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A Grand Winter Wedding in York

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A Grand Winter Wedding in York

Where? The historic walled city of York in North Yorkshire, England.

Exactly? I stayed at The Grand Hotel, York.

When? One crisp, autumn weekend when the city was cold but filled with sunlight, the perfect setting for a winter wedding.

Why? I was very lucky to be invited to the wedding celebrations of one of my old university, best buddies, Fiona and her lovely husband, Dan. Both Fi and Dan love retro, quirky styles, they are one of the coolest couples I know! So as expected the wedding was filled with vintage inspired decorations and crafty details, even the brides bouquet was beautifully hand made out of paper, by Fi herself.

It was a wonderful day filled with love, fun and lot’s of dancing! Here’s The Style Traveller photo diary of Fi and Dan’s winter wedding….

Fi and dans wedding in York minster

Fi and Dan steal a moment for a quick pic in the historical York ruins. Thanks to wedding photographer Joel Smith for letting me use his gorgeous photos of the happy couple.


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Me pre-wedding posing amidst York’s stunning Palladian architecture.

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Where I stayed?

I stayed at The Grand Hotel, York over the wedding weekend. The only 5* star hotel in York, housed in the elegantly renovated former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company and famed for it’s spa and afternoon tea.

Pictured above: the facade of The Grand Hotel with York Minster in background.

The Grand hotel york living room and bar

The warm and cosy bar at The Grand, with roaring fires and traditional yet colourful interiors.

The Grand hotel york bedrooms

The decadent bath tubs in the hotels suites, the perfect place to get ready before the wedding. Below: Xmas at The Grand Hotel.

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What to wear to a Winter Wedding

Setting off to the wedding venue. For the daytime celebrations I wore a navy and mirror encrusted David Koma dress from his AW16 collection. Accessorised with my trusty YSL silver clutch, metallic (Ziggy Stardust inspired) metallic, ankle boots from Miss Selfridge and navy shearling coat from Pure Collection.

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Pre wedding drink at The Grand bar. Outfit credits above.

Bonnie rakhit Grand hotel york david koma

Fiona and dan wedding

The wedding.

The happy couple Fi and Dan sign the registry after the ceremony, above. Fi wore a gorgeous vintage sequin gown accessorised with her hand made paper floral bouquet.

The girls, litz, fi and Bonnie

Back to the old school, or uni rather. Litz, Fi and I, get a reunion close up after the ceremony.

A grand wedding in York party

Let’s party!!!! After the wedding breakfast we were transported over to the De Grey Rooms in town for dinner and dancing.

Fi and dans wedding in York

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The evening outfit: Blush pink dress, faux fur jacket, and silver boots all from Miss Selfridge.

The Grand hotel york breakfast

The morning after!

Breakfast at The Grand, the perfect cure for a post wedding hang over.

The Grand hotel york swimming pool spa

Nothing sorts out a hangover like a swim and a steam at The Grand spa.

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And then I was ready for a top up and re-fueling at The Grand Hotel’s celebrated afternoon tea, boasting a delicious array of sandwiches, delicate pastries, cakes and scones, served with champagne, Hendrix gin or selection of teas. Yum!

Grand hotel york afternoon tea

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And so to bed. Thank you Fi and Dan for letting me be part of your incredible wedding celebration. I wish you both all the luck and happiness in the world! You gorgeous couple you!!! Lots of love, B xx


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For more weddings check out The Style Traveller archives – Weddings.

Bon voyage.

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