Our Bride Rebecca – A Charming and Elegant York Wedding

Today we are sharing with you the beautiful wedding of HWL bride Rebecca. Rebecca opted for a classic and elegant bridal look, choosing Justin Alexander 8835 gown. Perfectly styled with a soft single tier veil and a beautiful Spring hued bouquet from Ilona Hall flowers. We love the charming details of this wedding held at a venue filled with so much character. The photographs captured by Graham Frostick at Ideal Imagery are delightful and really tell the story of their special day…. x

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The Venue Stunning tudor fronted building in Yorks Museum Gardens. We held the whole day there. The ceremony took place downstairs amongst beautiful stone pillars,flagstone flooring and stunning architecture. Speeches and dinner were upstairs with the top table set against lead patterned windows overlooking the gardens with high, wooden beamed ceilings. Photos took place outside amongst the gardens, in the ruins of the Abbey and on the museum’s grand entrance as well.




We didn’t have a particular theme for the wedding but knew we wanted pale blues and whites as our colour scheme. We reflected these in the flowers, table decorations, chair covers and mens ties, with the groomsmen and bridesmaids in dark blue. My main inspiration came from my aunt’s wedding a few years previously which I had thought was absolutely stunning. However I collected numerous other ideas from hours on Pinterest, most of which I changed my mind about at least 5 times and never used, but it was fun nonetheless. Visiting lots of wedding fairs helped too and the free cake samples at most of these were just an added bonus!!

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The Dress I was aiming for fairly classic and timeless but at the same time wanted to be individual and unique, i wanted a dress that people hadn’t seen before, something different but not too current fashion if that makes sense!

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Top tips for bridal shopping Keep an open mind. Whatever you think you want, you probably don’t! I went in thinking I wanted a slim fitting, all lace, long sleeved white dress. That is not what I bought. Trust your dress consultant, ask for their suggestions, they do this job for a reason and the ladies at Harrogate Wedding Lounge can certainly be trusted to find you your perfect dress. The dress Allyson picked for me hadn’t even caught my eye when I had looked through but as soon as it was on me I fell in love! I would not have found my dress if I hadn’t asked for her suggestion so I really recommend asking.

When you almost refuse to take it off in the fitting room because you want to wear it forever, when you go home and google it constantly just to look at the picture, when it appears in your dreams that’s when you know it’s the dress. You don’t have to be 100% sure the first time it’s on, it’s a big decision to make on the spot, but if it’s the dress you will know when you leave the shop and get home without it that actually it’s definitely your dress!


How would you describe your experience with us as a boutique? You definitely stood out from the crowd, you found my dress! You were so accommodating from the start. Some other dress shops had almost suggested to me that I don’t even bother with an appointment as I didn’t have a particularly large budget, but you were friendly and helpful and only showed me dresses within my price range. As I mentioned before I wouldn’t have chosen my dress to try as I didn’t think it was the style I was after. However Allyson’s knowledge and expertise meant she was able to make suggestions based on the information I had given her and my opinions on other dresses we had tried on and pull the perfect dress for me. For which I cannot thank you enough.


The best part Seeing my husband to be waiting at the end of the aisle with a tear in his eye after he swore I wasn’t going to be able to make him cry!! The whole day was incredible though and I will never forget any of it.

Thank you so much. From start to finish my experience has been incredible and the service I received has been outstanding. Without your help I would never have found my perfect dress, which made me feel beautiful and confident on my wedding day and helped to make it the most special day of my life.

Rebecca x


Venue: The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York Photographer: Graham Frostick, Ideal Imagery Videographer: Cim Coates, Ideal Imagery Caterers: Bradshaws of York Entertainment: Elliott Long ( acoustic set after ceremony) and Snap Crackle and Pop (evening band) Any Other Notable Suppliers: Ilona Hall – Florist Amy Jayne Freelance MUA Crystal Owens – Hairdresser


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