THE first ever wedding has been held at Thorp Perrow stately home near Bedale.
Newly-weds Louise and Oliver Carter said their big day was all they could have imagined.
The couple were the first outside the Ropner family to hold their wedding celebrations at Thorp Perrow, which has been the Ropner family home for 85 years and is one of the region’s grandest homes.
Louise said: “Every detail had been thought of and it was a perfect day – the Ropner family were incredibly welcoming both when we visited before the wedding and on the day itself – everything was amazingly relaxed and while it’s a very grand setting and so beautiful, it’s not sterile or impersonal like so many venues can be and there’s no stuffiness.
“The food was fabulous, the setting was gorgeous and we couldn’t have imagined a better day. It all flowed so well and everyone tended to our every need – and it’s not every wedding venue that boasts a genuine elephant foot in the cloakroom!
“The day was just amazing – everything was perfect from beginning to end.”
Clive Wilkinson, whose events company CWC Malings organises weddings at Thorp Perrow, said:
“Until now Thorp Perrow has been a private home and this makes it one of the best kept secrets in Yorkshire.
“People visiting the Arboretum are only able to view the house from a distance across the lake – this is people’s chance to enjoy the beauty in and around the house while they’re celebrating something special whether it is a wedding, a birthday or other event.
“It’s a truly remarkable venue.”