Avoid dancing Gangnam style in a kilt… at a Christmas wedding

Hello again! I hope you’ve had a great week and are smiling this weekend and looking forward to whatever plans you have for today. Allow me to distract you momentarily with a beautiful, sparkly Christmas wedding. It’s high time I shared Emma and Tom’s wedding day on the blog – I’ve been holding onto this one for too long!

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There’s so much to enjoy here – the wintry sunshine flooding through the windows of Aldwark Manor sets the scene for one of the most beautiful Christmas weddings I’ve seen. Then there’s our gorgeous bride and groom, whose portrait photos are lit in such a magical way. Some of my favourite images are of the children at Emma and Tom’s Christmas wedding… those endless beads in glass bowls really do look tempting, don’t they?!

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Congratulations to Emma and Tom and thank you for sharing your wedding story (about half way down the page) with us all today! Thanks also to Yorkshire wedding photographer Ian Wallace for submitting the feature to English Wedding Blog. Do share a comment at the end, we’ll all be so very happy to hear from you! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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Wedding venue:

Aldwark Manor

Wedding photographer:

Ian Wallace

How would you describe your wedding style?

A traditional winter wedding, with a touch of Christmas!

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a simple civil ceremony in the Walsingham Suite at Aldwark Manor, overlooking the frosty grounds – getting married in winter we wouldn’t have been too disappointed with bad weather, but it was a bright sunny day and surprisingly warm standing at the top of the aisle with the sun shining through the big windows!

Which readings did you choose?

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
By Louis de Bernieres

Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together
that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness,
it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.
That is just being “in love” which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,
and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,
they find that they are one tree and not two.

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:

The whole colour theme was based on Aldwark’s Christmas decorations of red and gold, we didn’t decide what our colours would be until we saw their Christmas decorations and made sure they decorated their tree in the same colours this year!!

Once we had decided on our colour scheme, we sat down with Anne Baker from Silk Floral Art and let her know what sorts of things we liked, what types of flowers and styles of centrepieces, then left it with her to use her imagination! When the day came the venue looked beautiful, with spiral candle centrepieces, bay trees with little LED lights at the top of the aisle and a long wintery spread along the venue’s grand old fireplace – everything tied in wonderfully with the big Christmas trees and roaring fire!

Invitations and reception stationery:

Homemade invitations and stationery with burgundy bows.

Wedding music and entertainment:

Lee Jon wedding singer and his wife Hollie (DJ)

What did you wear?
Emma wore a full length A-line ivory dress by Phil Collins from Brides of Harrogate with a fluffy stole, fingertip length veil with hair slide and peep toe shoes.

Tom wore a black morning suit from Jeff Banks, ivory waistcoat and burgundy cravat.

Memorable wedding day moments:

  • Seeing each other for the first time as Emma came walking down the aisle looking amazing, then our first kiss as husband and wife!
  • The bridesmaids arriving at my bedroom at 9.30am – champagne in hand to start the day!
  • Finishing the day Gangnam Style – which the wedding party practiced in the corridor before hand – one tip; be careful with this song if you’re a Scotsman wearing a traditional kilt!
  • The bride and bridesmaids putting on their wellies for the outside photos.
  • Spending time in the evening outside the venue getting some photos under the moon.

Wedding day advice:

Don’t worry about planning everything down to the minute on the day, things will probably take longer than you expect on the day, and timings may go out of the window, but it doesn’t matter – it especially helps to have a master of ceremonies so you don’t have to worry about keeping everyone in line!
Try to make some time for a moment with just the two of you a few times in the day, as it all goes by so quickly.
Make sure one of the groomsmen has got a pair of scissors with him for unpicking all the pockets on the suits, and that someone knows how to fold pocket squares.
Don’t have a massive list of group shots – the candid shots are the ones you will really love when you get the photos from your photographer!


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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Dearest Claire,
    That was a very lovely wedding, despite the outdoor weather. Inside there was sunshine, one can tell. Great photos and lovely couple!
    Enjoy your weekend.

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