Hands up, who’s missing Game Of Thrones already? Hurry up season 7. In the meantime, clap your eyes on this visual feast of a wedding with fun Game of Thrones influences.
WWW readers Gareth and Lauren got hitched on the 24th June 2016 at Oakwell Hall & Country Park in Yorkshire, it’s a place they visit everyday to walk their dog so it was a natural choice. They hoped to create a day which felt alternative, think an awesome tattoo cake, GOT stationery and fete games to entertain. It really looked like a blast from beginning to end, with love and smiles all round.
Let’s talk about Lauren’s dress shall we? She chose to wear the gorgeous Lily by House of Mooshki and she looked stunning. The boys donned fun bow ties and braces for a quirky casual look, while the bridesmaids wore sweet blue frocks teamed with amazing protea infused bouquets. LOVE.
Thanks so very much to Hayley Baxter Photography for sharing these drop dead gorgeous shots.
THE PROPOSAL | We got engaged in February 2014 whilst on route to Melbourne… We were headed there for a wedding/ to visit friends! Gareth made a joke afterwards that he only proposed to try and get a upgrade on our Etihad flight! It didn’t work and ended up costing him an arm and a leg! Hehe! We were flying over Kraków when he popped the question.. Queue lots of high pitched squeals from me and we spent the rest of the journey grinning like Cheshire cats!!
THE VISION | When we got engaged I started planning almost immediately as I knew what I wanted the day to look like. I have attended plenty of beautiful weddings in hotels but I feel you run the risk of having the same wedding as a couple getting hitched the following week. NOT IDEAL! We visit Oakwell Hall daily so it really couldn’t have been a better place to get married, in fact we didn’t visit any other venue.
I have seen plenty of alternative weddings online and via blogs and I knew that this was the route we needed to take. We are both massive Game of Thrones fans so it didn’t take us long to agree on this theme and our plans went into full swing. Etsy is one of the best places to find alternative and unusual wedding suppliers and ideas; I was glued to the App most night’s whilst planning. I sourced all our personalised stationery from there and it looked so elegant it didn’t matter if you didn’t understand the theme, it still looked beautiful. Throw in some fab traditional vintage fete games supplied by the Traditional Fairground Co. for your guests and you get a ‘Game of Thrones, Vintage fete Wedding’.. I doubt you will see another wedding like that for a while.
We ultimately wanted to create a wedding like no other and plan a party that everyone would enjoy, not just us and I believe we pulled it off. We are really fun loving and the overall style of the wedding really reflected both our personalities and the final result was a good olde knees up.
We would do it all again if we could!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | To be honest I wanted to do a lot myself as I had such a specific vision but I just spent the whole two years picking up little bits and making it fit into the theme some way. As a result I feel the whole process was quite stress free as it was spread out over such a long period of time. We were very lucky when it came to picking our vendors too, I wanted specific photographers and caterers etc so I made sure we booked early on… And I am glad we did this as we managed to book every company I had my eye on.
BUDGET | We didn’t have a lot to of spare cash to play with as we paid for the whole wedding ourselves so it all came out of our wages and savings but we also didn’t want to miss out on certain things, we thought food, photos and the atmosphere were important so we made sure that we got the top caterers and the venue was the main thing to splash out on.
THE VENUE | We always knew we wanted to get hitched at Oakwell Hall and Country Park, not only is it a beautiful setting but we walk our dog, Dudley there every day so it really means so much to us. The grandeur of the Elizabethan Manor House for the ceremony mixed with the rustic barn was really spectacular and we knew the photos would look amazing. It really was the perfect blank canvas for us as we had free reign when it came to decoration and the finishing touches. It has been featured on many period dramas and on Most Haunted so it has bags of character which really appealed to us.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I knew I always wanted an unusual dress and found House of Mooshki online. I sourced a great stockist in Horbury, Heidi at Lace & Co and fell in love with Lily on the first try on. Heidi was such a great help and we customised the dress further by removing the long sleeves and opting for a lace cap sleeve instead. Lily was literally my dream dress. I teamed her with some classic patent courts from Dune to finish off the look.
I decided I wanted to avoid having a long veil as I didn’t want to hide the fabulous low back on my dress so I opted for a birdcage veil and headed to see Lou at Lou Lou Puchalka in the Corn Exchange, Leeds. We brainstormed for days and Lou came up with a gorgeous blush veil with a removable crystal slide set in rose gold (a first for her). She also designed my matching earrings. My whole outfit was one of a kind and that’s how a bride should feel on her wedding day!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The groom and his groomsmen went for a laid back style, they teamed smart trousers and shirt from Next along with black braces and dickie bows that we found online. They all looked amazing but especially the groom who really pulls off that style. They spent the morning getting ready at Twilight Tattoos with Jason (who designed the cake) and his wonderful wife Marissa playing host. They even converted their studio into a mobile barber shop for the guys. Gareth (the groom) invited two stylists from the barber he uses, King Koby’s Chop Shop in the Corn Exchange, Leeds. I know that he wouldn’t let anyone else touch his do (or his beard) so it was great that the lads could also have a trim up and the result was reflected in how dapper they looked.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had acoustic music from Michael Mullholland and he played some great tunes including The Stone Roses and the Adam Sandler ‘Wedding Singer’ Song – I wanna grow old with you. Our friend who travelled all the way from Australia read a beautiful piece called ‘Marriage’ which could have been written for the two of us it was that accurate. It really was a beautiful ceremony.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Our adult bridesmaids wore some lovely Coast dresses that complimented my gown perfectly. I struggled to find dresses that would fit the style of the bridal gown but after a chance look in Debenhams I found them and I knew they were perfect. The maids teamed them with some suede grey heels and they both looked out of this world. Our perfect little flower girl wore a great tulle dress from BHS with matching pink flats, as she kept saying all day that she and the bride were matching, I think she felt just as special as the bride.
THE FLOWERS | Rebecca at TigerLily Floral Art is a family friend and she was always my first choice. I gave her free reign when designing the blooms as I had totally trust in her abilities. She added the most beautiful proteas into the mix and absolutely blew my mind, they still look amazing weeks later sat in water.
THE CAKE | To carry on the tradition of doing things differently we opted for a half and half cake. The cake was made by Cheryl at Wedding Cakes Leeds and she created an absolute masterpiece. The girly side was a beautiful off white with blush pink flowers and lace details but the other half was both our favourites. As my husband is covered in tattoos and we both love skulls we wanted something included in the wedding to reflect this. We got our tattoo artist, neighbour and good friend Jason, from Twilight Tattoos in Birkenshaw, to design a drawing to be printed on icing, with edible ink and then added to the cake. He came back with the most amazing and personal design including a skull bride and groom, a clock with the exact time we got married, a G & L (also another running theme in our wedding) and the most beautiful swallows and roses. We loved the cake so much we couldn’t bring ourselves to cut it. It was truly one of a kind and looked stunning.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER | We can’t put into words how amazing Hayley Baxter Photography is. I never thought I would feel comfortable having my picture taken on my wedding day. I really don’t like all eyes on me, but Hayley is so professional and the majority of the time I didn’t know she was there. She has captured some amazing natural moments which we will cherish forever.
Charlotte at Charlotte Emily Videographer was too a brilliant addition. She has worked closely with Hayley our photographer previously so I knew that the footage would be just as beautiful! Both ladies worked their socks off and we really couldn’t have picked a better team to capture those moments.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | A lot of the décor was bits and pieces we have collected over the years… Raiding charity shops for jars and hard back books along with collecting plenty of string, hessian, lace and knick knacks to decorate and then throw in the most beautiful artificial flowers arranged by my (now) mother in law for the centrepieces. I loved the idea of doing a lot of it myself to really bring out my personality.
We hired the custom made bunting; chairs, table runners and our pop up photo frame from My Something Borrowed based in West Yorkshire, the ladies there were so helpful and really helped me complete the vintage fete look that I was going for.
The majority of our stationery was designed by RebeccasLeaves who I found on Etsy. She designed the table names along with the order of day cards, menu, cigar bar and guestbook signs. This created a running theme throughout. The stationery was printed in the official Game of Thrones font and it was all printed on a map of Westeros. How cool?
The place cards were from Buttercups Cards also sourced from Etsy. Again we used the Game of Thrones font and printed them onto Kraft card, tying them in with the overall theme. Absolutely perfect.
I created the seating plan myself, I decided I wanted an extra challenge, but with four tables.. it wasn’t too tricky!
THE HONEYMOON | We are spending two weeks at the Riu palace Costa Rica! We both love nature and tropical countries so we are so excited to visit this beautiful country! Hopefully we will come back with an ace tan and memories to match!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day went so fast but one thing that has stuck with both of us is all our family and friends taking the time to come up to us and comment on their favourite parts of the day and mentioning how it was such a memorable wedding and that all our hard work had paid off. We wanted to plan a wedding that everyone enjoyed and from everybody’s comments I think we pulled it off.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Take your time whilst planning and research local vendors before making a decision. Also pick a theme and stick to it. But my main piece of advice would be to enjoy the planning process and include things that you love.. As its your day. Make it a day to remember.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Hayley Baxter Photography
Venue | Oakwell Hall & Country Park
Caterer | Eatme Drinkme
Videographer | Charlotte Emily Videography
Hair bride | Yorkshire Bridal Hair
Make up | Keelie Leanne Make up Artist
Barber | KingKoby Chop Shop
Tattoo shop | Twilight Tattoos
Garden games | Traditional Fairground Co.
Décor | My Something Borrowed
Bridal gown designer | House of Mooshki
Bridal shop | Lace & Co
Accessories | Lou Lou Puchalka
Dj | Apollo Dj’s
Cake | Cheryl at Wedding Cakes Leeds
Led lights | The White Bulb
Cars | Indigo Executive Travel
Florist | Tigerlily Floral Art
Thanks so much to Gareth and Lauren for sharing their wonderful wedding story xo Lou