Sometimes a wedding just looks so effortlessly pretty and homely. This is one of those times.
Vicky and Stephen married in March at Carlton Towers, Yorkshire. Vicky’s love of Liberty print fabric is clearly evident, for her use of the statement print is used throughout their wedding. With her customised shoe poms, ties for the boys and table cloths for the centrepieces all homemade using the fabric. It works so well and looks super gorgeous.
Vicky wore a stunning detailed dress by Stephanie Allin while her maids wore fun blue print frocks from ASOS. Not forgetting Stephen who found his grey vintage style suit in Next. And those lovely blooms? They were homegrown by The Real Cut Flower Garden and looked so wonderful.
Thanks so much to the brilliant The Image Garden Photography for sharing her photographs with us today.
The Proposal… We were in Ko Phi Phi in Thailand staying in a lovely hut on the beach. I was sunbathing reading a book on the balcony and Stephen told me to come inside as he had something to ask me. I thought he was going to do something silly but it turned out that he was going to propose! He presented me with the most perfect Victorian style wedding ring and asked me to marry him. It was so special and low key and completely unexpected! It was the most perfect day!
The Vision for the Day… We both wanted a laid back day, whereby all of our friends and family could have lots fun, good food, dancing and wine! We didn’t want to have lots of hanging around between the day and night do’s, so we got married at 3.30pm, which meant that by the time we had finished the meal our evening guests were arriving. We didn’t really have a vision other than wanting all of our lovely friends and family having a great time. Decoration wise I knew that I would have lots of Liberty print fabric involved.
The Planning Process… After we got back from Thailand in April 2012 we started browsing for venues. We didn’t really have a venue in mind, but when we visited the nearby Carlton Towers in North Yorkshire we knew instantly it was the right place for us! We booked it for the following march and started the planning from there. After the venue was booked it didn’t really feel like we did much planning really. Aside from organising the photographer, cake and flowers my sister(Kelly) and my Mum (Julie) made/collected all of the decorations so it became more of a fun craft project.
The Venue… Carlton Towers is a Victorian/Gothic style privately owned house and is really grand. However it has a lovely, laid back feeling and as soon as we were shown around I knew that my ideas for the theme of the day would suit the venue really well. The staff at Carlton Towers were amazing and we were actually made to feel that the house was ours for the few days that we were there. It’s a truly magical place!
The Dress + Accessories… My sister Kelly got married the August before my wedding and afterwards I inherited all of her wedding magazines. Whilst browsing through I spotted an amazing Stephanie Allin dress and immediately knew it was the style of dress for me. The only problem was that it was above my budget. However, a few weeks later I learned that the Stephanie Allin shop in London would be having a sample sale . My mum and sister were easily persuaded to make the trip to London to visit the store and unbelievably I got the most perfect dress (picked out by my sister Kelly). I didn’t bother trying any dresses on after I tried ‘the one’ on as it was absolutely divine (and at a bargain price)! I bought a simple pair of shoes from Monsoon, as I wanted to embellish them to tie in with my ‘theme’ of Liberty print. My hair clip was from accessorize and was spotted by one of my bridesmaids (Andrea) whilst on a shopping trip to find accessories for the bridesmaids.
Groom’s Attire… Stephen wanted a grey vintage looking suit and we managed to find a perfect ‘timeless’ one from Next. I made his tie along with the best mans, the ushers and mine and Steve’s dads (Ian and John) using (you guessed it) contrasting Liberty print fabric.
The Readings + Music… I walked down the aisle to ‘Morning theft’ by Jeff Buckley, which is one of mine and Stephen’s favourite songs. We walked down the aisle together after the ceremony to Fiest. Stephen’s mum (Heather) did a lovely reading from Jayne Eyre and my brother Daryl did a great reading of a modern poem.
Beautiful Bridesmaids… My maid of honour was my beautiful sister and best friend Kelly. I also had 5 of my closest friends as bridesmaids (Becky, Sally, Andrea, Sarah and Sarah). I wanted the bridesmaids to have dresses that tied in with my theme of different prints. Amazingly I found these gorgeous dresses online from Asos. I also had my little niece (Isobel) as a flower girl, she wore a beautiful ivory dress from Next, together with a handmade flowery sash to tie in with the theme. She also wore a lovely hand knitted cardigan made by my Nana Edith. My nana also made a cardigan for my page boy (Alexander) which complemented his Liberty tie beautifully (so cute)!
The Flowers… I loved the flowers my sister Kelly and had for her wedding and decided to use the same company. I got my flowers from a lovely lady called Charlie who runs a company called the Real Cut Flower Garden. Charlie grows all of her own flowers and therefore all of her flowers are in season at the time of your wedding. After some chats with Charlie I ordered green and cream flowers. Besides from this I didn’t know exactly what I would get apart from that they would be gorgeous and rustic and completely in season for Spring. Charlie made up the button holes and bouquets and sent lots of loose flowers for us to arrange ourselves into table centre pieces. All of the flowers were sent through the post the day before the wedding. Me and my army of helpers had great fun arranging the flowers into centrepieces the day before the wedding.
The Cake… This amazing creation was made by a lady called Silvana Riccetti (she has a Facebook page) who is based in Sheffield. I simply showed her my ideas and she created this masterpiece. Our cake topper was from made by Lovebirds Custom goods who have a shop on Etsy. They designed it to look like me and Stephen!
Your Photographer… Our photographer was Sharron Gibson (The Image Garden Photography). I came across Sharron’s website when searching for a photographer. As soon as I saw Sharron’s work I knew she was perfect for us! She has such a talent! Although Sharron doesn’t live in our area she happily travelled to us and was quite simply AMAZING! She captured our day perfectly and is such a lovely, kind person.
The Details + Decor… I have always been a little obsessed with Liberty print material and knew straight away that I wanted to incorporate the prints into the table decorations etc, which I made myself. I love all things colourful and vintage and wanted this to be reflected in the décor. I didn’t want a set colour theme but a mixture of colour and print. My mum (Julie), sister (Kelly) and I all love hunting around antique markets for vintage and antique crockery and other lovely bits and bobs. It was during one of our regular Sunday morning hunts that I had the idea to start collecting different jugs and vases to put the flowers in for the table centrepieces. I collected loads in the run up to the wedding and I now have them all around my house. My sister Kelly designed and made all of the stationery for the day, which complemented everything perfectly! Rather than having a guest book, I decorated a frame for guest to pin a postcard on to with a message, which has become a lovely reminder of the day. Kelly also created a personalised mural for me and Stephen, which the guests coloured in during the day. We had Karen at the original wedding tea towel company design us some tea towel favours for our guests, which everyone loved! We also had a photo booth provided by Booth revolution during the evening do. This was enjoyed by all!
The Honeymoon… We went to Hong Kong for a few days followed by a week of lovely relaxation and monkeys at the Island of Langkawi in Malaysia. We ended the holiday by spending a couple of days in Kuala Lumpur.
Memorable Moments… Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Stephen waiting for me. All of the speeches were amazing, which were made by my dad, Stephen and Stephen’s best man and brother Alastair. Our first dance to ‘Tender’ by Blur followed by all of our friends and family partying the night away.
Advice for Other Couples… Take a few moments every now and again during the day to take everything in, it goes so quickly!
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Completely and utterly beautiful. Thanks so much to Vicky and Stephen for sharing their wedding with us today XOXO Lou