This heavenly wedding was submitted to WWW by bride Sophie and as soon as I saw the dreamy images and oodles of DIY touches I was smitten. Be prepared to want to pin every image and add to you DIY project list, sorry not sorry folks.
WWW readers Sophie and Terry were hitched on the 30th July 2016 at All Saints Church followed by a reception at Utopia in the grounds of Broughton Hall, Yorkshire. They fell for the venue thanks to it’s lush gardens and light and airy reception space. It suited their Lavender theme perfectly, with muted tones used throughout alongside gorgeous florals. They really wanted a creative day and made so many lovely touches including, a potted plant seating plan, the cake table, home made favours and the lemonade station to name a few.
Sophie went for a timeless lace gown by Mori Lee and wore her long tresses in a pretty fishtail plait, Terry was suited and booted in Next attire and the bridesmaids wore floaty ASOS frocks. Didn’t they all look so very lovely?
Natalie Pluck, thank you so much for sharing your incredible photographs with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Terry proposed during our 6 month backpacking trip around the Far East. We were in Noosa, Australia the most gorgeous coastal town. We had gone out for a meal and an evening walk and ended up sitting at the end of a jetty in a small harbour. Terry proposed and I said yes straight away.
THE VISION | Our wedding was inspired by my love of all things creative and lavender! Straight away I knew I wanted a DIY wedding in a countryside surrounding. I wanted it to be a very rustic but a classy wedding. The colours were to be whites, lavender and pale pinks.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning was very enjoyable! I had a lot of help and support from my mum right from beginning. I spent most of my evenings on Pinterest, screenshotting pictures ready to recreate it myself. Once we had the main things booked I then moved onto the smaller details. I like to think I was organised but I was still doing things right up until the day before!
BUDGET | We didn’t have a specific budget and we were very lucky to have financial help!
THE VENUE | Our venue was amazing. The ceremony was held at All Saints Church, Broughton. The most beautiful traditional church down a small country lane surrounded by fields and farms. Our reception venue Utopia in the grounds of Broughton Hall was then minutes away from the church. It is a beautiful wooden and glass building set in a walled garden full of wild flowers. We had the whole walled garden to ourselves allowing our guests the chance to walk around the gravel paths in and out of wild flowers and greenery. The building itself is so light with the big glass panels and had a lovely view of the gardens. We stayed in the holiday cottages on Broughton Hall estate which were in an elevated position overlooking the whole estate with a lovely view of the Yorkshire dales.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My fitted lace Mori Lee dress was from Platinum Bridal Boutique in Yeadon, Leeds. I didn’t have many accessories as I wanted the simplistic look. I had fresh flowers in my hair and small pale blue stud earrings.
FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the right dress was very difficult for me. I went to around 7 different shops and must have tried on 40+ dresses!! I knew what I wanted in my head but couldn’t seem to find it. I am also very small and all the dresses in the shops were far too big for me therefore it was hard to envisage what they would look like when they fit. I saw my dress online and then search for retailers that stocked Mori Lee. When I tried it on I knew it was exactly as I had pictured.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Terry was very last minute with his suit. He originally wanted a navy blue suit and then came across a paler blue skinny fit suit in Next. He tried this on with tan coloured shoes and a tan belt and loved it. He then wore a pale grey tie also from Next to match the bridesmaids.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | As it was a church on England ceremony we needed at least one bible reading in which I asked my brother to do. He was happy to do this and was the perfect person to ask. I had the traditional wedding march to walk down the aisle and chose 3 hymns throughout the service. These were Give me joy in my heart, The lord of the dance and Jerusalem.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I asked my sister to be my chief bridesmaid. I then had Terry’s sister and my 2 best friends. I has 2 styles of dress both the same pale grey silver colour. The dresses were from ASOS.
We then had 2 flower girls, both our nieces. They wore a gorgeous white lace dress from Mamas and Papas with a white cardigan from Next and a flower crown in their hair.
THE FLOWERS | My florist was amazing! She knew exactly the look I wanted. We had lots of muted colours, eucalyptus and lavender. She created the most amazing eucalyptus garlands for the beams. Our bouquets were made up of lavender, pink waxflower, astilbe, seeded eucalyptus and olive which was then finished with grey hand dyed ribbon and hessian.
THE CAKE | I love baking! Therefore I made my own cake. I made a two tier buttercream cake in which my florist made a topper of fresh flowers for. I also made a smaller semi naked cake which I covered in lavender and gypsophila with some ‘Just Married’ bunting. I created a table of desserts. Again my mum helped me bake everything. In the centre was my two cakes, surrounded by baskets of chocolate brownies and chocolate flapjacks, big jars full of raisin and oat cookies and a wooden board full of mini Victoria sponges.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was fab! I knew what style photos I wanted and searched the internet for the right person within a good price range. I came across Natalie Pluck Photography and booked her straight away. We’ve had nothing but compliments about our photos. We were both very nervous in front of the camera and she made us feel very at ease.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Where to start on the details! Everything followed my theme. The décor was made up of flowers, flowers and more flowers! All arranged in wooden apple crates and a mix match of glass jars and galvanised tins on wooden log slices and hessian runners. I had a lot of personalised wooden signage and my mum made lots of embroidery hoops matching our colour theme with our initials.
We made our own table plan, using a wooden ladder plant stand. I painted lots of pots grey and my dad spent time potting lavender. I then had the names of people on kraft card sticking out of the pots. We also grew our own lavender and gypsophila for big pots, which we spread around the venue.
I made a big frame, covered in flowers full of photos from our travels and stood this on an apple crate. I also hand stamped all the place settings onto brown kraft tags. My sister made lavender candles which were dotted around the reception and we had lots of lanterns too.
Our favours were little pots of homemade jam and chutney. My dad made the beetroot chutney and my mum hand picked the strawberries and blackberries and made the jam!
We had lawn games, which were a success and decorated the trees with fairy lights and grey and white tissue pompoms.
We set up our own lemonade station with drinks dispensers on an apple crate and hand stamped 100’s of ‘Mr and Mrs’ flags for the straws.
We made our own photo booth with lots of Amazon and eBay buys.
We booked a vintage bus for all our guests to and from the church.
We hired chairs and had a pop up bar. Our food was very relaxed and informal. We had a range of different canapés, chicken served on a bed of rocket with a feta and bean salad and chunky wedges. Also served with rosemary focaccia bread on rustic wooden boards. Our dessert was a trio of traditional English desserts – bakewell tart, eton mess and mini apple pies!!
THE HONEYMOON | Our honeymoon was amazing! We did a road trip around Nevada and California for 3 weeks. America was one place we hadn’t been together. We flew into Las Vegas then picked up a car and travelled through Death Valley and into Yosemite. We then went to San Francisco and down highway 1 to Carmel, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and LA.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was memorable. I could not pick one particular aspect of the day as I had such an amazing time. Maybe Terry’s drunken singing into a plug or him taking over the bands drum kit!! Haha.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy every minute but try not to let it consume your lives. It can be very daunting and stressful at times! Try to stand back and take in the day as it goes so quickly!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Natalie Pluck
Florist | Lily Knight
Dress | Platinum Bridal Boutique
Suits | Next
Hair | The Hair Lounge, Baildon
Make up | Lauren Uttley MUA
Catering | GFS Catering
Oh so lovely.
Thanks so very much to Sophie and Terry for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou