WWW readers Rachael and Mark began with a Glastonbury proposal, so it was fitting that their day was all about the food, music and plenty of fun.
They decided to marry on the 28th March 2015 at Priory Cottages in Yorkshire, a venue they found here on these very pages. They had a subtle pink and blue colour scheme. Mark donned a blue suit with Liberty print suit, the maids donned blue sequinned frocks and the pretty blooms were in a baby pink hue.
Many thanks goes to James and Lianne Photography for sending over such beautiful imagery for us to enjoy this morning.
THE PROPOSAL | Glastonbury 2013. We had been to the festival a few times before and loved everything about it. So Mark thought it was the ideal place to pop the question! We had been out all day and night and it was the early hours of Sunday morning when he managed to convince me to go for a walk up a big hill overlooking the festival site. After establishing that I was sober enough to know what was going on, he asked the question! I was so blown away all I could do was laugh initially before saying yes. Our friends stumbled across us moments later and we spent the rest of our time at the festival celebrating! (I had wondered why Mark had been so protective of his rucksack…. it turns out that carrying a ring around the site with him wasn’t the most relaxing way to enjoy a festival!)
THE VISION | We wanted a relaxed day which reflected our styles and tastes. We didn’t want anything too formal or stuffy and were very keen on being able to personalise as much as we could. We knew the most important things to us were having all our friends and family there, whilst having an emphasis on good food, good music and lots of fun.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had over 18 months to plan in the end which was lovely as we never felt pushed for time or stressed. We both actually really enjoyed every minute of planning the wedding. We have similar tastes and views on what we wanted which made it easier and stuck to our specialist skills – spread sheets and numbers for Mark and details, crafts and list making (lots and lots of lists!) for Rachael. Pinterest and wedding blogs were my best friends throughout!
THE VENUE | The Priory Barn and Cottages, Syningthwaite near Wetherby. I had come across the Priory actually on WWW when I was researching venues not long after we got engaged.
We had our first visit on a beautiful July evening and I knew immediately that it was the right place. I felt a bit emotional driving away after that first visit so even though we looked at a couple of other places (just to make sure!) nothing stood up next to the Priory and we booked it a few days later.
It is a stunning venue and we loved having the cottages on site for our family and bridal party to stay in. We were able to decorate the whole venue and make it very personal to us, which was exactly what we had been looking for.
Serena and Phoebe do a fantastic job, their attention to detail, level of knowledge and help was incredible.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was Lyla by Sottero and Midgley. I wore Rachel Simpson Victoria Blush suede shoes. My headpiece was from Etsy and my veil was my ‘something borrowed’ from my lovely friend Helen. I kept jewellery to a minimum and wore earrings that were a gift from Mark on the wedding morning and a bracelet from my parents.
FINDING THE DRESS | I had a good idea of what kind of dress I wanted – I knew I loved lace but I also wanted a skirt that had a nice ‘flow’… I became a bit obsessed with this! I went to several shops with no joy before visiting Elizabeth’s of York. The experience at Elizabeth’s was relaxed and lovely and the ladies there really understood what I wanted. In the end the combination of lace and chiffon along with a detailed back and beautiful flowing skirt had me sold!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Mark wore a bespoke three piece suit made from navy tweed by Rood Duke tailors who are also based in York. The shirt was also bespoke from Rood Duke using Liberty fabric, paired with a knitted navy tie. The shoes were Grenson brogues. Mark’s best man Dave and both our Dad’s wore the same suit and they all looked amazing!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had three close friends do our readings. Sarah opened with ‘I Will Be There’ by Steven Curtis Chapman. Martha did an emotional extract from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ and Laura finished the ceremony with Edward Monkton’s ‘A Lovely Love Story’.
In terms of music I walked down the aisle to ‘All You Need is Love’ by The Beatles and we walked out to ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys.
Our first dance was to ‘You are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne. In the evening we had a band called The Entertainment Company who were fabulous and made our goal of ‘having a full dance floor all night’ an easy one to accomplish!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four bridesmaids. My sister Ali was my maid of honour (or Most Important Bridesmaid as she termed herself!). Then there was Mark’s sister Ellie, who is a close friend of mine from school (and how we met!) as well as Natalie who is also a close friend from my school days and Faith my best friend from University. The girls were amazing bridesmaids from the hen do to the morning of the wedding, they were so thoughtful and made it all such fun!
I saw their dresses by chance when browsing in JOY one day. In the end I went back to them (after getting approval!) and they were in the post Christmas sale so were a bit of a bargain! They were a bit different and they all looked beautiful.
THE FLOWERS | I don’t know very much about flowers! When I met Kath I just showed her some pictures of flowers in jars and bottles and she did the rest. They all looked stunning and we had so many compliments. Kath also provided us with the backdrop to our wedding ceremony complete with floral garland and a hand painted sign. She was amazing.
THE CAKE | We had a ‘naked’ wedding cake which was made by Helen Day. It was three tiers-one vanilla sponge, one lemon and one carrot and it was absolutely delicious.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I found James and Lianne also through WWW! They were incredible – completely unobtrusive and very professional but made us feel really relaxed and were fun to be around. The shots they got were amazing, we couldn’t be happier with them.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | In the Barn where the ceremony was held, we decorated entirely with flowers and fairy lights which looked beautiful. My Mum and I made the table plan and I used calligraphy to write out all the table names (we chose song lyrics) and name tags. We had macaroons as favours, which were in little boxes with wedding stickers and each person’s name tag on them so they doubled as a place setting. We decorated the marquee with lots of pink and white lanterns (our parents had great fun doing this the day before!). Throughout the venue were jars and bottles filled with flowers and candles, which we collected throughout the planning process and borrowed from good friends who had got married the year before. The light up letters were a bit of an extravagance but we loved them so much! Everyone loved taking pictures with them and they looked great.
To help with building the atmosphere after the ceremony, we arranged for Tom Crosbie to provide entertainment – he left our guests speechless with his amazing close-up magic!
During the evening, we also had a photo booth run by Booth Revolution which was so much fun. They provided customised prints for our guests to take away and copies in a fantastic guest book for us to keep.
We also had little details like wicker hanging hearts, Mr and Mrs Letters, a welcome blackboard, a personalised crate for our cards all of which we collected/borrowed in the months leading up to the wedding.
THE HONEYMOON | We travelled to South Africa two days after the wedding. Cape Town, a Safari trip and plenty of wine tasting. It was full of adventure, and the ideal start to married life.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was back to back with memorable moments but a few stand out…
Walking down the aisle and feeling so overwhelmed seeing all of our family and friends in one place and then seeing Mark standing at the end was the best feeling ever. We said some personal vows during the ceremony which was a very special moment as well.
Losing my veil to the crazy winds during the first set of portraits and our photographer James running after it (he got it back! Hero!)
Our band playing ‘One Day Like This’ by Elbow as a surprise encore and all our guests dancing around us in a circle. They then all squished in the middle for an enormous group hug and sing a long. It was the first time all day that I cried!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Be true to what you want to do as you’ll never please everyone.
Decide early on what are your priorities in terms of money and energies and focus on them.
It’s predictable to say but the day really does fly by. Little things will go wrong but only you will notice. And you’ll be surprised how little you care!
Everyone there is happy for you and wants the best for you so don’t be too nervous. Relax. Enjoy it. It really is the best day ever.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | Priory Cottages
Photographers | James and Lianne
Band | The Entertainment
Dress Shop | Elizabeth of York
Shoes | Rachel Simpson Shoes
Hair | Evolve Hairdressing
Make Up | Julie Mercer
Tailor | Rood Duke
Cake | Cakes by Helen Day
Photo Booth | Booth Revolution
Light up Letters | Party Pics Photo Booths
Fairy Lights | AV Matrix
Flowers | Fleuradamo
Caterers | Taste Cuisine
Macaroons/Favours | FP Macaroons
Magician | Tom Crosbie
Ahhh just perfect.
Thanks so very much to Rachael and Mark for sharing their truly wonderful story with us xo Lou