This darling day will be sure to give you that warm fuzzy feeling. Why? Because the couple stayed true to themselves and alongside their nearest and dearest, crafted their perfect day.
Kris and Steph were hitched on the 24th September 2016 at The Hideaway at Baxby Manor in North Yorkshire. The venue was perfect for their festival glamping vision, with ample space for the spectacular tipis, pizza bus, camping and rustic hay bale seating. They said I do beneath a stunning wooden archway built by Kris’ Dad and it was adorned with the most lush and beautiful florals. Talking of DIY, the stationery was hand crafted by family members, as were the rustic signs, iced cake and cute bunting.
Quirky bohemian outfits were custom made for the couple, with Steph opting for a silk and lace gown and Kris a navy blue suit with floral tie. In the evening guests were treated to a live band followed by an awesome silent disco. There is so much to adore about this wedding, you’ve just got to look at every single image here today folks.
Esme Mai, many thanks for sharing these dreamy photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | After years of planning, we packed in our jobs and set off on our travels with a one-way ticket. First stop was New York and just three days in, during an idyllic picnic in Central Park, Kris pulled out a tiny red vintage ring box from is backpack. It was totally unexpected!
THE VISION | We always knew we wanted the ceremony to be outside. It was important to us to have something relaxed and fun as we’re not very traditional, and the thought of a glamping/festival style wedding with nature as our backdrop was exactly what we wanted. We didn’t want a huge wedding with some guests turning up on the evening after such a special day, we wanted all of our guests there from start to finish, sharing it all with us.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | After our travels, we had only six months the plan the wedding. But, this was perfect for us as we’re both so indecisive, it was better with a bit of pressure to make quick decisions! Our family were worth their weight in gold when it came to helping us prep. Kris’ Dad made all the signage and built our beautiful wooden archway for the aisle and my Mum and sister helped with the stationery and offered endless support. We had infinite lists and spreadsheets to keep everything organised and in order!
THE VENUE | We kept the official ceremony at Leeds Town Hall very intimate with just my sister and Kris’ brother as witnesses. We wanted to keep the blessing at our venue, The Hideaway, Baxby Manor in North Yorkshire as special and as real for as many as our friends and family as possible. The six-acre site meant our guests could stay on site with us the whole weekend in the cute bell tents and eco pods. Our brilliant venue host gave us the whole site as a blank canvas for our 70 guests, two stunning tipi tents, a bohemian style ceremony, a pizza bus and endless amounts of hay bales!
FINDING THE DRESS | We knew that on our way home we were going to be traveling via Asia and one of my bridesmaids suggested I get my dress handmade in Vietnam. This way, I could design it however I wanted, pick my own cloth and save some serious money – win win! We spent just over two weeks in Hội An working with a reputable, ethical tailor and dressmaker to design and create my perfect dress. It was so hard doing it on my own and without Kris seeing it, but he helped me pick the beautiful lace and cloth and I Skyped my Mum and sister almost every dress fitting. It was so wonderful seeing every stage of my dress being made and every element of different dresses I’d been Pinterest-ing for months, fit in to place!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | When we got back to England, I contacted a local seamstress to help me with a few alterations, such as the length as I’d now bought my lush, gold Kurt Geiger shoes! She helped with all the finer details of the dress and helped me with ‘to veil or not to veil’ decision. Luckily this was an easy one as the floor length, single layer veil was a beauty. I knew from day dot that I wanted a flower crown and this finished off my boho bride look perfectly. On the morning of the wedding, Kris left my bridesmaids to surprise me with a stunning sapphire necklace from the antique jeweller where we got our wedding rings (and my engagement ring) for my something blue.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | We also got Kris’ suit handmade in Hội An, made to fit and it meant he could pick the material he wanted. He went for a blue wool three piece with tan buttons, a white shirt and yellow and cream floral tie. His tan boots were also handmade in Hội An where he picked the leather which was made to measure. The pocket square was a last-minute swap for a green silk number. His bespoke tie bar was copper and engraved with our initials, which matched perfectly with his rose gold wedding ring and new blue and copper watch.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We asked Kris’ 10-year-old nephew to read something special, a passage from one of Kris’ favourite books which he projected beautifully in front of our guests. We then had two of my bridesmaids do a reading of their choice which they tailored perfectly creating lots of laughter. Music was something we felt really passionate about. Kris’ groomsman was in charge of creating some cracking playlists, pre-ceremony and after party. For our live music, we had York local Back Chat Brass, a seven-piece brass band who had everyone up and dancing for hours – check out the video! We finished the night off with a silent disco and created three different playlists which made for some hilarious dancing – plus this meant we stuck to our midnight noise curfew!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We searched online and in bridal shops however the high-street was the winner, with different tonal dresses from House of Fraser, Next and Debenhams. The lace and subtle sequins gave that mismatched feel I was after. They all wore individual and understated headbands to finish off their beautiful look.
THE FLOWERS | My sister used to previously do floristry so she was a massive help with deciding what type of arrangement to go for. I wanted a natural, un-romantic, wildflower theme that felt very cottage garden like. We had a local florist create beautiful bouquets, button holes and my flower crown. We went for rustic with thistle, lavender and lots of greenery. And to keep costs down, my sister arranged all the flowers on the wooden arch, around the venue and the table flowers.
THE CAKE | Kris’ folks own a bakery in Yorkshire and his Mum is a mean baker so we were so pleased when she agreed to create our wedding cake. We wanted a simple looking cake that fit in with the rustic theme of the tipi and venue. We had two layers, chocolate and lemon, covered with butter icing – it was so delicious!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Esme was a recommendation and friend of a friend so we knew she’d be the style we were after. She completely made us feel at ease and blended into the background documenting the most natural photos we could ask for. She brought along a second photographer to capture all elements and details of the day. She stayed until the early hours as she was so keen to snap us all boogying at the silent disco – what a star!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Everyone chipped in from hand painted signs, handmade bunting to homemade order of service cards making our lives so much easier. We gave a brass retro compass as favours and the tables were named after our favourite places to reflect our travel theme. Fairy lights covered the inside of the tipi and hay bales and wheelbarrows of beer provide a fun, laid back feel outside. We had outdoor games that Kris’ Dad made from scratch and we lit the fire pits to toast marshmallows when the sun went down.
THE HONEYMOON | Having spent a hefty 19 months traveling, we thought we’d stay ‘local’ and headed to the land of ice and fire, Iceland. We hired a car and road tripped our way across the amazing, rugged countryside sampling hot water lagoons, glaciers and volcanos. An unforgettable trip.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Kris organised a surprise vintage VW campervan to take me and my Dad to the venue from where me, the Mums and bridesmaids got ready – I couldn’t believe it when it turned up! And reading our own written vows to one another after flipping a coin in front of our guests for who went first – my heart was racing!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t sweat the small stuff. Detail is everything, but not everyone always notices everything. Put your effort in to the bigger things that everyone can enjoy.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Esme Mai
Venue | The Hideaway, Baxby Manor, North Yorkshire
Celebrant | Louisa Starr
Band | Back Chat Brass
Food | Sela Pizza Bus
Bar | The Yorkshire Bartender
Dress alterations | Perfect Fit Bridal
Tipi hire | Tipi & Kata
Flowers | Floral Expression
Utterly wonderful from beginning to end.
Huge thanks goes to Kris and Steph for sharing their wonderful story here with us today xo Lou