This gorgeous real wedding features all the things I love most, a beautiful outdoor woodland ceremony, multicolour blooms and a lot of fun! It’s time to share Jack and Emily’s Lineham Farm wedding in Leeds, which was held on the 29th June 2019. Hooray!
What a feast for the eyes their DIY wedding day was, they were firstly married amongst the trees with the most incredible flowers in terracotta pots lining the aisle, it must have smelt just heavenly! Following the ceremony they dined and partied in the barn to which they added some lovely touches; home made bunting, personalised cups, bespoke crosswords and flowers in gin bottles. Oh my. They included some really entertaining elements too with live music, outdoor games (look out for bra pong!) and a bake off. It looks as though everyone had such a joyful time. I must also mention the stylish attire (hello dress with pockets!), a tandem bike welcome sign and a map table plan.
Thanks ever so much to Marni V Photography for sharing with us these wonderful images today, what an honour!
After many comments such as; ‘you’ll need to find someone to marry’ ‘you may marry me if you’re lucky’ … Jack proposed after 4 years together in the romantic city of Paris. The year before we had run the Paris Marathon and we both love it as a place. We were going for a weekend away with two of our friends, which Jack had mainly organised but I hadn’t thought anything about whether he may propose or not, this couples holiday threw me off the scent. When we arrived in Paris it was later afternoon and we were all feeling quite hungry. We dropped our bags off at the hotel and then in my mind I thought it should be time for dinner. Jack, however seemed like he was on a mission. He was adamant that we needed to go the the Sacre-coeur before dinner plans. I of course was getting ‘hangry’ by this point and was in need of food to stop me from spoiling the evening but Jack frog marched us up the steps to the sacre-ceour. Once we got here, our friends had wandered off leaving us on our own and Jack came up behind me and gave me a hug and said ‘It’s a lovely view isn’t it?’ which I agreed with, ‘We make a good pair don’t we?’ which I also agreed with…which then lead on to ‘Will you marry me?’ I said yes (of course) and accepted TWO very nice ‘2 for £5’ Claire’s Accesorries bridal rings which I wore for the rest of the weekend before we went shopping.
Our main criteria for the wedding was for everyone to have fun. We wanted the wedding to be quite relaxed and just a great celebration with all of our favourite people. We wanted to put our spin on it and not create anything that was too straight laced or corporate. We wanted a big party but also were aware that we didn’t want to spend extortionate amounts of money we didn’t have. We made sure that we prioritised when it came to finances to the things we considered most important.
The Planning Process
The planning process was fun, Jack was better with logistics e.g. seating plans, bunk bed room allocation and of course hiring and picking up the beer.
I had more interest in the decorations and smaller details but we worked well together to create a day that reflected us both.
As thrifty as possible. Lets put it this way – if we’d spent more money on it, it wouldn’t have been any better. I think our budget was relatively small compared to some these days but we were fortunate to get contributions from our parents.
Lineham Farm was a perfect venue for our DIY wedding. When we went to view it, at first it was hard to imagine what it would be like having our wedding here but the more we explored the more excited we got. Not only was it in a perfect location (it felt like we were in the middle or nowhere but actually a 15 minute taxi ride from Leeds city centre) but we also had access to the venue from 2pm on the Friday until 2pm on the Sunday so had enough time to transform the place (with the help of a good team). Amanda and her team at Lineham Farm made the whole process stress free and as well as listening to our ideas also was good a voicing practical solutions/ideas based on the vast experience they have putting on these events.
The outdoor space was what really sold the venue to us, the woodland was stunning and fortunately despite the poor weather earlier in the month the weather was very much on our side and we were able to have the outdoor ceremony that we had pictured. The other great thing about the venue was the fact we had 50 bunk beds which we had guests staying in. It was so convenient for people and there was also space for campers as well (Jack’s aunt and uncle were able to park up their campervan and save money on accommodation!).
The Readings & Music
We felt even though we were not getting married in a traditional church environment, we still wanted to have some readings which were specific to us:
We chose one each;
Jack chose a verse of ‘Slide Away’ by Oasis which was read by his cousin and I chose a Winnie the Pooh poem, which was read by my school friend Nicholas. It added something extra to the ceremony and also it was nice to involve two people who mean a lot to us.
We were spoilt with regards to both the ceremony music and evening entertainment as my brother and his girlfriend are both professional musicians.
Harry and Chloe played our ceremony music (guitar and voice) which was perfect for the location. They had some classic songs to replicate which they totally aced these were: ‘You’re my best friend’ – Queen, ‘Something’ – The Beatles, ‘Wonderful tonight’ – Eric Clapton, ‘Song bird’ –Fleetwood Mac.
Jack walked down the aisle with both his parents to ‘What a Wonderful World’ – Louis Armstrong and I walked down the aisle with both my parents to ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’- Elvis Presley.
Harry and his band ‘Bandeoke Manchester’ were SO entertaining in the evening. They did a selection of covers on their own but so many people got involved doing ‘bandeoke’ including people you wouldn’t expect to get up on stage. My grandma (who at this stage had managed to stay from 11am until 11pm and taken her hearing aids out by this stage) replied when I asked ‘Are you enjoying the music?’, ‘No, but I’m enjoying watching everyone enjoy themselves!’
I hadn’t seen the flowers until I arrived for the ceremony but when I saw them I was just blown away. They were so vibrant and colourful and matched perfectly with our wedding colour themes. Joanna at The Rarified listened to all our wedding plans and ideas and although we didn’t really know exactly what we wanted, created our perfect flowers which just perfected our woodland wedding scene. Our flowers were put into terracotta pots which were easily transportable and so following the ceremony we were able to move the flowers into the main courtyard.
Jack and I are both keen on cycling and I borrowed a tandem from a friend of a friend which myself and my friend had to ride from Harrogate to Leeds along the main road which was terrifying (it was a first and only trip out- probably not wise the week before the wedding). Fortunately we got it to Leeds in one piece and Joanna was able to arrange flowers in the basket to accompany our ‘Welcome to the wedding’ sign at the entrance.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I got my dress from Ava Rose Hamilton a boutique based in Silsden, West Yorkshire. I had them recommended from a colleague at work and when I went for my first visit I could see why. The girls were so friendly and had some great advice and feedback. I ended up saying ‘yes’ to a dress which I hadn’t pictured myself in prior to trying it on, but when I had tried it on ‘just to see’ I knew it was the one for me. My dress only had to be altered in length so only required two dress fittings but everything ran smoothly and my parents in law then were in charge of picking it up. I forgot the tool to aid the doing up of the buttons so my sister had the challenge of doing all of the buttons up! At the end of the evening neither me or Jack could undo the buttons as so fiddly so again my sister had to come to the rescue.
The Details & Décor
I mainly dealt with the decoration plans with the help from the mums and bridesmaids. My grandma and her carer had spent a lot of time and energy making some yellow and blue bunting from one of my old duvet covers which looked great across the courtyard at Lineham Farm. One of my bridesmaids had constructed a brilliant crossword related to us as a couple which were put in every place and as favours we had some Tracklement’s chilli Jam (which originates from the village I grew up in). The name places my neighbour and I stoically hand stamped with ink and alphabet stamps from Hobbycraft, which was fun to do sat in the sun one day with a glass of wine but I was definitely glad of the help! We decided to name the tables after places we had been together and then constructed a table plan which was in the form of a world map (inspiration from Pinterest). To avoid any smashing glasses and also try and be as eco-friendly as possible we got some reusable plastic ½ and pint glasses which our own design on the front from the company ‘Happycups’. They were originally for drinking the beer in however came in handy on the tables as I had forgotten to hire water glasses (it was the hottest day of the year). These cups go in the dishwasher and everyone could take one home with them and they are now being used as: cups people take to festivals and to picnics, water glasses at work, glasses for the hotub!
Once I had got my dress, in my head I had a picture of what the bridesmaids dresses would look like. Originally when I mentioned ‘yellow’ dresses the bridesmaids were a bit sceptical but the shade of yellow matched the yellow in the groomsmens shirts perfectly and looked so summery. I managed to find the perfect style on JJ House online wedding store which were very reasonably priced. A couple of the dresses required alterations which we got done independently but overall we got a great deal on these and the bridesmaids looked super. The bridesmaids wore silver strapped heeled sandals however were provided with silver glittery trainers for later in the day as they all take dancing seriously….
Our whole wedding theme was originally based around the floral shirts worn by Jack and his groomsmen. Jack is known for wearing some outrageously bright and floral shirts and we thought it would be great to put a personal touch to the outfits. We loved this shirt from NEXT and then went on to pick out the colours from this to guide the rest of the wedding design. We decided to get the blue suits from SLATERS which then have been perfect to reuse for other occasions. Jack is also prone to wear odd socks and so Jack and his groomsmen fashioned socks from ‘the odd sock company’ to continue the tradition. Jack also rarely wears long trousers even in the depths of winter so wearing a trouser suit was a challenge for him as he would much rather be wearing shorts so sure enough from 3pm onwards he was allowed to wear blue shorts (and it was 29 degrees so I was actually was quite jealous). A few people have commented on whether Jack actually got married in his shorts but it can be confirmed he did not…
Katie is my (Emily) hairdresser and agreed to do my bridal hair- we decided to go for a classic style to go with the classic dress, it was so practical and stayed up all day (11am-1am) despite the games of table tennis, bouncy castle and dancing.
Helen did the bridal makeup and had the whole bridal party to do on her own so it was an early start considering the ceremony was at 11am! The makeup was so lovely and subtle as most of us aren’t big make up wearers and we all felt fabulous.
Marni was fantastic. We clicked with her on the first meeting and based on her bubbly friendly first impression plus the wealth of great pictures on her instagram page we were excited to get her on board to shoot our wedding.
Jack really dislikes having his picture taken and so the prospect of wedding photos were a bit daunting. Marni put us both at ease and managed to subtly glide around the venue snapping great pictures of everyone. Our wedding photos include everyone at the wedding and really capture the atmosphere of the day. The pictures are so joyful and a great selection of ‘in the moment’ shots and also group shots. We’ve also got some great shots of Marni herself joining in the dancing!
Our friend Pelham was given the task of baking our wedding cake due to his amazing talent for baking chocolate brownies. In turns out that baking a wedding cake takes A LOT of time and effort and he even took 2 days of annual leave off before our wedding to make sure it was sorted. The cake tasted incredible and had three layers: lemon, carrot and Victoria sponge which was decorated with some spare flowers. We bought an old whisky barrel on ebay which was picked up by Jack’s auntie in their campervan but didn’t fit through the door so had to be dropped off early.
Both myself and Jack are very active and also very fair so don’t do well on holidays which involve too much laying on the beach. We choose to honeymoon in Slovenia, as had heard lots of great things, and it was the perfect choice. It was a great mix between activity and adventure and some chill time as well. We visited Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Piran, Ljubjana and also slipped in a day visit to Venice on the bus.
There are too many to list, we had the best time; dancing, singing, bouncing, table tennis and croquet playing, eating greek food and then pizza later on and cake from ‘the wedding bake off’.
Advice For Other Couples
Make the day what YOU want it to be, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune for you to have the best time. If you are organised and plan ahead then wedding planning doesn’t need to be stressful and you can actually enjoy it. Make the most of delegating jobs to people who want to be involved and have your wedding in a place which has bunk beds and farm animals including a peacock!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Marni V Photography
Oh so splendid.
Jack and Emily, thank you so very much for sharing your awesome wedding story with us xo Lou