Destination Wedding

Way Back in February I had an enquiry from a lovey couple from the USA. They were looking for a wedding planner here in England to plan their wedding,due to take place on 4 July 2017 (independence day) . They had already been to Yorkshire and had chosen their venue and luckily for me they had chosen the beautiful Swinton Park in Masham. I did wonder what had brought them to Yorkshire to get married and I was informed at a later date that Carol’s (the bride) grandparents were from Yorkshire before they emigrated to America and as both sets of parents had passed away, it was something that made her feel close to her roots. Well they had certainly chosen a delightful venue in a truly stunning Yorkshire setting.

It wasn’t clear cut for me though, I had competition to actually secure their booking and had a string of interviews via Email and Skype, not something I am used to but it put me to the test which never harms. At last all the paper work was signed sealed and delivered, ( I can hear a song coming on !!). Carol and Alex, (the groom to be) booked a visit to Swinton Park for a week in April to meet suppliers and confirm bookings. So my work started in full swing, arranging appointments and a choice of suppliers for Carol and Alex to meet and hopefully find what they were looking for. It was a manic week, I accompanied them on all appointments and the week flew by. By the end of the week most suppliers were chosen the menu tasted and approved and I had gained two new friends.

I wanted Carol and Alex and all their guests to experience Yorkshire and England in true British style with all our quant little traditions. To start the day off we had the London Bus to collect the guests to take them to the church, St Francis Xavier Church Richmond. The church and of course the beautiful town of Richmond is rich in Yorkshire beauty and in true Yorkshire fashion – it rained! Did it spoil the day – let me tell you NO. We had the wonderful Fr. Dan O’Neill, a great character who made the service so beautiful, helped by Pavilion String Quartet and the talented Penny Davis for her extraordinary voice and Simon Dearsley for his beautiful talent on the organ.

Then back to Swinton Park for the guests on the double decker bus,( supplied by Wensleydale Omnibus company)as the Bride and Groom returned in their Bramwith wedding ca, (r from TPJ Wedding Cars). On my return trip I spotted a very British Red Telephone Box and suggested to Ruth Mitchell (the fabulous Wedding Photographer whose small video is shown below) she might want to stop off for a quick snap, great photo!

Some great images were captured by Ruth Mitchell and Emma from Story of your day, even though it still rained, it really didn’t stop everyone from enjoying themselves, the stunning venue that is Swinton park had all the guests in awe

The Wedding Breakfast was divine and was a very joyous occasion with a touch of sadness for those not there. A POW table was set for one in the corner, ( I will talk about this in my next blog), photographs of loved ones lost set near by. This, however, did not spoil this truly happy event. After the formal speeches were over the floor was open to guests, I have not actually seen this before but it was a lovely touch, one I may use again. then of course cutting of the cake.

Once this was done we were straight into the dancing opening up with God Bless America celebrating the 4 July – then straight onto the first dance, which was stunning! Jon Starkey was the DJ and the music and dancing just went on and on…………………….


Transport – guests Wensleydale omnibus
Transport – B&G a touch of class wedding cars
Florist / table decs joanna – Twisted Willow
Venue Swinton Park
Cake Krista Cakes
Videographer Emma – Story of your day
Photographer Ruth Mitchell
Hair/makeup Styled by Becci
Entertainment – church Pavilion Strings – Isobel Wesling
Entertainment – church Organist – Simon Dearsley – Singer Pennie Davies
Entertainment – evening Jon Starkey – Exclusive entertainments
Grooms party suits Harrogate suit hire
Wedding Planner Priceless Weddings