I’ve got to tell you, looking at all the bright, joyful details of Matt and Katie’s wedding has really warmed me up on this autumnal day! They wanted a day that was fun, relaxed and filled with their personalities, and I think you’ll agree that they achieved just that.
Our pair planned their nuptials for the 19th May 2018 and chose Minnehaha Events in North Yorkshire for their tipi wedding. They fell in love with the venue straight away and it’s easy to see why. The wildflower florals suit the venue perfectly and isn’t Katie amazing arranging the table flowers herself? She also had a bridesmaid who is a very talented sign writer, their wedding is full of so many gorgeous details.
Matt and Katie chose Lisa Webb Photography as their photographer and what beautiful images she created. Thank you for sharing these with us today Lisa.
Their day really was ever so laid back, Katie even went to the pub with her dad before the ceremony, what fun! Oh and I adore their proposal story, enjoy!
Matt had been pretty sneaky and enlisted the help if my mum to take me out shopping for the day, whilst I was away he made our beautiful house shipshape and covered it in candles. When I came home I opened the door to see our hallway and stair case all candle-lit with a red ribbon tied to the front door, it ran all the way throughout the house and had little notes on every metre or so, on the notes were reasons he loved me and beautiful memories we have shared. I followed the ribbon /notes and candles throughout the house to find at the end my fiancé dressed to impress with our song playing (Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear), he gave one hell of a speech (with me blubbering with tears) and then got down on one knee and proposed 😊 He’d prepared a beautiful meal, made the fire in the living room and used over 100 candles… it was magical. I cried the entire evening! (Happy tears but I was a mess!)
We wanted something laid back, informal and fun. We wanted our wedding to be really personal to what we like and an environment that everyone could enjoy. We wanted a garden party feel.
The Planning Process
Just created a spreadsheet including everything that needed to be bought/booked and created a timeline to ensure we could pay for everything at the right time and spent ages looking on line to get ideas about what we wanted. My best friend bought me a wedding planning book so I could make little notes and put ideas into it. That really helped.
I think we wanted it to be under £10K but with everything including the honeymoon it came to about £18K
The venue was amazing – Flatts Farm Burniston – Minniehaha Events. It was the only venue we visited and we booked it straight away 😊 it was so amazing I cried. Wonderful Tipi, barn bar and the prettiest split level bistro/barn for our wedding ceremony. All set in the lovely North Yorkshire village Burniston near Scarborough.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I got my wedding dress from Purity Bridal. I went with my mum, so it was just us two, which made the experience really lovely and the decision on the dress really easy. I ended up going for a big princess strapless dress which was super simple, fun and bouncy. It was quite light as well which made all the difference, as soon as I tried it on I was at ease and felt really comfortable in it. The detail was only in the bodice which had some beautiful lace detail and it felt just enough. Loved it. The ladies at the shop were so helpful and really knew their stuff which helped the process. I got my shoes from Rainbow club and the accessories from Liberty in Love who do the prettiest wedding jewellery.
Matt’ suits were from H&L Fashions. They do some amazing four piece suits which just looked perfect. My Friend set up the business a little while ago and when Matt said the type of suit he wanted I thought about Laura and her shop. The shop is based in Haworth – which is the prettiest little village in Yorkshire / Bronte country. Matt tried the suits on and loved them. They have amazing details on them, including velvet trim on the pockets. He treated himself to some really nice Loake brogues too.
Hair was done by Saks in Scarborough and my makeup I did myself. I was confident I’d end up having a bit of a cry at the service so thought it best to just do it myself. All the make-up and skincare was Estée Lauder as it seemed to have the best staying power.
Lisa Webb – Lisa was great, she put everybody at ease and really captured the day. She’s caught some magical shots and it’s lovely looking back on them. Lisa had also scoped out some great places to go for pictures near to the venue which we wouldn’t have known about.
We did also hire a VW photobooth which the guests all loved, we’ve got some great pics from there too. We hired Picabo Photography, they set up whilst we had the wedding breakfast and so were there when the guests came out and were well on their way to being tipsy… it was great to have another mini event for people to go have a play on.
Groomsmen outfits were the same as Matt’s from H&L Fashions. They mixed and matched some of the waistcoats and tie combinations – so that the best Man and the groom were matching and all the Dads and the groomsman had the same combination on.
I got the outfits from Joanie Clothing. I was looking for a 50’s type of prom dress and I managed to get the three in the sale 😊 The girls looked amazing and were super comfortable too.
For jewellery we kept it simple with a really delicate earrings and necklace set from Swarovski
The cake was provided by my mum’s friend Diane who did a great job, she does cakes for people as a hobby so we were so lucky, she created us a wonderful three tier cake (chocolate, lemon and fruit cake) at a snip of the price.
The Readings & Music
The music we chose for the ceremony and the reception was all music that is special to us and what we really like, which is a bit of a mixed bag. Matt spent ages creating an epic playlist on Spotify that could be playing when the acts we’d booked weren’t. Father John Misty, Bowie, Stevie Wonder, ELO etc.
I absolutely love the accordion and so booked an accordion player to play at the reception who was fantastic, Jonny Kerry.
We also had a 50’s band, Rockin’ Rhythms play who were great fun – they got everyone up dancing and played the best 50’s rock and roll music.
Emily Matthews – Marriage Is
Krina Shah – The Meaning Of Love
We wanted informal and wild/natural flowers and arrangements and found a great florist who grows her own. Rachel was great at creating all the arrangements, button holes, bouquets, wands and the gifts for the big day. She also provided DIY buckets, so to save some money we ordered three of those and I created all the flower arrangements for the tables from those. Which came out really well.
The Details & Décor
Myself and my friends made most of these.
We named our tables after our musical heros and I ordered them to be cut out of MDF so I could stick them in the flower arrangements. I sprayed them gold and they looked brilliant as the table names.
We made little alcoholic shots and put them in tiny little glass bottles with corks (different colours) and ordered gorgeous tags and gold tassels for place names – I wrote them out and then looped them around the shots. It was great at they were both the place settings and the favours.
My bridesmaid Sophia created all the signs doing sign writing on old bits of wood and old frames which we bought from a local vintage shop dealer. She also did all the sign writing on the Mirrors for welcome sign and the seating arrangements.
My friend Heloise made and set up all the games, which were brilliant fun and it was really nice to have people playing throughout the day; giant Jenga, horse shoe toss, tin cans etc.
We had some additional candles/ bird cages etc which were sprayed gold and spread about the place.
The day after we got married we drove straight home, picked up our cases and drove to the airport. We stayed there for a night and flew in the morning to Bali. We love staying in villas as there’s quite a bit more freedom than staying in a hotel and we can do things on our own time. We rented a gorgeous villa – Villa ACE in Bali Seminyak and had a thoroughly lovely time taking it easy and enjoying Bali, it was just what we wanted after the wedding.
I was just having a drink in the gardens and I suddenly heard the music from the Godfather… it was the accordion playing the music from Godfather they played at the wedding. It was so funny, I loved it.
I arrived a little too early so me and my dad went for a drive, drove past a pub and decided to stop in and have a quick drink – it ended up being pretty funny as because it was the same day as the royal wedding, when I arrived in the pub they had the TV’s up with the Royal wedding coverage on…. Everyone turned around and stared at me as It just looked like I was a super fan of the royals 😉 we happily explained I was getting married too and they were overjoyed we’d stopped in for a tipple.
Matt and I used to joke about combining our last names then it turned into joking about combining our first names (my real name’s Katherine) to Mattherine. In the service the registrar got a little bit muddled when asking us our vows and she called Matt Mattherine… it was brilliant.
Advice For Other Couples
- Don’t worry about anyone else, they’ll all have a great time. They’re there for you.
- Plan plan and plan, make sure you know where and when your money is due.
- Make sure you have allocated enough help and time for the day before. I really wish I hadn’t have been so rushed, it would have allowed me to spend more time with friends and family the day before. People had travelled a long way and I wish I’d have had more time with them.
- Enjoy it, the day goes in a flash!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Lisa Webb Photography
Groomsmen & Groom Outfits
What a wonderful day! Thank you ever so much Matt and Katie for sharing everything with us today! Rachel x