What better way to start the week than with this cracker of a wedding day? I mean what’s not to love about a bride in a pink leather jacket, the prettiest pastel blooms and a glamping venue for a location huh?
WWW readers Alex and Robyn tied the knot on the 24th June 2017 at the scenic Angrove Park in North Yorkshire. The countryside setting was so perfect for their chilled out vision, in fact it was perfect for their tipi reception and food trucks galore too. Talking of food, the menu was high on their list of priorities. There was a sit-down BBQ, waffles for dessert, hog roast or stone baked pizzas in the evening and a converted double decker bus bar. Immense! Next on their list was the music and our pair chose some awesome tracks for the ceremony with a live band come evening for the ultimate festival feel.
Robyn’s bridal look really was so stylish. I just adore her lace bardot gown teamed with braids in her hair and the loveliest of blooms. And of course that wifey leather jacket in the prettiest pink shade. Gorgeous! Alex meanwhile went for a dashing blue suit and stripe tie with coordinating buttonhole. Such a stunning couple and you are just going to adore their day, which was photographed by the brilliant Bloom Weddings. Thanks so much to Chris and Anii for sharing these amazing images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Christmas Day, 2014. Robyn hates surprises, so I wound her up every day for about 6 weeks prior to Christmas day, about this amazing ‘surprise’. Come Christmas morning, Robyn woke up extra early (for once) and began opening presents, once she had opened all the presents under the tree, I brought down ‘The Box’.
I’m not the most creative person, but I’d wrapped this cardboard box with what I thought was fancy wrapping paper, filled it full of tissue paper and confetti, placed a chalkboard in the bottom of the box saying ‘will you marry me’ and booby-trapped the box so that when it was opened, a balloon popped out.
I was then stood watching Robyn open the box, to which I dropped to one knee and asked her to marry me. After several tears from herself I managed to get some form of confirmation out of her.
THE VISION | Chilled out day, with the stops pulled out on two things we both love; food and music. Robyn added a Bohemian twist to it all.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Lists, stress, and more lists! Lots of Pinterest boards, blogs and magazines, and inundating each other with screenshots of everything and anything during the day. Robyn even made a mock-up tipi Layout, and then printed off and painstakingly cut out all the miniature furniture pictures, so we could get an exact idea of the seating plans and the remaining spaces we had to work with.
BUDGET | Well… we originally had a budget, but after the planning started that budget quite quickly went out the window. Overall, we ending up spending nearly double our original budget – however it was worth every penny.
THE VENUE | Angrove Park, Great Ayton. This is a glamping site situated in a field near a working farm. The site has beautiful views of the surrounding landscape, 10 on site glamping cabins and a pavilion. Every visit we made we found it the location to be so peaceful and calm, best of all it was a completely blank canvas for us.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – Pronovias Barcelona
Veil – Sassi Holford Veil
Shoes – Betsy Johnson
Wifey Leather Jacket – BeeDaviesShop – Etsy
Jewellery – Both my Dad and Alex bought me something new. Dad a Swarovski bracelet and Alex an Olivia Burton engraved bracelet. The engraving was the date of our big day.
FINDING THE DRESS | I actually bought two dressed before I found ‘THE ONE’ three months before the big day! I would never of found the one if it was for the amazing women at Laura Day.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ted Baker three piece suit. Alex actually changed the colour four weeks before the wedding.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We didn’t opt for any readings; however, we did have our wedding rings blessed. During the ceremony our rings were passed around the guests, and then given back to the best men. The ceremony was performed by celebrant Karen King, who had worked with us both to make the ceremony have very personal touch.
For the music, Robyn walked down the aisle to the sound of Toothpaste Kisses by The Maccabees, and then we together, covered in confetti, walked the aisle to the sound of Ho Hey by The Lumineers.
Our first dance was to Skinny Love by Bon Iver, sung by a local band called Shiver.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids were Robyn’s sister, Jordyn and then Robyn’s three oldest and closest friends Bethan, Faye and Lily. Robyn ordered their dresses from ASOS whilst at Glastonbury. There’s no rest when you’re planning a wedding!
The bridesmaid shoes were also from ASOS. When Robyn asked the girls to be her bridesmaids she bought them all a necklace from Etsy. The necklaces had the coordinates for where we would be getting married.
THE FLOWERS | We used The Countryside Florist in Skelton.
Robyn’s bouquet consisted of; Gypsophila, Daisies, Limoneum, Thalaspia, blue Delphinium, Spray Roses (oranges, pinks), Astilbe (pale or darker pink), Solidago, Fountain grass and pink Lisianthus. The bridesmaid flowers, and buttons holes were all different combination of these flowers also. We can’t thank Rebecca Walker from the florist enough, she immediately understood Robyn’s image and did everything she possibly could to help. In fact, Alex still regularly uses the shop.
THE CAKE | The cake was made by a local company called Cake Toppers. It was a beautiful 4 tier cake with a floral waterfall down one side, each tier had a copper ribbon around the base. Each tier was a different flavour, we chose, Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Lemon.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Bloom Weddings were our photographers, and based on their recommendation we used Blooming Lovely Films also. Cannot recommend both of these companies enough! If it wasn’t for Chris at Bloom Weddings, Alex and the other groomsmen would have had a much more stressful morning, due the fact none of them could tie a tie…
Robyn and the bridesmaids were getting ready in a double decker bus, and yet the lack of space Anii just fit in perfectly and still managed to capture the most amazing, natural moments.
Throughout the day both companies blended in perfectly, and captured some brilliant footage. The whole experience was very laid back yet professional, which was exactly what we needed.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Too much! We scavenged things for months, it involved lots of travelling such as; buying a large mirror frame for our seating plan from a hoarder’s house in York (approx. 50 miles from home), or travelling to Blyth (65 miles from home) to collect a set of wooden ladders for our sweet stand.
A lot of work went into all the decorations, and no matter how wacky the ideas Robyn had sounded, they did in fact work.
Alex’s Grandad and Robyn’s Step dad helped with making some of the wacky ideas come to life, the ladder sweet cart and the hanging wooden terrariums. Although, Alex climbing to the top of a tipi on an extension ladder to hang a chandelier of disco balls is not one of his fondest memories.
A large part of our planning revolved around food, we opted for a sit-down BBQ for our main meal. This consisted of steaks, chicken, burgers, sausages, and anything else you could imagine on a BBQ, served with all the sides. Dessert was waffles, from the Belgian Waffle Tuk – this was so good we had to have seconds!
The evening meal was a choice of two things, there was a hog roast or stone baked pizzas from Scream for Pizza. Most guests opted for both.
Angrove Park have a double decker bus that’s converted into a bar for hire, which went down very well with all the guests. It was reasonably priced; in fact, I’d say cheap! I was told the best bit was the colour changing gin.
THE HONEYMOON | Riviera Maya, Mexico. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel for 10 nights. It was a dream holiday that we wanted to do when we first got together but could not afford it, so seemed very fitting to do it for our honeymoon.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Sitting on the top floor of the double decker bus bar, looking out over all our friends and family was a particularly good one. Alex also enjoyed playing in the fields while trying to take romantic photos with Robyn.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t try to please everyone, it’s your day! Have what you want, do what you want, let your inner bridezilla/groomzilla out! You know you want to!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Bloom Weddings
Venue | Angrove Park
Tipi | TipiChic
Film | Blooming Lovely Films
Cake | Cake Toppers
Dessert | Belgian Waffle Tuk
Pizza | Scream for Pizza
Caterer | Jacksons Catering
Veil | Johanna Kay Bridal
Wedding Dress | Laura Day
MUA | Beatrice Holli MUA
Celebrant | Karen King
Band | Shiver
Photobooth | Booth Revolution
Flowers | The Countryside Florist
Wow wee, such a special day.
Alex and Robyn, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your epic wedding with us all xo Lou