Style meets substance, pretty meets party, yes this wedding really does have it ALL in spades.
WWW readers Paul and Emma smashed it out of the park with their non-traditional affair with, as they tell me, “plenty of booze, banter and party antics“. Oh yes folks, you are in for a real treat here today. On the 29th July 2017, our pair were wed beneath a stretch tent in the stunning rounds of the Yorkshire Wedding Barn and hit the barn after for a good old knees up with their faves. Emotions really ran high and the gorgeous moments were all captured so gorgeously by photographer Laura Calderwood (thanks for sharing Laura). The Father of the Bride’s speech in particular sounded really very special, such a lovely idea and something to really treasure forever.
Paul and his groomsmen looked super cool in their Ted Baker outfits and if Paul’s boots were good enough for Caleb from Kings of Leon, they certainly were for him. We do love a tweed and bow tie combo here at WWW. Emma’s illusion back lace gown totally stole the show and her lush bountiful bouquet looked amazing. What a stylish pair! I’ve not even touched on the amazing venue décor, rustic signs throughout, fairy lights for days and a fun car theme. Be sure to check it all out.
THE PROPOSAL | 07/04/2015
THE VISION | Elegant and vintage with some rustic originality thrown in. We also wanted to incorporate our love of cars into the day. We did this through our wedding stationery, which was beautifully designed and produced by our lovely friend Liz Kay. We also named our tables after classic sports cars including Ferrari GTO, Mercedes SLS, Austin Heeley 3000 and a few others!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning process was one of the most enjoyable parts of getting married! I loved researching, finding and meeting suppliers. Paul loves a spreadsheet too so we kept things relatively simple in order to stick to the plan and budget. We went to one wedding fair and decided it wasn’t for us, we wanted a much more personalised day.
BUDGET | £30,000
THE VENUE | Yorkshire Wedding Barn
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |
Dress – Essence of Australia
Head piece – Handmade by Lou Lou Puchalka
Earrings – Lou Lou Puchalka
Necklace – “Something old” from my Grandma
Bracelet – “Something borrowed” from my Maid of Honour
Shoes – Carvela Kurt Geiger
My makeup was done by Lucy Smith. Lucy is completely devoted to her job; an expert in her field, with personality to boot! I was instantly at ease with her charming personality and knowledge of all things make up!
My bridal trial was a huge success! Lucy’s ability to listen, understand and appreciate the look I was trying to achieve did not go unnoticed. She got it right first time with no tweaks or changes. I looked exactly how I had envisioned.
Lucy on the morning of our wedding; complete professional and my little ray of sunshine who kept me chatting to forget my nerves! My Mum and Maids looked phenomenal and Lucy, again, listened to all their requirements and created individual looks whilst keeping everything in keeping with my style.
What Lucy did for me on the day of our wedding will never be forgotten. I felt flawless, pretty and fierce all at the same time. I was kept distracted by her funny stories and incredible sense of humour. I felt like the most beautiful bride on earth and that was down to the confidence Lucy instilled in me.
FINDING THE DRESS | Dress shopping was amazing! I went to four shops in total and purchased in the fourth. The ladies at Limelight Occasions (Lepton, Huddersfield) listened and completely understood the look I was trying to achieve. They put me at instant ease and there was no pressure applied when it came to making a decision. The seamstress (Rita) at Limelight deserves a special mention; my dress fit like a glove! Rita was a pleasure to work with and went out of her way to make me feel special and beautiful.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | All clothing purchased from Ted Baker. Paul’s shoes deserve a special mention, they came home with us from Las Vegas. They were purchased from a shop called Boot Star! Handmade and unique, the lead singer of Kings of Leon also wore them to his wedding!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We wanted to keep things light hearted for the ceremony and also didn’t want it to drag on! We chose two readings; On Your Wedding Day (Anon) read by the Bridesmaids and A Good Wedding Cake (Anon) read beautifully by our good friend John Hobdey.
Music was incredibly important to both Paul and I. We found our amazing band randomly on a date night at one of our favourite restaurants. The Rolling Keys played prior, during and after the ceremony until the DJ arrived for the evening. Sarah and Will are an incredible duo and built their repertoire of songs around our taste. Everyone commented on how amazing and professional they were.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Sherriden, Charlotte and Kendall, the best bridesmaids a girl could wish for! All three of them are beautiful inside and out and made sure I looked and felt flawless on the day. The dresses were purchased from House of Fraser and their shoes came from New Look. The flowers in their hair were bought in Country Baskets and their accessories were their gifts purchased from notonthehighstreet!
THE FLOWERS | Clarey from Manor Garden (Darlington) did the most amazing job with my bouquet, the bridesmaids bouquets, the buttonholes and the corsages! It was a dream visiting Clarey at the Walled Garden, walking around the numerous flowerbeds whilst Clarey snipped away to provide us with samples. We even got to sit inside her vintage caravan to get down into the detail. Clarey encapsulated my vision and created the most stunning floral arrangements. I couldn’t have wished for more.
Another, very special mention, has to go to John Hobdey, our dear dear friend. John grew, from his garden at home, a lot of our outdoor flowers. He worked tirelessly for months to ensure a wide variety of bright and beautiful flowers were available! He then snipped them all and transported them over 60 miles to the venue, thanks John!
THE CAKE | Our cake was inspired by Paul’s love of cars and my desire for all things pretty! Julie, the owner of It’s a Cake Thing (Birstall) went above and beyond to create our masterpiece and she did an amazing job! Not only did the cake look fantastic (it was certainly a talking point and generated a lot of chatter) but it tasted phenomenal! We don’t like fruitcake so opted for, chocolate, victoria sponge, lemon and coffee as our flavours.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The beautiful Laura Calderwood! Laura just got it! We’re not posers, we’re not formal and our family and friends are a tad on the wild side! Laura shot the most wonderful images of our day and they will stay with us forever! The reason I chose Laura was mainly to do with her “fly on the wall” style of photography; she captures moments, moments that could easily be forgotten. Laura fit in with our day, she wasn’t intrusive, not bossy in the slightest and was so natural, everyone was put at ease.
VIDEOGRAPHER | Simon Manning was our videographer and all I can say is, what a guy! Simon really put a shift in and worked so hard to capture the most wonderful footage. The video he’s produced will stay with us forever and will allow us to relive our wedding weekend over and over again. Simon, like Laura, wasn’t intrusive or bossy, he worked silently and demanded very little! He also did something incredibly special for us and my Dad’s speech (see memorable moments).
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Angela and Nicola from My Something Borrowed (Halifax) went above and beyond all expectations. Meticulous in their work, only perfection would do for these two dreamy ladies! They made my vision, come to life! They worked with me and advised me every step of the way. I called Angela from the hair dressers two days before, panicking there wouldn’t be enough vases. I needn’t have worried, Angela told me she’d already packed extra! The work ethic they have is inspirational and I’m so so pleased they were a part of our wedding.
THE HONEYMOON | We spent three weeks in Canada! It was phenomenal! We visited Whistler and Vancouver and loved every moment. Canada isn’t the obvious choice for a honeymoon but Paul and I love the great outdoors and are very active. We biked, hiked, zip lined and did aerial assault courses most days. We did visit the Scandinave Spa in Whistler for a bit of downtime and had the best massage ever! I got to see a bear in the wild, which made me cry! The honeymoon was booked through TrailFinders (Leeds).
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | My Dad seeing me for the first time, he filled up, I filled up and it was just a perfect moment between me and him!
Walking down the aisle and seeing Paul’s face (he was crying…alot!!)
The speeches; my Dad had been to a recording studio, along with our videographer, and recorded/filmed a song called I Loved Her First (it was incredibly emotional and there was not a dry eye in the house). Simon had, on the day, edited the video to include clips of my Dad seeing me for the first time and walking me down the aisle.
Paul had rehearsed his speech to the nth degree and spoke so beautifully, he said the funniest, loveliest things and did a really good job to say he hates public speaking.
The Best Man (Shaun) did the most awesome job with his speech, funny, endearing, entertaining and engaging! I couldn’t have been happier and I know Paul really appreciated the effort Shaun went to.
My Mum also spoke (not traditional I know), she loves writing poetry and had written a unique poem for Paul and I called, Your Wedding Day. My Mum had learnt it word for word and read it directly to us, it was perfect.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy every single moment. The build up goes by in a flash, the day itself goes by even quicker! Take time every so often to absorb what you’re creating and on the day take the time, just the two of you, to look at what you’ve created together and watch everyone enjoying themselves.
Invest in the things that are most important to you. For us we chose to spend on a fantastic photographer and videographer. Our day will live on forever and we have photographs and a video to help us remember and cherish those memories. We also invested in a band as music was important as well as entertainment. We wanted plenty for our guests to be involved in, we had a beer pong table alongside a welly wang game, which went down a treat (there were some interesting moments caught on camera, including a welly “wanged” onto the roof and some very competitive pong players!).
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Laura Calderwood Photography
Videographer | Simon Manning
Venue | Yorkshire Wedding Barn
Dress & Veil | Limelight Occasions
Head piece & earrings | Lou Lou Puchalka
Make up | Lucy Smith
Hairdresser | Nicola Luskiw
Florist | Manor Garden
Décor/Styling | My Something Borrowed
Band | Rolling Keys
Cake | It’s a Cake Thing
Food | Piggin’ Fantastic
Stationery | Liz Kay Illustration
Paul and Emma, we cannot thank you both enough for sharing your story here today xo Lou