Wow these images from Story & Colour just blew me away today. I mean take the header image above… you feel like you’re in the image with the couple. So striking. The beautiful captures continue as the day unfolds and you can just feel the love and emotion between Sophia and Nick.
We are headed to Wentworth Castle Gardens in Yorkshire this morning, on the 20th May 2017 to be precise. For the couple, there was no vision or plan, they simply started with the venue and the planning happened organically. It made for a natural feel to their day with the things they loved included beautifully. For example, there was no availability for a registrar at their preferred time, but instead they had a personal humanist ceremony. It all worked out as it should.
The conservatory they wed in was just spectacular, filled with greenery and tropical plants. The pair didn’t need to add much decoration to enhance the atmosphere, so kept it all simple and chic. Talking of chic, Sophia looked incredible in Henrietta by Lusan Mandongus with her hair swept into a darling up do. While Nick chose a navy suit and Mrs Bow Tie pocket square and tie. The bridesmaids multicolour pastel dresses really looked pretty, such a great choice.
THE PROPOSAL | On the Cliffs of Cornwall between Kynance Cove and Lizard Point on a sunny July day! We were sat on a rock to watch the surfers after being at the beach.
THE VISION | I’ve never been one to have fantasised about my wedding so I never really had a vision!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We started with the venue. I started looking for venues in the area that were unusual or a bit quirky and we only saw three places. We ended up going with the first place that we saw! Once we had a date set (19 months from the date we booked it) we chose the caterers, photographer, band and dress! I gathered ideas on pinterest, which I shared with Nick. He was great in driving the planning along and it helped massively being able to split the things between us.
BUDGET | I guess we thought it was probably going to be about £15-£20k. We actually spent a few grand more than that, with all the little extras I think it came to £24k but it was so worth it!
THE VENUE | Wentworth Castle Gardens. A beautiful castle and grounds that comes alive in the May and June months especially.
Unfortunately they are no longer holding weddings and the grounds are now closed to the public, so we were lucky to get in when we did.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was by designer Lusan Mandongus and called Henrietta. It was the first dress I tried on! I also had a shoulder length veil that was simple, with clear droplets around the hem. My shoes were Rainbow Club Nina lace, from John Lewis. I’m short so wanted a heel but they had a hidden platform so were so comfy. I wore rose gold pearl jewellery by Sea Mist, and borrowed a pearl bracelet from my Mum.
FINDING THE DRESS | My sister had gotten married three years before and had bought her dress from Lulu Mae so I thought I’d try there. I also went to two other shops. My dress was the first I tried on, after I tried on several others I came back to it a couple of weeks later and knew it was the one for me.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Nick bought a dark blue Ted Baker suit. It wasn’t a wedding suit specifically but he looked sharp in it! His shirt had a cutaway collar and his shoes were tan leather Barkers from John Lewis, with matching leather belt, silver cufflinks and pocket square and tie were floral green blue and paisley yellow from Mrs Bow Tie online. It took us ages to decide on the pocket squares! They aren’t supposed to match apparently!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I’m a bit of a science nerd, and neither me or Nick like to do things the normal way, so I chose a quote by Albert Einstein and Nick chose “I wanna be yours” a poem by punk poet John Cooper Clarke.
We had a live band “The Warning Tones” perform an acoustic set for the ceremony, which really set the scene. I walked down the aisle to Bon Iver’s “Skinny love”, we signed the register to the Shins “A new slang” and walked out to Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and higher”. They played for us at night as well and DJ’d in between, they were brilliant. A few people told us they were the best wedding band they had ever seen! They sounded great and really got the party going, the dancefloor was full all night!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had five beautiful bridesmaids. I have three sisters, so they were all bridesmaids, as well as my Husband’s sister and my best friend as maid of honour. My best male friend that introduced me and Nick was part of the groomsmen but I made him my “bridesman/man of honour” too!
The bridesmaids all had different coloured floor length dresses in a palette of soft muted colours that you could wear in different styles as they all had different body shapes and skin tones. I ended up buying the dresses from Etsy, CoralieBeatrix. They were shipped from America.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were absolutely gorgeous. I went with Flourish Florists in Sheffield. Laura at Flourish was very helpful, we met with her and talked through lots of ideas. She created the most perfect representation of what I wanted, and helped save money by doubling up my bridesmaids bouquets as table centrepieces. I also rented the vases for the centrepieces from her as well. I went with a summer palette of pale colours, white peonies, blush pink roses, yellow daisies and flashes of green. I’ve now dried them out and they sit in a vase in the window as a lovely reminder.
THE CAKE | My sister in law Michelle is a master at everything she puts her hand to and when asked if she could do our wedding cake I had no hesitation in saying yes! I had also tasted her cakes before! She took a professional lesson in making a wedding cake and asked me what I wanted. I went to pinterest for inspiration. We had three tiers, chocolate on top, lemon in the middle and carrot on the bottom. The bottom layer was flowers all around, the middle was diagonal pleats and the top layer had polka dots with a pink sheen and a flower on top. She did a marvellous job. We even cut the cake with the same knife her 90 year old grandad cut his wedding cake with when he got married!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I found our photographer, Story and Colour, on a wedding blog under alternative photographers. I spoke to a handful of photographers from that blog and after speaking to them all we knew that we wanted to go with Dan. His pictures are amazing, we had such a great time looking through them all and we’ve received so many compliments. He really fit in well on the day and as he brought an assistant they captured even more photos together. We got them back so quickly after the wedding too!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had quite a lot of details that really helped add to our day and make it special. We ended up having a humanist wedding and going to the town hall another day to sign our wedding certificate. The registrar couldn’t marry us at 3pm on the day we booked our venue, and that’s the only time our venue allowed (well actually we could have had 4pm but I felt that was too late!) but it actually worked out really well. Our celebrant, Hannah, delivered a wonderful, personal service that told the story of how me and Nick met, we could say our vows how we wanted, it was funny, it was emotional, it was great. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room!
At the night do we had a couple of instant polaroid cameras on the table by the entrance, which guests could use, it captured some great moments! I had a basket of white shawls for guests to help themselves too for going outside, which I think was appreciated in the night air and our place names were laser cut names ordered from Etsy, which everyone seemed to love.
For décor as we got married in a Victorian conservatory full of plants and flowers we continued the theme by adding lace bunting, lots of fairy lights, mirror plates on the tables, lanterns, flowers, scatter crystals, led lights in the vases with the flowers.
THE HONEYMOON | Three days after the wedding we flew to Split to Croatia for four nights. It was perfect, we splashed out on a nice hotel and had the perfect mix of relaxing, beaching it and sightseeing. That was our mini moon. We’re hoping to book a big honeymoon over Christmas and New Year soon for three weeks or so, somewhere really far away where we can have some adventure, like New Zealand.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | It sounds daft but everyone hugging and singing their hearts out to Erasure’s “A little respect” at the night do really sticks in my mind!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Book the registrar at the same time as the venue! They only have limited availability and we left it too long after booking the venue assuming we could get any time we wanted. Saying that though, we wouldn’t have had the lovely celebrant ceremony if we hadn’t made that mistake!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Story & Colour
Venue | Wentworth Castle
Dress | Lulu Mae
Band | Warning Tones
Flowers | Flourish Florists
Celebrant | Hannah McKerchar
Bridesmaids Dresses | Coralie Beatrix
Place Names | The Laser Lounge
Sophia and Nick, thank you both for sharing your wedding story with us. Many thanks also to Story & Colour for providing the images xo Lou