WWW readers Ellie and Ashley wed at the Walled Garden Marquee, Temple Newson on Saturday 6th August 2016. Their day was full of beautiful blues and I just love the florals, including the stunning blue hydrangea. The pair chose simple and stylish décor, one of my favourite touches is the bow and rag bunting, so effective. Ellie also made the fantastic table plan.
Ellie chose an Alfred Angelo dress, Justin Alexander jacket and Sahara veil, whilst Ashley fitted in with the blue theme in a dapper slim navy French Connection suit. The blue theme is pulled together perfectly by the groomsmens’ matching navy suits and the bridesmaids’ gorgeous Coast dresses.
Thanks ever so much to Georgina Brewster for these wonderful images.
THE PROPOSAL | The proposal happened at Bolton Abbey on a sunny August day in 2013 when we had gone for a day out. Bolton Abbey is a special place for me (Ellie) as it is somewhere I have visited with family since as far back as I can remember. After walking down to the abbey when we had arrived, we settled down for a picnic and after we had finished eating, Ashley proposed.
THE VISION | A relaxed, summer wedding with all of our family and friends there to share and enjoy the day.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We spent a lot of time searching for and looking at different wedding venues. After finding some that we loved the look of online, we visited the ones that were our favourites. We never planned for our venue to be so close to home, but we stumbled upon the Walled Garden Marquee online and it was so well hidden that we never even knew that it existed despite visiting the park in which it is situated regularly. We fell in love with the marquee instantly. Everything else was carefully researched too, from the car, to the cake and our photographer; we spent a lot of time trawling the internet to find the perfect people for our day. The end result was just what we wanted, everybody was so personable and everything fit together so well.
THE VENUE | St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk, Leeds for the wedding ceremony and The Walled Garden Marquee, Temple Newsam, Leeds for the Reception
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Alfred Angelo dress, Justin Alexander jacket, Sahara long veil (not sure of the designer), shoes and bag House of Fraser, pearl bracelet (something borrowed and old – it was my nana’s bracelet)
FINDING THE DRESS | I knew the style of dress that I wanted from the beginning, it was just a matter of finding it. I didn’t want anything structured or tight fitting as I wanted a dress that I could feel comfortable in all day, and also that would reflect my style. I spent a long time looking in magazines, on bridal shop websites and Pinterest, looking for dresses that were the style I wanted. It turns out that was quite tricky; either the top half of the dress was perfect or the bottom but no dress seemed to be completely what I wanted. I was looking for something quite delicate at the top, perhaps with sleeves and some beading to add a vintage look feel to my dress. For the skirt, I wanted a flowing, floaty fabric which moved well as I walked. On a shopping trip with my mum and sister, this is what I found at Abigail’s Bridal Boutique in Leeds. I tried my dress on loving the skirt with tulle fabric and delicate beading, but the top part was strapless so the shop assistant suggested wearing a jacket over the top to make it look like the dress had sleeves. I fell in love with the dress as soon as I put the jacket on. I also went for a long veil to finish the look and it looks really effective on some of the photos so I’m glad that I did.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Suit – French Connection (slim fit navy). Tie – Ted Baker. Shoes – Red or Dead. Pocket square – made by Ellie’s nana using fabric bought from a haberdashery to match the ties.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Song to walk down the aisle was performed by Ellie’s brother James –In My Life (The Beatles). On exiting the church – the traditional ‘The Wedding March’. First dance – James Morrison ‘Betterman’.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Lori Ella maxi dresses from Coast, shoes New Look, jewellery from Accessorize.
THE FLOWERS | Flowers by Emma – To go with the wedding and my own personal style, I wanted a loosely arranged, hand tied bouquet. This was created with light blue hydrangea, cream lisianthus, white sweet peas, gypsophila blue, delphinium, blue thistle, lavender, wheat and seasonal foliage. My bouquet was finished with lace and ivory ribbons to bind the stems, tied in a bow. My maid of honour’s bouquet was a smaller version of mine, with the bridesmaids having bouquets made up of several of the flowers within mine. My flower girl carried a basket of gypsophila.
The flowers on the tables in small bottles were also provided by the florist – dried wheat, lavender and gypsophila The hydrangea stems in the bottles on the tables were hand-picked from my nana’s garden.
THE CAKE | White Rose Wedding Cakes – a four tier sponge naked cake with jam and cream in between each layer of sponge. The cake was then dressed with flowers arranged by the florist.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Georgina Brewster – Georgina was a fantastic, personable and relaxed photographer who knew exactly how to put us at ease. She was so easy to talk to, understood exactly what we wanted from our wedding photographs and our day wouldn’t have been the same without her there to capture it. We love every photograph.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted the wedding to be personal to us. The colour theme of blue came from the gift bag that my engagement ring came packaged in. We wanted to use different shades of blue which complemented each other, as well as using some other more neutral shades to create a relaxed atmosphere. The bow and rag bunting was handmade by myself, my mum and my sister, using fabric from a haberdashery and natural rope that I bought online. It looked really effective hanging in the marquee and was something a little different to the usual bunting that you come across. We also handmade the invites and the decorative embellishments on the candles and small glass bottles used as vases. For the seating plan, I bought a frame from a local charity shop. After painting and distressing the frame to match the colour scheme, I covered the inner board of the frame in some of the different fabrics used to make the bunting and used pinking shears to edge each piece. I then made the individual table seating plans on the computer to match the fonts used on the invites. These were printed and pegged onto twine using heart pegs which I had also painted in blue. I then tied some mini bows and rags to match with the bunting hanging in the marquee. At the marquee, we had Pimms and canapés on arrival. The food was a summer BBQ, with our cake cut and served as dessert with summer berries and cream. Our car was a Daimler V8, a 1960s car which was perfect for our wedding theme and venue.
THE HONEYMOON | Four states in America. We flew to Boston for 3 nights before we travelled to New York on the Amtrak for a 5 night stay. We then took the Amtrak again to Washington for 3 more nights before flying to Florida for a week’s stay in Clearwater as we wanted a relaxing end to the honeymoon.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Spending time together in the car from the church to the marquee was lovely. It was the first time since the day before that we had got the chance to speak to each other and we chatted about everything from our preparations in the morning to how crazy it was that we were now married!
Our band, Bare Brass Band. They played energetic sets which got everybody up dancing. So many guests even after the day still comment on how great they were. My bridesmaid Aimee and her husband are in the band and Aimee joined in to perform one of the songs in the evening.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy every minute and take in every moment; it flies past and you’ll wish that you could relive it all again.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Georgina Brewster
Florist | Flowers by Emma
Cake | White Rose Wedding Cakes
Car | Lavelle Classics
Marquee | The Walled Garden Marquee
Caterers | County Caterers
Band | Bare Brass Band
Thank you so much Ellie and Ashley for sharing your beautiful blue day with us. Rachel x