworth by traditional London bus.
Olivia and Will both live busy lives down in the capital, so I love that they incorporated a piece of their home into their Northern celebrations.
The main event took place in the aptly named Long Gallery with a spectacular feature window on the west wall that, once the ceremony was over, was opened to let guests through into the garden.
After the huge confetti run the couple headed out to the explore the grounds in their wedding car for some one-to-one time, whilst their guests were more than happy to soak in the blazing sunshine and drink Prosecco served from a mini van.
When the time came, all the guests were led up the main staircase and introduced to another breathtaking room, the Marble Saloon, for the speeches and wedding breakfast.
The later was interrupted after the main course by an Italian waiter and his friends performing Opera, much to the surprise of the newly weds as they knew nothing about it! (This was secret pre-planned evening entertainment arranged by their parents).
It was amazing to watch and see all the guests embrace the performance by joining in and waving napkins in the air.
Afterwards, the guests enjoyed time to mingle on the balcony and outside as the sun went down.
The Pillared Hall was dressed with hundreds of fairy lights and this along with the bar and band made for a cosy yet club-like space for the evening reception.
After their first dance, all Olivia and Will’s friends and family got involved and ‘threw some shapes’ on the dance floor to finish the night.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Olivia…
How did you meet?
We met on the first day of secondary school as classmates in the same form – but didn’t get together until our final year in sixth form!
Tell us about the Proposal…
The proposal was a bit slap-dash in the end…
I had a date in mind by which I wanted to ask Olivia, a big holiday during which we could celebrate with family.
Despite lots of planning and big ideas, I somehow left it until the night before the holiday to ask Olivia …. at home in our flat.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey …
Having never planned for a party on this scale before, we certainly hadn’t prepared for how stressful the preparations would be – but we are forever thankful for the kindness of our family and friends who helped us along the way and on the day itself.
Any special touches/DIY?
We absolutely wanted our day to be a celebration of all things Yorkshire, complete with Yorkshire Country House Wedding venue, brass band and ‘Whitby fish and chips canapés!’
But we still felt it important to give a nod to our having lived together in London for 10 years and so invited all our guests to travel together in two old double decker route master buses.
Despite getting stuck on a busy round about, our guests were loved their TFL style transport.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
In tribute to the wonderful Wentworth Woodhouse we used their Royal Blue as a main feature throughout our stationery, outfits and decorations.
Our beautiful floral pieces arranged by Unique Wedding Flowers complemented the blues and the lush greenery surrounding the house with earl grey roses, an array of blended delicate colours of late summer.
What was the best bit of your day?
After the nerves of the ceremony, it was the best feeling to be honoured by all our guests with a confetti run spectacular all the way to our open top car which drove us away into the stunning grounds of the house.
While we were away having a few photos in the gardens, it was so lovely to hear the happy chatter, and laughter of our friends and family all coming together to help celebrate our big day.
Then later in the day a huge surprise from our mums saw our waiters turn into opera stars captivating the whole of the grand marble saloon in song!
Is there anything you would do differently?
We were so thrilled with the whole day, which was magical in every way – there’s nothing we would have done differently.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Take time to enjoy your day together, it all goes too quickly, and its so important to cherish some quiet moments just between the two of you.
Photographer – Jenna Kathleen Photography (with special thanks to Victoria for second shooting)
Venue – Wentworth Woodhouse
Suit – Sensational Formal Hire (Barnsley)
Cake Maker – Cherry Cakes
Florist – Unique Wedding Flowers
Videographer – Georgia Dunstone Films
Make up/Hair stylist – The Laurels Hair and Makeup
Lighting – Event Light & Sound
London buses – Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company( now closed)
Prosecco Van – Culaccino Prosecco
Entertainment – Leading Lights Productions
Band – Backbeat
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