Holdsworth House halifax
Heather & Liam's winter wedding in West Yorkshire
Heather and Liam got married during winter at the beautiful Holdsworth House, which is an old country house in Halifax, West Yorkshire. They had their ceremony at the same venue as the reception, which was great, because having everything in one venue meant more time for drinks! They chose Holdsworth House, because of its beautiful courtyard garden & historical interior which is full of charm.
I love shooting weddings at Holdsworth House, because the grounds are so pretty and the building is completely stunning. It is a historical Yorkshire manor house which dates all the way back to 1272! (A pretty long time ago). Plus, The Beatles once stayed there whilst touring in 1964!
The wedding itself was an intimate affair in the beautiful ceremony room at Holdsworth House. During the ceremony, there were several beautiful readings from friends and family. It was such a personal service. Afterwards, we walked around the beautiful courtyard gardens for photographs. Liam runs his own dog grooming business, so it was only fair that his dog Oscar gatecrashed a few photos!
Once the meal & speeches were done, it was time for some dancing! Triple Scotch Ceilidh band got everyone up on the dance floor for some of the most chaotic but brilliant ceilidh dancing I've ever seen!
Thanks for having me as part of your relaxed day Heather & Liam!
A few words from Heather & Liam:
How did you two meet?: My sister used to work with him at Curry’s. I went to buy a camera and saw him. Next thing he’d asked my sister for my number and we went on our first date and instantly clicked.
Describe the proposal!: We had just bought our very first home together. Liam told me that Barrett’s wanted to do a blog about us, as they were about to open their show homes that weekend and we were about to get our keys, so it was a bit of an advertisement. I went along with it, they had a photographer there and the two site managers and the sales lady. As we stood in front of the door with the keys posing for the blog Liam got down on one knee. The photographer had all been organised for the proposal and not the opening weekend. They’d organised champagne and flowers, it was really surprising. They did do a blog on us but it was a bit of a sales blog on us instead, regarding the proposal.
What is special about your venue?: I went to a wedding at Holdsworth House a few years ago and I instantly fell in love with the courtyard and the gardens, I knew then, it would be a place I’d consider for my own wedding. It was just what we wanted, luxurious rooms for the guests, a Historical building with the floorboards creaking tales as you walked along them, and a garden that had interest for the photos, including the vines and ivy crawling up the building. It was important for us not to have a large venue as we only wanted a small wedding and didn’t want a place we and our guests would drown in. Whilst we could have got more guests in the room I feel it was just the right amount of space.
Any details of note about your big day?: I really struggled with finding a theme for the wedding. Everyone would ask ‘What’s your colour scheme?’ And ‘what kind of theme are you having?’ And I would answer I don’t really have any. They’d then look at me like I was mad. I’m not creative. At all. So I was glad that the room didn’t really need too much doing to it, it spoke for itself. The centrepieces for the tables are the only thing that I made with the small amount of creativity I have! I wanted candles and a winter flower theme that wasn’t Christmassy! I found the perfect flowers at the florist which are the blue thistles and created the idea around that. My mother and I spent the day before the wedding putting them all together on a mini production line. I really liked the colours in the end. As for the bridesmaid dress I picked ones I liked. And then bought the lads tied to match. That was about it for colour scheme.
Me and Liam aren’t the most affectionate in public, so the first dance song wasn’t ever going to be romantic. It’s just not us. So we picked ‘Shut up and dance’. We both love the song and it’s a happy upbeat song that came out around the time we got engaged. It fit perfectly. We were going to have Justin Timberlake ‘Not a bad thing’ but I think he only released it in the US as myself or the DJ couldn’t find it on disk. I’m glad now though. We can keep that song to ourselves.
Venue: Holdsworth House
Bride's Outfit: Blush in Uppermill and it was a Mori Lee dress called Milly
Groom's Outfit: Suit was a Red Herring
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Outfits: Bridesmaid dress were from Simply Be
Hair : Becky - Liam’s sister
Makeup : Lisa Christie
Cake: Liam’s sister friend
Flowers: The Flower and the Glory
Catering: Holdsworth House
Band/DJ: Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band