Middleton Lodge Wedding
Rachel & Chris
Middleton Lodge Wedding Photography – Rachel & Chris wedding was at the lovely Middleton Lodge with the ceremony at St Michael and All Angels Church in Middleton Tyas.
Rachel Says; Chris proposed in a gorgeous restaurant called Kat and Theo in New York (August 2016). As I went to pick up my drink Chris slid the ring box on to the table – lots of crying and ‘oh my god’s happened before I realised I hadn’t actually said yes! We then celebrated with cocktails in the square of the Rockefeller Centre.
Our wedding date was 7th April 2018. I wanted all of my family from Canada to be able to join us and Easter is the best time for them to fly here. Plus I’m a teacher so it meant we could have a week beforehand to prepare and a week after to relax. Spring is also our favourite time of the year.
The ceremony was at St Michael and All Angels Church in Middleton Tyas and the reception was at Middleton Lodge. Rachel’s parents live nearby and we had been to the Coach House at Middleton Lodge several times before and absolutely loved it. The fact that they have a cellar bar that opens til 2am was also a big selling point! The church is really cute, up a country road and surrounded by fields.
We wanted quite a modern, botanical theme and not so much a ‘traditional’ wedding style. Rachel wanted lots of succulents, eucalyptus etc to be the main style of flower.
We went for a grey and copper colour scheme, with lots of greenery in the flowers. Chris was in a tailor made grey jacket and waistcoat and the groomsmen were in light grey jackets and waistcoats, they then all had black trousers. The dad’s were in charcoal grey suits with a waistcoat that matched Chris’. The bridesmaids were in a really light grey bridesmaid dress. On the tables we had light grey table runners with copper lanterns and terrariums. We also had copper elements running through in the cake stand, the seating plan and other decorations. The church pews had copper rings at the end of them that were wrapped in eucalyptus.
My dress was from Harrogate Wedding Lounge and it was called Ingwiller by Blue by Enzoani. It was the second wedding dress shop that I visited and it was after a long day at work so I very nearly cancelled the appointment as I didn’t think I was in the right mood for trying on dresses! I then tried on a couple that I liked in a slight boho style, when the consultant (who was amazing!!) recommended that I try on something a bit different. I put it on and burst into tears! I absolutely loved it and had so many compliments. I chose a long veil to go with it and wore shoes from Monsoon.
Chris had a tailor made jacket and waistcoat from Moss Bros. He chose a grey bird’s eye fabric with copper thread for the button holes and a copper inscription inside with the date of our wedding. He then wore black trousers, black shoes and a copper tie.
I absolutely LOVED the bridesmaid dresses. I had found Maids to Measure dresses online and fell in love with their Soho dress. However they are based in London but luckily Sophie Likes in Harrogate (where we live) stocks them so we went to try on at her shop. All of my bridesmaids are absolutely babes so would’ve looked amazing in anything but they all loved this dress and I felt it was a bit different to standard bridesmaids dresses. They then wore light grey satin heeled sandels.
The groomsmen wore a French Connection light grey waistcoat and jacket from Moss Bros which we hired. They then wore black trousers, black shoes and a copper tie to match Chris. Their button holes were wrapped in a copper ribbon.
Chris’ main job for the wedding was to hire himself a car which he has always wanted to do! He got an AC Cobra from Classic Car Hire North in Keighley so him and his best man collected that the day before and drove to the wedding in it. He then drove him and I from the church to the reception in it after the ceremony, it was a bit of a squeeze to get the train of my dress in it! But we really enjoyed having 10 minutes together just to breathe and talk about the service. To get to the church my dad and I went in an old cream jaguar and my bridesmaids went in a grey Morris Minor that our neighbour owns (and he kindly chauffeured it for us too).
Bethany Lloyd-Clarke and she was fantastic! Chris doesn’t particularly like having his photo taken and I was very conscious of the fact that I didn’t want to leave the guests for a long time whilst we went off to have a big photo shoot and Bethany suited this perfectly. For the majority of the photos we completely forgot that she was there and she captured so many natural moments. For the more organised photos she took these really quickly and we felt so relaxed. We’re currently in the process of choosing which ones to put in the album but it’s too hard as they’re all amazing.
Eliza Blooms in Darlington was our florist and we couldn’t have picked better. I carried a gorgeous bouquet with lots of eucalyptus, succulents, ranunculas and lots of other greenery. The bridesmaids had a smaller version and my flower girl had a flower crown.
Eliza Blooms (Beth) also decorated the church and venue and they looked incredible!! At the church we had a beautiful arrangement by the pulpit and then two at the entrance of the church. Again these were very botanical with a little bit of grey and white running through it. We had copper rings at the end of the pews that were wrapped in eucalyptus. Some friends then carried the entrance arrangements over to Middleton Lodge so we could make the most of them, we also brought the copper rings over and dotted them around the marquee.
Also in the marquee Beth constructed two fantastic hanging rings that were covered in eucalyptus and jasmine. They looked amazing and had just the ‘wow’ factor that I had been hoping for. The tables had a range of copper lanterns and terrariums on. Some tables then had flower rings on whilst the others had greenery and succulents dotted around it. For the seating plan we used a copper wire grid and Beth covered the top of it in eucalyptus. Our top table was the main event however! It had a long train of eucalyptus with copper lanterns dotted along it – it looked amazing.
Rachel’s best friend/maid of honour (Lucy) and her sister (Jane) own a bakery business called Tarte and Berry and they make THE best tray bakes. We had a range of white chocolate and raspberry brownies, triple chocolate brownies, lemon and blueberry crumble and berry crumble that they cut into bitesize pieces and put into small white boxes. We then made personalised grey stickers to go on the top and also wrapped grey ribbon around them. I think the majority of them were eaten before the food came it – everyone loved them.
Again I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake and had seen a marble effect cake on pinterest that I loved. My mum and I went to a small wedding fair in Stokesley and found Cakcophony Wedding Cakes and the cakes tasted AMAZING. It is owned by a lovely lady called Annette who is a retired nurse. She invited Chris and I to her house to taste different sponges and we decided to have four different types – chocolate orange, toffee, lemon and fruit cake. The end result looked perfect and just like the original image I had found. Everyone also praised how delicious it was, I would highly recommend Annette.
For our canapés we chose a chicken tartlet, arancini, steak and chips, pork rillette, bruschetta with pesto and king prawns with aioli and we had champagne as our welcome drink. For starters we had duck egg, chorizo, potatoes, peas and spring onion (red and golden beetroots, goat’s curd, hazelnuts and raspberries for the vegetarian option), for the main we had Yorkshire chicken with black garlic, smoked fondant potato and kale (seasonal risotto, parmesan crisp and hen’s egg for vegetarians) and for dessert we had lemon posset with raspberry granite and almond crumble. In the evening we then had street food where people could choose from avocado and mixed bean burrito, lamb kebab or shredded chicken and aioli. It was perfect and felt really relaxed for people to snack out whilst we were dancing.
Our band were amazing!! They were called Hipster and we found them on the Alive Network. As soon as they arrived they introduced themselves to us and were so friendly. They then played our first dance for us (Yellow by Coldplay) and then did three live sets. In between the sets they did DJ sets for us. The range of music was perfect and the dance floor was constantly busy. We have had so many compliments about them since, they were ace.
The cellar bar was perfect for when the marquee closed and we were able to use it from 12am-2am. The majority of the guests went downstairs for lots more drinking and dancing! We also had sweets in the cellar bar that were demolished pretty quickly.
Also because we had quite a few children coming I wanted to make sure they also enjoyed themselves and were kept entertained. We had a tepee made and called it the ‘fox cubs den’ (Chris’ surname!) and we filled it with books, toys crayons etc. We then brought it down to the marquee after the food so the younger children could nap in it. We also gave the children boxes on the tables with more colouring, stickers etc to keep them entertained.
We had a polaroid camera with photo props that the guests took photos with and then they stuck it in our guest book with a little message – we had lots of fun looking at them the next day.
For the place names I wanted something a little different so my mum and I went on a calligraphy course at Middleton Lodge at the beginning of the year. We then bought hexagonal marble tiles which I wrote all of the guests names on in copper ink (it took a while!) and they fit perfectly with our scheme.
The day after the wedding we invited family and the bridal party to my parents house who had hired Social Pizza to provide delicious pizzas for us out of a wood-fired oven that they had built in the back of a horse trailer! It was the perfect relaxed ending to the best weekend.
Lucy Matthews did our make up and she was incredible. It lasted for the entire day and all of us felt flawless! I would highly recommend her to any soon-to-be brides.
My bridesmaids, mum and I stayed at the Farmhouse on the estate the night before the wedding which was perfect. The farmhouse itself is absolutely gorgeous and we enjoyed a meal together for my final night as a ‘miss’. The morning of the wedding we were then all together in the living room whilst we had our hair and make up done.
Middleton Lodge itself was amazing. Our wedding co-ordinator (Chloe) was so attentive and reassuring – I am quite a control freak which I think she soon realised so kept me up to date with everything that was going on and made sure it all looked how I had imagined. She was brilliant and made sure the day ran perfectly.
I also loved having lots of people stay at the lodge with us and then we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast the next day.
I loved walking into the church and seeing Chris at the end of the aisle with all of the people we love there to celebrate, the speeches were brilliant – they made us laugh and cry!, the band were amazing and we were constantly up dancing and then the cellar bar was fab as none of us were ready to go to bed just yet!
Top tip for another bride/groom- Don’t stress!! Whatever happens it will be the absolute best day. Also make sure you and your bride/groom have 5 minutes together just to enjoy being man and wife.