WWW readers Chloe and Andrew wed at Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire on the 30th June 2017. They managed to find a wonderful venue, which was grand but also family home like. It sounds like an intimate dinner the night before the wedding was a really special time.
Chloe chose a stunning Sassi Holford gown and always wanted her best girls in ivory, isn’t the effect of her maids in their Ghost dresses just breathtaking? I think you’re going to just love the tumbling pastel florals, I’m a big fan of the bouquet ribbons and the tall centrepiece arrangements. Chloe’s clever Mum did the mirror writing and what a table plan!
Chloe shares some brilliant advice for those of you who are getting bogged down in wedmin details, read on for her wise words.
Thank you so much Hayley Baxter for sharing these wonderful images with us here at WWW!
THE PROPOSAL | We met as teenagers and have been together since I was 16 (I’m 28 now) so basically forever! Andrew did really well on the proposal to be fair as it honestly came as a complete surprise (which if you knew me you’d know would be almost impossible) but he did it on holiday in Mexico in 2015. We’d gone scuba diving and he proposed underwater on the sea bed with laminated cards that he’d made at home!
THE VISION | We wanted to host something that was beautiful and romantic but in a fairly relaxed, informal and social setting.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Our planning process lasted around 18 months. It was largely a collaborative effort and we involved family and friends as much as we could.
BUDGET | Don’t ask! By the end, we had pretty much doubled our initial budget. We had paid up completely though by our wedding date which I think is important when considering budget – you need to avoid post-wedding blues!
THE VENUE | Middleton Lodge is a private Georgian country residence which can be hired out for weddings or other private events. It was the perfect place for us, a beautiful family home which was a far cry from some of the larger hotel venues we’d seen. The wedding team at Middleton Lodge were also incredible from start to finish, particularly Anna Russell who ensured all our needs were catered for and that our day ran perfectly.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore a Sassi Holford gown, jacket and veil. I love Sassi’s dresses anyway but this was one that I particularly fell in love with. It was made from the most beautiful crepe silk with a high-low ribbon edged hem and pockets – my veil also had matching ribbon edging. As my dress was higher at the front, I wanted some shoes with a little embellishment on the front which I found in LK Bennett.
FINDING THE DRESS | I found my dream dress in The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, North Yorkshire, an amazing little bridal boutique ran by Diana McMann. This place is definitely worth a visit for anyone looking for their perfect dress. Diana was a delight to work with, so friendly and welcoming but also extremely knowledgeable. I had visited about five or six other bridal shops before visiting The Little Pearl where Diana put me immediately at ease. You have the whole of the boutique to yourself and can take your time over the dresses there – a luxury I hadn’t experienced in other boutiques.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Andrew knew he wanted a formal tailcoat and cravat but decided to mix up the colours so as to introduce a bit of a modern twist. His best man wore a matching tailcoat outfit but with a normal tie rather than a cravat and the other three groomsmen wore matching lounge suits – all in the same colour scheme.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We were very lucky to have Andrew’s Grandma and my University friend Megan read for us during our church service. We chose a passage from 1 Corinthians as our bible reading as this was Andrew’s Grandma’s favourite passage from the bible and had a special family connection. Megan read a poem by Roy Croft called “Love” which Andrew and I had picked out as the words really resonated with us. In terms of live music, we had a local string trio play for our guests before and during the church ceremony and during the drinks reception back at Middleton Lodge. We then had Marc & Abi and their band perform for guests during the evening which was a total hit!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I always knew that I wanted my bridesmaids in ivory. It’s not a very popular choice but I knew that it would look stunning not least because each of the girls have completely different natural colouring and so the dresses allowed their natural beauty to shine through. The dresses were from Ghost in London, I’d seen them pretty early on in my search but decided to keep looking as thought this would somehow justify my decision! The girls and I met in London and went to the Ghost flagship store so that they could all try them on together – safe to say they all looked divine and I knew then that I’d made the right choice.
THE FLOWERS | Our flowers were arranged by the very talented Tracey Campbell and her team in Sheffield. We are very lucky to have such an exceptional team right on our doorstep and Tracey made the trip up north to see the venue and discuss floral arrangement options ahead of our big day. Our flowers were all in muted, pastel tones with lots of texture and depth and completely unstructured – we opted for seasonal stems too which I was quite passionate about.
THE CAKE | We were never going to have a big wedding cake, it just wasn’t something we thought was necessary – that was until we met Jeanette Moorhouse and we ended up with a three tiered centrepiece! Our cake tasting afternoon was lots of fun!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Hayley Baxter who we couldn’t recommend enough. We knew we loved Hayley’s style from viewing her photos online but what we didn’t account for was her expert knowledge and professionalism. Hayley knew exactly what was unfolding before things even happened. She captured every moment with absolute ease and was a great source of calm and comfort during an otherwise hectic day. We had a pre-wedding shoot with Hayley too which I would also recommend as it feels very weird being in front of a lens the whole day and we both felt that the pre-wedding shoot helped us to prepare for that (plus you get some pretty awesome photos at the end of it too!)
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The main house at Middleton Lodge is so stunning that it really doesn’t need much décor at all. I tried to stretch the budget as much as possible to add fresh flowers where I could so we had additional arrangements on the fireplaces and single stems in small glass vases dotted around the rooms. I found two large antique gold frame mirrors and was lucky enough to have a very talented Mum who could write on them using glass paint and create a welcome sign and order of the day for our guests. My Mother in Law also made confetti cones using old music sheets held in antique woven baskets which looked really effective.
THE HONEYMOON | We went on a safari in South Africa and then flew to the Seychelles. It was a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. The Seychelles was beautiful but we were completely blown away by our experience in South Africa, it was absolutely incredible.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We hosted a meal with a small group of close family and friends the evening before our big day which was very special and a perfect opportunity to relax and unwind with loved ones before the wedding. We also planned a bit of a surprise birthday party for the best man (Andrew’s brother) in the cellar bar once it turned midnight which he knew nothing about – that was fun! Otherwise I think our most memorable moment was dancing barefoot on the dancefloor at 2.00 am blissfully happy and carefree knowing that all of our hard work had paid off.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t sweat the small stuff. You hear it all of the time but it really is true. In the beginning, I was so obsessed with minutiae detail to the point where I would really stress myself out over it. In the end all of our plans came together in the most beautiful way that I could imagine, but I also honestly believe that a lot of the things I lost sleep over went completely unnoticed by our guests! Also, prioritise your suppliers – every couple will have different things that are important to them but our advice would be to prioritise your wedding coordinator and your photographer, if you get those right you’re on to a winner! Also, if you can stretch your budget to pay for a videographer, do it! We have recently received our wedding film and are absolutely blown away by it – it’s also so precious to us to have captured our loved ones on film.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Hayley Baxter
Venue and wedding team | Middleton Lodge
Videographer | Green Biscuit Studio
Dress | Diana McMann | The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique
Groom and Groomsmen Suits | Slaters
Wedding cake | Booootiful Cakes
Hair and make-up | Veil of York
Band | Marc and Abi
String Trio | Simply Strings
Wedding cars | Grooms and Vrooms
Wedding stationery | Noble Fine Art
Flowers | Campbell’s Flowers
Chloe and Andrew, thank you both so much for sharing your wonderful wedding with us today. Rachel x