Amy and Ewan’s winter wedding was a genteel and sophisticated affair held in picturesque Harrogate in North Yorkshire. They wanted to emulate the romance and beauty of the snowy Christmas Day in the Lake District on which Ewan proposed to Amy. They chose the magnificent Craig & Kate to photograph the wedding which was held at Rudding Park Hotel & Spa. Here Amy shares the story of their special day.


I will set the scene of the day Ewan proposed. It was Christmas Day 2009, we were staying at Ewan’s mum and dad’s house in Cumbria, it was dusk and there had been heavy snow. After dinner Ewan took me for a walk up the same fell we climbed the first time I visited the place he grew up just after we started going out. His parents live at the bottom of the fell on the outskirts of the Lake District in the Eden Valley; no-one was around and it was really silent and still, the way it always seems to be after it’s snowed. We reached the top and I was looking out across the Lake District when Ewan called me to turn around and he was down on one knee. I thought he had fallen over in the snow at first then the realisation kicked in when I saw the ring! All I could say at first was ‘Are you serious?’ then obviously I said ‘YES!’


We had a vision for the day which was really simple, understated, elegant and almost regal-looking. We thought this would go really well with our chosen venue.


The wedding was planned around just three 3 pictures I found in a magazine. These were of a table arrangement I liked i.e. the colour scheme of the room and flowers etc., the cake I wanted and the bridesmaids dresses. So I just went from there and tied in everything else. For instance my bridesmaid dresses were lace so that was brought through to the chair cover ties. I was a bit worried I may have found what I liked too quickly but the suppliers I spoke to reassured me that when you have a strong image you like you should stick to it because if you just keep looking at different things you can get overwhelmed and confused.


We didn’t really have a budget in mind. We knew it would creep up and up but we did try to limit ourselves to £25,000; although by the end it was nearer to £35,000. The venue we chose was Rudding Park Hotel Resort and Spa in Harrogate. We used the library for our civil ceremony, the chapel for our blessing and the Radcliffe Room for our wedding breakfast and the evening reception.


I had two dresses; the first for the civil ceremony was a Maggie Sottero grecian style dress which I adapted; the train was quite long so a section was removed and attached to the shoulder instead. I wore this dress at night as it was easy to move around and dance in. The dress for the blessing had an amazing train and our initials were stiched into the bottom. I had this made from scratch in silk and lace by Ewan’s mum. She designs wedding dresses and a dressmaker makes them up. My bag for the day was also made from the same fabric as this dress. My earrings were inspired by Kate Middleton’s earrings and were a gift from Ewan.


As the main dress was a couture made-to-measure piece I had to go to a series of fittings. Ewan’s mum helped me design the dress and then the dressmaker took over the making of it. Ewan’s aunty owns Country Dreams Bridal House in Carlisle so for the other dress I just took a trip up there and tried a few on; I knew I wanted something simple so it wasn’t hard to find because they stock beautiful dresses.


For Ewan’s attire we went for a classic yet modern style; black tails with grey stripe trousers. The double cuffed and fitted shirts were from TM Lewin, worn with a light grey single breasted waistcoat. The cuff links, a gift from Ewan’s parents, were by Tiffany. The groomsman’s cufflinks were a gift from us, we got them from Links of London and they were individually engraved with their initials. They wore Paul Smith ties which had a silver and white stripe. A pocket watch with chain was also worn by Ewan, this was a gift from me, engraved with a message and his initials.


I chose “On Our Wedding Day” by Anon. to be read by my aunty at the wedding. I had heard this read at a family member’s wedding and fell in love with the meaning and the way it was worded. The music we chose to walk into the chapel to was Canon in D Major by Pachelbel, it’s such a beautiful piece of music. For the civil ceremony we had ‘Wherever You Will Go‘ by Charlene Soraia, a cover of the song by The Calling; it’s dreamy, really simple and emotional. As we only had the immediate wedding party in the civil ceremony the music we chose made it even more intimate and worked beautifully, we both love that piece of music so it meant a lot to have it involved in the day. Our first dance was to Westlife’s ‘World of Our Own‘, which was performed by The White Keys. We knew we wanted something upbeat as we both love to dance and Ewan used to joke around, singing that song to me when we first started going out 10 years ago.


My beautiful bridesmaids were Katrina Khan, Hayley Hadfield, Georgia Roche, Imogen Lauriston and the page boy was Benjamin Burrow. All the dresses were couture from Genevieve of Carlisle and even Benjamin’s bow tie was specially made.


Bloomsberry’s of Carlisle provided the flowers. I knew I wanted roses in vases for the tables but Derek picked out the most beautiful roses, they smelt gorgeous! I trusted him completely to creatively dress the rest of the wedding, he even hung roses from test tubes in the entrance hall which looked so delicate and stunning.


I found a vision for the cake in a magazine. I think it’s become fashionable to have a wedding cake made up of mini cakes or cupcakes, I love this look but for ours I wanted a really traditional huge cake with 4 or 5 tiers. We were so lucky that Ewan’s aunty makes cakes so she made ours for us as our wedding gift – this really helped with the budget! Each rose in between the tiers was handmade and took hours and hours. I tried to make one (a terrible attempt) so I really appreciated the time and effort that went into it. As the stationery was themed with our initials these were also incorporated into the cake.


The amazing Craig and Kate photographed our wedding. The shots they captured were amazing and we didn’t even know they were there. Often you worry the photographer might be really intrusive but they were the opposite of this!


Our wedding was unique because we had a civil ceremony and a blessing on the same day. As it was bonfire night there was a spectacular firework display and to top it all, our friends had organised a video message from Keith Lemon which was very funny. We had personalised menu cards for each guest and our initials featured on all the stationery by Jannette North, we thought this added a really individual touch. We went to Grosvenor House Dubai and The Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi for our honeymoon. They were amazing and it’s our favourite holiday destination.


My advice for other couples planning their wedding would be to stick to a firm idea if you have one, don’t get overwhelmed as there is so much out there! Try to relax and take in the day, with the adrenalin pumping it just goes so quickly. We were given that advice from others so we really tried hard to take in every moment!


Massive thanks to Amy and Ewan for sharing their wonderful winter wedding with Bridal Soup. Congratulations!

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