Being a Wedding Planner must be up there in the top 10 best jobs in the world, surely? Some would say yes, some would say no. Luckily for us (LOL), we love to plan weddings so when our friend asked us to help plan his big day we were more than happy to jump on board this wedding train!
Nestled in a secluded valley close to the River Derwent, Howsham Hall is a Grade 1 listed stately home about 14 miles outside the historic city of York. Boasting approximately 80 acres of parkland and an impressive frontage, this place is perfect for a very fine country house wedding that just shouts class at you via a loud megaphone.
Ian and Anthony chose this particular venue after another venue let them down disgracefully at the last minute. Every wedding planner’s nightmare! But, I can only say that it must have been meant to be as Howsham met their impeccably high standards on every level. From the moment we met at the house for the initial site visit you could just tell that this house was going to be a jaw-droppingly fabulous venue.
Owned privately, this beautiful country home has over a dozen bedrooms, an array of large reception and dining rooms as well as a gun room and a wine cellar. The property has been lovingly refurbished to such a high standard that it is clear why people would want their wedding day, indeed wedding weekend, at such a memorable place.
Ian & Anthony invited their closest friends and family to celebrate with them the day before the wedding, enjoying an evening of reminiscing and laughter in front of an open fire with fine wine and food.
The couple went to extra lengths to ensure that the food was exquisite and of the finest quality and attention to detail was apparent.
Fast forward to the morning of the wedding – Saturday 15 September – the house was quietly busy with staff finalising all of the last minute jobs. The sun was shining and the sky was blue. The guests were filtering in slowly and it was clear from everyone’s face that they were overwhelmed at the beauty and quiet opulence of this country house.
Gathered in the main reception area we were treat to a beautiful Harpist playing classical tunes whilst we waited for the ceremony to start.
First to arrive was Anthony and his best man looking rather dapper in immaculate blue suits and tan leather shoes. Next to arrive were the groomsmen and the flower girl, followed by a traditionally late Ian who looked resplendent in a full kilt with matching jacket and plaid – all made to measure from the family tweed no less!
The ceremony was beautiful, very loving and quite emotional. I cried a little but then again, most guests did. The love in the room was apparent. This marriage was one of love and passion and whilst I have been to lots of weddings, this one was different. The love and care gone into this big day and the love these 2 guys genuinely had for each other was clear.
Once outside we were treat to champagne and canapes in the sunshine whilst the fabulous photographer, Creative Images, got busy making those fantastic memories. (photo credit to Joanne at Creative Images)
The wedding breakfast was 4 courses of amazing plates of inspiration. The table settings, the favours, the china, in fact everything was set to perfection. The speeches were funny yet full of love and emotion and everyone was happy and full from plenty of good food and fine wine.
The evening was more relaxed with the chance to unwind in a variety of different rooms until the party started later on in the dance room. There was a fully stocked sweet table, a photo booth and even a glitter ball.
The cake took centre stage which was a beautifully simple which featured sunflowers and a selection of cup cakes. After the cutting of the cake the grooms took to the dancefloor for their first dance.
You said Yes will always be eternally grateful to Ian and Anthony for being involved in such a wonderful occasion. It will go down in history as the wedding to beat all weddings.