I love featuring unique venues and locations here on WWW, it really does make you think outside of the box when it comes to wedding planning. And since most wedding journeys begin at the venue, the feel and ethos from the day can flow from the venue choice alone.
WWW readers Howard and Nicola tied the knot on the 27th May 2017 at Market Place Farm in Yorkshire. The venue is a vineyard, just perfect for these wine and food enthusiasts, not to mention the epic rolling countryside views. It meant that they could host their dream outdoor wedding, first with a blessing beneath a rustic tree arch, followed by a party in tipi tents. Many of the personal touches were inspired by food or drink, for example the favours and first drinks were home brewed mead and the best man used a food-based poem as his memorable speech. The seating plan was hand-embroidered, reams of bunting was stitched and 1000 origami paper cranes folded for luck. The results really were remarkable folks.
There was also hand painted signage to direct and welcome guests, alongside the most beautiful of blooms. Howard and Nicola even made the incredibly intricate cake table on a welding course, just wait until you see it, it’s so unique. Another unique touch I love is the skull and rose lining Howard chose for his suit and of course Nicola’s beautiful bridal look.
Huge thanks goes to Kazooieloki Photography for sharing these gorgeous photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | Howie took me on a surprise trip to Prague. When we set off I was 95% certain he was going to propose as I knew he’d been looking at rings, but as the week went on and still no proposal, I started to think I had been mistaken. On the fourth evening he had booked a table for dinner. I had always made it known that a public proposal would be a little overwhelming for me, so I was sure he would not do it there. However, as we approached the restaurant, which was essentially a house on a hill which looked pretty deserted, I started to wonder what was going on. Our waiter came out and escorted us up a spiral staircase strewn with rose petals, to a room at the top of a tower overlooking the whole of Prague, with just one table! It was there, amidst my tears of joy at the realisation of what was happening, that Howie unveiled my beautiful engagement ring and said ‘shall I give you something to cry about?’!
THE VISION | Our overall aim was that the right people were in the right place at the right time, and left filled with food, drink and good times! It was also an excuse for us to venture into new hobbies and indulge in our existing ones. We enjoy making things, and the outdoors, so we coupled those two things together for our DIY outdoor wedding.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We started planning fairly early but our 18 month engagement gave us time to make sure that we met all the extra demands of simply hiring a field and holding a wedding there.
THE VENUE | We wanted somewhere nearby, where we could be free to create the wedding we wanted. Howie loves wine and was researching UK vineyards when he stumbled across the beautiful Market Place Farm, South Cave (also known as Little Wold Vineyard), we were so excited as they did weddings too! So we met with Alice, the fantastic owner of the farm who worked so tirelessly to help us make our day possible.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress and veil were from Jacqueline’s Bridal, Beverley, and my shoes were by Rachel Simpson.
FINDING THE DRESS | I visited only a few dress shops with my mum and mother-in-law. I had a vague idea of what I was looking for but kept an open mind. I’m glad I did as the dress I eventually chose was not what I originally had in mind!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Howie’s suit was made semi-bespoke in moss green by the fabulously talented Gill of Cock of the Walk, Hull. It is his favourite colour, only made more awesome by the skull and rose lining he chose to complement it! (‘Til death us do part’…).
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle with my dad to an instrumental version of ‘Hearts on Fire’ by Passenger. It is one of my favourite songs but is essentially about unrequited love, however we managed to find the perfect version played simply by one guitar.
We had two readings – our friend Sara read ‘Trees’ by Laurie Bolger, and our friend Vai read ‘On Marriage’ from ‘The Prophet’ by Khalil Gibran. They were so beautiful and emotive and we will be forever grateful for the thought they put into choosing them.
Howie and I walked back down the aisle together to ‘It’s the End of the World as we Know it’ by REM, a last minute choice but it definitely felt right.
Howie has pretty niche taste in music so I gave him free-reign for the music over dinner, which mostly was relaxed electronic music. Then for the reception, Richard of RusselPro DJ positively filled the dance floor based on 25 tracks we had chosen, and threw in a few gems, my favourite being the ‘Five’ medley!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | There were too many to choose from as I have a large group of close friends from uni. In the end I decided to keep it simple with just three: my oldest friend of over 20 years, Liz; my great friend Emma from uni; and the lovely Charl, who I met through Howie but whom I’ve grown incredibly close to. We wanted to recognise how much the others meant to us too, so we organised corsages. I’m so lucky to have so many special friends!
THE FLOWERS | Our flowers were from Flowers by Sally-May in Market Weighton. We wanted a rustic Spring-time feel, with plenty of colour so went for sunflowers, cornflowers, stocks, nigella and lots of greenery.
THE CAKE | We called for assistance from the best bakers we know – my lovely mum made our top tier from fruit cake, our friends Sian (who also did my hair!) made the second tier in lemon cake, and Kirsty made the ginormous bottom tier in chocolate cake.
Last summer, Howie and I went on a welding course in South Wales, on a mission to make our cake stand! Alan, of ‘Art in Steel’ helped us create our vision out of an old tyre and some steel poles! We painted glass jars, whilst our best man Adonis painted animals and flowers onto them, and hung these around the cake with tea-lights inside to create a colourful tree!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Richard and Christine of Kazooieloki absolutely surpassed any expectations with the most beautiful photographic memories we could ever wish for. Despite us being a little camera-shy, they put us at ease straight away and used their instincts to direct us. The shots of just the two of us are really special, and the group photos are great, but we loved seeing how they captured our guests in their documentary style. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more from these two talented people!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our best man and creative director, Adonis made our signs to welcome people in and indicate all the important things such as camping, parking and toilets; he also graphically designed the labels for the mead favours that Howard brewed. Since the Middle ages, mead has been associated with marriage. Traditionally the final toast drink and proper beginning to a marriage following the wedding, the bride and groom were provided with enough mead to toast each other for one month after their wedding, hence the term “honeymoon”. In lieu of getting drunk 28 days straight we decided to make an orange blossom honey wine to drink on the day and flavoured Hungarian acacia honey wine with blueberry, strawberry, elderflower, rooibos and rose to give the guests something to enjoy on our first year anniversary with us.
I made 120 metres of bunting, including our ‘Mr & Mrs Moore’ bunting, which we hung along the top table, and we decorated used coffee jars with hessian and ribbons for the flowers. I also hand-embroidered our seating plan!
Finally, our bridesmaid Emma painstakingly folded 1000 origami cranes as part of a Japanese tradition to make wishes come true.
THE HONEYMOON | For our honeymoon we are going to Italy for two weeks. Visiting Florence, Bologna, Venice and finally Rome. It combines our loves for coffee, wine, great food and generally ambling around.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our blessing was perfect. Georgina, our celebrant created such an individualised ceremony, we couldn’t have asked for more. Saying our personal vows to each in such beautiful scenery will stay with us forever. The speeches were incredible, especially our best man’s food-based poem about us! But most of all, just having all of our family and friends, some of whom had flown a long way for the occasion, in one place just made our day.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | If you’re going to DIY, plan ahead! Remember you may have to provide water, glasses, showers, toilets etc… although it helps of you have a super knowledgeable and organised person like Alice from Market Place Farm! Utilise help from family and friends, but make sure you and your other half communicate about what you both want from the wedding without getting too concerned with exactly what shade of yellow the wedding theme will be!
Also, make sure you take some time out to be just you two, to look on and remember the bigger picture – it’s about you two and no-one else.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographers | Kazooieloki Photography
Venue | Market Place Farm
Tipis | Boutipi
Dress | Jacqueline’s Bridal
Suit | Cock of the Walk
Flowers | Flowers by Sally-May
DJ | RusselPro DJ
Day food | Shoot the Bull
Evening food | The Persian
How very lovely.
Huge thanks to Howard and Nicola for telling us all about their delightful celebrations today xo Lou