I just love how this industrial barn wedding has a real dose of glamour! From the twinkling fairy lights and chandeliers to the impeccable style, just you wait WWWers.
Alex and Anna were hitched at Wharfedale Grange in Yorkshire on the 17the August 2019, they described their day as “romantic, elegant and a huge party“, sounds pretty perfect right? That’s because it sure was, guests travelled near and far to celebrate with our couple, who planned their wedding whilst living in different countries. How amazing is that? It all turned out beautifully, with the luxe barn venue, bountiful blooms and scrumptious sweet treats to name a few.
Anna wore a stunning polka dot and floral tulle gown by BHLDN and glitzy Badgley Mischka heels, she looked so radiant. Alex meanwhile was suited and booted in a grey suit and champagne tie to match the groomsmen and the bridesmaid outfits.
We have Toast Of Leeds to thank today for sharing these incredible shots of a very meaningful and joy filled celebration.
At the start of 2018 Alex and I went traveling through Southeast Asia for six months before going to Melbourne, Australia where we worked and lived for another six months. After being together for six years and spending the majority of it living in separate countries, we were pretty exhausted by the distance. (I’m American he’s English) Our time in Melbourne was coming to an end and we had another blank slate in front of us with no idea what to do to stay together and not go back to long distance. As romantic as it may seem, it gets pretty tough. But not as tough as figuring out how to legally move to another country.
While in Melbourne I worked part time in a brewery and worked some late nights. On one of my late nights Alex was pestering me to get home quickly while I was trying to teach a new higher how to close the place properly. I kept telling him I would be there as soon as I could but didn’t end up getting home until a little past 2 in the morning. When I walked up to the door of the apartment, I could smell a lot of candles lit but I didn’t think anything of it. When I walked in, the entire apartment was covered in candles; down the hall, the kitchen, the lounge, the dining table. And in the middle of the floor he spelled out ‘marry me’. This also happened to be one of the hottest nights in Australia during our entire time there. So not only was it 30 degrees and we didn’t have air-conditioning but there were over 200 open flames in our small apartment. So needless to say it was incredibly hot but still super romantic. I obviously said yes and we enjoyed a bottle of wine and facetimed our loved ones to share the news.
My sister got married the previous summer so I had serious wedding brain and knew exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want a traditional venue with the white walls and fancy carpets. I wanted something industrial and different but still elegant and breath-taking. We knew the wedding was going to be in England and England is filled with beautiful old stately homes, manors, castles and other venues of the same sort. This was basically the complete opposite of what I had in mind. I pictured neutrals, champagne, a romantic ceremony room and a harry potter-esque celebration room.
The Planning Process
The planning process was quick because we needed to get married as soon as possible to get the visa process started so that we could end the long-distance part of our relationship and start the rest of our lives together. There were only 7 months between the engagement and the wedding so as soon as we were engaged I got right to it. Most of the planning was done on my laptop and over email since I was planning it from America while he was in England working. Every chance I got to visit him in the UK we did something wedding related. I switched my Etsy location to the UK and got to Pinning and before I knew it, I had a romantic board of gold, grey and glittery neutrals to go off of.
As I said, finding the venue was tricky because I wasn’t interested in the traditional but beautiful venues that England had to offer. My main thing was the carpet… I HATED the carpet in every single venue I looked at. I wanted a cohesive natural and simple feel for the wedding and the ugly green/ red/ yellow carpet was not doing it for me. But when I came across Wharfedale Grange I knew right away it was the place (It didn’t have any carpet). I didn’t even have to visit but when we did Alex was just as blown away as I was. It was everything we wanted. An industrial barn but not a back-home-country-barn. It’s impeccably dressed with whimsical décor from top to bottom and doesn’t need very much in the way of sprucing up. The ceremony room is lit by twinkly waterfall lights with lush chairs and warm wooden walls. The bar is classic yet on-trend and leads into the stately celebration room that features long tables and a giant brass disco ball. So, yeah, perfection.
The Readings & Music
Our reading during the ceremony was just something from the registrar and we wrote our own vows. Alex is very into his music so this was a big one for us. We chose our arrival and ceremony music and supplied the playlist to Wharfedale and they took care of the rest. I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Real Love Baby by Father John Misty. Our DJ for the cocktail hour and party was DJ Deano from GoGo Disco and he absolutely smashed it the entire night. We met with him for over an hour to go over our ideas and make sure he knew exactly what we wanted and he did. Our first dance was to Only to Live in Your Memories by Night Moves.
Natasha Coustal Floral Designs. I did a lot of research on florists and didn’t need an overwhelming amount because Wharfedale is already so gorgeous. Natahsa met with me before the wedding to go over exactly what I wanted and give price information. She was super easy to work with. The flowers were all white and complimented by simple greenery. We wanted to be sustainable so the bundles that lined the aisle got moved to the table tops for centrepieces during the cocktail hour.
The Details & Décor
We didn’t have much décor other than the flowers because Wharfedale is so decked out to begin with. We did have an archway built by one of our friends that we hung a giant photo frame from for pictures which was super cool.
We didn’t do cake we did donuts and macaroons and they were amazing. Our donuts were pre ordered from Temple Coffee and Donuts in Leeds and we picked them up that morning. They are vegan and not only delicious but absolutely stunning to just look at. The macaroons were from Le Mini Macaroon in Newcastle so they were delivered halfway to Middlesbrough where his family is from and then brought to the venue. We picked flavours that matched the colour scheme of the wedding but they said they could make them any colour we wanted. They had a ton of flavours to choose from and they provided the stand. They were both a huge hit and we had to hide them away at the end of the night because we wanted some to be left over and everyone was eating them all!
Your Outfits & Accessories
I got my dress from BHLDN which is Anthropologie’s wedding store. I went dress shopping at 4 different boutiques in NYC since I live near there. BHLDN was the last place I went and when I saw my dress on their Instagram, I knew it was the one. My veil was also from BHLDN but was purchased 2 years prior and worn by my sister at her wedding that summer. My shoes were Badgley Mischka and they were the most fabulous footwear I have ever and will ever wear. I made the photographer have her own little photoshoot with them before I put them on.
Makeup was natural and hair was simple. I let all the bridesmaids pick whatever makeup and hairstyle they wanted. Lipstick and curls.
We got the groomsmen suits from Slaters. They were charcoal grey and included a waistcoat. They all wore brown shoes of any shade and had champagne gold ties that perfectly matched the bridesmaids dresses. We wanted something cool and casual but still romantic and sleek.
SHELLY! TOAST OF LEEDS! I can’t begin to explain how amazing it was to work with Shelly. I did a ton of research on photographers and reached out to a few to get quotes and look over their work but Shelly was by far the best. We didn’t want video so we knew we wanted the pictures to be perfect. Alex also hates getting his picture taken so we didn’t want anything too posed, or posed at all really, and Shelly came up with the most creative and beautiful shots. She was so good at bringing Alex and I out of our shells to get the most romantic and loving portraits. Everyone at the wedding commented on how she somehow seemed to be everywhere at one time and how much fun she was. It was so much fun to see the pictures come out on her Instagram one at a time, it was a great little surprise and made the anticipation and wait worth it. When the photos were done she also gave a slideshow that was set to music and it made me feel so hyped up I wanted to get married again just so I could get another slideshow. I can’t praise her enough.
The dresses were from David’s Bridal since all but one of my bridesmaids were American, they were able to try them on and get fitted at a store near them. The dresses were super flattering for everyone and had a tiny shine to them with a sassy slit up the leg. They were fun and romantic at the same time and went perfectly with the venue, as well as my dress.
We went to Ibiza and stayed at an all-inclusive resort. I’ve never eaten and drank so much in my life; it was absolutely perfect. It was also nice because it was such a short flight and made the entire thing so easy. We didn’t want to be moving around at all since we spent 6 months in hostels on our last ‘holiday’ traveling. The hotel and pool were beautiful and it was close to Ibiza town which was wonderful to go out in at night to enjoy some drinks and dancing.
The entire wedding was amazing but the best part was having our closest friends and family all in one place. We had people from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, California, and Australia and they all came to celebrate us. It was so perfect and something that probably won’t ever happen again so we didn’t take it for granted.
Another memorable moment was me kicking off my shoes and accidentally stepping in glass. I had a big shard stuck in my foot and had to go up to the bridal suite and have my sister hold up my dress while another bridesmaid washed and cleaned my foot in the shower. Because yes, the bridal suite at Wharfedale is complete with a beautiful shower because anything can happen.
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t stress. Everyone kept asking me how stressful it was and was I nervous and I wasn’t at all. So don’t let to the stigma of ‘wedding stress’ get to you. I only had about 6 months to plan and get everything together and it was fine so just stay calm and realize that it’s going to be the best day ever no matter what. It was the day before the wedding and I still didn’t have my seating chart that I ordered in the mail but I just kept saying ‘oh well’. It finally got delivered on the morning of the wedding and I spent the time that I wasn’t getting my hair and makeup done on the floor trying to stick the chart to the mirror. Everyone was panicking about if it was going to work or not and I was just like ‘lf it doesn’t work people will just sit wherever they want’. No matter what happens it is the best day ever and you’re marrying the love of your life so who cares!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Toast Of Leeds
Hair & Makeup
Lipstick and Curls
Temple Coffee Leeds
Le Mini Macaron
Alex and Anna thank you both so very much for sharing your amazing wedding story xo Lou