• Fiona Bielby

Claire and Danny's Country, Deepdale Farm Wedding, Keldholme, North Yorkshire.

Like no other wedding venue they’d been to before, that’s the reason Claire and Danny chose to party at Deepdale Farm, Keldholme, near Kirbymoorside.



Choosing the venue

Claire and Danny saw a big, blank canvas, they loved it and they smashed it when putting their own stamp on it! Decorating the industrial rustic shell could be challenging for some, but for these two it was no bother at all with: white fabric drapes, fairy lights and paper lanterns hung from the ceiling; round tables decorated in pastel pinks seating the guests; candles arbours thoughtfully, garnished in muted greens and pastel flowers, standing proudly in the centre or each table; this they nicely finished off with a bottle of homemade Sloe gin and the all time ‘classy’ shot glasses just for fun during the speeches! Placing a giant illuminated, white heart and letters spelling ‘LOVE’ at the back of the barn made a great focal point, plus it helped light the dance floor too. Standing next to all the action, their wonderful cake, pride of place for everyone to see.


The view from Deepdale Farm Wedding Venue
With the pastel pallet the tables look classy, a case of less is more here.
The heart makes a lovely focal point at the top of the barn.
Small details like these make all the difference, glass baubles filled with faux and dried flowers.
Deepdale Farm Wedding Venue offers loads of outdoor space for the younger guests to run freely and for the adults to enjoy the sunshine.
Paper lanterns hung from the trees added a fairytale feel.
Straw bales offer protection from the weather or in this case a climbing frame for the kids.

The Ceremony

Although you can now say your ‘I dos’ at their chosen venue when Danny and Claire booked you couldn’t, so they chose an idyllic, little church perched on top of a hill, in Gillamoor to commit to one another. The church was tastefully adorned with to same colour pallet as the venue by Queens Flowers Florists, with two country arrangements set in milk churns welcoming all the guests in to the building. They had a traditional service lead by the local vicar, who had taken the time to find out a little about the couple; however, Danny’s groomsmen had really gone to town and taken some time to write ‘HELP’ on the soles of his shoes so when he knelt down at the alter the entire church came alive with laughter. A good job that both the vicar and the couple have a wonderful sense of humour.


The church at Gillamoor.
Beautiful floral posy to decorate the church gateway.
Lead down to aisle by her flower girls, page boy and bridesmaids.
Pew end decorations, no detail was forgotten here.
Enjoying a giggling during the first hymn, so many couples do this, I think it's the nerves!
Saying the 'I dos...' at Gillamoor Church
The exchange of rings, the happiness on their faces is just brilliant.
The first kiss!
The soles of them shoes I told you about! They lit the church up with laughter, Danny had no idea.
Meeting and greeting the guests as they exited the church.
Confetti tunnel, with tinsel tying the gates.
So much laughter as they wander under the confetti tunnel towards the tied church gates.
The Bridal party in front of the church at Gillamoor.

The Dress or should I say dresses!

Well if you’re only going to do this once, then why not have two dresses? Claire just couldn’t decide when it came to the her dress; although, she absolutely was in love with the semi-backless, full-skirted Justin Alexander dress that she wore down the aisle, she was a little worried that she’d be restricted when it came to dancing and moving around the venue whilst chatting to her many guests later on. She didn’t want any part of her day to be compromised, so she wore it until they sat down for the wedding breakfast and then swapped to the other dress for the food and evening guests, due to it being less full and not quite so heavy. Both dresses had similarities with the diamanté, encrusted waistbands and high necklines leading the Bride to look stunning in both her gowns.


Justin Alexander the first dress, hung from the Luxury Lodges at Stafford Luxury Lodges, near Helmsley.
Delicate Monsoon sandals and the brides bouquet from Queens Flowers, Beadlam Grange.
The big reveal of the dress to the bridesmaids; I love a reaction shot, it's one of the only staged shots I really do.
A detail shot of the back of Claire's stunning dress, the low cut backline suited her figure perfectly.
Claire's eldest flower girl and her pageboy were eager to give her some hugs and kisses!

The Bridesmaids

Let it be said that your friends have similar personalities to yourself and this being said, it was no surprise that each and everyone one of Claire’s seven grownup bridesmaids all had different dress senses! After deciding it would be totally impossible to please every one of them or have them all comfortable in their own skin, (this was very import) Claire gave them a colour scheme and told them all to go and choose whatever they liked. This, the Bride told me took away ALL the stress and saved hours of complications. Not only were the girls 100% happy, so was Claire. Plus the girls’ own styling worked perfectly, with each dress complimenting the other, not only this, but Claire's friends' styles and personalities came shinning through.


Every one of the bridesmaid dresses were different; but this meant each one suited the girls' tastes and figures perfectly and the carefully planned colour pallet worked so well.
Preparation chaos: Claire checked out her freshly done makeup in the midst on it all. Another happy brides', natural makeup completed by Vikki Adams Makeup Artist.
Bouquets and bespoke handbags all laid out and ready to go when the Bridesmaids were sorted.
The Brides nieces made the cutest flowergirls!

The girls all getting ready to leave Studford's Luxury Lodges, near Helmsley where they got ready.

The Groom and his fellas

To match the pastel pink theme Danny and his groomsmen wore pink cravats with matching pocket squares along with a delicate pink and muted green button hole, also created by the Queens Flowers Florists. The simple and subtle theme complimented the navy suites perfectly. Although they were happy to tie in as much as possible with the girls, Danny wanted to put his own stamp on things too, so being brought up in the countryside at Ampleforth he decided to represent this by teaming himself and his groomsmen in bright and bold Shuttle Socks, designed by his mother’s friend. The bold coloured socks Danny chose, were designed with pheasants illustrations on them, they looked amazingly funky with the stylish tan and navy brogues they wore them with.



One of the groomsmen helping Danny with his cuff links, as they get ready for the big day.
Funky, navy and tan brogues set along side the shuttle socks that Danny's Mum's friend produces.
Danny's Mum was taking charge of making sure all the boys were ready and looking smart.
All suited and booted and ready for the off.
Shoes and socks, don't they look smart!
And without the shades...
Clashing, funky, awesome combo put together for the Groomsmen by Danny himself.
Inspired by Danny's Dad, Night Fever, Night FEVERRRR!!

Advice from the couple…

Always try and make sure you spend a little ‘alone time’ together even if it’s only 15 minutes, just to digest what you’ve done!!


Taking a moment to themselves at the top of Surprise View, Gillamoor.
What a view!! Surprise View, Gillamoor
Sharing a bottle of something special, kindly given to them by their friend who drove them from the church to the wedding venue, we stopped half way to get some some shots of the pair of them.
Appreciating each other and their day.
The tender moment as man and wife.
What a pretty little set up!!

Claires favourite memory was dancing the night away with Danny and her friends.


Credits to some of the suppliers: Accommodation for getting ready: Studford Luxury Lodges

Hair: Cutting Shed, Beadlam grange.

Make up: Vikki Adams

Dress: Wedding room, Scarborough

Shoes: Monsoon

Flowers: Queens Flowers, Beadlam Grange

Suites: Harrogate suit hire

Socks: Shuttle Socks

Photography: Anoif Photography Venue: Deepdale Farm Wedding, Keldholme, York

Cake: TBC