Ripley Castle: Kirsty and Tom’s Intimate and Unforgettable Wedding Day

By Sarah Adams

“You only get one wedding day, so we wanted to make it the very best it could be.”


Situated in the heart of North Yorkshire, this 14th-century country house, Ripley Castle, turned all of Kirsty and Tom’s dreams into a reality.

The couple took their relationship to the next level, just six months after meeting, when Kirsty moved in with Tom after she graduated from university. As the saying goes, the rest was history!

In October last year, Kirsty and Tom tied the knot surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Kirsty said: “We decided to have everything that we wanted, even if it meant some scrimping and saving in the run up.”


THE VENUE:

This remarkable piece of history, offered nothing short of an enchanting and magical experience for the couple on their special day.

The wooden features, stain glass windows and hanging chandeliers added character and history to this traditional-style room.


The autumnal leaves decorated the outside of the venue, whilst complementing the hints of blush pink and burgundy that appeared within the flower bouquets, tiebacks and bridesmaid’s dresses.


Kirsty said: “Tom is good friends with the head chef at Ripley Castle. We were invited in 2016 and were blown away by the service and how beautiful the castle and grounds are. Ripley Castle was the only venue we visited before deciding to get married there.

We couldn’t recommend Ripley Castle enough, the staff will bend over backwards and ensure you get your perfect day.”


THE DETAILS:

Tom crafted wooden cut outs of the couple’s pets to place on the tables, with their dog, Barry even making an appearance!

“The highlight was having all of our pets involved, with our table names being named after our dog and cats. Our dog sitter brought Barry to the venue for an hour so we could capture some pictures with him.


The photographer and videographer were sublime on the day and the photos and film we received were perfect,” said Kirsty.

THE BRIDE’S DRESS:

With a specific style in mind, it came as a shock that the dress Kirsty fell in love with was the opposite.

Kirsty said: “I was looking for a strapless, lace covered, fishtail dress. In one shop I found the Enzoani dress and tried it on for a joke (it wasn’t strapless or lacey). It turned out to be ‘the one’.”

Kirsty wore a figure-hugging, sleek, satin dress with an embroidered high neck and floor-length veil. The illusion of the sweetheart neckline and delicate beading showed nothing less than class and elegance.

“We planned ten minutes together after the ceremony to have some alone time. The wedding car whisked us away – after the ceremony – to soak everything in and catch up on the morning antics.”


For more inspiration, take a look at our dedicated real weddings section, or take a look at the glossy pages of our regional magazine.

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