Oh me oh my. Demelza and Robert your sweet nuptials have totally stolen my heart today.
Demelza and Robert tied the knot on the 12th September 2015 at the village church followed by a marquee reception at Pexton Moor Farm, Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. They both love mountain biking and the woods, so both of these elements made their way into the wedding for a truly personal feel. Bicycle illustrated stationery really set the tone and there was a bike seating plan and a bicycle adorned with blooms too. Rustic wooden touches gave a nod to the forest, with log slices used in the centrepieces, portraits in the trees and wild fern infused whimsical bouquets, which had real wow factor.
The style of the wedding party was impeccable. Let’s begin with Demelza’s stunning dress, she chose to wear Lilly Mae by Charlotte Balbier with a long dreamy veil. She looked amazing. The bridesmaids wore long dresses by Kelsey Rose, while the groomsmen chose grey Jeff Banks suits for a classic yet modern look.
Emma B Photography, many thanks for sharing these utterly beautiful photographs with us.
THE PROPOSAL | During a lovely sunset on a clifftop with my dog.
THE VISION | To have a relaxed, woodland, country feel wedding with good food and a big party!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Relaxed! We’re both massively into mountain biking and spend a lot of time in forests, so knew we wanted a venue which reflected this. We also regularly drive past this venue and always slow down to watch the sunsets, which are always amazing. I’d always wanted to marry in the church because I’ve lived in this village most of my life and my parents were also married here. I tried to keep things quiet so that family and friends would have some surprises on the day but towards the end we had lots of help from family and friends.
Our invitations were bespoke to us, designed by our friend, and hugely talented local artist, Sarah Westwood. Sarah designed two invitations which featured myself, Bobby, our beagle Lottie and our bikes, there was a day and a night invitation and her design formed the basis for many of our decorations and the overall wedding theme.
THE VENUE | All Saints Church, Brompton-By-Sawdon, than a marquee at Pexton Moor Farm, Dalby Forest near Pickering.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – ‘Lilly Mae’ by Charlotte Balbier, from Diana at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering.
Veil – floor length, also from The Little Pearl.
Shoes – Rachel Simpson, from The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique.
FINDING THE DRESS | I didn’t have a clue what I wanted, other than I knew I didn’t want to be uncomfortable on the day! I went to a couple of shops before discovering The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, which had only very recently opened. Diana who owns the boutique was fantastic, she picked out several dresses, which she thought I should try and as soon as I put Lilly Mae on I knew it was the one. My friends and family who were there with me all loved it too! It suited everything; me, the venue, the relaxed feel we wanted, and it felt amazing on!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The groomsmen all wore 3 piece grey suits from Jeff Banks with a deep purple tie.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to one of my favourite pieces of music, which is by a band called M83. In Church we had an organist who played our three hymns; Amazing Grace, I Vow To Thee My Country, and Jerusalem. We had two readings; a serious one read by my mum (Hilary Triffitt) and a not so serious one read by Robert’s brother (Josh Robinson).
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My adult bridesmaids wore floor length, Kelsey Rose dress in Sea Mist colour. Ruby my niece who was a flower girl wore a cream dress with a big bow from Next.
THE FLOWERS | We wanted relaxed, country flowers to go with our woodland theme, luckily I live nearby to an amazing florist, Jo Purdy from Hearts and Flowers. Jo listened to the kind of wedding we were planning and then went away and created various pieces.
Just before the wedding Jo held a workshop evening for myself and my bridal party where we actually created some the flowers for the wedding! Jo showed us what to do and we all made something for the day; including a huge flower display which went over the archway of the church, and some wicker hearts which we tied flowers and ribbon to and hung on the end of the pews in church. Whilst we were in the workshop Jo made a beautiful arrangement in a basket which went on the front of an old bicycle we had in the church and up at the marquee.
For the bouquets Jo used deep purple, creams and lots of wild greenery. I had the same colours for a headpiece which went under my veil in the back of my hair, and the bridesmaids had gypsophila in their hair. For the wedding party, Jo created buttonholes with a single cream rose, deep purple, light purple, greenery and a thistle, the ends were wrapped in twine and looked fantastic.
Jo also created a flower headband for Ruby my flower girl and a wooden wand decorated with flowers and ribbon for her to carry.
For our tables Jo gave us buckets of different flowers and greenery and we used these to create little table displays. The flowers really brought the woodland country feel to life!
THE CAKE | My amazingly talented mum made our cake. We didn’t particularly want a traditional cake so left it entirely up to my mum. The bottom tier was more traditional and included an icing model of my dog (Lottie the Beagle) and the top tier was a forest theme with handmade green trees, a bicycle and icing models of me and Robert! Mum also made a chocolate cake with chocolate dipped strawberries.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Fab photos courtesy of Emma Billsborough from Emma B Photography. Some of my fave photos from the day are when we went into the forestry in our wellies!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Lots of wood pieces and bicycles!
The tables were named after some of our fave places that we had travelled together (Dalby, Vancouver, San Francisco, New Zealand etc.) each table centrepiece included a slim wooden log (which we cut, sanded and oiled ourselves), a slate place name and 2 of our photographs from that place, a helium balloon filled with confetti and 2 glass jars and a glass bottle. The glass jars and bottle were half covered in silver glitter and had hessian bows at the top; 1 jar contained sweets for the guests, paper straws and photobooth props, 1 jar had a scented candle and the glass bottle was filled with flowers.
We hung turquoise and purple lanterns from the roof in the marquee, plus lots of hessian bunting. We also made and displayed a banner with photos of me and Robert.
Table places were displayed using mini widen pegs on bike wheels, which were propped up on two large logs inside the marquee. The groomsmen even chopped the logs up themselves! One of my fave pieces was a huge log we found, the top of which was in a perfect heart shape, we filled the cracks with flowers and people used it to rest drinks on!
On arrival we had canapés and drinks outside whilst a local musician played acoustic guitar and sang. We also served a special cider cocktail which the best man brought with him from Somerset.
The reception food was from a local caterer, we opted for a joint of meat on each table which a selected guest had to carve for everyone, this went down really well! For the night time we had a hog roast, we also had an ice cream cart which was on an old fashioned bike!
The inside of the marquee came with fairy lights and my Uncle decorated the outside of the marquee and the road with lots of fairy lights, which looked amazing at night.
THE HONEYMOON | We went to New York City for a week.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Quite a few! I really enjoyed the days leading up to the wedding, we had friends and family helping us and we spent all day at the venue together, eating fish and chips on an evening!
Walking to the church from my house for the ceremony with my bridesmaids and dad, just dodging the rain!
The speeches were all brilliant and had everybody in stitches.
Being on the dancefloor and looking over to see a giant pile up of friends and family on the dancefloor with one of my bridesmaids on top with her dress hitched up!
During our first dance (Fatboy Slim, ‘Praise You’) when two huge confetti cannons went off all around us.
Having my two week old nephew at the wedding, he was born premature and we didn’t know if he would make it to the wedding!
Towards the end of the night standing on a chair on the dancefloor singing Take That ‘Never Forget’ at the top of my voice to everyone on the dancefloor below, everyone was singing it!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t stress about anything! Trust that everything you decided to do will be great because it will be!
If you’ve got the money hire a videographer
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Emma B Photography
Reception Venue | Jim and Wendy at Pexton Moor Farm, Dalby Forest
Hair | Jenny and Team at Sanctuary Hair & Beauty, Scarborough
Make-up | Beth Sample at Pure Skin and Beauty, Scarborough
Groom’s outfit | Jeff Banks
Stationery | Custom Designed by Sarah Westwood
Flowers | Jo Purdy, Hearts and Flowers
Drink | Cropton Brewery and Harry Fry with Harry’s Cider Company (Somerset)
Transport | Matthewsons, Snainton, North Yorkshire; approx. cost £250
Oh how lovely.
Thanks so much to Demelza and Robert for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou