It really doesn’t get better than this folks! Dan and Laura’s wedding was a wonderland of eclectic style and mismatched décor, which was held on the 14th September 2018 at the Crab and Lobster in North Yorkshire. The venue had the perfect quirky vibe which suited their wedding vision of something a little different.
I just adore Laura’s lace sleeved dress by WWW faves Graces Loves Lace, which was oh so bohemian beautiful. Dan and the gents looked perfect in brown tweed suits and flat caps while the bridesmaids wore long sage green dresses. So much style!
I also have to rave about the blooms here today. I am head over heels for the orange and pink bouquets featuring dahlias and blue thistles. Just gorgeous. Huge thanks goes to A Little Picture for sharing these sublime images, I especially love the portraits of Dan and Laura in the trees.
It was our 5th year anniversary. We are both wannabe ‘ramblers’ and so were hiking up Froggatt Edge in the Peak District. Dan proposed at the top – we then got lost on the way down and turned into rookie rock climbers too that day!
We wanted to avoid a huge, stately home type wedding and go for something a little different and quirky, where all the guests would feel relaxed. We also wanted our guests to feel as though they had had a well deserved mini break! Our parents and grandparents mean the world to us, so it was important that things were accessible and enjoyable for them too.
The Planning Process
Was relatively stressful as we had around 12 months and we both work long hours. We thought we had much more time than we actually did! All the décor was home made which added extra time to the planning process too.
I had visited a couple of venues beforehand, but had always seen this place online and loved it for years. I fell in love with the Crab and Lobster straight away when we visited and stayed there. The décor is really eccentric and wild and the grounds are pristine, which we loved; something a little different but equally beautiful, if not more, than any of the others.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was from Grace Loves Lace, an Australian designer with a flagship store in London. It was made entirely from French lace. I wanted to feel comfortable through the day and night. I decided to bypass a veil so as not to detract anything from the back of the dress, which had what we called my ‘wings’ on the day!
Dan hired a tweed suit from Top Mark tailors in Pontefract. He managed to get three matching flat-caps for a photograph with our Grandads too, both true Yorkshire blokes.
My lifelong childhood friend, senior hair stylist and bridesmaid, Emma, did my hair. We went for a fairly relaxed pin up with a half flower crown.
Sarah Gray did mine and my bridesmaids’ make-up. I chose Sarah as our make up artist as I wanted a natural look rather than looking heavily made up and Sarah’s bridal style is just that.
Were by the very talented Tracey Campbell of Campbell’s flowers in Kelham Island, Sheffield. As soon as we met Tracey, I described the slightly Autumnal colours I wanted and the relaxed ‘just picked’ wild-flower look, and we both had the same image! It was really strange but I knew from that point I could trust Tracey 100% to get it spot on and she absolutely did – I was overwhelmed when I first saw them! We had blue thistles as my something blue and to incorporate a bit of Scottish heritage, where Dan’s Mum and Stepdad live and where we love to visit.
The Details & Décor
Was completely home made from scratch and is all thanks to my Aunt, a former artist. We started by collecting unusual gin bottles for the centre-pieces. We wanted something a bit off the wall, mismatched and generally unique to suit our style and the venue too. My Aunt’s work was very meaningful, not just for the time and effort that she put in, but for making things incredibly personal to us which we can treasure forever.
It is a long-standing joke between our families that we both laugh our way through life, sometimes finding ourselves a bit stuck but that there’s always a way out – the paddle is representative of that.
All of the tables were named after our favourite places when we went travelling years ago, with Froggatt Edge (where Dan proposed) being the top table.
The Readings & Music
We didn’t have any special readings at our wedding, but each song we choose was meaningful to us; we are both massive music fans (although have really different tastes!) I walked down the aisle with my Grandad to one of his favourite songs, ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You’ (a version by Bely Basarte) as a little tribute and thank you to him for being a big part of my life. Music lyrics from all of our favourite songs were also printed on our décor.
The groomsmen’s suits (along with both of our Grandad’s and Dan’s dad) were also hired from Top Mark Tailors.
The bridesmaids wore multi-way dresses in one of my favourite colours, sage green. We thought this shade of dress complemented all of their differing hairstyles and colours. The dresses were from The Daint Yard.
Not yet booked! We are hoping to go next year! We have a short mini-moon in Iceland coming up soon though!
Was made by my friend, Zoe Bristow (Zulu’s Cakes – Facebook). I felt really bad as Zoe was trying to find the cake topper which was patiently sat in my car until after the wedding breakfast! Zoe is amazingly talented and her cakes taste delicious.
We chose the amazing Alice Little (A Little Picture). I had come across Alice’s work online beforehand. I knew straight away when we met that Alice was perfect for us. She has a talent for taking fantastic natural and relaxed photos but also made us both feel incredibly at ease, which was important. It felt like having a friend there.
Was Alice’s husband, Andy Little. Andy filmed our day on a vintage film, which is exactly what we wanted and felt best fitted with the style and venue.
Seeing Dan for the first time when I walked down the aisle was really emotional. I had been anxious all morning and really nervous; I actually wanted Dan to come and help me calm down beforehand but I knew that he couldn’t! I think when we both saw each other we managed to feel a little more relaxed.
Walking out of the ceremony once married was fantastic, as one of our favourite songs ‘Riptide’ was playing in the background. This song is important to us as reminds us of our time in our favourite place in the world – Margaret River, WA.
Also our little godson, Leo, walking down the aisle with my maid of honour and sister in law was beautiful; he was so well behaved.
The top highlight had to be seeing our family and friends all together and having the best time, in such a beautiful place, which is really something that no amount of money could ever buy.
Advice For Other Couples
Try and not get too stressed with all the planning. There will always be the tiniest imperfect things on the day that you will notice but that your guests will not! Get to know your photographer beforehand; you spend a lot of time with them on the day so it was really important for us that we found someone we clicked with and felt comfortable with.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Photography and Videography
A Little Picture
Crab and Lobster
The Daint Yard
Dan and Laura, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your special wedding story with us xo Lou