Happy Monday! I am knee deep into the summer holidays and am busy juggling WWW and entertaining my little boys, so I have really enjoyed this summer wedding today. Not only because of the season, but because of the heart and soul of the celebrations. WWW readers Georgie and Jason you see, also included their two daughters in their wedding, which was super important to them. It’s always a great idea to involve your little ones in your wedding to make them feel really important, with special roles too. I have written about planning a wedding when you have children before if you’d like any further tips on involving children into your nuptials.
Georgie and Jason were married in a church ceremony before hosting their wedding reception at Deepdale Farm in North Yorkshire on the 1st June 2019. The farm and barns really made for a magical and relaxed vibe, with the ability to make their own stamp too. It was important to our pair that their day was memorable and “us“, always a great starting point when planning to ensure you stay true to yourselves. The result was a really authentic celebration with an abundance of lovely touches. Gin made an appearance in the décor, with gin bottles used for flowers and gin drink favours were given to their guests. Decorating the barn were fabric drapes, lanterns and fairy lights galore. Do also look out for seriously stylish attire, a semi naked cake and a rustic crate seating plan too. Wow.
Kazooieloki Photography captured all the wonderful moments and rustic touches, we are so grateful to be sharing these utterly amazing shots with you.
Jason was taking me away to celebrate our fifth anniversary, 29th March 2017, having two children we never really celebrated our anniversary other than a meal or takeaway so going away for a night was a big deal. I had been led to believe that we were going to Harrogate for the night and was all excited. On our way, Jason asked me to get the booking details out of his bag, of course I couldn’t find them and because he was driving, there were a few choice words spoken. He pulled over, found the document and handed it to me…two tickets to Dublin! We were heading to the airport! I was in complete and utter shock. (After our previous trip to Dublin, Jason had mentioned in passing that if he were ever to propose, it would be there, but this never crossed my mind because in my mind, for so long, we’d be planning a night away in Harrogate).
Still in a state of shock, we got to Dublin, found our hotel, I didn’t even bother changing or painting my nails because I was hungry and too excited to be heading to our favourite restaurant for dinner. I remember being in there and thinking, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I’d be here right now. We had a lovely meal and head into Temple Bar. After a few drinks, Jason was adamant he wanted a bar with live music. We found ourselves upstairs in The Oliver St. John Gogarty’s pub with live music. We found a seat and sat down. After his pint Jason headed back to the bar for another round, but he was gone for a while, I kept turning round and couldn’t see him anywhere. One of the band members announced that there was a member of a boyband in the building, I was all giddy…Boyzone? Westlife? MASSIVE FAN! No! – Jason…from Blue? HUH?? Next second, MY Jason was stood up there with the band, holding the microphone…my gosh no…please don’t sing, please don’t sing, was all that was running through my head, and he called me up to join him. CRINGE! By this time it was 23.55 on our anniversary, several pints of Guinness for dutch courage, he made a speech to the whole bar and dropped down on one knee, with the ring we’d picked together a couple of months before. Of course I said YES. What a moment. OMG! So it turns out, all that time Jason had ‘been at the bar’, he’d found a group of girls, told them what was going on, and asked them to video/photograph the moment, amazing…(or not if I’d have caught him!)
Now looking back, it was our 5th anniversary, we were in Dublin, I didn’t have painted nails…of course it was going to be then. But I was still in a state of shock that our night in Harrogate had magically become a two night trip to Dublin…that was more than enough to please me, or so I thought…we were now engaged, it was midnight, and I had no phone battery to tell anyone!
We wanted somewhere that we could put on our stamp on; we didn’t want to have the same wedding as the previous people at the venue, or the same as the next. I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted, and we found it at the first and only venue we looked at.
The Planning Process
Pintrest was wonderful, and helped a great deal. The ideas came from me, and Jason took control with organising all the suppliers. Organising and planning is his day to day job, so to not be in control, he would have hated it. Also, the jobs I was given, he then took over himself and changed anyway. We gave ourselves 2 years to plan, enabling us to work out and stick to an affordable budget, and it was also important to us that our youngest daughter could be a part of the day, and most importantly, be able to remember it.
The Readings & Music
Meg read ‘Corinthians 13’
Steph read an extract from ‘Les Miserables’
India (eldest daughter; age 6) read a poem called ‘Getting Married Means You’ll Have’
I walked into church to ‘The Bridal March’ by Wagner.
Our first dance was called ‘Like theirs no yesterday’ by Mark Wills.
We had a local band for the Reception called Midnight Junction.
The budget went up and up and up…as these things do. Being a DIY wedding, we naively thought it could work out cheaper, but once you’ve paid for the venue, tables, chairs, catering (night & day), toilets etc…it’s all mounted up before you know it.
Deepdale Farm, Keldholme, North Yorkshire
Flowers came from Dales florist. I am not a big flower person, and eventually found a beautiful bouquet on Pintrest. I went into the shop and said ‘can I have these please?’ The bridesmaids had the same but smaller, and the Flower girls, a small bunch, with a little keepsake on to keep as their ‘something old’ for their own big day! The buttonholes were tailored to match.
My three bridesmaids wore stunning ASOS gowns, sequins and tulle. I loved them as soon as I saw them, and they were even more beautiful in real life. The girls loved them as much as I did.
My flower girls (daughters) wore similar to the bridesmaids, from Monsoon, with matching cardigans for the afternoon, and monsoon high-heeled little shoes.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My gown was from a local wedding boutique, it was the only place I went to look, and it wasn’t a dress that I picked myself, but it was perfect. As luck would have it, several weeks later, there was a sample sale and my dress was in it. I booked an appointment, and bought her there and then. She was a champagne gown with an ivory lace overlay by Rosa Clara, called Estillo. My shoes were Jimmy Choo Lance sandals in silver glitter. Stunning! I wore a pearl necklace of my Aunt’s, with pearl earrings from my cousin, to go with my veil which had pearls on as well. For the evening, I wore a platinum and diamond necklace of my Aunt’s, to accompany a beautiful pair of diamond and ruby earrings from India (wedding present). These earrings were a result of a request my Mum had made of 13years previously before she passed away. She asked my Aunt to buy me something special for my wedding day, and these were they.
The Groom and his Groomsmen wore suits from Humphrey & Tilly; grey tweed waist coats, navy blue suits, and brown shoes from Next.
Our cake was a semi naked, Victoria Sponge, with raspberry jam. With fruit around the edges, made by a close friend.
Hair on the day was done by a friend and one of her colleagues, and makeup by Emily Miller. Individual Russian eyelashes were by Beckie Schulze.
Kazooieloki were our fabulous photographers. After months of trying to find the right people, we decide upon the ones recommended by the venue. The perfect choice.
The Details & Décor
We both enjoy our gins so it was only right that gin form a part of our big day. The tables were different gin bottles, filled with gypsophila. The table plan was made up of rustic apple boxes, will the relevant gyp filled gin bottle, and a frame with the guests names. Around the walls of the barns, and on the cable reel tables, we had gin bottles filled with fairy lights. Our wedding favours were mini jam jar shot glasses filled with gin and tonic, with a lime resting on top and the name label wrapped around. The colour theme was rose gold, with a very relaxed and rustic theme, suiting the venue perfectly. The cosy hut with the large fire pit in, was filled with giant marshmallows (which I missed out on!) We had the use of 2 barns, the main barn housed the bar, and the wedding breakfast, dance floor and band, while the second barn was filled with straw bale seating areas, with a couple of large cable reels in the middle. There were blankets for when it got a little chilly on the evening. Many of the signs I managed to pick up second hand, and anything else was Ginger Ray.
We spent 10nights at Kuramathi in the Maldives, it was absolute paradise and a dream come true. No holiday will ever match up, and not should it. We definitely plan to go back one day…perhaps for our 10th anniversary.
Memorable moments include:
- Walking into church with my dad and all my bridal party in front, to the watchful eyes of all the people we love
- India doing her reading in church-very proud parents
- Forgetting to remind our Maid of Honour & Best Man that they were also witnesses
- Chilling in the campervan with my new husband and a bottle of champers saying ‘we’ve actually done it’
- All the food-absolutely incredible
- The Best Man’s speech-he took a drunken tumble backwards and continued his speech from the floor before being picked up
- The Maid of Honour’s speech, a complete surprise
- Our first dance-dancing like nobody was watching-as if it was just the two of us
- India singing ‘Perfect’-Ed Sheeran while everyone danced
So many memories, it was truly the best day and absolutely everything we wished for.
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t try to please everyone, you can’t, and won’t, please yourselves, it’s your wedding.
Take a few moments out, just the two of you, and absorb what’s going on.
Enjoy yourselves, it takes so long to plan, and the day absolutely flies by.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Black Event Furniture Hire
How very gorgeous?!
Thanks so much to Georgie and Jason for sharing their really fantastic wedding with us xo Lou