Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous intimate Afternoon Tea Wedding at Holdsworth House with a stunning Phase Eight Wedding Dress.
Images of the day were captured by Luke Holroyd Photography.
Luke says of his work and the couple…
“I have always loved photography, when I was child I would run around with an old film camera and snap away.”
“Now as a professional photographer, I pride myself on being able to foster genuine relationships with all the lovely people I capture.”
“There is nothing more rewarding in this job than seeing the Bride’s smile the first time she sees her wedding images. I can honestly say that nearly every wedding I capture I gain genuine friendships with the Bride & Groom!”
“I’m 24 years of age, and I have been shooting weddings since I was 18. I now live back in my hometown of Morley in Leeds and work from our home office.”
“I love capturing weddings, I’ve juggled part time jobs along with assisting other wedding photographers to get to where I am now and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing!”
“Alannah & Duncan first got in touch via social media.”
“They mentioned they had planned an intimate wedding, with only their closest family & friends around them, celebrated with a small ceremony and tea & cakes afterwards, and to be honest I jumped at the chance to snap their big day.”
“It was a welcome change to shoot such a relaxed and informal wedding.”
“Coming to their day, I think the images say it all, I couldn’t have wished for a better venue, weather and most importantly, couple.”
“I got to capture and document their day in probably the most relaxed atmosphere I have ever been in for a wedding.”
I hand over to beautiful Bride Alannah…
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“Our wedding planning journey was short and sweet.”
“In March 2015 we agreed on having an intimate and informal wedding.”
“We both come from relatively small families so planned the ceremony around a total of 16 guests.”
“We didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money so we spent a lot of time looking at ways of keeping costs down.”
“I’ve always loved stately homes and buildings with period features so was delighted to find Holdsworth House in Halifax which seemed to contain much of the grandeur and history I was looking for but on a smaller scale and within our budget.”
“We also discovered that they offered a ‘Vintage Afternoon Tea’ wedding package as an option which we felt was more in keeping with the informal and relaxed day we had in mind.”
“As the number of guests was so small, we opted for a weekday in August 2015 for our wedding as we knew there would be no issues with people having time off work.”
“Having our wedding on a Monday was also more budget friendly.”
“We chose not to have a night do as the venue were happy for our us to drink at the bar and relax in the hotel grounds for as long as we wished.”
“They were also happy for us to have a small number of friends join us in the early evening for a celebratory drink which was ideal.”
“Again, with our budget in mind we opted for a stack of cupcakes as oppose to a wedding cake and our tasting session with a local bakery proved to be a massive hit with our two children.”
“Our photographer, Luke Holroyd, was found by chance on a trip to a local shopping centre where a small wedding fayre was being held. We picked up one of his cards, looked at his website and loved his style and ethos.”
“He was friendly and engaging in his emails and quick to reply. We knew instantly that he would be perfect.”
“My wedding dress was purchased from Phase Eight. It was the third dress I tried on and I adored the simplicity of the design and the subtle embroidery detail.”
“Duncan planned to wear his naval uniform so his only requirement was to seek out an ornamental Naval sword for us to cut our giant cupcake with.”
“Throughout the planning, Pinterest steadily became my ‘go to’ guide.”
“I used it to research flowers, decorations and accessories and it ultimately inspired me to make my own floral hair piece using artificial flowers, as well as our vintage style ring pillow.”
“I was also inspired to decorate the ceremony rooms myself, so the weekend before the wedding my mum and I hit a small local garden centre.”
“I liked the idea of a wild and whimsical cottage garden theme and felt that this could be achieved just as well with potted plants and DIY approach.”
“There was also the added bonus of being able to take everything home following the wedding and plant them in the garden as a reminder of the day.”
“My mum and I were even more delighted when we found that all the plants had been reduced in an end of season sale and managed to purchase a car full of flowers including fuchsias and dahlias, as well as an enormous hanging basket of beautiful, deep purple petunias, which I opted to use as my table centre piece.”
“I then bought brass pots, glass jars and even an old index cabinet from eBay in which to display them.”
“We did however treat ourselves to a bouquet and buttonholes from a local florist and I again used images from Pinterest to help her understand my vision and create my ideal arrangement.”
“When did you get married?
“We got married on Monday 10th August 2015 at Holdsworth House in Halifax.”
“We surrounded by 12 of our close family for the ceremony and afternoon tea wedding reception, and and were joined later that evening for a drink by some close friends.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“We both felt that the whole day was perfect. It ran smoothly and was so relaxed and informal.”
“It was very much family orientated too – my mum and dad helped me transport and arrange the flowers in the rooms whilst my sister-in-law did my hair and make up.”
“Seeing all my ideas and hard work coming together over the course of the morning was very fulfilling but a particular highlight of the day was the moment I put on my dress and made my way to the ceremony room.”
“It had been raining all morning which had dashed my hopes of making my entrance from the outside.”
“10 minutes before the ceremony started however, the sun appeared and I was able to walk in through the gardens with my dad and my children.”
“I walked in to ‘The Piano Guys – A Thousand Years’ and the excitement, nerves and emotions as I heard the music begin was magical.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
1/ It’s definitely possible to achieve a beautiful wedding on a smaller budget. Consider small garden centres for the bulk of your flowers as well as cut flowers such as stocks and roses from supermarkets to add variety.
Shop around – places like Amazon sell wedding veils for a fraction of the cost of a boutique wedding store and no one would be able to tell.
2/ If you’re honeymooning straight away, make sure you make plans for the day after the wedding such as going to another city and staying in a hotel.
Post wedding blues are very real and I found it a bit of a shock to the system heading home to laundry, housework and normality the following day.
3/ Make sure you hire a professional photographer. We initially felt that our budget wouldn’t cover this but after discovering Luke, we booked him for just half the day and even in that short space, he’s created the most amazing photos and memories for us for which I’m truly grateful.
4/ Make sure your wedding day is about you and your other half. It’s really easy to get caught up in trying to impress your guests or live up to the last wedding you attended.
Enjoy it, embrace it, surround yourself with the people you love and the people that care about you and make lots of happy memories.
Thanks so much to Luke for sharing his wonderful photography and this lovely intimate Yorkshire wedding day.
I love all Weddings big and small but the wee wedding where family and shared joy is the focus always makes my heart swell….gorgeous.
Venue: Holdsworth House – Halifax
Photographer: Luke Holroyd
Wedding Dress: Phase Eight
Floral Hair Piece: DIY by Bride
Hair and Make Up : Brides Sister in Law
Cupcakes: Love Rouge Bakery – Headingley
Bouquet and Button Holes: Ivy Florist – Pudsey
Table flowers: Riverside Nursery – Shadwell – Leeds
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