We’re headed to the scenic and breathtaking backdrop of West Yorkshire today, to East Riddlesden Hall to be precise, for the stunning barn nuptials of WWW readers Grace and Harry. It really doesn’t get much more atmospheric or beautiful than that image above now does it? What a dream! The whole day was captured oh so perfectly by photographer Joe Stenson and we’re so thankful to Joe for sharing these images with us.
This lovely couple were married on the 22nd April 2017, which coincidently happened to be the same date as their first date was held back in 2006, how wonderful is that? There really isn’t much to not love about their wedding. A gorgeous barn draped in fairy lights, brass and copper trinkets and candlesticks. Not to mention stylish and on trend attire. There were garlands of greenery, pretty rose bouquets and I haven’t even touched on the live music, gin table, bake off and VW transport. Amaze.
THE PROPOSAL | We went to the Philippines in July 2015 and Harry put the ring in an empty hair gel container; he nearly had scrap all plans and propose at the airport as the luggage handler took everything out of our bag – luckily they left the hair gel and he was able to propose at the top of the rice terraces a few days in. He couldn’t wait until we reached the beaches further into our trip – but it was lovely to celebrate our engagement for the rest of our trip!
THE VISION | We wanted a fun wedding where people were not standing around waiting for the next thing to happen and we tried to avoid a ‘lull’; we wanted lots of music, good food and drink. We wanted an informal wedding where people felt relaxed and the day was about our guests as much as us. We couldn’t decide on a colour theme and just wanted old brass and copper trinkets and vases as our decorations.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We booked the church, barn, food and Joe Stenson pretty soon after our engagement. Everything else pretty much fell into place; we were still printing out signs the day before the wedding; we probably left things a little bit too last minute! We regularly rooted around charity shops for brass candlesticks, glasses and vases in the months leading up to the wedding for decorations.
THE VENUE | We chose to get married in West Yorkshire as that is my home town. We got married in St Michael and All Angels’ church at the top of Haworth main street and held the reception and evening do at the beautiful East Riddlesden Hall. Our vicar; Julie Roberts could not do enough to help and after my mum was taken into hospital a week before the wedding, she even went to the lengths to re-arrange our wedding. We decided to go ahead with the wedding on the original date and hoped and prayed my mum would make it; I had told my mum that there was no chance we would be having our wedding without her there, and we were truly over the moon when she was allowed out of hospital to see us tie the knot!
Alana at East Riddlesden Hall was the best wedding planner we could have hoped for – she sat through several meetings and phone calls of the most indecisive couple she’s probably ever had! All we kept saying was ‘informal, relaxed’; we didn’t have any idea about a colour scheme and we just handed her all our decorations which we had collected, and she did an amazing job of making the barn look absolutely prefect! It took people’s breath away when they walked in and that really made our day.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I bought my dress from Love Bridal boutique in Altringham; I went with my mum and aunty a year before the wedding and was the third shop I had been to. It was a designer called Raimon Bundo and I loved how it flowed on the bottom; I felt it had a relaxed feel to it and I felt comfortable in it all day – even after eating lots of food!
I borrowed my best friend Rosie’s earrings and wore my silver rings that had been bought for me from special people in my life; I wore my nanna’s sapphire ring. Harry bought me a silver bracelet for the wedding; and I wore a bracelet he bought me for my 21st birthday.
I bought my veil which I wore for the ceremony from a beautiful shop on Etsy called Blossom and Bluebird; it was a last minute decision and they were brilliant in getting it to me on time!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Harry wore a blue Donegal tweed suit from Moss Bros and a skinny burgundy tie with matching pocket square.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to Canon in D played on the church organ, we left to Mandelssohn’s wedding march; we practically flew out of church! My aunty Lynne read a bible reading and Harry’s sister Lindsey wrote a poem for us which we hadn’t heard before the day; it was beautiful and made the service extra special.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My chief bridesmaid was my best friend Rosie; who I have known since high school. My other bridesmaids were my two friends Lindsay and Kelly, and Harry’s younger sister, Rosie. With all the stress leading up to the wedding I do not think I could have got through it without them; all their calming and reassuring words in the lead up and on the day of the wedding kept me smiling and calm. Their dresses were from ASOS; they were a great fit and they all felt comfortable in them; they were different lengths and I quite liked the look of this on the day.
We had our two nieces as flower girls; and I think it’s safe to say they did really steal the show! My mum’s friend made the real flower crowns and their dresses were from Monsoon.
THE FLOWERS | As I had worked at the local florist as a teenager, we knew that we wanted the florist Margret to make our wedding flowers. She was very patient with us when we couldn’t actually decide what flowers to have; her starting point was a wild, large bouquet that was totally informal. She also decorated the barn with lots of greenery; with eucalyptus trailing down the middle of the tables with large vintage roses.
THE CAKE | My mum’s friend made the cake; it was made up of three different flavours and went down an absolute treat! We held our own ‘great wedding bake off’ and some of the guests made some cakes, which alongside our wedding cake we had for dessert; Everyone could help themselves to this and it added to the relaxed feel of the day.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was the amazing Joe Stenson– we could not recommend him enough; he was exactly what we wanted and reflected how we wanted our wedding to be; relaxed, informal and fun. The moment I opened the door to him on our wedding day and he gave me a big hug, I knew we had made the perfect decision, he made everybody feel totally relaxed around him and he went above and beyond to take some very special photos which we will cherish for life.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We used my dad’s VW campervan as transport for me and my bridesmaids, and my dad’s VW trekker to get Harry and his best man, Joe to the church. My parents surprised us with a VW photobooth in the evening so this all became part of our theme in the end!
We put together a gin table for guests to help themselves to before and during the meal; with different gins and glasses we had collected from different charity shops. My dad made the name place holders and we printed off polaroid pictures of everyone so they could find their place by looking for their picture; my dad also made the terrariums, which we put tea light candles in.
THE HONEYMOON | We went to Tulum in Mexico, flew to Cuba for a week, to Miami then drove up to Orland Florida for our honeymoon, which lasted for a month; it was amazing!!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The most memorable moment is hard to choose given there were so many! For me it was the end of the wedding ceremony, when the church doors opened to Twisted Tubes playing outside the church, I turned around to see my mum and dad’s faces in total surprise, and everyone dancing out of the church. This is something we didn’t tell anyone; we wanted to make sure there were no ‘lull’ parts of the day and to make sure everyone was happy and dancing from the start. As my mum couldn’t stay for the whole day I’m so glad she was able to see this part. The band then followed us down Haworth Main Street playing behind us.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Remember what it most important about your day, and why you are doing it; to get married to your soul mate with friends and family next to you. Don’t get caught up in all the small details; no one will know what you wanted and didn’t have, or what you forgot to get! The most important part is being surrounded by people you both love.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Joe Stenson
Dress | Love Bridal Boutique
Veil | Blossom and Bluebird
Bridesmaid Dresses | Asos
Flowers | Max’s Flowers
Food | The Hog and Apple Food Co
Venue | East Riddlesden Hall
VW Photobooth | The Volkswagen Wedding Co.
Ohhh the romance! How gorgeous.
Thanks ever so much to Grace and Harry for sharing all about their wedding planning and wedding day with us xo Lou