Today I am delighted to share this beautiful Hollywood Glamour inspired Wedding in Yorkshire with pale pink and rose gold details.
Images were captured by Oscar James Photography.
Oscar James Photography is a wedding photographer based in West Yorkshire working in Leeds and Bradford and further afield.
He says of his work and the couple..
At Oscar James Photography, I take great pride in my wedding photography and I’m confident my clients would echo this with the results and package I supply.
From the moment first contact is made to the exact details of building the final package, nothing is compromised.
I make sure I get to know the couple and their requirements ahead of schedule leaving nothing to chance on their day. I work quickly, quietly and discreetly and go above and beyond to help the couple relax.
I first met the couple at another wedding I was photographing, they were guests and as I was capturing their day, it is not uncommon for guests to make conversation with me.
I suppose it’s a way of gauging who I am, my personality and making me feel part of the celebrations.
My recollection of the couples own wedding day is quite simply –‘Wow’.
From the venue to the dress. It was a perfect summers day yet in winter.
The sun was shining and everybody was excited for the celebrations.
The day began at St Michael and All Angels church, Midddleton Tyas and all the guests where patiently waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle.
When the music played for her arrival (the string quartet played Kate Bush ‘Cloudbusting’) the gasps echoed across the pews of the church, to see the stunning bride in the most beautiful dress. The moment they were all waiting for.
Following the marriage ceremony everyone moved on to the spectacular venue, a stunning Georgian country mansion with views of the North Yorkshire countryside.
The smiles on everybody’s faces reflected the day. It may be seen as a cliche but everything about the day was perfect, the bride and groom, the dress, the venue, the weather, the guests.
One high point of the day was the moment the Groom stepped onto the dance floor for the first dance and showed us all how it’s done.
I hand over to the beautiful Bride Leigh….
How did you meet?
We originally met through mutual friends aged 15. Quite a long time ago now.
After school, life took us in different directions. Me to London to work in the media and world of broadcast, for Tom it was training to be a Civil Engineer.
We’d see each other occasionally when we met with old friends in our home City of Leeds and just over four years ago, we had dinner together and that was that!
Tell us about the Engagement…
Tom popped the question at Laura Ashley hotel The Belsfield in Bowness-On – Windemere, the Lake District.
The hotel is very opulent and has an art deco theme mixed with vintage glamour and modern twists.
We’d been for a long walk and had eaten an afternoon tea., and it was after this he proposed.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We initially chose our wedding reception venue (Middleton Lodge Estate, Richmond) 11 months before, after stopping off for a coffee one day after going for a walk in North Yorkshire.
I recall our first impression upon driving down this vast driveway to such a grand, Georgian house.
It reminded me of the house in The Secret Garden which I used to watch as a child. It was raining badly and yet it drew us in.
As we walked around the house, we fell for its’ charm. Tom adores walking and mountaineering and it became apparent the family who still live in one wing of the house, are also fans of the mountains and hills.
I loved the chic designs – traditional yet understated. When we saw the Marquee where we’d eat the wedding breakfast, we loved the space and style of it.
The real clinch for us was the underground late night cellar bar.
Out of every other venue we’d seen, no-one could offer us a a late night license and seeing as though we love a gathering and good music, it was perfect.
The only date they had free was also our anniversary, we just kept getting one sign after another it was to be there….
I’d always wanted to marry in a church as that has always been important to me.
So we got to know the wonderful folk at St. Michaels and All Angels Church in the village of Middleton Tyas and fell on love with this traditional small church.
We knew that was where we’d marry although we could have had a registrar wed’ us at Middleton Lodge.
I didn’t look for a dress until six months before and looked in vintage bridal boutiques, mainstream wedding stores, independent wedding dress stockists and wedding dress warehouses hunting high and low.
And then my Godmother insisted I go to see her friend, Haute Couture Designer Anita Massarella.
With Royalty, famous faces and catwalk Queens amongst her clientele I was slightly nervous about pulling one of her dresses off let alone a potential hefty price tag.
But I can honestly say not only did Anita get it right with her designs from the first consultation, chatting to her throughout my many fittings was a bit like wedding therapy.
Not only did Anita source me the same lace as worn by Princess Catherine but worked with me on other areas in which we could try to keep certain costs slightly down although I was hell bent on having her real crystals along the neckline and insisted a long train had to be. Luckily she agreed.
I never thought I would get so stressed organising my big day but I was quite wrong,
We didn’t really want a bridal party but decided on a minimal team. My Matron of Honour wore a Jenny Packham dress and the Groom and Best Man, Ralph Lauren suits which we bought in New York and then had altered in the UK.
I made all the décor for the Marquee and Wedding Breakfast with a friend Jeanette Cannon who owns award-winning cakerie Jeanette’s Cakery in Saltaire.
She basically designed so much for us it was amazing. We had Ostrich feathers in cocktail vases as centre pieces with flowers in small glass vases and little lights and candles scatters all over.
Our cake from Sweet Charlotte Cakes was wonderful – simple but amazing. We ordered that two months prior too! The cake comprised of Lemon Drizzle, a layer of Carrot Cake and a tier of Victoria Sponge.
We also had a separate cake of Parkin which was cut up for guests in the kitchen (Tom – Yorkshire man!)
Our flowers from Elise Wedding Flowers were a mixture of David Austin Roses, Cala Lillies and pink tulips.
We left the invitations til two months before and by that point I was becoming nervous. It was always going to be a music-filled event as we have musicians in our family and I was conscious it may have been too much.
It was the people around me who I was more worried about. My Mum had a beautiful designer coat to wear but was unhappy with the rest of the outfit.
My youngest sister was unable to make it over from Finland as she was expecting our gorgeous niece and it was too late to fly. I made the mistake of Facetiming her and my nephews on the wedding morning but I could not speak and just cried. I was emotional.
I tried so hard not to turn into Bridezilla and relax in the run up but became quite ill the week before.
Luckily the night before the wedding I met some girlfriends and managed to have a nice meal, relax and got a solid six hours sleep which perked me up for the big day.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
The theme was Hollywood Glamour with lots of pale pink, rose gold (or ‘Latte pink’ as some say) and glitter, feathers and lights.
I have always admired film stars and their glamour from the 1930s films and worked in LA on and off over the years. It seemed right to go in that direction.
What was the best bit of your day?
All of it! No seriously, I was nervous in church and couldn’t wait to relax.
Leaving church hand in hand with each other was brilliant and drinking some fizz in our friends Range Rover back to Middleton Lodge was fun.
I do recall taking a moment with Tom and seeing all our friends and family we love so much in that one house and thinking what a special memory and magic moment it was. To us, it was a little moment in history.
I also adored our good friend and DJ Andy Denton playing the most fabulous music in the underground cellar. I loved seeing all ages just up and dancing away!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t listen to anyone else when it comes to ideas, it is your day.
Love every second and cherish each other in the days before. Allow each other to get a bit cross if need be, (We had 133 guests and it was a lot of planning!)
On the day itself, meet up every 30 minutes at least to see each other. And dance, laugh and dance!
Photographer & Videographer – Oscar James Photography
Wedding Dress – Anita Massarella
Bridesmaid Gowns – Jenny Packham
Cake Maker – Sweet Charlotte Cakes
Florist – Elise Wedding Flowers
Rings – Craven Jewellers
Stylist – Jo Morten (Designer – Valour & Valkyrie)
Wedding Planner – Jeanette Cannon – Jeanettes Cakery
Stationery – Annabelle Antas
Make up – Emma Denton Makeup Wellness
Hair – Sarah Lawrence Hair
Music – Undercovered Band played in the Marquee and the late night DJ was Andy Denton