Today’s wedding is sublime. It’s timeless, sophisticated, and fuses contemporary styling with inspired nods to history and old English grandeur. Look closely for the tap shoes, admire the fabulous stationery (by my friends at Noble Fine Art), and join me in falling head over heels for this stunning Castle Howard wedding.
“Castle Howard has the most beautiful exterior and interior. We had candelabras up the grand staircase and candelabras along the three long tables in the Long Gallery, not very often done at Castle Howard (where there are usually round tables).
For the evening party downstairs in the Grecian Hall we wanted a big contrast, which meant we had multi colours running up the pillars and large 5 Foot J&D, LOVE and MR & MR lights which made the rooms look incredible!”
Images are by Yorkshire-based wedding photographer Ally Byrom. Discover more from this wonderfully talented lady here:
“James & Damien were an absolute delight to work with. They wanted exactly what I offered which was natural documentary style photography. They also asked for some Vanity Fair styled group shots which, given the setting, really floated my boat.
The groomsmaids in black evening dresses and the guests in black tie just made the day so elegant. Castle Howard is stunning with gorgeous, gorgeous light. It also helps enormously that Jane Nordli is a pleasure to work with and always ensures the day runs like clockwork.”
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Damien & James
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How did you choose your photographer?
Our Wedding Co-Ordinator at Castle Howard recommended Ally. She knew the castle inside out as she had shot weddings at the venue before, so we were happy knowing we were in safe hands.
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From the moment we met Ally at the pre-wedding shoot at Castle Howard we were instantly comfortable in her presence. She was funny and extremely interesting and kept us from feeling awkward by spending time to get to know us. By the end of the session it was like a shoot with an old friend, which showed in the pictures.
Ally made sure she didn’t miss any part of our actual day and arrived early to capture every important moment, from the Groomsmaids opening their thankyou gifts, to our dog running down the aisle delivering the rings to the Grooms!
Despite managing to capture every imortant shot, we barely saw Ally and didn’t impose on us or the guests. We had asked Ally to give us very natural shots and only a very small amount of traditional shots. These traditional shots turned out to be some of our favourite pictures in the end. They were very theatrical and dramatic, perfect for an Actor and Head of Production as the Grooms!
Ally used her knowledge of Castle Howard and the grounds to capture the most beautiful scenic pictures. She used the (lucky) beautiful weather, the sunset and the autumnal falling leaves to capture exactly the feel of the whole day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We first saw the pictures online and we were in awe at the shots she managed to get. They were absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t have been happier with them. It was such a lovely thing to see moments of our wedding that we had not been a part of, so many laughs, conversations and experiences, captured by Ally that we just wouldn’t have known about, but are now a part of our memory of the day.
The photos arrived on our doorstep on a USB stick that was presented in a most beautiful box and ribbons! I didn’t want to actually open it!
The venue was the beautiful Castle Howard, York. The Castle used for the setting of ‘Brideshead revisited’.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Elegant, Sophisticated, Dog Loving, Emotional, Exciting, Organised, Theatrical, Stylish, Photogenic!
Your wedding style or theme:
Our Wedding was black Tie. Elegance and Sophistication.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Our supplies mainly came from the Venue. Our wedding Co-Ordinator Jane Nordic was incredible and helped us every step of the way.
Our flowers were designed in house by Kymm Queen and all food by Castle Howard.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
This wasn’t our forte!
We created our own favours and gifts, which were boxes of fudge. and little bottles of Vodka.
Otherwise, spending, we were a bit naughty.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The Venue. We initially booked elsewhere, but decided to go with our gut feeling and realise we were doing this once, so booked our dream venue.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Noble Fine Art. It was the most beautiful stationery we’ve ever seen, and the box it all came in was beautiful too! They were extremely helpful and considerate, very good company.
Tell us about your outfits
Thankfully, as two men, we didn’t need to think about the expense of the Wedding Dress. We bought two very lovely black tie suits.
We had 3 Groomsmaids and one Best Man. Our Groomsmaids wore their own choice of Black Gown with White Snowberry head pieces and Snowberry Bouquets. Black and White featured quite heavily at our wedding.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We brought in a friend hairdresser and make-up who did a wonderful job.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Kymm Queen. Snowberries were our our heavy feature. The Bouquets, The head Pieces, and the table settings.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
The Favours, Fudge, named after our dog ‘Fidget’ called ‘Fidget’s Fudge’ and the little bottle of Vodka’s handed out at the end of the night, also named after our dog, called ‘Hair of the Dog’.
They were very well received!!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The cake was made by James’ sister who designs cakes. It was 3 tiers, Chocolate, Carrot and Vanilla with ruffled icing.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
As a contrast to the elegance of upstairs, we decided on an 80’s theme downstairs, which worked so much better than we could have imagined. We had 80’s songs playing all night and had a large bucket of glow sticks which were loved by the adults as much as the children. Certainly made the photography look brilliant!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Try not to think about what other people may think, or think too much of other people. It’s your day, think of yourself. If you want a band, get a band, if you don’t want your great aunt Elsie there…don’t invite her!! Do it all for you.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Nothing changes really!!!! But you have got some incredible memories to talk about for the rest of your lives.