We’re headed to beautiful Yorkshire for the wedding celebrations of Jodie and Gary today. The pair were wed on the 12th May 2018 in a chapel steeped in family tradition, before heading to Crow Hill Country House Estate for a weekend long party. The results were truly magical and Jodie and Gary described their day “as the happiest day of our lives“. You only need to look at the stunning captures by Tim Simpson Photography to see just how happy and in love these two are, thank you for sharing them with us Tim.
Much of the décor was actually inspired by Jodie’s stunning custom made gown, which featured pearls, statement bow and appliqué flowers, she looked incredible! The white colour palette feels fresh and modern yet timeless, with personal and meaningful touches being important to them both.
Gorgeous blooms, fun balloons and fashionable attire; this wedding really does have it all. But most of all it’s just the happiest, smiliest of days.
We got engaged on Kuramathi Island, Maldives on 21st June 2014 after having been together for just over 7 years. We had booked the holiday together but Gary had other plans for the trip knowing that it would be the perfect romantic spot for his proposal.
The idea was to create a boho fairytale. We wanted the wedding to have that clean and relaxed feel so we went for a white colour scheme with plenty of fairy lights to add that magical feel. We also wanted to use local suppliers as much as possible.
The Planning Process
We set the date with 9 months to plan. In the early weeks we booked the suppliers and started on all the little details thereafter. We tried to avoid getting too many ideas from others so we could keep everything very ‘us’ and overall we found it largely stress-free.
£30,000. We did our best to stick to the budget but like most couples we may have exceeded it slightly… no regrets though!
The ceremony was held at Heights Chapel, Delph and the reception (aka the ‘wedding weekend’) at Crow Hill Country House Estate, Marsden. We chose Heights Chapel as this was the Chapel where Jodie’s grandparents and even great grandparents were married. The Chapel is a Grade II listed building which is now under the care of the Church Conservation Trust having been declared redundant in 1970. It is in need of some TLC and restoration but this did not put us off. We secured the permission of the Archbishop of Canterbury to be married there by the local reverend, John Rosedale, under a special licence. The Chapel is local to where we live with outstanding views and a magical history so it was the obvious choice from the outset. Thank you to The Archbishop of Canterbury, Church Conservation Trust, Saddleworth Parish and Reverend John Rosedale for allowing us to be married at Heights Chapel in true family tradition despite the Chapel being redundant.
We found selecting a reception venue slightly more tricky. However, as soon as we visited Crow Hill we knew it was the place for us. Crow Hill offers exclusive accommodation for the full weekend and this was a real selling point for us so we could really milk it, especially because we could bring our dogs. The staff are fantastic, the venue is beautiful and the marquee offers a blank canvas to add your own style. Thank you to Tracy Keppie for providing the most delicious food throughout the wedding weekend.
The Dress & Acccessories
The dress was made by Linda Worrall and designed by Jodie, with some input from her mum, in conjunction with Linda. Jodie had a few ideas in mind but really everything came together as the dress started to come to life. Linda also made the veil and even a matching garter. The dress was always going to have some form of loose skirt (so Jodie could enjoy the wedding breakfast – having chosen pie!!!) with pearls and a bow. Put those bits together… add a few 3D flowers as embellishment and you have ‘the dress’! The shoes were from the J.Maskey Collection of Melissa Wedding Shoes, chosen basically because they are super comfortable.
Finding The Dress
Jodie had visited a few local bridal shops but couldn’t find the ‘perfect’ dress, wanting to take bits from each to form something personal and unique. This resulted in the idea of going to Linda who had previously made Jodie’s ballroom dresses.
Gary, usually a bit of a ‘suit snob’, stumbled across a suit in Burton – it ticked the boxes of being blue, of high wool content and with a double-breasted waistcoat. Guests took guesses at where it was from ranging from Paul Smith to Ted Baker and were left surprised when they were told it was Burton. A message to shop around! Meanwhile, the shoes were from ASOS and shirts from Charles Thywritt.
The Readings & Music
The readings were chosen with a view to keeping the ceremony relaxed so we had a few biblical readings to go with a few we simply found cute. We had “Why Woman Was Taken From Man’s Rib”, Colossians Chapter 3 verses 12-17, Corinthians Chapter 13 and “Love Is Like Owning A Dog!”. As for the music, Gary is a big fan of all things The Beatles (being from Liverpool) and so the music from the ceremony through to the reception was all from The Beatles and performed wonderfully by Strings Attached.
Sticking with the simple theme and white colour scheme, we had the bridesmaids in white skirt and top co-ords with pearl buttons running down the back to tie in with the pearls on Jodie’s dress. The co-ords were also made by Linda and designed by Jodie and her two bridesmaids.
The flowers were provided by Eden Floristry. Jodie isn’t much into flowers so picking what would go in the bouquet was tricky. We went for wild flowers to include plenty of daisies, white roses and a touch of lavender with gypsophila. We added a locket with photos of Jodie’s grandparents to the bridal bouquet to create a personal touch.
The cake was made by the Tasty Little Cakery. It was four tiers including Victoria Sponge, Chocolate, White Chocolate and Strawberry and Chocolate Orange flavours. The idea of the decoration was to match the bridal bouquet. Most importantly, it was delicious!
Tim Simpson was responsible for the excellent photography following recommendations from friends and even the reception venue itself. The recommendations turned out to be spot on. We really didn’t want to stand around posing for photos most of the day so Tim’s style of just capturing the day as it happened really suited us perfectly.
The Details & Decor
We kept to the theme of a Boho Fairytale. We didn’t really do anything in the Chapel as it already has so much of its own charm but we had free reign with the reception marquee. We added light up lanterns and a fairylight canopy to the ceiling. The tables had glass vase centrepieces filled with fairy lights and topped with gypsophila balls. The top table was dressed to match Jodie’s dress with a tulle skirt and 3D flowers. We had bows and giant balloons as far as the eyes could see! Our favours were local gin shots and our table names places we have visited over the 11 years we have been together.
We enjoyed the perfect break in Dubrovnik, Croatia. A place we have never been before but hope to return. It really was the perfect honeymoon destination with plenty of bars and restaurants as well as romantic spots to watch the sunset.
After Jodie refused to teach impatient Gary a dance routine (despite being a former ballroom and latin dancer), Gary, with the help of a couple of friends in the music profession, pre-recorded the track for their first dance – Calico Skies – to Jodie’s complete surprise! Thank you to Louise Kenny and Sean Potter for helping Gary record Calico Skies.
Advice For Other Couples
We would tell couples to enjoy the planning process. It doesn’t need to be stressful, you don’t need too many gimmicks, it’s best to add little personal touches wherever possible. As for the wedding day itself, we were told to make sure we made time for one another during the day which was really good advice as the day really does go so quickly – there isn’t time to catch up with every single guest – just be with each other and enjoy the day together.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Tim Simpson Photography
Eden Floral Styling
Oh so gorgeous.
Jodie and Gary, thank you both so very much for sharing your lovely wedding story with us xo Lou