Burton Agnes Hall has a well earned reputation for being one of the country’s finest stately homes and now it has provided the perfect setting for the wedding of a familiar face off the television.
Having always loved Burton Agnes Hall, BBC Look North news presenter Leanne Brown, 32, decided it was the perfect venue for her recent nuptials to freelance radio presenter and journalist Richard Allen, 41,
And the neighbouring 13th century Burton Agnes Church was their chosen venue for the wedding ceremony after they stumbled across the small venue by chance.
“On the way back from a trip to Bridlington we drove past Burton Agnes and a sign which said 13th century Church. “We have always loved the hall and have been there many times in the past but never noticed the little church next door as it’s surrounded by trees.
“We walked down the little pathway, opened the door and fell in love with it immediately. It had a warm and cosy feel and the vicar, the Rev James Anderson, made us feel so welcome and at home.
“We instantly knew that was where we wanted to get married and didn’t look at anything else after that.”
The couple chose a dusky pink and sage green colour theme for their big day which drew on suppliers and stockists from across East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.
Leanne wore a dress designed by Ronald Joyce and purchased from Brides & Maids, of Grimsby while the groom opted for a white tuxedo, with best man Simon Kendal and father of the bride Malcolm Brown wearing black tuxedos.
The bridesmaids - Amanda White, Sarah Fields and Licia Fields - wore made to order silk dresses matching the pink and green colour scheme from Brides and Maids, in Grimsby.
The three-course wedding breakfast was catered by Leanne’s favourite restaurant Cerutti’s.
The flowers were inspired by the hall’s grounds, featuring hydrangeas and vintage style roses. The bride’s bouquet and church flowers were supplied by Yvonne, of Bridlington while the bridesmaid’s flowers and reception arrangements were provided by the wedding party.
And as an extra special touch Leanne had a silver lock heart sewn into her bouquet which belonged to her grandmother who has dementia and was not able to attend the wedding.
After the wedding Leanne took her bouquet to the war memorial at Lissett as a “gesture of thanks to all those that fought for our freedom in the war.”
The four-tier wedding cake was created by Lucy Beal Cakery, of Hedon and doubled up as Leanne’s birthday cake two days later.
Atken Photography provided photographic coverage of the big day, while Bridlington based make-up artist Helen Guy was booked as a surprise for the bridal party.
One of the highlights for the couple was the choir singing John Lennon’s ‘Grow Old With Me’ during the signing of the register which Leanne said was “such as beautiful and emotional moment.”
The 40 guests were treated to a tour of Burton Agnes Hall and the day rounded off with a firework finale, supplied by The Fireworkers, of Driffield, in what Leanne has described as “the perfect end to the perfect day.”
The only hitch came as the best man and videographer were both struck down by a sickness bug the day before the wedding. Luckily the best man’s wife stood in for the speeches, while Leanne was able to call on her BBC contacts to find a replacement cameraman.
The couple honeymooned in Thailand.