Ohh I do love a WWW reader real wedding. Especially when the couple find their dream photographer on these pages and enlist one of our fave suppliers, Supplier Love member Michael Mulholland to serenade them and their guests.
WWW readers Tara and Chris were hitched on the 20th August 2016 and held their reception in a delightful country village hall. The pastels theme was so perfect, think blooms in bottles, brown paper stationery and sweet DIY details. I really adore the bouquets filled with summer blooms and the maids in long blush frocks, so very stylish. The boys were suited and booted in check suits and burgundy bow ties for a super dapper look.
Tara’s dress was meant to be after she had pinned the dress, spotted it in a magazine and lastly found it in the first dress shop she visited. Amazing! She fell for Enzoani‘s Jessica with it’s tiered lace and embellished sweetheart neckline. How very beautiful.
Jess Petrie, huge thanks for sharing these exquisite images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Chris proposed on our 6 year anniversary. We have been together since I was 18 and were both ready for the next step. We had spoke about marriage and engagement however it was a total surprise. At our favourite country pub, written on our dessert plate (which Chris had to force me to order) I was presented with my beautiful vintage ring.
THE VISION | We wanted a relaxed day full of laughter. We are both quite laid back and didn’t want anything too formal, we knew the Yorkshire dales had to be a part of it, its right on our doorstep. The vision, summer pastels, afternoon tea, mismatched china, lawn games, singing, dancing, just a good knees up
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We were engaged for just over 2 years so we were quite relaxed when it came to planning. I looked on blogs, magazines, Instagram to look for ideas and how could I forget my wedding addiction Pinterest. I then ran ideas by Chris who nodded along to my excited plans. I love the summer so we were sure of August, we decided the weekend before the bank holiday was perfect. The first thing I booked was our photographer. We had seen her on a WWW blog and I knew straight away I needed her to document our wedding. We booked Jess before our venue I think. Half way through the planning with a year to go we had the best surprise, we found out we were expecting a baby. Olive was born in February with only 6 months to go. My dream of doing lots of DIY during maternity leave was short lived when Olive arrived a little early. This was fine, Chris and I spent our evenings whilst Olive was sleeping pinning, sewing, stamping, and ruffling pompoms. A few late nights were oh so worth it.
BUDGET | Our budget was £10k, which we saved during our long engagement. We were lucky our parents contributed a further £6k which enabled me to have a designer dress, an amazing photographer and a lovely honey/family moon to Sardinia. We kept to budget by lots of DIY and buying and hoarding EVERYTHING candles, photo frames, stationery, vases…. I loved it.
THE VENUE |We got married in Chris’ family church in Linton, North Yorkshire. It is located on the edge of the river and is a beautiful 12th century church. His parents married here and it has many other family connection, we knew this would be the church where we would be married. The reception followed the service a few miles away in a local village hall in Cracoe, just outside Skipton. The village hall was a perfect blank canvas for us. It had a huge inside space, a gorgeous lawn and stunning views. We got the keys a few days before the wedding so we were able to hang lights, bunting and pompoms. We hired furniture and with the help of our bridesmaids and Chris’ mum we set the tables the day before. The village hall just looked as I imagined by the time we left on Friday teatime. It’s amazing when the vision comes together as I’d felt like I had been saving brick a brack for years.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was a gorgeous design by Enzoani, named Jessica. It was feminine and intricate, layering lace with lovely embellishment around the bust. The dress was paired with a cathedral length veil with a scalloped lace edge it was beautiful, here we went a bit over budget but how could I not. I loved it when I tried it and had to have it. I wore minimal jewellery, simple diamond studs and a bracelet from Accessorize. The dress has some embellishment around the bust and I really think this did the talking.
The shoes were a nightmare to find, I’d always dreamed I’d wear some designer heels. However this money was better spent on our photographer. Chris is an inch taller than me and my worse fear was being the tall bride. My bridesmaid and I trailed the streets of Leeds eventually finding some gold sparkly kitten heels from Dune, win!!
FINDING THE DRESS | I had been looking at wedding dress’ on Pinterest long before I even got engaged. Lace, lace, lace, I loved. I knew I wanted a floor length gown however I surprised myself with the style. I feel me and my dress were meant to be. I bought a bridal magazine a few months before I started looking and fell in love with an Enzoani number. It was gorgeous. It was pinned on my Pinterest board and I watched it on the Enzoani catwalk on their website.
The first bridal shop we went to was The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, as we parked up and I looked in the window, there it was, the Enzoani Jessica gown. I was so giddy and couldn’t wait to try it. It was the 3rd dress I tried. I knew it was the one! My best friend cried and that was it. Layers of lace, boho, relaxed and beautiful. I still adore it now as much as I did back then. I definitely think it was meant to be.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Chris and his groomsmen originally wanted tweed suits. However by this time I had managed to go over budget on my dress and wedding ring so thought this is where we could pull it back. The boys went for Moss Bros 3 piece wool check suits. They were in the sale. Yay. Chris kept me in the loop by sending me pictures from their shopping trip (Bridezilla). I loved them. Chris wore a bow tie with his and the boys wore skinny ties. These were a little bit out of the pastel colour scheme but I loved them and after having a meltdown to my recently married friend, I thought we could get away with them.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a church service so religious readings and the ever so popular 1 Corinthians 13. Chris’ brother Rob kindly accepted to do a reading, which was “he’s not perfect” Bob Marley. It was perfect.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My beautiful bridesmaids were my sister Katie, and my best friend Charlotte. I knew I could rely on these girls to get things sorted and be honest with me. They were amazing. I bought their dresses early in the planning process. They were in the ASOS sale, I loved the colour and the straps, such a steal too at £13 each! The girls wore their own shoes and jewellery and opted for up dos to show off the strap details of the dresses. My flower girl was my beautiful niece Isla, she was 4 and was so excited to be involved. She wore a monsoon dress with some little heels and held a flower wand which she loved. It was lovely having her be part of the preparation.
THE FLOWERS | I absolutely LOVED my flowers, and my florist Sarah at Pink Ginger. She was amazing and so friendly, she just got what I wanted. Pastels, foliage, oh and not breaking the bank. The table flowers were in lots of different sized vases and potion bottles too. I loved them!
THE CAKE | The cake was made by a friend of Chris’ who makes such lovely cakes for a hobby. I wanted simple, naked, sponge and buttercream. It tasted amazing.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographers were Jess and Rodrigo amazing husband and wife dream team from Jess Petrie Photography. Her style, whimsical, romantic, relaxed and natural, everything we wanted. After booking 2 years in advance, we met Jess in January for our pre wedding shoot, we absolutely loved the images so knew she would do a great job on our wedding day.
Jess was patient and so natural, we didn’t even know they were there. On the day the weather was so awful and windy, however Jess still managed to get some great shots even out in the wind. We absolutely love the photos.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The village hall was literally a blank canvas, White walls and wooden floors. We had an afternoon tea wedding breakfast, so we knew we wanted a country garden feel to the room. We did lots of DIY for the room, there were fairy lights and bunting hung up along with pompoms and lanterns scattered randomly. The flowers were in decanters and mismatched jars surrounded with mismatched candles on the tables. The vintage crockery which was hired by the caterers really made the tables look pretty. The afternoon tea was amazing, it was such a hit. I was worried people would be hungry but the catering team were fab and just kept feeding. They stayed for the evening and did a good old pie and peas supper, I didn’t eat any as I was full but heard the pies were amazing.
We started the day with a small garden marquee outside filled with hay bales. We thought it would be summery and we would have the drinks on the lawn. As me and my bridesmaids drove to the church we spied the marquee upside down after it had been blow down, safe to say the outdoor ideas didn’t happen.
We had an acoustic singer who was AMAZING and originally thought everyone would be outside enjoying him whilst having drinks. How wrong were we. It was the wettest windiest August day ever.
He played inside before and after the afternoon tea. He was absolutely amazing we loved him. He stayed and DJ’d in the evening too. What a party. He was fab!!
THE HONEYMOON | Our honeymoon was 2 weeks Sardinia in Italy, we took our baby Olive with us, not what we imagined but we made some lovely memories. We are heading to NYC in September just the 2 of us, a wedding gift from Chris to me, so EXCITED.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Memorable moments for me were spent in the wonderful Morris Minor we hired for the weekend. This was driven by Charlotte my bridesmaid to get me and the girls to the church. We had such a giggle on the way and will always remember the drive to the church. We were held up by a fell race, the race marshal wouldn’t let us pass. In the end we just had to push our way through, we were already running late! He was not happy.
After the wedding, Chris drove us away from the church in the car. It was so lovely to gather our thoughts and chat about what we had both been up to that morning, Oh and take a few selfies. With the weather being so grim we were greeted by all our guests at the village hall.
Finally our first dance, Elton John, Are you ready for love? Performed by the amazing Michael Mulholland. It was so special.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |My advice to other couples would be try take some time out the day together to appreciate the day and each other, even if this is just during your portrait shots or between ceremony and reception. It really is the best day ever and so amazing to have a room full of people who love you both, take it in and enjoy.
The planning and the day both go so fast, DIY is great, don’t underestimate the time things can take though, the bunting nearly killed us. Oh and wedding favours, don’t stress the small stuff.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Jess Petrie
Bridal Shop | Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Venue | Cracoe Village Hall
Catering | White Rose Caterers Skipton
Bar | David @ Bar Hire Yorkshire
Florist | Sarah @ Pink Ginger Saltaire
Car Hire | Classic Car Hire North
Make up | Rebecca Anderton MUA, Manchester
How gorgeous? And those bridesmaids dresses were a real bargain weren’t they? I also have to mention that this wedding is serious proof of not needing to worry about the weather, despite the wind and rain Tara and Chris had the most dreamy and pretty wedding.
Huge thanks to Tara and Chris for sharing their lovely wedding story with us, picture perfect xo Lou